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Welcome to the community of Cascades! Situated in the northeastern corner of northern Virginia’s beautiful Loudoun County, Cascades is a 2,500-acre planned community with 6,500 homes. Bordered on the north by the wide and picturesque Potomac River, to the east by the Fairfax County line, to the south by Route 7, and to the immediate west by our neighbors in the adjacent community known as Countryside, Cascades is the home to families and singles who seek easy access to both Fairfax County and the DC Beltway to the east, and to the wide expanses and many adventures of greater Loudoun County to the west. It is a highly sought-after neighborhood with countless amenities, leading to its two-time recognition as the "Finest for Family Living" award winner for the Washington Metropolitan Area. Cascades is a suburban community where people come to live, but stay to live better.
Regardless if you are a busy professional, a young family with school-aged children, empty nesters in the prime of your lives, or anywhere else on life’s journey, Cascades has a home for you. Three distinct communities compose Cascades: Potomac Lakes, Lowes Island at Cascades, and Estates at Lowes Island. All managed under the same homeowner association, Cascades Community Association (CCA), which incorporated in November 1990, each neighborhood offers unique amenities and share many more. As members of the CCA, all Cascades residents have access to its amenities.
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The Neighborhood Experience
Annually ranking among the top most sought-after communities in the Washington metropolitan area, Cascades offers homes with prices aligned to a wide variety of budgets for its over 12,000 residents. While the median home cost is $595,000, some homes sell for just over $250,000 and other recent sales have exceeded $1,000,000. By far the largest portion of Cascades is the Potomac Lakes neighborhood, which is made up of beautiful single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and apartments. Walk the tree-lined streets of Potomac Lakes and take in the traditional homes with wrap-around porches and beautiful canopied back yards, stately colonials overlooking vast garden lawns, or contemporary homes with clean distinct lines. To the northeast of Potomac Lakes is Lowes Island at Cascades, which comprises large single-family homes and townhomes, and features the world-renown Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC., which played host to the 2017 Senior PGA Championship. Tucked into the furthest northeast corner of Cascades, the Estates offers luxury single-family homes with more secluded living that features larger wooded lots, golf-cart access to Trump National Golf Club, and close proximity to challenging hikes along the nature trails of the beautiful Seneca Regional Park.
The Amenities of Cascades
Old and young alike have an endless array of activities available to them when they live in Cascades. For those who love to commune with nature, endless miles of hiking and biking trails parallel the main roads or weave through the woodlands. Plentiful trees make the paths more walkable, bikeable, and beautiful! Cascades also features five community centers, each of which has its own swimming pool with accommodations made for both recreational family or individual swim, as well as lap-lane swimming. In addition to the swimming pools, the community centers feature a total of fifteen tennis courts (four with night lighting), ten multipurpose courts, 25 tot lots, a bocce court, and a soccer field. Cascades has several social and athletic organizations that provide opportunities to share common interests with your neighbors. You can join the baby-sitting co-op, join the lively and active Cascades 50s Plus Club, enroll your school-aged children in the Cascades Rapids swim team, join the running or tennis clubs, and more! Also, access to the Potomac River is available at the Algonkian Regional Park, which features a boat launch and plenty of parking for your day out on the river.
You will love the easy access to so many regional destinations that being a residenct in Cascades provides. Perfectly situated half way along Virginia’s Route 7 between the Washington, DC Beltway at Tysons Corner and the Loudoun County seat at Leesburg, VA, Cascades residents also enjoy a mere ten-mile drive south on Route 28 to Dulles International Airport, only a six-mile drive south on Fairfax County Parkway to Reston, and only about a 30-minute drive west to enter Loudoun’s famous wine country. The main arteries through Cascades are Algonkian Parkway, Cascades Parkway, and Potomac View Road, while Lowes Island Boulevard and Whitewater Drive provide the primary access ways into the Lowes Island neighborhood. The Estates at Lowes Island is accessible via nearby Seneca Road.
Schools, Restaurants, Shopping, Places of Worship, Library, and more…
Ranked among the top public school systems in Virginia, Loudoun County School District offers Cascades children four different elementary schools in the extended community, including Potomack Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary, Horizon Elementary, and Algonkian Elementary. These elementary schools feed into one of two middle schools, River Bend Middle School and Seneca Ridge Middle School, and they in turn feed into two high schools, Potomac Falls High School and Dominion High School. In addition to these excellent public schools, Our Lady of Hope Catholic School is also centrally located within Cascades and offers a nationally ranked education to its students. For the recent high school graduates or those seeking additional skills, Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus is very conveniently located at the corner of Route 7 and Potomac View Road.
Residents need not venture far to eat well and meet their shopping needs in Cascades! The Cascades Marketplace offers a variety of eating and shopping destinations, from Giant Foods and Starbucks to Marshall’s and The Home Depot. Across Algonkian Parkway from Lowes Island you will find Great Falls Plaza, which offers additional grocery shopping and dining opportunities, including Food Lion, coffee shops, and a variety of dining venues featuring Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican cuisine. Venture just south of Cascades across Route 7 and you will numerous other shopping and dining destinations at the new Cascades Overlook Town Center, the Potomac Run Plaza, and the Dulles Town Center. Adjacent to Cascades to the west is the Countryside Marketplace, which features still more destinations for shopping, eating, and various other conveniences.
Cascades residents have a variety of places of worship within the community, to include Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Community Lutheran Church, Riverside Presbyterian Church, and Potomac Baptist Church. Residents need venture only short distances outside of Cascades to reach congregations of numerous other faiths, including the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, which is one of the largest mosques in the US, serving 5,000 families with a variety of services.
Falcon’s Landing, which is located along Algonkian Parkway adjacent to Our Lady of Hope church, is a private retirement community that offers retired military officers and retired senior government officials independent living, assisted living, nursing care, and more.
The Loudoun County Public Library network features a branch in Cascades, located adjacent to Cascades Marketplace. Residents can access the numerous amenities offered by your own local library, including everything from casual reading in a relaxed environment to access to resources for a school project to community story times for the kids. Be sure to check it out! Despite what they say, you can’t Google everything!
The Cascades Farmers Market draws a regional crowd on Sunday mornings between April and December annually. Located next to the Cascades Library, the Farmers Market vendors offer wide varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as farm-raised meats, many varieties of baked goods, fresh salsa, homemade dog treats, fresh flowers, fresh pasta, French lavender products, and much more! Dogs are welcomed, so bring Fido, grab your shopping bags, purchase an iced or hot coffee from one of the vendors, and visit with your Cascades neighbors!
Cascades is also proud and grateful to be the home of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department North Station 18, which is located on Middlefield Drive and is central to the community. Station 18 serves all of Cascades, as well as the neighboring Countryside and Sugarland Run communities. This Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue service represents a joint effort of volunteer and career personnel available to respond to emerging incidents 24 hours a day.
The United States Postal Service operates the Potomac Falls Post Office, which is located across Cascades Parkway from the Cascades Marketplace and which services the 20165 ZIP code region. In addition to the traditional Post Office, the Parcel Plus store also offers shipping and mailing services and is located in the Cascades Marketplace.
Swimming, Boating, Golfing, and more at Algonkian Regional Park
Along the north side of Cascades, at the end of Cascades Parkway, is the Algonkian Regional Park, which offers 838 acres of outdoor adventure, including access to the Potomac River, as well as numerous other activities. Although not explicitly part of Cascades, no other community has easier access! Spend a day on the river with your fishing boat, kayak, canoe, or Jet-ski! Then, once back into your vehicle, perhaps take advantage of one of the multiple reservable picnic areas. Riverfront cottage rentals, ranging from two- to five-bedrooms and accommodating up to ten guests, also offer a relaxing getaway that is very close to your Cascades home! These picturesque facilities offer fully furnished rooms, private kitchens, private parking, scenic decks, and beautiful views of the Potomac River below. If golf is your game, you can enjoy either a fun round of mini golf, or a more challenging round of regulation golf on the 18-hole Algonkian Regional golf course that winds through the Park’s woodlands. Finally, you can bring the kids to enjoy an afternoon at the Volcano Island Waterpark, one of Northern Virginia’s favorite destinations for aquatic fun. The Park’s large main pool offers splashing and swimming space for everyone – and includes a unique tree stump slide – a quick ride that sends you into four feet of cool water! It also features two waterslides totaling 400 feet of descending thrills!
The Algonkian Regional Golf Course has long remained one of the region’s most popular golf course. Measuring almost 7,000 yards from the tips, it is both challenging for the serious golfer and forgiving for the occasional weekend player. Originally designed by Ed Ault in 1962, it has been a popular destination for decades. Rolling Bermuda grass fairways provide an excellent playing surface, while plenty of water hazards, sand traps, and woods-lined roughs present plenty of challenges!
The clubhouse at Algonkian Regional Golf Course also offers The Woodlands, an elegant event space overlooking the picturesque forests of the park. The primary room can host up to 200 guests, and it features high ceilings, a striking stone fireplace, and a dance floor framed by windows that overlook the wooded golf course. This 5-star venue is a natural setting for the perfect wedding and offers a service staff with bar drinks, food, and catering.
There is also plenty of hiking both through and adjacent to Algonkian Park. Traversing the Park along the Potomac is the renown Potomac Heritage Trail, which hikers at all levels can enjoy. Within Algonkian Park, enjoy an outing on the “Dr. Ira Gabrielson” trail. Continuing to the east and immediately adjacent, after passing through the easement that traverses Trump National Golf Club, is the Seneca Regional Park. Immediately adjacent to the west of Algonkian Park, is the Countryside Nature Preserve. All in all, a serious hiker can enjoy many miles of challenging terrain, all within a short walk (or, rather, hike) from your Cascades home! For the bird watchers, join the Northern Virginia Bird Club for “bird walks” along the Park trails to catch a glimpse of the Virginia State Bird – the Northern Cardinal, a Blue Heron, any of several breeds of owl, and many more.
Adjacent to Algonkian Park and just on the south side of the golf course is the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex, a 47-acre athletic complex that features four night-lit softball fields and the six Paul Hencken soccer fields. Between the months of March and November annually, the complex plays host to numerous Loudoun County adult softball and soccer leagues, as well as youth soccer. Additionally, it hosts dozens of local, state, regional, and national tournaments annually, and has won several national awards, including 2007 ISA Softball Complex of the Year. In addition to the playing fields, the property features a modern kiosk building for umpires and team staff, as well as concession stands and an outdoor seating area with a public address system.
Explore greater Loudoun County
Heading west from Cascades, the expansive opportunities that are mere minutes away across greater Loudoun County provide seemingly endless destinations for day trips or overnighters. Enjoy an outing to any of the over 40 wineries and tasting rooms, the over 30 breweries, as well as over a dozen distilleries, cideries, and even meaderies! After an afternoon with your friends and loved ones at any of these unique establishments, visit one of Loudoun’s gourmet restaurants for dinner. Some even let you bring your own newly purchased bottle of Virginia wine (for a small corking fee)! For an even more special outing, spend the night at one of the two dozen quaint and picturesque B&Bs that the County offers! The historic town of Leesburg, Loudoun’s county seat, also offers several award-winning restaurants, craft breweries, wine tasting rooms, and unique shopping experiences. Whether you want to enjoy a First Friday evening along King Street, visit one of several delicious coffee, ice cream, or pastry shops, take in a summer concert on the Green, celebrate the Nation’s Birthday at the July 4th parade and fireworks, or spend a Spring weekend at the annual Flower and Garden Festival, there is plenty of excitement in Leesburg, and it is all mere minutes away from your new home in Cascades!