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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

$2,699,900
3 Beds 5 Baths VAAX2036030 MLS
LAST TOWNHOME UNIT REMAINING!! Previously priced at $2,899,900, this is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to own a BRAND NEW SOUTH-FACING CORNER UNIT Townhome with Elevator at VENUE. Built by renowned local developer, Carr Companies, the finishes in this development are extraordinary. Equipped with a luxurious chef's kitchen featuring panelized Thermador and stainless steel Bosch appliances, built-in wine cooler, Upgraded Quartz countertops & backsplash, custom soft-close cabinet drawers/doors, white oak hardwood flooring throughout, and an in-unit elevator providing easy access to all floors. This SOUTH FACING light-filled, CORNER unit townhome offers 4400 sq ft, has three large bedrooms, three full baths, PLUS two half baths, a gigantic office space, two extra den spaces, a sizable family room loft with direct access to the rooftop terrace, and a massive garage with 12 ft ceilings featuring an Electric Vehicle charging hookup. All bedrooms include large walk-in closets, offering an abundance of storage within this townhome. The private roof terrace is equipped with a gas line, plumbing line, and electrical so the entertaining possibilities are endless! This unit faces South West which provides INCREDIBLE sunset views, as well as views of National Harbor and the Potomac River from the 4th floor. VENUE is the ideal location in Old Town's most desirable neighborhood, right in the center of entertainment, restaurants, and shopping, just moments away from King Street, GW Parkway, and the Potomac River, with direct access to the Mount Vernon Trail. This is a MUST-SEE TOWNHOME!! Don't miss your opportunity to snag Venue's LAST remaining townhome! Immediate occupancy is available. Come see what all the fuss is about!

901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria

$1,425,000
4 Beds 2 Baths VAAX2035580 MLS
Located on Prince Street in the heart of Alexandria’s Historic District and one block from King Street, this plaqued brick Federal Style townhouse is one of 4 homes built by Alexander Veitch in 1818. Fully renovated in 2017, with extensive additions by the current owner, the house blends historic charm along with modern conveniences and function. • Three/Four bedrooms, Two full baths, • Formal living and dining rooms with 9-foot ceilings and fireplaces on the main level; with built-in bookcases; crown, chair rail and picture-frame moldings; original paneling, chandeliers, and original wide-plank heart pine flooring • Separate dining room has a French door leading to a mahogany deck overlooking the garden • High-end kitchen features Thermador appliances, granite counters, and a heated floor with re-milled old heart pine planks •Restored, fully functioning windows throughout. Installed storm windows with screens on all windows 2021. • Recessed lights in kitchen, baths, lower level and 3rd floor bedroom/office. • Replaced all switches and outlets with upgraded versions 2021. • Replaced lights in both bathrooms and dining room 2021. • Added lights over all bookcases 2021. • Installed sump pump on outside patio 2021. • Five restored fireplaces; living room and lower-level family room are functional; other 3 only need new liners. • 9-foot ceilings on main level and second level; lower level was excavated to 8.5 feet. • Current owner replaced A/C in 2021 with larger unit and increased number of vents in all rooms. Minisplit system added in basement 2021. Space Pak small duct air conditioning system; ceiling fan in primary bedroom. • Gas furnace replaced 2021. Gas hydronic heating system features radiant floor heat in the basement, kitchen and baths; and hot water baseboard heat elsewhere with rapid hot water delivery through an efficient manifold system. • Insulated attic ceiling, 2021. • Outside of house repainted, 2022. • Spacious storage shed added in 2022. Basement dug for high ceiling clearance. Bright lower level with French doors to the patio and garden; functioning wood burning fireplace with built-ins, large family room or guest room with recessed lights, ample storage, a full bath with original cast iron tub, utility room and a laundry room featuring front-loading Maytag washer/dryer and a laundry sink. • Underpinnings for basement addition can support a 3-story build-out. • Attic space restored, and ceiling raised to 7.5 feet; recessed lights, exposed beams, re-milled heart pine floors and lots of storage. This can be used as a bedroom or as a perfect home office area. • All electricals and plumbing upgraded during renovation. • Standing seam red metal roof replaced in 1990’s; painted in 2019. Rubber roof over basement addition under mahogany deck. • Pre-wired for cable, conduits for speakers, etc. • Alarm system. • Modern baths with custom fixtures, ceramic tile and heated floors. • Original boot scraper at the main entrance. • Original 6-panel doors restored with rim-lock hardware; all other doors solid wood. • Basement addition has deck above it off of dining room with metal railings and spiral staircase to lower-level brick patio. • Garden area with brick stairs, appropriate fencing and brick path leading to alley. Established plantings including boxwoods and roses. • High-end exterior light fixtures at front entry, on the deck and at the patio level. • Metro accessible; one block from King Street shops and restaurants; short walk to waterfront and Carlyle Place, including Whole Foods and CVS. • Previous owner was granted approval by the Board of Architectural Review to add parking off the alley. • Floorplans can be found under Documents Section

1110 Prince St, Alexandria

$1,530,000
2 Beds 2 Baths VAAX2035370 MLS
BRAND NEW Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom Model FINAL release at Old Town’s newest and most exclusive luxury condominium building, MUSE. Last larger floorplan available! Unit 206 is an open concept floor plan and designed to utilize every inch with purpose, and offers 9’ ceilings, an expansive private balcony overlooking the Potomac River, and an abundance of natural light with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. There is more than enough storage in the kitchen with a generous amount of kitchen cabinets, a pantry and an expansive island. A linen closet and spacious laundry room ensures plenty of closets and storage throughout the condo. Built by renowned local developer, Carr Companies, the finishes in this building are extraordinary, with a myriad of layouts to suit your lifestyle. Clean lines and light textures unite the welcoming chef’s kitchens equipped with panelized Thermador appliances, Quartz countertops, vast island space including an incorporated wine fridge, and ample storage with custom Italian flat panel wood cabinetry from Snaidero! All homes feature at least 9' ceilings, 7.5-inch-wide hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, and window treatments. Luxuriate in serenity in owner’s suite/guest bathrooms that include a neutral color palette, Waterworks fixtures, Calacatta porcelain tile, and custom Snaidero cabinetry. MUSE offers a turn-key elevated lifestyle. Enter into our Grand Lobby, where you will be met by our daytime porter, Full-Service 24-hour Concierge, and on-site building manager and engineer to assist with your every need. Designed to elevate the most discerning modern lifestyle, the rooftop clubroom offers endless entertainment options with expansive views of the DC Monuments, Potomac River, and Old Town Skyline. Whether warming by the fireplace, refreshing at the bar in our indoor Owner’s Watercolor Lounge, or sojourning in solitude, this bright space transitions seamlessly into the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to ample terrace areas. Bask in the waterfront breeze while firing up the grill or relax in chic lounge seating while enjoying panoramic views. Energy abounds in the Penthouse-level fitness and yoga studios featuring state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology. Complete with an outdoor fitness terrace, there’s no shortage of options to relieve your stress and stay in shape. MUSE is the ideal location in North Old Town's, Alexandria's newest Arts District, with direct access to the Mount Vernon Trail and a stone’s throw from DC. Come see what all the fuss is about! Immediate Occupancy available. Muse also has additional 2 bed 2 bath floor plans available. Some photos are of our model, similar floor plan.

1201 N Royal St Unit #206, Alexandria

$670,000
1 Beds 1 Baths VAAX2035250 MLS Venue Condominiums BLDG.
JUST WOW ! Amazingly charming ONE BEDROOM + DEN at the ever popular Venue condos, Old Town's deluxe condominium building. This special residence is flooded with natural light and a gorgeous view of the sky. The smartly designed floor-plan utilizes the space with precise purpose, so it flows a bit larger than than 875 sq ft. The builder designed the interior finishes to maintain a certain standard for their owners : finishes in this condo include a chef's kitchen, featuring an upgraded appliance package, milky white quartz countertops with coordinating backsplash and custom cabinetry. The VENUE offers a turn-key way of living with a massive lobby staffed with a concierge to assist you and on-site building manager to handle your requests. The amenities here are truly astounding as the building offers a sprawling Rooftop Terrace w/expansive views of the Potomac River, DC Monuments, National Harbor and a classic Old Town skyline. In the mood to grill ? Well you can with their outdoor grilling area and there is a fire pit spot for those colder nights. There is a stunning indoor sky lounge area that offers more than just amazing views.... there is a cocktail bar, fireplace + flat screen TV. The fitness center is state of the art and includes a Barre studio !! If location is everything, then the Venue IS IT. You are in the center of great restaurants, shopping, Mount Vernon Trail and a short ride to DCA to fly out of town. Make an appointment to see this one today and see what living the Venue lifestyle is all about.

925 N Fairfax St Unit #405, Alexandria

$635,000
1 Beds 1 Baths VAAX2030602 MLS Cromley Lofts BLDG.
Rooftop Penthouse in Old Town Alexandria with large, private terrace with unobstructed view of the Masonic Temple, perfect for grilling and entertaining. Conveniently located two blocks from King Street and a 10-minute walk to TWO Metro Stations (King Street & Braddock Road). This sustainable, rooftop condo includes a 36-ft wall of windows that fill the home with sunlight. The gourmet kitchen includes soapstone counters, high-end bamboo cabinetry w/ dovetail joinery, SS appliances, gas cooktop, brand new under-cabinet convection microwave, separate built-in oven and Jenn-Air refrigerator. The entire home features vintage, reclaimed old-growth pine floors and contemporary exposed ductwork. Three sets of glass doors provide easy access to the private, wraparound terrace. The bathroom features a glistening recycled glass shower, brand new vanity and countertop and tons of natural light. Recent upgrades include: adjustable LED recessed lighting in nearly all spaces (new); wall-mounted 55" LG ThinQ Smart TV (new); Bosch under-cabinet microwave/convection oven (new), remote control unit in gas fireplace (new); high-end vanity/countertop/faucet (new); overhead lighting in bedroom (new); fresh paint throughout the interior and exterior (new); LG washer & dryer (2021); high-efficiency Carrier HVAC system (2019); rekeyable electronic entry door lockset (new). Home comes with a one-year Home Warranty. The eight-unit Cromley Lofts building (built in 1910/renovated in 2007) was Virginia's very first LEED Gold-Certified building. Its sustainable features, such as the vegetated roof, energy-efficient Low-E windows/doors and more help to keep the energy bills low (gas bill averages $15 per month and electricity approximately $63.) Worthy of noting is that the building is zoned for Commercial/Residential mixed use (medium).-CRMU/M, which provides even more value and options.

1210 Queen St Unit #8, Alexandria

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