Keri Shull’s Neighborhood Spotlight: Ashburn

Ashburn is a scenic, suburban town located in Loudon County, just 30 miles west of Washington D.C. It is the 20th largest community in Virginia with a population of about 49,000 residents. Nearly two thirds of the households in Ashburn are families with children who choose this area for its plentitude of safe subdivisions, good schools, and friendly neighbors. Ashburn has experienced a lot of growth in the last few years, in large part due to the presence of many telecommunications and IT companies that are located in this area, which is considered part of the Dulles Technology Corridor. Ashburn is conveniently located within 10 miles of Dulles International Airport with easy access to Route 7, Route 28, and Dulles Toll Road. The Silver Line Metro will soon connect to Ashburn, but until construction is complete, residents of Ashburn can take a Loudon Commuter Bus to the current nearest Metro station, West Falls Church.


History of Ashburn

As longtime residents know, Ashburn originated as Farmwell in the early 1800s. The name Farmwell came from the nearby mansion of George Lee, great-grandson of Thomas Lee who was a leading political figure in colonial Virginia. In 1841, a section of the Farmwell plantation was purchased by John Janney, a Quaker lawyer who was once nominated to be the vice presidential candidate of the national Whig party. Janney ultimately lost the nomination to John Tyler by just one vote (his own), and therefore lost out on being Vice President of the United States and President of the United States by that tight of a margin. Janney settled down on the property he bought and named Ashburn Farm until 1870. According to local lore, the name Ashburn came from an incident in which lightning struck an ash tree. The tree burned brightly and continued to smolder for several days which caused quite the stir in town. A couple of decades later in 1896, confusion existed between the well-known town of Farmville and the area known as Farmwell, so the town decided to rename itself Ashburn, after Janney’s famous farm.

Housing in Ashburn

The housing stock in Ashburn primarily consists of traditional, single-family homes built in the last 20 to 30 years. Old-fashioned Colonials and Shingle style homes are the most popular, reflecting classic New England architecture. Most homes feature high ceilings, stone or brick facades, big backyards, sun rooms, finished basements, spacious open floor plans, and upscale fixtures and appliances. There are many subdivisions in Ashburn that also include townhomes. Luxury, city-style condo buildings have made an appearance in Ashburn in recent years as the area continues to grow. These condos offer great amenities such as private roof decks and garage parking, and most are within walking distance of nearby parks and restaurants. Buying a home in Ashburn would be a great investment for any type of home buyer. Contact the Keri Shull Team if you’re interested in homes in Ashburn!

Entertainment in Ashburn

Ashburn offers a variety of unique and fun attractions for residents of all ages, along with every staple you could need in a neighborhood. There are plenty of shopping centers with grocery stores, restaurants, shops, gyms, and coffee shops just a short drive away from most homes and subdivisions. Many businesses have opened up in Ashburn as the area expands with the population. From sub shops to fine dining establishments, there are dozens of options when it comes to food and drink. There is also a good balance of commercial retail stores and speciality boutiques. Loudoun One — the new downtown-like center in Ashburn — features an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a Top Golf, and an indoor skydiving attraction.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy when living in Ashburn too. Ashburn is the home of Redskins Park — the practice facility of the Washington Redskins football team — which hosts several family-friendly events during the warm weather months. The Washington & Old Dominion Regional Railroad Park features over forty miles of paved trails perfect for bikers, runners, and dog walkers. There is even a path for horseback riding. The Ashburn Ice House is a hit with local kids who can sign up for a hockey league or enjoy a day of ice-skating. There are also several different golf courses in Ashburn and even a place to sail boats. There is so much to do right here in Ashburn, but residents also have the luxury of traveling to other nearby Northern Virginia neighborhoods to enjoy an even larger offering of entertainment options.

Local Community in Ashburn

The local community in Ashburn is a well-educated, ethnically diverse group of people who care about their neighbors and strive to give back the community in a variety of ways. Over 20 percent of Ashburn’s residents were born somewhere outside of the United States, and over 60 percent of the adult residents in Ashburn have a college degree. The community is very active with volunteering and raising money for local charities, and there are many festivals held in Ashburn throughout the year to bring people together. In the summer, there are concerts nearly every weekend featuring fun, local bands. There are four different farmers markets offering fresh produce and handmade gifts, and the Loudon County Fair is always a hit with families from all over the area.