If you like street music, then you’ll find no better spot to wander than Old Town Alexandria. Through-out the week, especially on weekends, musicians gather in Old Town at street corners and near the waterfront to play music for tips and applause. Most are highly talented professionals, some are learning to play their instrument in front of a crowd. I enjoy them both in different ways.

Here in Old Town Alexandria, you’ll find everything from a lonely saxophone, to steel drums to an entire band. Below I’ve collected a few photos to give you a taste of Old Town’s many musicians.

bluegrass

This foursome was phenomenal singing and playing old time mountain music. It was a great throwback to the Carters because the gal in the front on the guitar was a great singer. The banjo player and bass were on point, and I love the texture that the mandolin (seated behind guitar) provided.

Glass Harp

The glass harp as played by Jamie Turner is an old town treat one simply must hear in person to appreciate.

harpist
Harpist

This miss not only strummed the harp to perfection but also sang beautifully.

waterfront musicans

At the waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory there are often a few soloists serving up music for passers-by.

banjo and guitar

I heard some fine picking and strumming from this pair.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

114 Quay St

Stunning renovated home on a quiet street with river views from your doorstep! Gourmet kitchen opens to dining area with banquette seating and custom built-ins. Cathedral ceiling living room with wood burning fireplace; French doors open to fabulous patio and garden with built-in grill area. Expansive, chic custom master bedroom closets. Easy walk to river, Founders Park & King Street. [Brandt Townhouse - $1,395,000]

914 Pendleton St

OPEN SUN, 2-4! All the charm of 1895 Old Town upgraded w/ today's amenities! Lrg open flr pln. Gourmet kitchen, granite & bar. Hwd flrs. MBR suite w/ Jacuzzi tub. Oversize 2nd BR + bonus 2nd lvl office area. French Doors to Georgetown style patio & off street prkg! Newer roof, HVAC & exterior paint. 4 blks to Metro. Walk to Old Town shops, dining. Bike, jog trails. Conv to DC & Pentagon! [Carriage Works - $849,999]

417 Washington St N

***GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A VICTORIAN PROPERTY IN HISTORIC OLD TOWN***ZONED CL FOR RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL USE***OVER 3600 SQ FT OF SPACE, REAR PARKING, GREAT LOCATION, AWESOME POTENTIAL, NEXT DOOR TO THE LEE FENDALL HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN***SHORT WALK TO THE RIVERFRONT***PROPERTY NEXT DOOR LISTED FOR $2.6M! [Alexandria - $1,375,000]

616 Columbus St

*Beautiful end unit w/ mature landscaping on huge lot (.07 acres) in sought after location*Inviting entry leads to living room & dining room*Upgraded kitchen w/ tons of cabinetry & access to rear deck*Upper level w/ two spacious bedrooms & full bath*Finished walk-up lower level w/ large recreation room,second kitchen & full bath*Deck overlooks fenced rear yard w/ shed*Parking area in rear as well* [Old Town - $769,900]

721 Fairfax St

This elegant home located in Old Town's prime SE quad,only blocks from the river, offers gracious rooms & a wonderful open floor plan. A true Chef's gourmet kitchen w/Viking appl's, opening to a spacious family room w/FP, gorgeous porch, and a gardener's dream backyard. 4 BR's & 2 BA all in one level, a rare find in Old Town. Huge walk-out basement offers many possibilities. A must see! [Old Town - $1,700,000]

745 Fayette St N

Stunning, sun-filled Industrial Loft 4 level, 2 car garage Old Town luxury TH just one block from Metro. Refinished hardwood floors & stairs, new carpeting, impressive casement windows & freshly painted. Welcoming entry level foyer & large den w/attractive radiant heated tiled floors. Main level features Chef's kitchen & spacious open floor plan. Huge rooftop terrace & loft w/terrific urban views. [Braddock Lofts - $855,000]

334 Patrick St

Cozy 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA row house in Old Town. Charming features including fireplace mantle in living room & dining room, Juliet balcony & original pine flooring. Kitchen has granite counters, new backsplash & stainless steel appliances. Nice sized outdoor space has private backyard, patio, garden & privacy fence. Fantastic location- close to Braddock Metro & King St Metro, shops & restaurants. [Old Town - $649,000]


 

Will Nesbitt

 

About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.