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Old Town Alexandria Virginia Information and Highlights

A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, arts events, shopping and historical attractions.

History

Alexandria's history reaches back more than 13 thousand years. From the first Native Americans to settle here, to the bustling city it is today, the timeline of Alexandria's history is filled with events that helped shape the United States of America into the country it is today.

A vital seaport during colonial times, Alexandria is George Washington's hometown and part of the original Washington, DC. Thomas Jefferson entertained guests at Gadsby's Tavern; Civil War General Robert E. Lee moved to Alexandria with his family when he was only 4 years old, and would eventually become one of the most famous figures in the American Civil War.

Location

Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Old Alexandria is a small division of Alexandria, which is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Weather

Alexandria, Virginia, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 7 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.

On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Alexandria, Virginia. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.

Shopping

Named one of the area’s top shopping destinations by The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, Old Town Alexandria boasts a blend of independent galleries, stylish boutiques, vintage shops and national retailers. Fashionistas and designers flock to the Old Town Boutique District, where 30+ independent shops offer high-end fashions, artisan jewelry and home decor. Locals know to hit King Street for hard-to-find international labels alongside well-known big-name brands.

Christmas Attic – 125 S. Union Street – (703) 548-2829

529 Kids Consign – 122A S. Royal Street – (703) 567-4518

Acme Mid-Century Modern – 128 South Royal Street – (703) 836-0333

An American In Paris Inc. – 1225 King Street – (703) 519-8234

Restaurants

Leave the car at home – most of these restaurants don’t have a whole lot of parking. But don’t worry – Old Town Alexandria was meant to be traversed by foot, and each of these unforgettable restaurants will make you feel like it’s 1796 all over again.

Austin Grill and Tequila Bar – 801 King Street – (703) 684-8969

Bilbo Baggins Restaurant – 208 Queen Street – (703) 683-0300

Blackwall Hitch – 5 Cameron Street – (571) 982-3577

BRABO By Robert Wiedmaier – 1600 King Street – (703) 894-3440

Nightlife

A bustling city by day and an entertainment venue by night, Old Town Alexandria is the place to be. The Light Horse Restaurant features live performances almost every night, karaoke on Sundays. If you ever wonder where the locals go for a night on the town, this is it.

Flamenco Show At La Tasca – 607 King Street – (703) 299-9810

Pour House Trivia – 105 King Street – (703) 836-5676

Monday Night Lobster Special At La Bergerie: $24 – 218 North Lee Street – (703) 683-1007

Open Mic Night With Robin And Carl – 710 King St. – (703) 836-4000

Schools

The city is served by the Alexandria City Public Schools system and by the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Alexandria's public school system consists of 13 elementary schools for grades 5-year-old kindergarten through Grade 5. Middle Schools, George Washington and Francis C. Hammond, serve sixth through eighth-graders. Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T.C. Williams High School serve grades ninth and 10 through 12, respectively, for the entire city.

Alexandria has several of the Washington, D.C., area's top private schools, such as St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, Bishop Ireton High School, and Episcopal High School. Also in the city are Alexandria Country Day School, Commonwealth Academy, St. Mary's Catholic School, St. Rita's Catholic School, Blessed Sacrament School and Global Health College.

John Adams Elementary School (Grades PreK-5) – 5651 Rayburn Avenue – (703) 824-6970

Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Grades 6-8) – 4646 Seminary Road – (703) 461-4100

T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus (Grade 9) – 3801 W. Braddock Road – (703) 824-6750

T.C. Williams High School (Grades 10-12) – 3330 King Street – (703) 824-6800

Landmarks

Old Town Alexandria is home to buildings that are well over 200 years old, and plenty of work goes into make making sure that the rich history of not just the city, but the nation is preserved.

Frequented by tourists making a day trip down from Washington, D.C, Old Town Alexandria draws national attention from people all over the nation. Every day, there is something to do or something to see. Most people travel by foot simply for the experience of the cobblestone sidewalks alone.

Alexandria Colonial Tours – 201 King Street – (703) 519-1749

Torpedo Factory Art Center – 105 N. Union Street – (703) 838-4565

Alexandria Black History Museum – 902 Wythe Street – (703) 746-4356

Carlyle House – 121 N. Fairfax Street – (703) 549-2997

Conclusion

Old Town Alexandria is tucked away in Alexandria on King Street, where you can traverse the whole of Old Town by foot in a day. Everything you need for an unforgettable and patriotic experience is right here in Old Town.

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Latest Real Estate for Sale in Old Town Alexandria VA

$1,895,000
3 Beds 3 Baths VAAX2020126 MLS
Welcome to this circa 1890 plaqued historic townhome in the center of Old Town Alexandria. The captivating Federal details of the welcoming front tiled foyer lead to a spacious living room with original hardwood floors and vintage marble surround gas fireplace. Towering ceilings accented with dentil crown molding, oversized arched windows with plantation shutters, and second fireplace, make for an impressive entertaining space. The stately dining room with chandelier and built-in bookcases overlooks the side garden and is bathed in filtered light from the trees. The state of the art chef's kitchen with large island features White Horizons granite counter tops, custom maple cabinetry by Crystal Cabinet Works and radiant floor heating. Top of the line stainless steel appliances include a Bosch benchmark dishwasher, a Subzero refrigerator, a 6 burner Wolf range and a Vinotempo wine fridge. The exquisite attention to detail continues into the private walled garden and side yard. Professional landscape and lighting design including a stunning water fountain will help you forget you're in the center of Alexandria's metropolis. The staircase with original banister leads to a stunning primary suite and two additional bedrooms with a renovated second bath. The upper level is filled with details including transom windows above the doors, a skylight in the stairwell that lets in natural light, and pristine hardwood floors. The two secondary bedrooms with ample closet space share an updated jack and jill bath with a custom tile tub/shower and elevated vanity. The spacious primary suite has a gas fireplace with custom surround and a dressing area with two large closets. The primary bath has a dual vanity sink and a separate large custom tile shower area with glass doors. The lower level family room is also filled with historic charm including brick walls and exposed beam work. Out back, a large driveway and carport accommodate up to three cars for extra added convenience. This spectacular home has all the charm of a plaqued historic city home and all the updates for modern living. Set in the historic city of Alexandria with quaint shops, acclaimed eateries and the convenience of DC just 10 minutes away, this home is truly special.

218 N Alfred St, Alexandria

$1,299,000
2 Beds 2 Baths VAAX2018898 MLS
NEW PRICE! Two bedroom, two bath luxury condo with river views. Only floor in the building with 10 foot ceilings. Property comes with a 9'6" x 9'6" x 8' Storage room with light and a parking space directly in front of the storage unit. A second parking space is directly next to the elevator. The ultimate in Old Town condo living with amazing river views. This just completed LEED certified concierge level building with incredible amenities including a sky lounge, state of the art fitness center with a Barre studio, rooftop terrace with fire pits is the perfect no maintenance, top caliber living experience. With direct access to the Mount Vernon Trail and Montgomery Park with tennis courts, playground and weekly Farmer's Market, as well as the Montgomery Park dog park and a dog wash located in the building garage, it is not only the ideal place for an active lifestyle for all ages but for your furry family members as well. Walking in the door, the river views are striking! With an incredible gourmet kitchen complete with large island with waterfall quartz counters, custom cabinets and tile backsplash, cook with a view. Open dining and living spaces with high ceilings and pristine hardwoods including a private balcony. The primary bedroom has ample walk-in closet space with a spa like primary bath complete with quartz vanity and oversized custom tile shower. A second bedroom is the perfect flexible space - home office, guest room, home yoga studio - so many options to make this condo your own. Tons of eclectic shops, acclaimed restaurants, parks and services just outside your door including a Metro station within walking distance.

925 N Fairfax Street Unit #1203, Alexandria

$3,650,000
5 Beds 4 Baths VAAX2018794 MLS
Circa 1840 Victorian gem has been masterfully reimagined by architect Val Hawkins. Located in the southeast quadrant of Old Town Alexandria, this exquisite home has been fully restored and is ready for the most discerning buyer. Beyond the original heart pine floors, millwork throughout the home was custom designed and expertly installed. The double parlor features high ceilings, a spectacular bay window and rebuilt wood burning fireplace. A spacious formal dining room has patio access and the home’s second wood burning fireplace. The heart of the home showcases a chef’s kitchen with Bluestar gas range, Dacor refrigerator, wine refrigerator, two Asko dishwashers and a custom built-in banquette with additional storage. The adjoining family room offers direct access to the brick-walled patio. Beyond the family room is a full bath and stairs leading to a private retreat, perfect for a home office, guest suite or fifth bedroom. Ascend the main staircase to the elegant master suite which features an en suite bath with freestanding soaking tub, double vanity, spacious shower and separate dressing area. The upper level offers three additional spacious bedrooms and two full baths. Luxurious details throughout the home include Waterworks fixtures and tile, marble and soapstone countertops and antique and designer lighting. This detached home offers windows on four sides and is flooded with natural light throughout the day. With all new plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems and roof this is truly a move-in ready, forever home!

500 Duke St, Alexandria

$610,000
2 Beds 2 Baths VAAX2018802 MLS Marina Towers BLDG.
This is a really great price on this unit!! Come and look at it and learn about all the features and upcoming North Old Town developments inc. Metro Stage, art, theatre, restaurants, and more all within a 10 min walk of the building. The building is waterfront (only 2 in Old Town) and the condo faces the water with super water and city views. Don't miss the chance to own this lovely WATERFRONT condo with 14 ft balcony in Marina Towers. Stunning 180 degree views of DC monuments, the river, and the adjacent National Parklands. Located in North Old Town along the Potomac River, you will have access to the bike path/Mt Vernon trail and amenities that include: outdoor pool with lap lanes, outdoor grilling area with Tiki Bar, Sauna, Fitness Center, and convenience store, Party Room with full bar and TV, observation area, locker rooms with showers, garage parking, 24/7 front desk, secure entry, large balcony, and stunning views of the Capitol, DC, Parkland, and the river. The unit has a nice kitchen with maple cabinets and gas stove This unit has a WASHER AND DRYER in the unit and comes with 1 garage parking space. An additional garage space is available to purchase. Additional parking is in the lot, unassigned, stickers required. Marina Towers is a fun, well run community, with events and activities that you will enjoy. It is resort like living, lock and go, and only 1 stop light into DC and the airport. Very close to major employers, military bases and offices, and Amazon HQ/National Landing. A new metro station is being built nearby that will add a lot of value to the North End (Potomac Yards). Pet limit for dogs is <25 lbs unless a support animal. This is a no smoking building.

501 Slaters Ln Unit #803, Alexandria