Located 45 minutes northwest of Washington, DC, Leesburg, VA was once a sleepy rural town, but is quickly becoming one of the most desirable commuter towns in the area. With a convenient location, attractive school options, brand new housing, and plenty of things to do, Leesburg should be at the top of your list if you are looking to live in the National Capital Region.
7 Reasons to Live in Leesburg, Virginia
1) Great for Commuters
If you work in Washington, DC, Leesburg is a great place to live and come home to every day. It offers multiple ways to get into the capital including Hwy 267, Hwy 7, I-66, and the rapid transit Silver Line of the Washington Metro System. Leesburg is also about 15 minutes from Dulles International Airport, so jetting away for business or pleasure is always convenient and hassle-free.
2) Great Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools serve the children of Leesburg County in grades K-12, and are consistently rated among the best in the country. The school system includes eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools. There are also a number of terrific private schools, giving parents a wide variety of options to give their kids the best head start possible.
3) Historic Downtown Leesburg
Leesburg has been experiencing enormous growth, but one thing that (thankfully) hasn’t changed is Historic Downtown Leesburg. Here, you will find a picturesque and lively area that includes well-preserved buildings from the 1800s, quaint boutiques, art galleries, and unique restaurants including the nationally-recognized, upscale Lightfoot Restaurant, which occupies a former bank building.
4) Outdoor Events & Festivals
There is always plenty to do and see year-round in Leesburg. A few favorite events that you won’t find anywhere else are First Friday, where downtown businesses stay open late serving wine, hosting live music, and offering fun for the entire family, and Girls Night Out, which happens on the third Thursday of each month and offers the ladies of Leesburg a fun, relaxed, social experience. In the summers, Acoustics on the Green hosts weekly live concerts, and parades for the 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas always draw big crowds. Two of Northern Virginia’s most popular festivals are the Flower and Garden Festival and the Fine Arts Festival, and both happen right here in Leesburg.
Leesburg has some of the most scenic golf courses in Northern Virginia. With views of the breathtaking Catoctin Mountains and bubbling Goose Creek, playing a round or two has never been more pleasant. Golf enthusiasts of any age and ability can test their skills at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, River Creek Club, The Golf Club at Lansdowne, or at any of the dozens of other beautiful courses in the surrounding areas.
Virginia is known for its fertile soil, and you don’t need to travel outside of Leesburg to enjoy its harvests. There are more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms in Leesburg and the surrounding area, and the region is becoming increasingly popular with wine aficionados. Tarara Winery carefully focuses on the quality of its grapes, Fabbioli Cellars is committed to fine wines, earth-friendly farming, and forming lasting friendships, and Casanel Vineyards is dedicated to hand-harvesting and small-batch bottling. No matter which you choose, you are sure to have a quality, unique experience — and great wine, of course!
7) Family Fun
Whether you have kids or just enjoy fun and interesting activities, Leesburg has plenty to do and see. A local favorite is Historic White’s Ferry, a cable-drawn ferry that’s been crossing the Potomac River since 1851! Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is the site of one of the largest Civil War engagements where visitors can take weekend guided tours, walk the grounds, or enjoy the amazing view from the actual bluff overlooking the Potomac. Leesburg Animal Park is larger than a petting zoo but smaller than a normal zoo, and offers plenty of up-close-and personal animal experiences. And for the most active, Ida Lee Park offers 71,000 square feet of recreation, fitness and aquatic facilities.
If you are interested in living in Leesburg, VA, be sure to inquire about the townhomes and condos of East Quarter, Potomac Station Marketplace, or Woodlands at Goose Creek. Start enjoying the best of Northern Virginia living!