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.


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.


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

214 Wolfe St

4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,050 sq.ft. living area

Historic gem on favored block in SE quadrant!Enter thru iron gate into charming, brick-walled garden.Historic detail thruout incl's fine molding,original FLRs.Matching formal LR,DR FP's w/ handsome mantles.Foyer leads to sun-filled FR,1/2 BA+KIT w/ sophisticated renovation.4 charming BD's,2 BA's.2 blocks to Windmill Park,River.3 blks. to King St.NAPS from 1-5:30.Please show around!LB behind gate.

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400 Lee St S

4 beds, 3 full baths, 3,000 sq.ft. living area

Historic 4 bedrm, 3 bath end unit + state-of-the art eat-in kitchen, elegant sep DR, LR + frpl & custom cabinetry, transoms, pocket doors 10' ceiling on ML; 9' on UL, marble foyer, distinctive lighting, great exposure, exquisite decor & quality craftsmanship, amazing storage, roof top deck + view of Potomac & surrounding gardens, custom shutters & rugs, LL + sep entrance; Bright & beautiful!!

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1113 Pitt St #3c

2 beds, 1 full baths, 800 sq.ft. living area

Stunning 2 BR 1 BA Top level condo with 5" Brazilian cherry Hard wood floors, New Kitchen, upgraded bathroom. Built in closets, custom mirrors and Fire place in Living room, Community pool, party room, 1 block to river & bike path, close to shopping & restaurants

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815 Patrick St N #210

1 beds, 1 full baths, 640 sq.ft. living area

Pristine natural light filled 1 BR/1 BA in Historic Old Town. Granite Countertops, SS Appliances, in unit W//D, Balcony View, Elevator Access, Covered private parking with personal storage unit. Prime location within walking distance to Metro, Shopping, Dining, and Waterfront. LEED Gold Energy certified. Don't miss this opportunity.

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300 West St S

3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 1,892 sq.ft. living area

Commuter's Dream! .4 mile to King St Metro. Quiet retreat from busy life of Old Town. Light, bright, open floor plan with 3 bedrooms,3.5 baths. Main level has gas fireplace, wood floors, plantation shutters, private patio. Kitchen with granite & stainless appliances. Master bedroom with balcony walk-in closet. M.bath with soaking tub, shower, balcony. Secure reserved parking for 2 cars..

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514 Henry St S

3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,620 sq.ft. living area

Quiet, all brick end unit with dreamy outdoor space! Upscale renovations throughout-kitchen with quartz, marble, stainless, soft close cabinets, spice rack, pot filler & more. Bath is over the top gorgeous. Open living space, every inch to perfection. Crown molding throughout, sun tunnels, recessed lights, no carpet, gorgeous hardwoods! New roof,LED lighting,triple pane windows. You could be home!

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203 Fairfax St

3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,300 sq.ft. living area

Built in 1840, Duffy House exudes historic charm. One block from King St. and two from waterfront parks, this gem features a grand foyer, 3 bedrooms & 2 1/2 baths. Generous rooms complete with heart of pine floors & notable fireplace mantles. Kitchen includes a 48" dual fuel Viking range w/ double ovens and griddle. The best of yesteryear and today, enjoy Old Town's fine dining and boutique shops.

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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.
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.

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