Woodlea Manor, Leesburg, VA
Why Woodlea Manor is a great place to live
Homes in Woodlea Manor in Leesburg, Virginia
Full disclosure: I am biased when comes to Woodlea Manor. Twenty years ago when I moved to Northern Virginia I looked all over Loudoun and Fairfax counties. It took just one visit to the neighborhood before I realized that Woodlea Manor was the clear choice.
Woodlea Manor is a charming neighborhood with 467 single family homes located off Rt 15 in southwest Leesburg, Virginia. Family friendly and close to the Leesburg Animal Park and downtown Leesburg, the neighborhood is located within the town limits of Leesburg which provide public water and sewer. The wide streets with sidewalks on either side combined with mature trees and cedar shake roofs add to the appeal of the neighborhood. The entrance to Woodlea Manor makes you realize right away that this isn’t your typical Northern Virginia neighborhood. Custom brickwork frames the Woodlea Manor sign which is surrounded by plant and flower beds that are planted and maintained seasonally. The first 100 feet of the entrance is split by a medium lined with tall River Birch trees. At night these trees are illuminated which enhances the dramatic effect.
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What are the homes like?
One of the differentiating features of Woodlea Manor is the fact that it consists of only single family homes. There are no attached townhomes or condos. The homes were built in the 1990s and are typically center hall colonials with 9 foot ceilings on the main floor and spacious layouts. Most have finished basements with 2 car garages. The square footage is between 2500-3500 square feet and consists of at least four bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the second level. Often there is a third bathroom, however a fifth bedroom is just as unlikely as a second level with only 3 bedrooms. The typical lot size is between .25 to .35 acres. Prices range from $575,000 to $690,000. Many of the homes have been updated with new kitchens and bathrooms.
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Sitting on the ridge above Woodlea Manor is Woodlea Hills. These homes are considerably larger, 3000 square feet to 5000 square feet and have lots sizes from one to five acres. There are a couple of the lots in Woodea Hills with lots as large as twenty acres. Most of the homes were built by Weatherburn and are center hall colonials with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms on the first two levels. Almost all the homes have a finished basement. In my opinion, the appeal of Woodlea Hills is how the homes are set back off the street and set into the surrounding woods. In my appraisal business I have inspected almost every neighborhood in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Woodlea Hills is easily the most appealing for its price point
What are the amenities like in Woodlea Manor?
Woodlea Manor has one of the nicest community pools in Loudoun County. Click here to check out aerial drone video of the Woodlea Manor pool. The clubhouse serves as the entrance to the pool and can be rented out for parties and events. The clubhouse cedar shake roof has been recently replaced and the bathrooms / changing rooms have been renovated as well. There is a fenced kiddie pool and a larger pool that hosts swim meets for the Woodlea kids in the summer. Information regarding the Woodlea Manor Swim Team, the Water Moccasins can be found here. Included in the pool grounds is a tot lot and there is another playground located to the side of the clubhouse near the tennis courts. Behind the pool is a large athletic field. This is owned by the homeowners and is not a field that the county has the ability to use for athletic events. The common areas are well maintained throughout the year. HOA fees are usually $72 a month. The Woodlea Manor Conservancy Page has more information on the HOA.
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Traffic and Commuting In Woodlea Manor
Loudoun County is one of fastest growing counties in the entire country let alone Virginia. As such, traffic is a major concern for Woodlea Manor residents.There are two major roadways that commuters use to travel east towards DC and Fairfax County. Rt 7 is free but is typically highly congested during peak drive times in the morning as well as late afternoon. Check out this YouTube video to see how the construction of a new overpass on RT 7 is progressing. Rt 267 is a toll road that runs parallel to Rt 7 toward Dulles airport and continues east all the way to the I-495 which is the Washington Beltway. Rt 267 has a speed limit of 65 miles per hour and is seldom backed up with traffic. Unfortunately, the toll is not inexpensive. At the time of this writing, a one-way trip from Leesburg to Dulles airport is almost $5. The good news is that Rt 267 is conveniently located very close to Woodlea Manor and can be accessed within five minutes through Masons Lane.
Community Reports and School Information
The local school district plays a major role in the value of homes in Leesburg. The schools that are supported by Woodlea Manor include Evergreen Mill Elementary School,Simpson Middle School, and Loudoun County High School. For more information on schools close to Woodlea Manor in Leesburg, Virginia, please see my website. Also, view the demographics for Leesburg. Gain information on the crime rate, household incomes, and education level.
Loudoun also has a brand-new high school located between Ashburn and Leesburg called Academies of Loudoun. Completed in the summer of 2018, it is the largest high school facility in Loudoun County. The campus is situated on 119 acres of wooded area and the 315,000 square foot building holds the Academy of Science, Academy of Engineering and Technology and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy. The three-story building has over 40 labs ranging from Academies of Justice to culinary arts to various engineering labs. There are numerous light-filled sitting areas where students from the different academies can congregate and socialize along with four various lunch stations. The school is comprised of around 2,500 students from local high schools who are selected during the Fall and Winter admission cycles.
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Shopping, restaurants and things to do
There are multiple shopping options for the residents of Woodlea Manor. The stores, located in Leesburg are the closest with Giant grocery store, Starbucks and multiple fast food and chain restaurants. The shopping in downtown Leesburg is typically more of a niche type of store. Antique furniture, the Cooley Art Gallery, Leesburg Vintner, as well as some clothing stores.
Driving east on Route 7 there are more shopping options with new stores and plazas opening monthly. Villages at Leesburg has a town center type of appeal that is anchored by Wegemans grocery store on one end and Cobb Cinema and LA Fitness on the other. Connecting the two ends is a divided street that lends itself to pedestrian traffic. There are minimal parking spaces along the road to encourage walking, however, two large parking garages are conveniently located and provide ample parking. Some of the restaurants that are worth trying, at the very least, include Smokehouse, BurgerFi, Travinia, and Firebirds. More information on the Village at Leesburg can by found here.
Driving further East on Route 7 another 5 minutes you come to one of the newest mixed-use developments in Loudoun County, One Loudoun. One Loudoun has a thriving restaurant scene with some new establishments as well as some that have a strong following in downtown DC such as the pizza joint Matchbox. Some the other restaurants that I have enjoyed and believe are at least worth one visit, include Bar Louie, Uncle Julios, Elevation Burger and Nando’s Peri Peri. Also located in One Loudoun is the new upscale golf driving range called TopGolf. TopGolf provides a unique experience for golfer and non-golfer alike. With a restaurant and bar area as well as heated and covered tee boxes, it is definitely more than just your standard golf driving range. When work first began on the One Loudoun development, there were plans for a minor league stadium that would be located at the corner of Rt 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. Unfortunately, those plans are on hold for the time being. For more information regarding TopGolf visit their website, and information regarding One Loudoun can be found here.
Another five minutes east on Route 7 is the Dulles Town Center Mall. The mall is a typical of what you would find in most Northern Virginia shopping malls with Nordstroms and a large Dicks sporting goods.
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The historic town of Leesburg was established in 1758 and still maintains a very historic feel. The focal point of downtown Leesburg is the county courthouse. The courthouse area is undergoing renovations and there are plans for a Victory Brewing Company restaurant. The downtown area includes several popular restaurants such as Lightfoot, Wine Kitchen, and Tuscarora Mill as well as antique stores and art galleries. Oatlands Plantation is located right down the road from Woodlea Manor and hosts many events throughout the year. Ida Lee Recreation Center is the place to go for swimming lessons and fitness training and they also host a popular Easter Egg Hunt every year for kids. A fairly recent addition to Ida Lee recreation park is an outdoor swim park with water slides, a rafting mote and multiple water features for young kids.
There are multiple golf courses within a twenty-minute drive of Woodlea Manor. The closest one is Westpark Golf Course which is a public course with very reasonable rates. Many of the homes within Woodlea Manor actually back up to Westpark golf course. Other golfing options include Raspberry Falls, Bull Run, and Goose Creek. All are public courses and welcome Woodlea Manor residents. There are two private courses in Leesburg. Rivercreek which is part of the Rivercreek gated community and Lansdowne. Lansdowne offers two 18 hole courses, one being a very popular Greg Norman design that winds its way along the Potomac River.
The chart below show the current and past 12 months of market conditions for Woodlea Manor. The first chart is the total number of settled sales in each month. The second chart is the average sales price in the neighborhood. Finally the third chart shows the average list to sales price ratio. This number is shown as a percentage. For example, if a home was listed for $100,000 and sold for $90,000, then the list to sales price ratio would be 90%.
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