Willowsford is easily the most buzzed about neighborhood in Northern Virginia. It is one of the newest and largest planned communities in Loudoun County, and is the capital area’s only farm to table community. Willowsford is made up of four villages, although they are a little spread out and don’t all connect geographically: The Grange and The Grant are in Ashburn on the north side of Route 50, while in Aldie, on the south side, are the Grove and the Greens. In total, the 4,000 acre community includes 2,000 acres of dedicated open space managed by the Willowsford Conservancy. The philosophy of the homeowners and the association is that all four neighborhoods make up one cohesive community. Every resident has access to the amenities, trails and lifestyle programming of all of the villages, no matter which one they live in.
The Greens: This is the largest village in Willowsford, with more than half of the total acreage, and includes forests, meadows and agricultural land. The Lodge at Willow Lake is in this village, and is home to community sports and outdoor recreation. There are more than 700 homesites, 14 miles of trails, farmland, Willow Lake, White Oak Tree House, sledding hills, a teaching and demonstration kitchen, outdoor pool with kids’ water amenities, a dog park, an archery range, and multiple community parks.
The Grove: This village is on the Aldie side and is home to mature forests, woodland streams, and nature areas. There are more than 700 homes here, as well. The village has 5 miles of trails, a tot lot, Pin Oak Pond and Community Park, Overlook Knoll Park –which includes a zip line, Swart Farmstead Historical Park, the Log Cabin Tree House, several picnic areas, and Willow Grove Splash Park.
The Grant: This section of Willowsford, with just shy of 450 homes, is located on the Ashburn side and has the largest estate homesites in the community. The Grant has 13 miles of trails, farmland, Everfield Community Park, Grant Family Campground, a dog park, a disc golf course, and Wild Plum Park.
The Grange: Willowsford Farm, the Farm Garden, and Market Stand are located in The Grange village. The Sycamore House is also here, with event space, gardens and resort-style pool with cabanas. The village has 382 homes, 9 miles of trails, farmland, a kids’ BMX bike track, a dog park, a teaching and demonstration kitchen, Bear Barn Tree House, and an amphitheater.
What We Like:
The Willowsford management team is hard at work to ensure that this neighborhood is a true community, and that they are living the ideals that it was built around. You can follow along with life in Willowsford on their site, Willowsford Life. We also love the volunteer opportunities: residents can help with invasive species monitoring, trail maintenance, farm CSA work, and more. The community is fully a conservancy and agrihood.
While homes are generally very large–we showed one home that was over 10,000 finished square feet– the luxury features and beautiful layouts can still feel welcoming and non-formal. And there is something for everyone when considering lot placement; some homes sit on private wooded lots while others have wide open mountain views. (At least, as much of a mountain view as you can have in Loudoun.) Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular here.
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