Living in Sterling: Chronicles of Life and Dating the Virginia Way

Living in Sterling provides residents sick of the Washington politics a safe place to raise their children. In recent years, young executives just starting their lives have moved into this area of Virginia's Loudoun County in droves, and gobbling up lots of townhouses on the way. Just what's attracting some many people to the seemingly subdued lifestyle in Sterling?

Sterling, Virginia is a middle/upper class suburb of the Nation's Capital. Nestled south of the Washington, DC inner city and a stone's throw away from Fairfax County, the richest county in America, the lawns are well-manicured in Sterling. Townhouse cul-de-sac communities are well sought after in this community near the Dulles Airport.

So maybe you've just settle in Sterling. No apartment, no car, no dates? Sterling's got a bit of it all, without all the noise and pollution of a big city. Plus there's a great BMW dealer in Sterling-surely you'll meet someone there. Hey, even Sterling, Virginia hotels are ritzy-check it out.

Communities In Sterling:

•Sterling Park: Sterling Park is the home of high scale country clubs, community centers, golf and tennis clubs. The home of Park View High School was originally a collection of large farms before developers turned into a community for government employees and their families in 1967.

•Sugarland Run: Sugarland Run is a homey community in Sterling. There's just one shopping center here, with a 7-Eleven and a Pizza Hut. Hey, there's plenty of dating prospects at 7-Eleven.

•Potomac Falls: If you're in the market to meet someone with duckets, Potomac Falls is the place for you. The Potomac Falls community consists of several upscale villages, Lowes Island, Cascades, Countryside and Riverbank. Potomac Falls' villages are little islands running alongside the Potomac River

•Broad Run Farms: A residential area with lots of large fields and older trees. An ecological paradise.

Dating and Going Out In Sterling:

The world renowned Metro transit system so popular in other DC suburbs hasn't extended its Orange Line for runs in Sterling. So, if you've just moved to the upscale Loudoun County community from bouncing Brooklyn, New York and are ready to start dating, get ready to do a lot of driving. The Metro won't take you to the bars and nightclubs of Washington's Penn Quarter, but there's plenty to do right here in Sterling.

•Sportrock III: Sportrock III opened in Sterling in 2001 as the premier rock climbing facility in the Washington Metropolitan area. Right in the middle of Loudoun County, Sportrock III is home to 10,000 square feet of wall designed for climbing forty feet high. And a state of the art air conditioning system makes this indoor rock climbing facility a year around treat. Sportrock is opens at noon daily, and closes at 11pm Monday through Friday and at 8 pm on weekends.

•Claude Moore Park: Claude Moore Park sits perched on 357 acres of Eastern Loudoun County land. The park is home to wetlands, forests and meadows, so whether you're a green thumb, an eco-freak or just looking to meet someone lounging by the seasonal pool-there's something for everyone at Claude Moore.

The park has two major areas, the Sportsplex and the Nature Area. The Sportsplex plays host to lacrosse, baseball, football, flag football, softball and soccer practices and games. A new recreation center is in the works. The Nature Area includes roughly eleven miles of hiking trail. There is also a three and a half mile Scout Trail, dedicated to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

Hotels In Sterling:

If you haven't gotten a good idea of what "Growing Up Sterling" is all about, perhaps you'd like to take a visit. Being just a short distance from bustling Dulles Airport, there are many Sterling, Virginia hotels.

•Candlewood Suites

•TownePlace Suites

•TownePlace Suites Dulles Airport

•Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Airport

•Hampton Inn Dulles Cascades

•Fairfield Inn Dulles Airport

•Courtyard Dulles Town Center

•Country Inn and Suites Washington Dulles Airport

The next time you're driving around the National Mall, hit Interstate 66 and visit Sterling, Virginia. Who knows, you just might meet somebody.

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