Located in the heart of Loudoun County is the historic and charming census-designated place of Sterling, Virginia. Originally dubbed Guilford, its name was changed to Loudoun in 1872 because it was the first stop on westbound trains. However, because of the confusion of both the town and the county being called the same, the village name was changed again in 1887 to Sterling. By the late 1880’s, because the railroad was driving the local economy, residents from Washington, D.C. were coming to Sterling for weekends and summers in the countryside. From the mid-1800s to the time of the Great depression, Old Sterling competed with Ashburn and other various stops along the railroad to attract tourists and new businesses. But when the use of automobiles proliferated and highways were improved, hotels and other businesses were built along new and other routes. The result of this new expansion was that budding businesses and tourists bypassed Sterling and subsequently most of the businesses built around the railroad to vanished by the 1940s. Today approximately 30,000 people make Sterling their home.
While still considered a remote location, Sterling and its history survives. The Heritage Farm Museum enables visitors to take a step back in time and experience what it was like to live as a farmer in the olden days. There is even a general store to discover where visitors can practice their milking skills on a “life-like” cow. Also available are fascinating exhibits that preserve the agricultural heritage of the area and even offer hands-on classes. Other interesting and fun things that are offered in Sterling include the Downpour Algonkian; a swimming pool with 140-foot water slides, an interactive splash tower, and slides for kids. The pool provides refreshing entertainment for people of all ages. The Recreation Sportsplex and Claude Moore Park also provide additional opportunities for both leisure and exercise. The Claude Moore Park is a pet-friendly setting replete with fishing spots, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and baseball fields. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there is something for everybody in Sterling, Virginia!
Sterling real estate is varied; each neighborhood has its own character, and offers many different types of home styles. Townhomes, condominiums, modern/contemporary houses, ranch-style houses, split level homes, cottages, and even upscale residences are among the many choices available to prospective buyers.
Known as an especially friendly community, many points of interest are within easy walking distance. These include: clinics, public facilities, quaint shops, and quality restaurants. The schools are part of the Loudoun County Public School system. And, because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., those looking to purchase a home in Sterling have the many additional amenities and attractions of a large metropolitan region conveniently located just short drive away. Sterling is therefore a “must-see” destination for homebuyers searching in the Washington, D.C. area. If you would like more information on homes for sale in Sterling, Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.