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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Loudoun County, VA

May 10, 2022
Vineyards at Stone Tower Winery in Loudoun County, VA

Whether you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, foodie, wine aficionado, or history buff, living in Loudoun County means you have easy access to all the things you love – and more. Located in Northern Virginia just 25 miles outside of Washington DC, Loudoun County gives you convenient commuter access, attractive school options, and a charming and community-oriented lifestyle like no other.

Let’s explore the top 5 reasons Loudoun County is one of the best places to call home.

Father and son on a kayak on a lake at the Bluffs at Sleeter Lake in Round Hill, VA

1. Plenty of Outdoor Activities

From mild to wild, Loudoun County has a variety of outdoor activities that will keep you entertained all year long. The surrounding Blue Ridge landscape and the rolling countryside of DC’s Wine Country provide the perfect backdrop for any outdoor adventure. An active day in Loudoun might include ziplining through the treetops, paddling the Potomac River, hiking to a scenic overlook, biking along the W&OD Trail, horseback riding, or golf.

Two people on horseback in Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun boasts several luxury golf clubs with breathtaking acreage situated along the scenic Potomac River, and several driving ranges perfect for practice. Test your skills on the links course designed by Gary Player at Raspberry Falls or enjoy 45 holes of championship golf at The Golf Club at Lansdowne – the Mid-Atlantic’s only Greg Norman designed course.

Loudoun is also part of Virginia’s Horse Country. Scenic horse trails, elite competitions, thrilling races, hunts, and the Chincoteague ponies have established Virginia as one of the best places to be for equine activities and events.

Group of friends outside with wine in Loudoun County, VA

2. Award-Winning Restaurants and Wineries

With more than 40 wineries (and more on the horizon), Loudoun County is truly a wine-lovers destination. Each winery takes advantage of the beautiful surroundings and views and curates a unique tasting experience.

Fabbioli Cellars is committed to fine wines, earth-friendly farming, and lasting friendships. Casanel Vineyards is dedicated to hand-harvesting and small-batch bottling. Enjoy a relaxed, outdoor atmosphere at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard while discovering your next favorite wine. Magnificent views and premium wines are matched with impeccable hospitality at Stone Tower Winery. No matter which winery you choose to explore, you are sure to have an exceptional experience – and great wine, of course!

Interior view of Stone Tower Winery in Loudoun County, VA

If you consider yourself to be a true foodie, Loudoun has award-winning restaurants that elevate organic and local ingredients to create imaginative cuisine. If you’re looking for breathtaking views coupled with exceptional food, look no further than The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. This working organic farm features a 100-seat restaurant housed in a glass conservatory overlooking the Potomac River where you’ll enjoy stunning dishes on new prix fixe menus each week.

When just a little bit of chocolate simply isn’t enough, it’s time to visit The Conche where Celebrity Chef Santosh Tiptur, a world-renowned pastry chef known for his whimsical sweet and savory culinary creations, creates a unique dining experience. Dishes that you’ve never seen with chocolate before have just enough for you to get the impact. From dark chocolate barbecue sauce on the burger, short ribs with a chocolate-espresso sauce, and dark chocolate butter cake, it’s an indulgent experience not to be missed.

Kids running with backpacks in front of a school

3. Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods

Loudoun is composed of several towns, villages, and places, each with their own distinct characteristics. The scenic beauty of Lansdowne, the picturesque streetscapes of Leesburg, the charming quaintness of Round Hill – it’s all part of what makes Loudoun County one of the best places to call home.

From kindergarten through high school, Loudoun County public schools consistently rate among the best in the country. 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.

Spend some time chatting with the Loudoun locals and you’ll quickly gain appreciation for the strong sense of community. When the community is invested in one another, it’s easier to know when something is out of place in your neighborhood. Because of this small-town feeling, it’s not surprising that Loudoun County reported the lowest crime rate in Northern Virginia.

Historic brick building in Loudoun County, VA

4. Rich and Vibrant History

Loudoun County has an exciting story that has been recorded as far back as the 1600s. History buffs can follow the progression of Loudoun from uncharted wilderness inhabited by Sioux (Manahoac), Algonquin, Iroquois and Piscataway Indians to the present day.

Major events include Loudoun’s involvement in the Civil War and historical sites such as Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery are located throughout the county for you to tour and learn more. Discover historic Leesburg’s 200-plus year history by foot. Marvel at historic homes and buildings while walking the streets where history was made.

Head south to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark. The property is the former home of George Carter, a descendant from one of Virginia’s first families and most recently the Eustis’, a well-respected Washington family. Take a guided tour of the home and grounds as well as the four-acre English terraced gardens and America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810.

Exterior view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

5. Convenient Location

Not only can you enjoy wine tasting, historic sites, delicious food, and outdoor recreation within Loudoun County, but you have easy access to get to wherever you need to be outside of the region.

Loudoun is an accessible area just 25 miles from the nation’s capital as well as home to Dulles International Airport. Travel into Maryland via the Sandy Hook Bridge or cross the Potomac River on White’s Ferry into Montgomery County, Maryland.

There are multiple ways to get into Washington DC including Hwy 267, Hwy 7, I-66, and the rapid transit Silver Line of the Washington Metro System opening Summer 2022.

Navy blue kitchen in Beaumont at Cadence at Lansdowne in Loudoun County, VA

Make Your Move

With easy access to a variety of outdoor activities and close proximity to the Washington, D.C. metro area, Loudoun County offers the perfect blend of convenience and tranquility. Discover where we build in Loudoun County and contact our team to learn more. We’ll be expecting you!