CountrySide, Virginia

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A typical colonial-style single-family home in the CountrySide subdivision in Sterling, Virginia. This model, known as the "Williamsburg," was built by Pulte Homes in 1984 and has five bedrooms and 3.5 baths and is valued at approximately $505,000.

CountrySide is a census-designated place in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 10,072.[1] CountrySide is located about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Washington and is bounded by the Potomac River to the north, and by Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) to the south. Located in eastern Loudoun County, it is about 9 miles (14 km) from Washington Dulles International Airport. It is bordered to the east by Cascades Parkway, to the south and west by Virginia State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike/Harry Byrd Highway), and to the west and north by Algonkian Parkway.

History[edit]

The CountrySide subdivision was conceived in the middle 1970s when a tract of 1,000 acres (4 km²) of open farmland was subdivided in preparation for a planned housing development. Construction on homes began in 1981 and continued through 1991.

Today, CountrySide covers about 3.75 square miles (9.7 km2) and consists of 2,539 homes, which includes 1,269 single-family homes, 1,168 town homes, and 102 Condominium units. Its population in 1990 was 8,349 residents, and the average household income was $118,500. Homes in CountrySide have a 20165, as part of the greater Potomac Falls Community ZIP code.

The majority of the homes in CountrySide were built by the homebuilder Pulte Homes, and are of the colonial architectural style. Most of the single-family homes have two stories and a basement. CountrySide is governed by the CountrySide Proprietary, the community's homeowners association.

Recreation and Natural Features[edit]

The community contains an extensive network of paved paths that wind through the wooded neighborhoods. It also contains three swimming pools. A network of smaller hiking trails branch off the main trail and are used for hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and jogging. Some of the trails were developed by Eagle Scouts, others gradually by hikers; still others predate CountrySide itself. Planned integration with the Potomac Heritage Trail is in dispute despite the PHT's federally granted easement.[citation needed]

CountrySide also features Horsepen Run, which drains into the Potomac River, bordering to the north of the community. CountrySide Lake is also accessible within the community for fishing and light water recreation at users' risk.

Several parks and recreational facilities are accessible to the northern border of the community, including Horsepen Run - CountrySide Nature Preserve, Algonkian Regional Park (which features Algonkian Golf Course), Potomac Lake Sportsplex, and Volcano Island Waterpark. The Algonkian Regional Park Boat Ramp provides access to the Potomac River for water sports. Several playgrounds are also accessible within the community.

Schools[edit]

CountrySide students attend CountrySide Elementary School, Algonkian Elementary School, River Bend Middle School, and Potomac Falls High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Archived 2012-07-11 at Archive.today Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-03-08.

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Coordinates: 39°02′27″N 77°24′49″W / 39.04083°N 77.41361°W / 39.04083; -77.41361