Leesburg : Virginia

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What it's Like to Retire in Leesburg

Located to the northwest of Washington, D.C. is the town of Leesburg, Virginia.  The area is growing rapidly and was at 52,607 in 2016. Many working people are moving out from the city, while some retirees are doing the same. Crime is very low.

There is at least one very large planned community in Leesburg, Lansdowne.  It has an active adult community within it (See Active Adult Community link at left). Photo of Victorian mansion courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and JoSePh; photo of N.King St in Historic District courtesy of Wikipedia and Mojo Hand; picture of Leesburg Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Karen Nutini.

 

Where to Retire in Leesburg and Home Prices

There is at least one very large planned community in Leesburg, Lansdowne.  It has an active adult community within it (See Active Adult Community link at top right). The Median price of a home in late 2014, was about $400,000 in greater Leesburg, according to City-Data.com.  

 

What is special about Leesburg

Leesburg was the home of 5 star General George C. Marshall, the commander of the U.S. Armed Forces in WWII and the genius of the Marshall Plan for post-WWII economic recovery. The Battle of Balls Bluff, a resounding Confederate victory, was fought here.  21 entries on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary.
 

What is not special about Leesburg

Leesburg is a very expensive and congested place to live.
 

Who will like retirement in Leesburg

People who want to live in suburban Washington might like Leesburg.
 

Local economy is driven by

Leesburg is mostly a suburban bedroom community for northern Virginia.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Leesburg is north west of Washington D.C. in extreme northern Virginia. The average July high temperature is 87 and the average January low is 21. The wettest month is May (4.5").
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Leesburg's Flower and Garden Festival is an annual event, along with parades like the one held on the 4th of July;  Thomas Balch Library; Washington's cultural attractions are nearby and extensive.

 

Crime

The crime rate is very low in Leesburg.
 

Medical facilities

Loudoun Hospital Center in Lansdowne serves Leesburg.
 

Transportation

The town is also the northern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road which connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.  Reagan Airport is also nearby, as is the Leesburg Executive Airport.
 

Valuable Links

Leesburg Downtown Business Association

 

What people are saying about Leesburg

Living in Leesburg
My wife and I lived in downtown Leesburg from 1977 to 2005 and raised two children and I honestly can not imagine retiring there. It is a great place to raise kids with an excellent school system and lots of activities for children but not so much for adults.An average commute to DC (26 miles) is over 2 hours each way and housing and taxes are really high. My home had a tax value of $350k and my real estate taxes were $6300 per year.
Posted by bgammache on November 10, 2010

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