Nestled in a pocket along the famous Potomac River is Belmont VA. This is a bustling area despite it’s smaller population sitting at just under 6,000 as of the 2010 United States Census – 5,996 to be exact. This neighborhood is not considered a town; it’s a “census-designated place” which is an area where the population is concentrated and separated for statistical purposes but not legally an official town. It is considered to be part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in Loudon County. More specifically, it is considered to be a part of the larger census-designated place of Ashburn, VA.
Ashburn, meanwhile, enjoys a population of over 43,000 residents. Both Ashburn and Belmont are a part of Loudon County and are around 30 miles to the northwest of Washington, D.C. Perhaps surprisingly, Ashburn is home to a lot of large technology corporations such as a large office for Verizon Business, among others. As a result, it just so happens – as a fun fact – that Ashburn is the hub for nearly 70% of the world’s internet traffic.
This area enjoys an average climate year-round in the context of the United States. Its precipitation and temperatures tend to fall right around the national average within a small margin of error. This can make for beautiful summers in which to enjoy the area’s homey, suburban feel mixed with idyllic and historic houses.
There is no shortage of activities to enjoy here and in the surrounding areas.
This area is home to several beautiful parks, perfect for families to enjoy time outside. Beth Miller Park, for example, is home to beautiful vegetation and gazebos and scenic walking paths so you can take it all in. One can enjoy pleasant waterfront views along the Potomac River. Of course, this also means you can enjoy a relaxing day along the banks of the river fishing, taking a walk, or just sitting to take it all in. The wilderness calls from nearby, where you can go camping, too.
Perhaps the largest source of activity is the Belmont Country Club and Golf Course. Although technically located in nearby Ashburn, Virginia, this country club boats elegance, serenity, and history. One can visit the Belmont Manor House on the property, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places as it was built by the son of Declaration of Independence signer Richard Henry Lee in 1790.
The country club, in general, has many options for dining, golf, fitness, aquatics and a special area to leave the kids for a fun-filled day. This incredibly beautiful property also has options for holding banquets and events.
This area does have options for those who are not into spending a lot of time outdoors as well. There are a lot of shopping areas nearby, given the suburban nature of this area. This area itself is host to the Village Center, a small shopping center with a few dining options as well.
Beyond this immediate area, there is an even wider selection of things for people to do. In the Ashburn area in general, one can find a vast variety of places to go to do just about anything you can think of – from Top Golf to movie theatres and wine-and-paint nights and anything else. It also provides a plethora of dining and shopping options to residents and tourists alike as well.
Just a quick ways away, of course, is Washington DC. But there are also other sites around Virginia and adjacent Maryland that have their own historical sites that you can easily visit if you are in the area. There are Revolutionary War battlefields and historical sites as well as homesteads of many famous American figures such as George Washington, among others, all within just a couple of hours from this area.
Overall, this is considered to be a highly upscale area. Property values are far higher than average in this area and one must be of considerable income to live there with median rent prices sitting north of $3,000 according to multiple real estate websites. Median household income sits just under $200,000 per year. Part of the reason for the exorbitant cost of living in this area is the sheer size and value of the properties. It is not uncommon to find homes that are larger than 4,000 square feet on nearly an acre of land.
As a result of the area being relatively small and affluent, there is very little crime to be found in the area. The quality of the schools in this area is top-notch as well. According to a lot of resident reviews, the job market is decent and the lifestyle in this area is rather comfortable and peaceful. This an ideal neighborhood for any family with a decent income looking for a family-friendly and safe place to call home.