Clearly, Leesburg got a VERY unfair shake here from all these Arlington agents :-)
The decision to choose Arlington or Leesburg belongs entirely to You and at the end of process you must feel comfortable and happy with the decision you have made.
However, in defence of Loudoun County, I must say that there are many beautiful, serene, well maintained and with abundance of modern amenities communities in Loudoun County.
Did Arlington real estate weather better the market downturn?
Mostly because of its proximity to Washington, D.C. and higher gas prices during the last few years.
The daily commute to work combined with high gas prices is probably the main reason why Loudoun real estate decreased more than in Arlington County.
However, that very commute routine is repeated by thousands of Loudouners daily who would NOT trade their HOME for any other place in the world!
For one, in 2005, Loudoun County was the fastest growing county in the entire USA - it means that most of our homes are NEW and so are the schools! Loudoun County has a lot to offer: horse country in the western part, modern lifestyle in the eastern part.
The link below will take you to Loudoun County real estate that can be searched by TOWN and by Zip Code - all listings come directly from the source.
As you study the listings and the amenities they offer, you may also order school reports by choosing School Info.
If commute to work is NOT a problem, ( because you enjoy music, or like whistling to spend time, or have a great sense of humor and are immune to traffic surprices ), or you travel for work ( as many do in this area), or better yet, can work from home - Loudoun County is a wonderful place to live with many georgeous communities to choose from.
Let me know if you'd like to see the best of it!