Ashburn Gives the Renter the Best of Both Worlds

Scientists working in a laboratory.

Not rocket science: Janelia Farm, a 760,000-square-foot facility that focuses on biomedical research, anchors Ashburn’s technology district.

Ashburn sits in Loudon County, so that puts it a little ways away from the big city. In fact, it’s about 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Loudoun County was the fastest growing county in the United States in 2004 (in counties with over 10,000 people), and it ranked fifth overall for the decade. This can be taken a couple of ways. Chiefly, there must be something great in Loudoun County that makes people want to move there and, realistically, the high-tech boom of the late ’90s and early ’00s brought people in droves.

The really cool thing for anyone looking for an apartment in Ashburn is, literally, the location. As an unincorporated town, Ashburn’s population is hard to nail down, but some put it between 50,000-75,000 (give or take a few thousand happy souls). This makes it a small city in its own right – though, spread out, like much of Northern Virginia.

The team headquarters and training facility for the Washington Redskins are located in Ashburn as is the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus.

Ashburn also has convenient shopping (highlights include Ashburn Village Center, Ashbrook Common, plus a Target and Wal-Mart nearby), a few small parks and – for the fishing enthusiasts among you – there’s Beaverdam Creek Reservoir on the town’s southwest border.

Out farther west and north, you get into horse-and-wine country (believe it or not, there are quite a few vineyards in Loudoun County). Of course, one could always just drive to Washington, D.C., for a fun day or night as well.

That’s what the renter gets with Ashburn: You’re close to both the city and the country, but there’s plenty to do in town if you just want to stay home. Use Apartment Showcase to find your next apartment.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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