Once known as Farmville thanks to its naturally bucolic setting, Ashburn stands today as a prominent high-tech hub where commercial appeal meets residential charm. The area has seen a rapid influx of growth in recent years, with its first residential development breaking ground in 1985 on Ashburn Farm. By just 1996, Ashburn was chosen as the Headquarters of AOL. Today, 70% of the world’s internet traffic flows through Ashburn (and neighboring Sterling), furthering its dynamic legacy as an innovative community at the forefront of technology. Although as Ashburn residents know, technology is only one part of this neighborhood’s story.
Home to chic lifestyle precincts, an eclectic array of dining and entertainment destinations, and convenient commuting options, it’s hardly a surprise that Ashburn is one of Virginia’s most sought-after communities. Ashburn’s allure is evidenced in part by its affluent lifestyle and rigorous educational standards, making it a haven for growing families and business leaders alike. Here, everything you could ever need—or want—is at your fingertips, from the two local Wegmans and massive Whole Foods that make grocery shopping a breeze, to the abundance of walking trails (including the W&OD), the proximity to Dulles Airport, and so much more. Head over to One Loudon
—a brand new center with a small-town feel—or discover the Town of Leesburg
, a quaint borough defined by its historic roots and eclectic dining scene. In the warmer months, locals and visitors alike descend on McDowell’s Beach Bar
, a tropical transplant in the heart of Leesburg, while beer lovers flock to Delirium Cafe
year-round to sample its storied selection of local brews, spirits, and pub fare in style. And in case you do ever feel like venturing out, a Metro is on the horizon that will soon link Ashburn with both Maryland and DC.