Explore Western Loudoun
Western Loudoun is rich in history and variety: whether you are seeking a “small town” feel or room to roam, it can be found in one of Western Loudoun’s zip codes. The towns of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Waterford, Paeonian Springs, Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Bluemont, Paris, Upperville, Middleburg and Aldie comprise the majority of the acreage of Loudoun, but less total population then the cities to the east. The controlled growth, many areas zoned 3 or 10 acre minimum lot size, and sometimes remote access (gravel and dirt roads are not uncommon) assures the landscape won’t see see much change. Higher density is found concentrated in the Town limits. Leesburg, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Lovettsville and Middleburg have their own elected governments and collect an additional personal property tax from residents to pay for services such as trash and snow removal. Those living on larger acre properties can take advantage of tax breaks by putting their acreage into land-use. Below is information on the Towns that have a wide variety of housing options, shopping, restaurants and other services. Please refer to the map search on my home page to see location of the smaller bedroom communities in relation to these larger Towns.
Loudoun County is putting itself on the map one bottle of wine at a time. Positioning itself to be the Wine Country of the East, it helps Virginia solidly keep the #3 position for wine production in the US. The Counties’ wineries are scattered across the scenic landscape. Here is a guide to visiting the large and small wine makers that call Loudoun home: http://www.visitloudoun.org/eat-drink/wineries-tasting-rooms/list?title=
Town of Leesburg –
The gateway into Western Loudoun, Leesburg was founded in 1758 and is the seat of government for Loudoun County. Leesburg has a rich Civil War history due to its strategic location to the Potomac River which divided the United States and the Confederate States of America. Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park preserves the land used during this significant 1861 battle and allows visitors a look into the past. Downtown Leesburg is home to a variety of boutique shops and locally owned restaurants. On the eastern side of Town is the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets featuring 110 stores including Restoration Hardware, Gap and Nike. Housing ranges from apartments/ condos to town homes to single family. Many of the single family homes are historic and housing outside of Town can be multi acre estates and farms.
Town of Leesburg Website – http://www.leesburgva.org/index.aspx?page=1
Culinary Treasures in Town –
Lightfoot Restaurant, http://www.lightfootrestaurant.com
Fireworks Pizza, http://www.fireworkspizza.com
Los Tios Grill, http://www.lostiosgrill.com
Blue Ridge Grill, http://www.brgrill.com
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=14
Town of Purcellville –
The Train Station downtown reminds residents and visitors of a bygone era. Now the terminus of the W&OD (Washington & Old Dominion Railway) Trail that travels all the way to Washington DC, the station also serves as a meeting center for local HOAs and organizations. Purcellville has experienced a respectable amount of growth in the 2000s. The zip code 20132 is used for all of Purcellville and extends beyond the Town limits all the way to the West Virginia state line and has a population of over 15,000. Shopping areas are in the historic downtown and 3 shopping centers on the eastern entrance. Housing consists of a few apartments, sporadic townhouses and single family homes. New housing can still be found in developments both in and out of Town limits.
Town of Purcellville Website – http://www.purcellvilleva.com
Culinary Treasures in Town-
Magnolias at the Mill, http://www.magnoliasmill.com
WK Hearth, http://www.thewinekitchen.com/hearth/
Market Burger, http://www.marketburger.net
Village of Lincoln (unincorporated)
Lincoln is a Quaker Settlement settled in the 1730s by Europeans. The village was originally named Goose Creek, but the name was changed after the President’s election. By the 1750s the village has become home to the largest concentration of Quakers in Virginia. Homes in Lincoln use the Purcellville mailing address and zip code. Even today the landscape is reminiscent of the large Quaker farms that once provided income for the families that owned them.
Lincoln Preservation Foundation Website – http://www.lincolnpreservation.org
Town of Middleburg
Named for its location halfway between Alexandria and Winchester on Route 50 (once known as Ashby’s Gap), Middleburg continues to embrace the legacy of the colonial era. Small shops, restaurants and a handful of Inns make up the downtown corridor lined with brick sidewalks and historic buildings. Middleburg is home to less then 700 residents and the 20177 zip code boasts some of the County’s most expensive properties (many of which are well suited for equestrian use). The majority of housing is single family, and with the exception of in-town houses, they are typically 5+ acres. The Salamander Resort & Spa is a recent addition to Middleburg. This 340-acre equestrian estate offers dining, lodging and destination spa services.
Town of Middleburg Website – http://townofmiddleburg.org
Salamander Resort Website – http://www.salamanderresort.com
Village of Waterford
Founded by Quaker Amos Janney in 1733, the Village is a National Historic Landmark where many of the buildings used today were built before 1840. Every October the Waterford Foundation presents the Waterford Fair which offers visitors a glimpse back in history with skilled artisans and craftspeople who demonstrate and sell handmade goods. The total population of Waterford is just over 1,800. While the homes in the Village are likely to be well over 100 years old, there is new development still happening in the outskirts. Housing is all single family.
Village of Waterford Website – http://www.waterfordvillage.org/index.html
Waterford Fair Website – http://www.waterfordfoundation.org/waterford-fair/