Tucked away in the bucolic heart of southern Loudoun County, Aldie is a serene, historic village that also happens to be in one of Virginia’s fastest-growing ZIP codes: 20105. This unincorporated community has seen unprecedented growth since the early aughts and is now a vibrant blend of history, hunt country beauty, and suburban amenities.
Originally a mill town, Aldie was chartered in 1810 and sprung up around the Little River and the Aldie Mill, which still stands to this day. Both the village and the mill (the construction of the latter was financed by the statesman Charles Fenton Mercer) are named after Aldie Castle in Scotland, once the Mercer family seat.
What You’ll Love About Aldie
- Steeped in history: Taking a stroll around the village with its well-preserved 18th and 19th century homes and buildings is like taking a walk back in time. Along leafy roads and lush farmland, you’ll find the remains of 200-year-old brick and stone walls as well as a Civil War battlefield and a Union regimental monument.
- Aldie has several sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among these are the Aldie Mill Historic Park; the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church; the 95-acre Furr Farm; the 108-foot-long Little River Turnpike Bridge; and the Loudoun Agricultural and Mechanical Institute.
- Easy to get around: Aldie straddles US-50 and is just a few miles west of Middleburg. US-50 intersects with US-15 on its eastern side (Gilbert’s Corner), making Leesburg no more than 20-minute drive away. Dulles International Airport is around 16 miles east from Aldie, and Washington D.C. is approximately 40 miles away.
- Top-rated schools: Aldie is served by the Loudoun County Public Schools district. Most of the schools are located near the newer communities east of the village, apart from Aldie Elementary School, which is right on Meetinghouse Lane. Other public schools in the area include: Hovatter Elementary School, Willard Middle School, Mercer Middle School, Lightridge High School, and John Champe High School.
- Plenty of open space: Given its semi-rural character, it’s not surprising that green spaces abound in Aldie. There’s the sprawling 155-acre Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park at the foot of the Bull Run Mountains, the small Aldie Park right along the Little River near the village center, the historic parks (Aldie Mill, Mt. Zion), and so on.
- A wide range of neighborhoods: The explosion of development that Aldie has seen over the past two decades has resulted in the creation of a diversity of master-planned communities. Many of these, such as Stone Ridge, Lenah Mill, Hartland, and the expansive, over 4,000-acre Willowsford, boast amenities like community centers and clubhouses, pools, parks, trails, and — in the case of Hartland — even a winery.
Aldie Real Estate
There’s plenty of property types to choose from in Aldie, including two-level condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and land. The housing market is dominated by new and recently built homes located in planned communities, and architectural styles are typically neo-traditional, taking inspiration from the Colonial and Colonial Revival homes of the region.