July Newsletter: Latest Market Activity & Spotlight on Loudoun Cares

This month’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download. The newsletter’s helpful articles include:

  • Handling Pressure
  • Virtual House Hunting
  • Hygge Decor Tips to Bring Calm To Your Home
  • Latest Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Statistics

In this month’s local profile Valerie Pisierra, Executive Director of the nonprofit Loudoun Cares, shares about the organization and how it helps people in Loudoun County. Loudoun Cares is a “matchmaker” of sorts, connecting volunteers with organizations seeking help, and those in need with those able to help. Watch the video to learn more!

Leesburg Diner Review: Delicious Breakfast in Downtown Leesburg

A local favorite for breakfast or lunch is the Leesburg Diner, located in the heart of downtown on King Street. My family loves to stop in occasionally as a special treat after church on Sunday.

This is not your stereotypical greasy spoon diner, it’s elevated, healthy, and delicious breakfast and lunch fare. One classic diner trait that I love is that the server leaves a carafe of coffee on the table, so you never have to wait for refills!

During this particular meal, enjoyed in February prior to the COVID-19 stay at home recommendation, we enjoyed Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, a chocolate chip pancake for the kids, and cinnamon rolls.

This restaurant has a kid friendly atmosphere, but be aware that there is no kids menu. Our kids have been satisfied with the a la carte breakfast menu items, so the lack of a kids menu has not been a problem for us. The restaurant has enough ambient noise that children are not a disruption to others, and the televisions in the restaurant provide distraction to the kids when they’re done eating. As it is in a historic building, the bathrooms are small and do not have changing tables.

Watch my YouTube video to see the full review of the Leesburg Diner. I highly recommend stopping in for a bite once we can frequent restaurants again!

Stone Tower Winery Review: Part 1 of 2

A popular weekend activity in Loudoun County is visiting the area’s wineries. Locals love Stone Tower Winery because of its high quality wines, great views, and two tasting rooms: one is family and dog friendly, the other is for adults only and more upscale.

This review is of the Harvest Barn, the area that is welcoming to dogs and children. (I’ll review the 21+ Tower View Tasting Room in a Part 2 Post.) We found the Harvest Barn a warm and welcoming place to get out of the house and enjoy ourselves, as well as entertain the kids, on a cold February day. Since it was cold, we stayed inside the Harvest Barn, which is heated with space heaters and was quite comfortable. On warmer days, there’s a beautiful patio outside with lots of seating. It is adjacent to a hillside, where kids love to play.

Both on the patio and inside the Harvest Barn you can bring your own meal or snacks, or buy food from the winery. The winery has a barbecue menu that’s cooked at the Harvest Barn. (There’s a wood-fired pizza oven at the Tower View Tasting Room, and you can have that pizza ordered and delivered to the Harvest Barn.)

Be aware that dogs are allowed both inside and outside at the Harvest Barn.

Be sure to view my YouTube video about Stone Tower Winery’s Harvest Barn, too!

Open House: Single Family Home in Leesburg with Great Location, Sunday 10/21 from 1-4pm

I’m excited for another open house this weekend! This is a single family home ideally located right off Route 7. Enjoy a 5 minute drive to the Village at Leesburg shopping center with Wegmans, restaurants, and more! Plus commuting to work would be a breeze!

The house has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and comes with plenty of community amenities. Plus the pool table conveys! Come visit this Sunday, 1-4pm.

Full details here:

Neighborhood Spotlight: Brookmeade

Brookmeade is a condominium complex that is well loved by its residents. It’s located in the town of Leesburg, off Gateway Drive and Harrison Street. That puts it in easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants in the southeast east portion of Catoctin Circle, between Market Street and King Street. Attractions include the weekly farmers market at the Virginia Village shopping center.

Brookmeade has three floors, and the units are two and three bedroom condos. Each unit is one level. Units often come up for sale and rent. The complex is dog friendly, too.

People love living in Brookmeade! Residents speak highly of the great location. They love being close to downtown Leesburg for fun, and close to the toll road and Route 7 for commuting to work.  Residents also enjoy the clean condo common grounds, and the beautiful pool.

If you are interested in buying or renting in Brookmeade, I’d love to help! Call or email me today!

































Open House Sunday 9/16 in Leesburg

Sunday I’ll be hosting an open house in a well updated house on the north side of Leesburg. One highlight of this house is its backyard, with a large deck and undeveloped land beyond- enjoy the peaceful, private view! Another highlight is all of the updates this house has- the current owner has recently replaced appliances, roof, windows, and flooring.

Full house details are here. The open house is Sunday 9/16, 1-4pm. I hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Leesburg Gateway II

Leesburg Gateway II is a condominium complex in the town of Leesburg, inside the bypass, near the intersection of Gateway Drive and Harrison Street. The buildings in the complex all have addresses on Constellation Square SE.

Leesburg Gateway II is a popular complex, with some original owners still in residence. Residents love the location, which is convenient to downtown Leesburg, Market Street, and Route 7. People rave about how quickly they can get to anything.

The community is also set apart by the friendly community atmosphere. Residents know their neighbors, and people help one another. One woman shared a story about how her neighbors took her to urgent care after an injury recently.  The neighborly vibe and pride in residence is evidence by how people take care of their door areas, with many decorating with wreathes and other ornamentals.

Residents also speak highly of the HOA management company. Every stairwell has a bulletin board with the latest news and reminders. The management company also provides useful services, such as coordinating dryer vent cleaning annually (included in the HOA dues).

The outdoor spaces of the community are well maintained. The neighborhood is dog friendly, and dog owners are diligent about picking up after their pets and keeping clean walkways and grass. There is also plenty of visitor parking.

Leesburg Gateway II has 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units that are sold and rented. It’s a popular neighborhood, so places get scooped up quickly. I am very familiar with the rental and sale markets in this community, and I would be happy to help you find your new home in Leesburg Gateway II.  Call or email me today!

Town Profile: Leesburg (Master Gardener Demo Garden & Community Garden)

Northern Virginia towns offer so much to residents, and two of the many offerings in Leesburg are the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden and the Community Garden! I enjoyed a visit to both locations this past Friday evening.

The Demo Garden and Community Garden are located next to each other in Ida Lee Park. This is just north of downtown, and walking distance to the following neighborhoods: Andover Meadow, Exeter, Exeter Hills, Leesburg Historic District, Manors of Leesburg, Paxton, Peer Manor, and Warren Hill.

The Demo Garden is maintained by Loudoun County Master Gardeners, and it’s a beautiful garden to visit! The garden contains several sections, each with a different emphasis. Since I was visiting with my son, we appreciated the children’s garden.

The Community Garden offers plots for rent to residents, allowing those who may not have garden space at home an opportunity to grow!  I really enjoyed seeing how each gardener was given essentially the same space, but made his or her own choices and each space was unique!

Here is more information about the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden and the Community Garden. I hope you can enjoy visiting them soon!