Potomac Station, Virginia
Potomac Station is a housing subdivision located just east of historic Leesburg, Virginia, off the bypass, north of State Route 7, and west of Lansdowne. Potomac Station is about 388 acres in size, which includes 168 acres of common property. About a third of its residents live within the limits of the Town of Leesburg; the remaining two-thirds live outside the town. Ideally situated minutes from the Dulles Greenway, Potomac Station is one-half hour from Washington Dulles International Airport, and about 50 minutes from Downtown D.C. Potomac Station is perfectly “in the middle” for those who love the historic district of Leesburg and rural spaces of western Loudoun, while still being close to all the metropolitan advantages of Northern Virginia and the nation’s capital.
Established in 1997, Potomac Station is a planned community of 1401 residences: 872 are single-family homes; the remaining 529 are townhouses. The community is now built out, and homes are usually available. The developer of Potomac Station was the award-winning Kettler (originally KSI Services), based out of McLean, Virginia, and one of D.C.’s largest real estate development companies. In 2003, the developer relinquished control to the Potomac Station Community Association, though at present, there are still two developer seats on the seven-member, volunteer Board of Directors. The remaining five Directors are elected according to five geographically divided wards. The Board works with eight volunteer committees of the community, finalizes contracts, directs paid staff, and listens and responds to resident concerns at each Board meeting. Potomac Station employs two full-time, on-site staff members to address daily resident and community needs. The Association also employs off-site staff to handle financial and legal needs.
According to Community Association President, Henry Twentier, an original Potomac Station resident and Board member since 2002, a “major mix of ages” lives at Potomac Station. Twentier said, “We have active retired residents in their 70s and 80s, along with young, working families with children. We have the full spectrum.” Many of the residents work for government agencies. Residents enjoy a number of amenities, including a community clubhouse, a large outdoor swimming pool with an active swim league, a basketball court, two tennis courts, and eight tot lots. Twentier said the monthly HOA fees are comparatively “just below average, the lower part of the medium range” for the quality of amenities. Throughout the year, the Events Committee of the Community Association sponsors pool parties, Movie Nights for adults and kids, a spring Egg Hunt, a Halloween Haunted House, Breakfast with Santa, and more. During the last weekend of the pool season, a particular favorite among resident canines is the Doggie Swim.
Residents enjoy the outdoor trails on the community’s property, especially the Trail to Goose Creek. Also, on the property are two surviving Battery Points that were used to cover and protect the old railroad bridge from Manassas into Leesburg during the Civil War. It is rumored that old silver and copper mines are near these old Battery Points, though that has never been confirmed. On the edge of the Potomac Station property, in Harper Park, is the old Stone House built in 1822 by Elias Jenkins as an ordinary, or tavern. In 1996, the Friends of the Old Stone House formed to save and preserve this historic building.
Potomac Station is served by top-ranked Loudoun County Schools. Within Potomac Station, students in K-5th grades attend John Tolbert Elementary; 6th-8th graders attend Harper Park Middle School. Both of these schools are adjacent to each other. Because Potomac Station does not have its own high school, the neighborhood has been subject to district boundary changes; currently, students in grades 9-12 attend Heritage High School in Leesburg.
Often, residents volunteer in the Leesburg community. Kim Goodlin, a 6-year resident of Potomac Station appreciates that her Community Association President, Mr. Twentier, is actively involved an after-school chess club. “My son goes to Heritage High now, but when he was in the fifth grade, he played chess with Mr. Twentier’s club. He really enjoyed it; it was good for him. Mr. Twentier makes it fun and is really good with the kids.” Twentier, a former elementary school teacher, said, “I tell the kids, it’s not about winning. It’s about having fun. I charge them a little something so they show up. We have a good time; some of these kids are really sharp players, better than I am!”
Goodlin and her family enjoy living in Potomac Station. “When we bought our place, we were the third owners, coming into an established neighborhood. We have been welcomed right from the start. Our neighbors are great; everyone looks out for each other and checks in on each other.” Twentier said, “I’m a country boy. I grew up in rural Pennslyvania, near Muddy Creek, in Butler County, north of Pittsburgh. My wife is a city girl. We love Loudoun because you get to have both. I love being involved with the community here. Potomac Station is a great place to live.”
Between 2009 and 2014, the population in this area is projected to increase about 38%. In comparison, Loudoun County population is expected to grow 23.5%. The population of Virginia is projected to increase 5.5%.
Between 2009 and 2014, the White population is expected to grow by 10%, the African American population by 61%, the Asian population by 83% and Hispanic population by 65%.
|Race/Ethnicity||% of population||% of population (VA)|
The median household income for this area is $114,312, compared to a state median of $60,690, as estimated for 2009.
|Income Category||% of households||% of households (VA)|
|Less than $25,000||5.18%||17.87%|
|Less than $50,000||9.98%||40.94%|
|Less than $75,000||23.29%||60.5%|
|Less than $150,000||69.13%||88.89%|
|More than $150,000||30.87%||11.11%|
|Type of unit||% of units||% of units (VA)|
|Single family - detached||49.3%||62.6%|
|Single family - attached||35.02%||9.96%|