Welcome to Potomac Station
Potomac Station is a large, planned community located on the southeast side of Leesburg. The community is bordered by Route 7 to the east, Lansdowne to the south, Battlefield Parkway to the west, and Edwards Ferry Road to the north.
Homes in Potomac Station
Potomac Station is made up of approximately 867 single-family homes and 225 attached townhomes. Single-family homes in this area are typically center hall Colonials that contain between 2500 and 4000 square feet of living area (not including the basement). Most homes have finished basements with rec rooms, a full or half bathroom, and a third room that can either be classified as a den or bedroom. In order for a basement bedroom to be classified as a legal bedroom, there must be two points of egress in case of a fire. The stairs that lead out of the basement qualify as one point of egress, while a window with a ledge no higher than four feet above the floor would qualify as the second point of egress.
In addition to the standard rooms on the first level, some Potomac Station homes have extensive bump-outs and sunrooms. These can add as much as 400 square feet to the living area. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a single-family home that doesn’t have at least four bedrooms and two full baths on the second level. A third bathroom is common in many homes that have more than 3200 square feet of living area. Some homes have fifth bedrooms on the second level, but it’s not a common feature in the neighborhood.
There are a number of different townhome styles in Potomac Station, each with its own unique appeal. One style is the brownstone, a large, three-level townhouse with a distinctive brick front and a front-load, two-car garage. A rec room and full bathroom are typically found on the first level; even though this level is above grade, the Loudoun County Tax Record describes this area as a basement. The second and third levels contain the living area, often in excess of 2000 square feet. The vast majority of these brownstone townhomes feature three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bathroom.
Other townhomes in Potomac Station are smaller versions of the large two-car garage units. These are approximately 1500 square feet, featuring a one-car garage and no living area below grade. A limited number of townhomes are available without a garage or basement area. This style is slightly smaller — approximately 1000 to 1600 square feet.
Like many other planned communities in Loudoun County, Potomac Station provides lots of amenities for young families and people with an active lifestyle. A large swimming pool and clubhouse are located in the center of the neighborhood; both are clean, well-maintained, and very popular during the summertime. The Potomac Station pool typically opens on Memorial Day and closes after the Labor Day weekend. Residents can also enjoy a basketball court, tennis court, and eight tot lots for young kids. Located just off Rivercreek Parkway, this area is well-maintained and popular with locals. You can learn more about Potomac Station’s amenities here
Loudoun County began experiencing a huge population boom in the early 1990s, and it’s continued to this day. Thanks to the ever-growing demand, the county builds a new elementary school almost every year and a new high school every three to four years. School zoning is a hot-button issue for many Potomac Station residents. If you’re concerned about school rankings, it’s best to gather information from online sources. As of this writing, the schools attended by Potomac Station children include Tolbert Elementary School, Harper Park Middle School, and Heritage High School.
Given the rapidly increasing population in Loudoun County, traffic has become a major concern for those contemplating a move to Potomac Station. The neighborhood is located on the southern side of Leesburg, which is closer to Fairfax County and DC.
Potomac Station allows easy access to Route 7, one of two major arteries that lead into Fairfax County. Route 7 is a three-lane highway with a speed limit of 45 mph; however, there are a number of stoplights that result in some back-ups during rush hour. The Virginia Department of Transportation has replaced most of the stoplights along Route 7, which has eased congestion somewhat. However, Route 7 is currently undergoing major renovations thanks to the construction of an overpass at Belmont Ride Road and Ashburn Village Road. See drone video of the construction here
The latest transportation-related project is a flyover at the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road. This will significantly affect commuters from Potomac Station since access to Route 7 is provided by both Rivercreek Parkway and Belmont Ridge.
The second major road that leads east into Fairfax County and DC is Route 267, a toll road that begins in Leesburg and ends at I-495 (also known as the Capital Beltway). This toll road has multiple access points, including Ashburn, Dulles Airport, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, and Tysons Corner. Unfortunately, the toll isn’t cheap; as of this writing, it’ll cost you almost $5 for a one-way trip to Dulles. After you pass Dulles and continue on toward 1-495, the toll becomes much cheaper.
Route 267 is a great alternative for commuters looking to avoid Route 7 traffic. It can be easily accessed by taking Battlefield Parkway or Belmont Ridge Drive; both routes take approximately ten minutes to reach the toll road.
Shopping and Restaurants
Located between downtown Leesburg and Ashburn, Potomac Station is full of convenient shopping and dining options. The closest shopping is located along Battlefield Parkway. Here you’ll find a Giant grocery store, Best Buy, and a few chain restaurants, including Z Pizza and Green Turtle.
Locals tend to gravitate toward the Villages of Leesburg, which is located on the corner of Route 7 and Rivercreek Parkway and offers a town center appeal. Here, shoppers can enjoy a movie at Cobb Village 14 Cinemas or grab groceries at Wegmans, a popular food shopping destination that prides itself on its “customer first” business model. Shoppers from all over Loudoun County flock to Wegmans, drawn to its stellar meat and fish counter. Although not inexpensive, the food’s quality and freshness are well worth the price. I highly recommend the dry-aged ribeye and prime filet. The seafood counter is also worth checking out; the department provides a constant supply of fresh fish that is flown in daily.
The Villages of Leesburg’s convenient location makes it a popular dining destination for Potomac Station residents. Try Trivinia for Italian food, BurgerFi for delicious gourmet burgers, FireWorks for some contemporary American fare, and Smokehouse for barbecue.
Things to Do
With downtown Washington DC just a 40-minute drive away, there are plenty of fun things for residents to do in the Potomac Station area! Our nation’s capital makes for an incredible day trip, with a plethora of museums and attractions that are completely free to the public. Spring is the perfect time to visit the monuments and stroll along the National Mall — and you won’t want to miss the famous cherry blossom bloom that surrounds the tidal basin.
Outdoorsy residents of Potomac Station love living near Balls Bluff Park, which offers multiple hiking trails along the Potomac River. Balls Bluff is also a Civil War registered battle site with historical significance. You can also enjoy discounted access to Ida Lee Recreation Center, which is home to an indoor pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and a fitness center. There’s also a nearby swim park and multiple sports fields to enjoy!
Below you will find some Potomac Station market data that’s pulled monthly from the MLS. Here you will find the Average List Price, Average Sales Price, Sales to List Price Ratio, and the Average Days on Market.