The Washington Post Discovers King Street Station

64 Condos Near The Heart of Leesburg, VA

by Audrey Hoffer | May 19th, 2020

Leesburg, in east-central Loudoun County, Va., has been a residential and commercial center for the more than 250 years since its founding.

The settlement established in 1730, and originally named George Town, has grown to about 54,000 people today. The county seat since 1757, the town is a place where contemporary mingles with traditional, where county courts occupy a landmark red-brick courthouse, built-in 1897, in the downtown historic district.

A few blocks from the courthouse, King Street Station, a 64-unit luxury condominium community, has four four-story red-brick elevator buildings with four single-floor residences per floor. On the second, third and fourth floors, all the condos are corner units.

“Think of a rectangle, like a legal pad. Each corner is a spacious home, and there’s loads of light coming in from two directions,” said Donald W. Knutson, president of Knutson Cos., the builder. “From a design standpoint, corner residences are a great feature.”

Knutson continued: “If you’re moving down from a larger, single-family house, you have a sense of spaciousness. And because there are only 16 residences in each building, you get a boutique feel living here.”

Natural light: The door to furnished model residence A1, a one-bedroom unit with 749 square feet, opens into a U-shaped kitchen. The kitchen island has a sink, a dishwasher and three stools. On the other side of the island, there is the open-plan living-dining area. Four large windows fill the rear wall. The single bedroom is off the living room, and the bathroom has two doors, one from the bedroom and one from the living-dining area. (A virtual tour is available online.) Model residence C is a two-bedroom unit with 1,818 square feet. The entry door opens into the kitchen, in the middle of the unit. Beyond the kitchen island is the dining area and a balcony that can be reached through four sliding glass doors. A large living room, next to the dining room, is bright with natural light pouring in through four large windows.

An enclosed den is opposite the living area, and beyond the den, at one end of the unit, there is a short hallway with a laundry, a full bathroom and the smaller of the two bedrooms. The owner’s bedroom suite, with a private bathroom and a large walk-in closet, is on the opposite end, off the kitchen.

Knutson described the lifestyle offered at King Street Station as “single-level living close to a busy downtown,” and he said it “is in high demand and not readily available in Loudoun County.”

“As a result,” he said, “a lot of people are attracted. We run the gamut of age groups from younger folks to move-down buyers.”  Patti Lower, a King Street Station resident, also commented on the age range. “We’re in our 60s,” she said about herself and her husband, Ray. “There are people younger and older than us.”

The Lowers, among the first buyers, moved last month into a unit of about 1,800 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den. Downsizing from an 8,000-square-foot Georgian-style house they built 26 years ago in nearby Waterford, they were ready “to take the next leap,” she said. “It was time to simplify our living. We wanted a turnkey we could leave anytime.”

Lower said it is “exciting to have no maintenance. In a large home, you’re constantly taking care of something.”

She was also enthusiastic about the location. “We can walk to everything downtown,” she said. “I get my hair cut. My masseuse is there. The convenience we didn’t have in Waterford is right out our front door. We had privacy and great views, but we had to get in a car to go to shops.”

Nearby: Historic downtown, with its wide red-brick sidewalks and interesting architecture, is a popular destination. The town has shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries and breweries. (Coronavirus restrictions have affected those businesses recently, but the state is taking steps to ease them.) A popular tour site is the home of George C. Marshall (1880-1959), a distinguished American soldier and statesman.

The 45-mile W&OD trail is steps from the community. A short drive away are Rust Nature Sanctuary, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, Morven Park and AV Symington Aquatic Center.

Schools: Catoctin Elementary, Smart’s Mill Middle, Loudoun County High.

Transit: “You’re on the Greenway in a blink,” Patti Lower said. Besides the Dulles Greenway — which leads to the Dulles Toll Road and Interstate 66 on the way to the District — other nearby highways include Routes 7, 15 and 267.

Downtown Leesburg has plenty of parking for visitors.

King Street Station

4 Stationmaster St., Leesburg, Va.

There are 64 single-floor condos. About 65 percent are sold. The remainder are for sale at prices ranging from about $325,000 to $799,000.

Builder: The Knutson Cos.

Features: Five-inch hardwood flooring runs through the main living area, and Shaw carpet is installed in bedrooms and dens. Ceilings are 10-feet high. Kitchens have Whirlpool appliances, Kohler Simplice brushed-nickel faucets, granite counters and a microwave drawer. One-bedroom residences are assigned one outdoor parking space each; two-bedrooms have private garage and outdoor spaces. Neighborhood amenities include a plaza with pavilion, terraces and lawn.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2

Square footage: 749 to 1,818

Condominium association fees: $140 to $250 a month

View models: By appointment.

Contact: Deborah Condrey, Sales Director at 703-447-7544 or https://www.kingstreetstation.com