Securing a piece of Middleburg, Virginia real estate can be a tricky and expensive proposition.
To many, Middleburg, Virginia real estate looks like it belongs on a page ripped from a storybook. With a population of only about 650, Middleburg residents are determined to maintain an ambience of a historic village, according to the town's Web site, Middleburg.org. To preserve the town's quaint, rural appearance, residents must obtain zoning permits for all home improvement projects, and even the addition of a fence is carefully evaluated to ensure it will not detract from the character created by the collaboration of real estate. Because of these efforts, Middleburg, which is located an hour from downtown Washington, D.C., has earned a designation as a Preserve America Community.
Middleburg, originally named Chins Crossroads, was founded in 1787 when Virginia statesman Levin Powell, a Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel, purchased the land from Joseph Chinn, George Washington's first cousin. After paying Chin $2.50 per acre, Powell renamed his town Middleburg because the plot of land fell halfway between Winchester, Va., and Alexandria, Va., on a trading route known as Ashby Gap. Although the purchase of land was the official birth of Middleburg, the town's history precedes the transaction.
During the 1730s, Middleburg provided a place to rest for travelers making their way along Ashby Gap. Middleburg's historic Red Fox Inn and Tavern is America's oldest original inn, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Middleburg continued to provide a meeting and resting place for troops during the Civil War in the 1860s, and following the turn of the century, transformed into a tourist destination for horse and hunting enthusiasts. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy owned a summer home in the town.
Today, Middleburg's history real estate includes more than 160 buildings listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places, according to Middleburg Online. Despite its small population, the town thrives commercially. Drawing on its colonial past, Middleburg is home to numerous inns, as well as locally-owned shops, boutiques, restaurants and wineries. Many commercial real estate buildings are historic, combining the past with modern-day conveniences.
In April 2009, there were 38 homes for sale in Middleburg at a median price of $735,000, according to Yahoo! Real Estate. The town levies its own real estate tax in addition to the county real estate tax. Middleburg is located in Loudoun County, which prepares the assessments for Middleburg homes. In 2009, the Middleburg real estate tax rate was 15 cents for every $100 of assessed value, and the Loudoun County real estate tax rate was $1.245 for every $100 of assessed value.
Real estate buyers can find a listing of real estate companies at Middleburg Online. Middleburg is home to several real estate companies, some of which specialize in certain types of property, such as historic buildings, small equestrian farms or commercial investment properties. Several of Middleburg's real estate companies are qualified to handle any real estate need, both residential and commercial.
Middleburg provides all the services typical of a municipality, although the town's small population presents some limitations. For example, the majority of residences are within a quarter mile of the Middleburg Post Office and do not qualify for mail delivery. Most Middleburg residents have a post office box, and the town's government considers the social aspect of picking up mail valuable to Middleburg's tight-knit community.
Middleburg does have its own police department, consisting of a police chief and three officers as of 2009. If there are times when no member of the Middleburg Police Department is on duty, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office responds to emergencies. Although the town does not have a government-funded fire department, the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department has approximately 35 volunteers. In addition to fire fighting services, the volunteer department also responds to medical emergencies, with the assistance of the Loudoun County Department of Fire/Rescue Services.
The town's water supply is provided from two groundwater wells, and the town does its own water treatment. Residents are billed quarterly for their water usage. Periodically, residents experience temporary interruptions in water service, while the water and sewer department flushes the water lines of sediment. The town's small size makes it possible to maintain an e-mail list of residents and business owners to keep everyone up to date on water issues.
The town also offers trash, recyclables and yard waste pickup services. While snow removal falls under the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation, in severe weather, Middleburg offers its own snow removal services.