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Steeped in History, Charming Leesburg Makes its Home in a Beautiful Landscape of Rolling Hills, Horse Farms and Low Slung Stone Walls
About an hour's drive northwest of Washington, D.C., charming Leesburg dates from 1758 and is steeped in history. It is the Loudon County Seat and sits at the base of Cacoctin Mountain alongside the Potomac River in a sumptuous landscape of rolling hills, horse farms, Civil War sites and low slung stone walls.
The compact, walkable downtown has narrow streets lined with dozens of quaint, red brick 18th-century and 19th-century buildings that house wine stores, fine dining restaurants, antique stores and clothiers. The Loudon County Arts Council sponsors exhibits, readings and author chats, and the city's parks and recreation department oversees community gardens, an aquatic center, dog parks, people parks and a wide variety of walking trails. The Audobon Society maintains the nearby Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary. Cacoctin Mountain National Park is the spot for hiking and camping. Village at Leesburg is an attractive outdoor mall, and Leesburg Corner has 110 outlet retailers.
Residents enjoy a Saturday morning farmers' market, First Fridays, a summer acoustic concert series, a popular annual flower and garden festival, an air show, a classic car show and four golf courses. Ball's Bluff Battlefield, Morvan Park and the Dodona Manor are all testaments to the city's rich heritage. Most residences are large, elegant single family homes, and architectural styles, both original and new, include Colonial, Federal and Victorian.
Population: 55,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 60% above the national average
Median Home Price: $754,000
Climate: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters stay cool with temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of rain and a few inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Traffic congestion is a common complaint.
Notes: Many locals work in D.C. Home prices have increased 9% since a year ago, and the population has grown 30% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Commonwealth of Virginia is on the southern Atlantic coast. Nicknames include Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents (eight American presidents were born here). The motto for the state is Sic Semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus Always to Tyrants. This motto is on both the state's seal (designed in 1776) and the state's flag (first used in the 1830s).
The Virginia Company established the Colony of Virginia and Jamestown in 1607. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Richmond was even named the Confederate capital. Today, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western world.
Western Virginia has a distictly rural, southern feeling while eastern Virgina is home to military installations and northern Virginia is where many Washington, D.C. lobbyists and government workers live.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and miles of eastern shore beaches are Virginia highlights.
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