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LoCo High Schools Making the Grade

School hallway

This came through from LCPS and we thought it was worth sharing: All 12 of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools eligible to be ranked nationally by The Washington Post’s Challenge Index received this honor in 2014. (John Champe High School is not yet eligible to be ranked.) The Challenge Index, conceived by Jay Mathews of … [Read more...]

Take a Tour of Ashburn This Weekend

Ashburn Place

Have a look at the open houses in Ashburn this weekend: … [Read more...]

Slow Rising Tide in LoCo

Dunrobin home

A month ago we wrote about how few listings there were on the market, 660 non new construction homes to be exact. Here we are one month later and we've only climbed to 835 on the multiple listing service. How did we get there? 680 homes have been listed since February 26, with 251 of those currently under contract or already sold. That's … [Read more...]

This LOL Doesn’t Come With a Smile (Lack of Listings)

Broadlands home

Two weeks ago I wrote about the lack of homes on the market, and it got me doing a little more digging. About two years ago Heather wrote something similar for the Washington Post. It's scary to see how close the numbers are: Ashburn Village:  18 now/ 20 then Ashburn Farm: 12 now/ 13 then Broadlands: 10 now/ 20 then Brambleton: 30 … [Read more...]

Ever Heard of a CSA?

Hydroponic vegetables

About nine years ago Heather began having migraines on a regular basis. After a few doctors appointments and some research on our own, we realized many were being caused by chemicals in our food. If you actually read what is on the label of stuff you buy in the grocery store you might never eat! Now we didn't go all doomsday prepper and start … [Read more...]

How Much Home for $300K in LoCo Today?


  Last week when we wrote about homes in the $400,000 price range there were 1500 active listings. Here we are a week later and only 2 more homes are on the market, maybe the weather is slowing things down. If you are searching in the $300,000 price point, you have 59 of the 1502 homes currently on the market from which to choose. (As shown … [Read more...]

How Much Home for $400k in LoCo Today?

South Riding townhomes

Guess the cold weather isn't slowing the market down, last week when I wrote about homes in the $750,000 price range there were only 676 on the market! If you are searching in the $400,000 price point, you have 56 of the 1500 total homes currently on the market from which to choose. (As shown in the multiple listing service this morning, … [Read more...]

How Much Home for $750k in LoCo Today?

Stoneleigh Home

Sitting here on another sub zero day, our second extended break with the kids off school, and one of the fun things we like to do is dream about what might be the "next" house. Here's a little taste of the top end of the market, hope you enjoy. If you are searching in the $750,000 price point, you have 29 of the 676 total homes currently on … [Read more...]

Look Back: Ashburn Market in 2013

Cameron Chase Home 2

Ashburn has always been one of the most active real estate markets in LoCo. As Brambleton, Broadlands, and One Loudoun continue to grow, that should continue for years to come. Let's take a look at the year that was 2013... Our first chart shows the month by month breakdown of last year's 1827 total sales (15.5% more than 2012). The blue … [Read more...]

To Close or Not to Close…

Woodgrove High School

I know our parents walked to school uphill both ways through two feet of snow, heck I've even shared some of those stories with my kids when they complain about going to school on a questionable day. Last week we had two such days, and either way one side of the county was going to be upset. I want to share what we saw and try to help us all … [Read more...]