Settled by German immigrants in the 1730s, Loudoun County’s Lovettsville is two miles south of the Potomac River and offers picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the town is known for its quaint shops and locally owned restaurants, several development projects that are in the works are expected to draw more national chains and retailers.

Homes on the market include a five-bedroom, five-bath home on four acres for $749,000 and a 1930s-era four-bedroom, three-bath home on an acre for $379,500.

Lovettsville Town Center, the largest of the projects in development, will include 203 single-family houses along with commercial and retail space. Construction is also underway on Heritage Highlands, a community for people 55 and older.

As they prepare for the future, town leaders say they are intent on ensuring their past isn’t lost. Residents and visitors can tour the Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum to learn more about the town’s beginnings. Additional attractions in the area include several vineyards and farms.

The owners of Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville say it is one of the first farm restaurants in the country and serves local organic dishes.

Lovettsville (The Washington Post)

Residents also enjoy a variety of community events, including Mayfest, Movies on the Green at the Lovettsville Community Center during the summer and a popular Oktoberfest in the fall.

Other D.C.-area neighborhoods where it’s still possible to get a good deal

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Foggy Bottom/West End

Silver Spring

Capitol Heights

Great Falls