8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Loudoun County

8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Loudoun County

Contemplating a move to Loudoun? Loudoun County is far more than just a pretty suburb of Washington, DC. It’s family-friendly, safe and offers “country living” right outside the nation’s capital. Loudoun has a small town feel with its local small businesses, farmers markets, close-knit neighborhoods, and friendly residents. However, when you are ready for a night out in the big city, DC is just a quick trip away. Many residents love this small town/big city balance because it makes living life in Loudoun anything but boring!

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Paeonian Springs Post Office

The Paeonian Springs Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The Washington Post recently featured our listing at 16999 Highland Circle, also on the National Register of Historic Places! Paeonian Springs Post Office

Paeonian Springs was established in 1890 and the current Paeonian Springs Post Office was constructed in 1930 as "Reed’s Store" and contained the original post office. The Reed family added the dwelling that is attached to the south in 1950 for use as their private home.

The railroad is infamous for bringing Washingtonians out to escape the city and heat of summer. The spring water of Paeonian soon became a respite in the area. The water from the springs was bottled and shipped daily to Washington for use by lawmakers in Congress. In 1901 there were three boarding houses (16999 Highland Circle was one of them!) and a village green. In 1912 a boardwalk was added, along with the post office, a confectionery store, a mill, a blacksmith shop, a wheelwright shop and a staples store.

The Paeonian Springs Post Office still exists as a fully functioning post office!

Paeonian Springs Post Office

16948 Simpson Circle, Paeonian Springs VA

540-338-4422

Monday-Friday 8:30-noon, 1:00-5:00; Saturday 8:30-11:30am

Farmers Market in Reston

Each spring, locals in Reston rejoice and delight as the Farmers Market season begins! Just opened on May 7, 2016, the bountiful and diverse offerings at the Farmers Market in Reston are available to you Saturdays, now through November 12th from 8am until noon (closed September 24, 2016 for the Multicultural Festival). The Farmers Market in Reston has been operating for nearly 20 years, with humble beginnings when the Friends of T.O.M.A.T.O. (The Organic Market At Tall Oaks) approached the Reston Association asking for assistance in creating the Farmers Market and the rest is history! Farmers Market - Reston

No matter what you're in the "market" for, the Farmers Market in Reston has you covered!

Meat & Seafood:  Arnest Seafood, Valentine's Country Bakery and Meat, Breezy Meadow Farms, Ole Pioneer's Kitchen, Smith Family Farm,

Produce: 78 Acres, Glascock's Produce, Hutt Produce, J & W Valley View Farm, Jerry's Gourmet Berries, Ladybug Mountain Farm, Mt. Olympus Farm, Penn Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farm, Spring Valley Farm and Orchard, The Farm at Sunnyside, Toigo Orchards

Dairy & Cheese: Blue Ridge Dairy, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese, Misty Meadow Farm Creamery,

Bakery & Sweets: A Bit More - sweets & specialties, Baguette Republic,  Grace's Fine Pastries

Honey, Popcorn and More  : Bees 'n Blossoms, Cavanna Pasta, Colonial Kettle Corn, Fresh Crunch Pickles,  Reid's Orchard & Winery,

Ready Made: Kiwi Kuisine,

Lake Anne Village Center
11404 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190

Perhaps you're also "in the market" for a new home! This private townhome is located at 1500 Deer Point Way, and is just around the corner from the Farmers Market in Reston! With a treehouse like seclusion, yet close enough to all amenities you'd ever need, the home is perfectly situated in an amazing community with a "welcome home" feel that you won't believe.

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For more information about this amazing 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath oasis in Reston, learn more about its offerings on the property website for 1500 Deer Point Way, Reston VA or call/text Naomi Hattaway at 571-482-7356.

Lake Accotink Park

Lake Accotink Park is located in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia and boasts a whopping 493 acres! Of those 493 acres, 55 of them belong to the lake itself, but also includes wetlands and streams, as well as picnic areas, playground, pavilions, trails and open play fields. Lake Accotink Park is open daily, year-round, 7 a.m. to dusk. Lake Accotink 7709 Heming Place Springfield VA

If water sports are your thing, fishing is allowed and also check out the canoe and pedal boat rentals (starting at $6/hour on weekdays)! The park also offers regularly scheduled kayak tours in the marsh. There are tour boats as well! If you have your own water vessel, bring it ... boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15' and personal kayaks are all allowed ($2 launch fee applies). Swimming, however is strictly prohibited.

Bicycle rentals are provided (adult sizes only, helmets provided) are $10/hour and $5/hour for three or more bikes. The 9 hole miniature golf course starts at $3 per game for children (and seniors) and $4 for adults. Buy a miniature golf AND a carousel ticket and save!

Lake Accotink 7709 Heming Place Springfield VA

The antique carousel was built between 1937 and 1945 and was purchased from Fairhill Farm Antiques by the Park Authority. Check out the hand carved horses! The carousel runs every 30 minutes and tickets are $2/person on weekdays and $3/person on weekends.

Lake Accotink 7709 Heming Place Springfield VA

There are many picnic areas with grills as well as multiple pavilion shelters. The playground is a fun stop for all and Lake Accotink Park also boasts a sand volleyball court and basketball court. Rounding out the many offerings, the Park also has a four mile hiking and biking trail! Lake Accotink Park also has many events and camps, such as the Campfire By the Lake, which is held on Saturday evenings.

Lake Accotink Park is one amazing place! Don't you wish you lived nearby?

Check out this amazing 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home conveniently located, on a cul-de-sac lot with a PRIVATE path through the woods straight to Lake Accotink Park!

 

7709 Heming Place Lake Accotink Park

 

For more information on the home offered for sale at 7709 Heming Place, visit the property website or contact us for more information at naomi@8thandhome.com or 571-482-7356!

Cascades Community

Cascades Community Virginia Neighborhood Spotlight  

Cascades Community is incredibly large, yet still maintains a tight-knit feeling! Inside is 2,500 acre planned community with 6,500 homes along the Potomac River north of Route 7 it practices what it preaches and lives out the motto: "Finest for Family Living". Amenities include five community centers, 5 swimming pools (of which one has designated hours exclusively for lap lane swimming), 15 tennis courts (4 are lit), 10 multipurpose courts, 25 tot lots, a bocce court and a soccer field. Riverfront access to the Potomac River is provided, along with a boat launch AND an 18 hole golf course, mini golf, rental cabins, and a picnic area are all available at Algonkian Regional Park.

Cascades is served by Potowmack Elementary, River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School. Check them out on Great Schools!

If you are over 50 and want to get to know your neighbors and enlarge your group of friends, consider joining the Cascades 50-Plus Club! The Club offers many activities, such as: Wine Tastings, Lifetime Learning Courses, Bocce, Bike riding, Tennis, Bowling, Walking, Monthly Pot-Luck Dinners, Monthly Dining-Outs, Book Club, Pub crawls, Golf, and a number of local and out-of-state trips.

The upcoming holiday party is reserved for residents only and offers carriage rides, pictures with Santa, refreshments, live music, face painting, and crafts! What fun!

Interested in making the Cascades community YOUR next neighborhood?

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Potomac Crossing

Neighborhood Spotlight Potomac Crossing Potomac Crossing is a combination of 914 single family homes and townhomes located on Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg Virginia. Amenities include 2.5 miles of paved foot paths, four tot lots, a pool, and a basketball court. A new playground at the intersection of Bluff Court and Garrison Court was completed during the Summer of 2015 and is accessible from the walking paths throughout the neighborhood.

Community Events are prevalent in Potomac Crossing including outdoor summer movie series, a community yard sale, an annual Turkey Trot and more!

 

Potomac Crossing is home to Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and covers some of the land on which a Civil War battle was fought between the Union and Confederate armies.

Ball's Bluff Elementary School services students in grades K-5. Students in grades six through eight attend Smart's Mill Middle School, located two miles away in the Exeter subdivision. and High School students attend Tuscarora High School.

Interested in making Potomac Crossing your new neighborhood?

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