In the shadow of Trump’s Loudoun County golf club, a family-friendly oasis

Friday, 22 September 2017, 12:04:16 PM. WHERE WE LIVE | Lowes Island’s planned communities offer camaraderie and abundant natural attractions.

1 of 15 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × Where We Live | Lowes Island in Loudoun County, Va. in-the-shadow-of-trumps-loudoun-county-golf-club-a-familyfriendly-oasis photo 1 View Photos The community offers a scenic backdrop for running, biking, hiking and viewing the Potomac. Caption The community offers a scenic backdrop for running, biking, hiking and viewing the Potomac.   Built around 1990, Lowes Island features a collection of planned communities that offer residents access to an abundance of trails for hiking, biking and running, “gorgeous views of the Potomac River,” and quick access to shopping options and transportation hubs such as Dulles International Airport, said Sheila Cooper, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. Justin T. Gellerson/For The Washington Post Buy Photo Wait 1 second to continue.

Barbara Conzone said that she could have become discouraged after her search for the ideal house dragged on for nearly a year.

The stakes back then were certainly high, she said.

About seven years ago, Conzone, a mother of two, was going through a divorce and needed to find a house close to where her children, who lived at the time in Great Falls, attended school and had developed meaningful relationships.

She knew she wanted to move to Lowes Island, a nearby triangular-shaped neighborhood in Loudoun County that hugs the Potomac River, but she struggled to find a house that suited her needs, she said.

“I wanted a house with a nice kitchen and big closets and I was fixated on Lowes Island because you could get a more luxurious, upscale home there than in Fairfax County,” Conzone said.

But just when she thought her painstakingly long search was getting the best of her, a 2,900-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse that backs up to a golf course hit the market and melted Conzone’s heart, she said.

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Quarter-acre lots: Built around 1990, Lowes Island features a collection of planned communities that offer residents access to an abundance of trails for hiking, biking and running, “gorgeous views of the Potomac River,” and quick access to shopping options and transportation hubs such as Dulles International Airport, said Sheila Cooper, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty.

Most of the homes in Lowes Island sit on a quarter of an acre, which gives the community a close-knit feeling, said Cooper, who has lived in Lowes Island for 18 years.

While the community might be full of camaraderie, the neighborhood isn’t without excitement.

Lowes Island is home to a country club that made national news in 2009, when Donald Trump, then merely a nationally known real estate developer and reality television star, paid $13 million for the former Lowes Island Club. Trump spent $25 million to renovate the property’s golf course.

The neighborhood’s association with the 45th president hasn’t been too tricky a proposition to navigate, Cooper said.

“That could be, depending on the home buyer, a plus or a minus, but I always try and make everything a positive.”

Chris Fair said he considers himself part of “the typical suburban story.”

About four years ago, the father of two was living in Arlington when a need for more space and less pricey real estate options spurred him to give Lowes Island a look.

He found a 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom Colonial with a finished basement and highly rated public schools for his elementary-school-age children to attend.

He said that he was surprised after moving to Lowes Island just how family-friendly the neighborhood is.

“Everything is geared toward accommodating families. You go out for happy hour and it seems like everyone has their kids with them.”

Lisa Miles, who on a recent Sunday was crisscrossed in a trio of leashes as she walked her three rescue dogs, said that she liked living in a community that was bordered by the Potomac River because the water “adds a natural buffer. You know that nothing will be built beyond that point,” said Miles, who has lived for 15 years in a 4,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom Colonial.

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Trump International Golf Course is part of the Lowes Island community. (Justin T. Gellerson/For The Washington Post)

Living there: The area is triangular in shape and is bordered to the north by the Potomac River, to the south by Harry Byrd Highway, to the west by Sugarland Run and to the east by Sinegar Place.

In the past 12 months, 92 properties have sold in Lowes Island, ranging from a 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse for $339,500 to a 7,900-square-foot, seven-bedroom, six-bathroom Colonial for $1,375,000, said Cooper, the real estate agent.

There are 30 houses for sale in Lowes Island, ranging from a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse for $390,000 to a 9,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, seven-bathroom French country-style house for $1,895,000, Cooper said.

Schools: Lowes Island Elementary, Seneca Ridge Middle and Dominion High.

Transit: Lowes Island is about eight miles from the Wiehle-Reston East Station and 12 miles from the Greensboro Station on Metro’s Silver Line. The community is also served by a network of commuter buses, operated by Loudoun County Transit, that connect to a number of park-and-ride lots.

Crime: In the past six months, there were nine thefts, three assaults, one burglary and one stolen vehicle reported in the area that includes Lowes Island, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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