Potomac Station, Leesburg, VA is large planned community located on the southeast side of Leesburg. The community is bordered by Route 7 to the east, the community of Lansdowne to the south, Battlefield Parkway to the west and Edwards Ferry Road to the North.
Potomac Station is made up of approximately 867 single family homes as well as 225 attached townhomes. The single family homes are typically center hall colonials, with 2500 square feet to 4000 square feet of living area that does not include the basement. Most of the homes have a basement that is finished with a rec room, full or half bathroom, and a third room that is either classified a den or a legal bedroom. In order for a room in the basement 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 and a window with a ledge no higher than 4 feet above the floor would qualify as the second point of egress.
In addition to the standard rooms on the first level, some of the Potomac Station homes have extensive bumpouts and sunrooms which can add as much as 400 square feet to the living area. You will be hard pressed to find a single family home that does not have at least four bedrooms and two full baths on the second level. A third bathroom is common with many of the homes that have more than 3200 square feet of living area. A fifth bedroom on the second level can be found, however, it is not a common feature in the neighborhood.
There are a number of different townhome styles in Potomac Station that each have their own unique appeal and marketability. On the high end is the large, 3 level brick front “Brownstone” type townhouse with a front load, two car garage. The first level has the built in two car garage as well as a rec room and often a full bathroom. Even though this level is totally above grade, the Loudoun County Tax Record describes this area as a basement. The second and third levels contain the living areas that are often in excess of 2000 square feet. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom are what you will find in 99% of the townhomes with this style. The other townhomes in Potomac Station are a smaller version of the large, two car garage units. These townhomes are approximately 1500 square feet with a one car garage and no living area below grade.
Finally there a limited number of townhomes without a garage and a basement area that is completely below grade. This style of townhouse is slightly smaller with approximately 11000 square feet to 1600 square feet.
Potomac Station is like many of the other planned communities in Loudoun County in that it does provide many amenities for young families as well as those with an active lifestyle. The clubhouse and the large swimming pool are at the center of the neighborhood. Both are clean, well maintained and very popular during the summer months for the kids of the neighborhood. The Potomac Station pool typically opens on Memorial Day in May and closes after the Labor Day weekend in early September. The community also offers its residents eight great tot lots for young kids as well as a basketball court and two tennis courts. This area which is just off Rivercreek Parkway is generally well maintained and used often by the residents. If you would like to read more about the Potomac Station amenities you find them here.
Loudoun County is undergoing a huge population boom that began in the early 1990s and continues even to this day. Because of this growth, 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 issue with many of the residents of Potomac Station and if you are concerned about the rankings of the schools, it is best to gather that information from the many sources that are available online. I’ve included one such source here. As of this writing, the schools that Potomac Station kids attend are Tolbert Elementary School, Harper Park Middle School, and Heritage High School.
Given the rapidly increasing population in the 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 Farifax County as well as DC compared to those living on the northern side of the town. Potomac Station has easy access to Route 7 which is one of two major arteries that lead into Fairfax County. Route 7 is a three lane highway with a speed limit of forty five miles per hour, however there a number of stop lights that result in some back-ups during rush hour. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been replacing most of the stop lights along Route 7 which as eased congestion somewhat. The latest large 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 not only provided by Rivercreek Parkway, but also Belmont Ridge. The second major road that leads east into Fairfax County and Washington DC is RT 267. RT 267 is a toll road that begins in Leesburg and ends at I-495 which is the Washington beltway. This toll road has multiple access points which include, Ashburn, Dulles airport, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, as well as Tysons Corner. The toll road isn’t cheap, however, and as of this writing, the cost is almost $5 for a one way trip to Dulles. The toll is much cheaper however once you get past Dulles and continue on towards I-495. Rt 267 is an alternative to dealing with Route 7 traffic for many commuters. Rt 267 can be easily accessed by taking Battlefield Parkway or Belmont Ridge Drive. Both routes take approximately 10 minutes to reach the toll road. Rt 7 is undergoing major renovations with construction of an overpass at Belmont Ride Rd as well as Ashburn Village Rd. See drone video of the construction here.
With easy access to Route 7 and a location that is between downtown Leesburg and Ashburn, Potomac Station has multiple shopping and restaurant options. The closest shopping is on Battlefield Parkway. This midsize area has a large Giant grocery store, Best Buy and a few chain restaurants such as Z Pizza and Green Turtle. A more popular choice is the Villages of Leesburg which is at the corner of Route 7 and Rivercreek Parkway. The Village at Leesburg is mixed use community that has a “towncenter” appeal that is drawing many positive reviews for residents of Potomac Station. The towncenter is anchored by Wegemans grocecery store on one side and Cobb movie theater on the other. Wegemans is a major draw and attracks shoppers from all over western Loudoun County. The grocery store prides itself on its “customer first” business model, much like that of Nordstroms department store. Wegemans has a meat and fish counter that is second to none. Although definitely not inexpensive, the quality and freshness are worth the price. From the meat counter I have positive reviews for the dry aged rib eye, and prime filet. They will gladly cut your selections to your personal preference. The meat department also offers ____ beef filets. The meat is over $50 a pound but was worth it for me to at least try once. The seafood department has a constant supply of fresh fish that is flown in daily. Their Pacific Halibut is flown in on Friday morning and cut into fillets that same day.
Because Leesburg Villages is so convenient to Potomac Station, it is a logical choice for residents looking for dining out options. There are a number of decent options available in the towncenter. Trivinia for Italien. Burger Fi for gourmet burgers. FireWorks for American contemporary, and Smokehouse for Bar-b-que. All good choices in my opinion and worth trying at least once.
What’s there to do for residents of Potomac Station? Although Leesburg is a 40 minute drive from downtown Washington DC, it is easily close enough to make for an incredible day trip. What most people don’t realize about our nations’s capital, is that a majority of the museums and attractions are free. As I write this post, we are a week away from the bloom of the cherry blossoms that surround the tidal basin of DC. Spring is a perfect time of year to enjoy the monuments and the capital mall.
Balls Bluff Park is just 2 minutes away from Potomac Station and offers multiple hiking trails along the Potomac River. Balls Bluff is a Civil War registered battle site with historical significance.
Residents of Potomac Station also enjoy discounted access to Ida Lee Recreations Center. The rec center hosts an indoor pool, basketball courts, racquet ball courts, and a fitness center. Adjacent to the rec center are outdoor tennis courts, and indoor “bubble” with 4 tennis courts, multiple sports fields, a tot lot, and an outdoor swim park. Rust Library is also located adjacent to the rec center.
Below you will find some Potomac Station market data that is 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.
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