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Neighborhood Profile: Stoneleigh in Loudoun County, Virginia.

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Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club community in Round Hill, Virginia offers residents seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in Loudoun County.

“It’s close to Purcellville, so you get that city feel, but it’s really remote,” said David Clark, resident since July 2019 and homeowners association treasurer. “It’s hidden. We can sit outside at night and we don’t hear any traffic.

Clark said his family moved from Leesburg to Stoneleigh for its “laid back” and “quaint and rural” atmosphere.

Affordable offers attract young families to Loudoun community

The private Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course weaves its way naturally between Stoneleigh’s 139 single-family homes. Each home was custom built as families purchased the 150 lots, ranging from one to five acres each, over the past 30 years.

These houses, each with their own architectural style, are enveloped in trees and greenery. Quiet ponds criss-cross the hilly terrain, while small farm buildings and low stone walls — some over 100 years old — dot the manicured landscape.

The private country club, which most residents belong to, Clark said, offers amenities to keep families busy. As well as golf, there are tennis and pickleball courts and an outdoor swimming pool, home to the Stoneleigh Stars swimming team.

The golf course, completed in 1992, was designed by Hall of Fame golf course architect Lisa Maki, who created it after links-style golf courses in Scotland. Streets in the area, such as Turnberry Drive and Prestwick Court, are named after Scottish golf courses.

Another perk for club members, Clark said, is the Tavern, a restaurant for a casual bite to eat for lunch or dinner. He and his family come during the week, and especially on holidays, he said, when the tavern hosts special events, like a Mother’s Day brunch.

Other country club events include movie nights, 4th of July celebrations, company outings, and weddings.

Access to the club requires a membership. Full membership involves a one-time fee of $7,500 and a monthly fee of $395 for access to all club amenities and events, according to membership director Clinton Chapman.

Residents of Stoneleigh do not automatically obtain club membership, nor are they required to have a membership. Non-residents of Stoneleigh can also become members.

Stoneleigh’s location just off Route 7 is “ideal”, Clark said. “We can easily go to breweries or wineries to listen to music and relax without having to worry about traffic.”

Sleeter Lake Park and horse riding venues, such as Red Gate Farm, are also nearby. Directly across Route 7 is Hill High Marketplace, home to Mom’s Apple Pie at Hill High and More Better Restaurant & Beer Garden, where Blair Kaiser’s sons work.

Kaiser’s family moved in next door to the Clark family in July 2019, also for the Stoneleigh location.

The retired Air Force pilot had to move his family back to the Washington area, where they lived from 2004 to 2011, because he became a United Airlines pilot at Dulles International Airport and his wife is became an operating room nurse at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Stoneleigh was a great option, Kaiser said, because it’s easily accessible to their jobs in Dulles and Leesburg via Route 7, while also offering plenty of land without the “windy, gravel roads” found in other towns. other nearby rural neighborhoods, he said.

“My drive to Dulles Airport is 30 miles, and 95% of the time the Waze navigation app tells me I’ll get there in just 30 minutes; it’s unbelievable. not a single red light,” Kaiser said.

Pam O’Beirne, former Treasurer and President of HOA, and her husband began building their retirement home in Stoneleigh in 1998.

Although there are still retirees, O’Beirne said, at least 50-60% of homes are now owned by young couples with children. “A lot of us old people who came in in the 90s moved because our kids are big and the properties are big,” she said.

One of Stoneleigh’s main advantages is how “charming” it is, O’Beirne said, with its pre-Civil War character and mountain views.

The original stone mansion – now part of the Tavern Restaurant – has the year 1852 engraved on the tallest chimney and was built and occupied by the James family, well-known stonemasons in Loudoun County at the time . The Jameses sold the property to William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, in 1913, and it operated as a dairy farm and orchard, O’Beirne said.

After ownership changed hands several times, Bob Lewis, Bruce Brownell and their partners Stoneleigh purchased and developed this community which opened in 1992.

Some original structures remain, including a red barn that burned down during the Civil War and the founder’s cottage from the mid-1700s, which is now an Airbnb.

HOA’s annual fee is $100 for maintenance of Stoneleigh’s main entrance and mailboxes, O’Beirne said.

A mid-century modern neighborhood “buried in nature”

live there: Stoneleigh is bounded by Route 7 to the north, Turnberry Drive to the west and south and Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club to the east.

According to Compass realtor Leslie Carpenter, there are two homes on the market: one at $1,325,000 with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, and the other at $1,350,000 with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. bath and a half. Over the past year, 10 homes have been sold and the average selling price was $1,130,501. They ranged from $900,000 for a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom home that lacked updates and a finished basement, Carpenter said, to $1,400,000 for a five-bedroom home and five and a half bathrooms.

Schools: Mountain View Elementary School, Harmony Middle, Woodgrove High

Transit: The closest bus stop to the Purcellville connector is at the Loudoun Valley Community Center, approximately five miles away. The Purcellville Park and Ride is approximately 10 km away. The nearest underground station, Wiehle-Reston East on the Silver Line, is approximately 35 miles away.