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

601 Wilkes St #301

What could be more ideal than a boutique building in the southeast quadrant of Old Town: 6 blocks from the Potomac ,10 blocks from the heart of Old Town? Residence #301 offers a welcoming foyer;spacious living room with woodburing fireplace; separate dining room; kitchen with small bar; 2 BRs & 2 baths. A wall of 3 sliding glass doors invites light and opens to a balcony. Parking & stor. space.W/D [Tannery House - $520,000]

1210 Prince St

1820 end brick TH beautifully renovated, still retains historic charm. TWO OFF STREET prkg spaces. 2 BR, 2.5 BA. Reclaimed antique pine floors, 2 FP, one an exposed brick in gourmet kitchen, family rm off kit w/ French doors to private patio w/ pergola. MBR w/ huge sitting rm & Juliet balcony. Both BRs w/ en suite BA. Laundry UL. 1 block to King St. Walk to Metro, Whole Foods, dining & shops. [Old Town - $924,900]

517 Bashford Ln #6

END UNIT/One of the largest two-story units and largest loft with FP in Harbor Terrace/can see the Potomac through loft window/2 bedrooms on first level/new bath and hardwood floors/skylights/light filled/new paint throught out/one stoplight to DC and Reagan Airport/walk to Braddock Metro and Old Town/shopping and restaurants./ample parking/permitted parking. [Harbor Terrace - $389,900]

1200 Braddock Pl #710

Just steps to the Braddock Road metro and all the restaurants and shops of North Old Town. One bedroom with spacious balcony for grilling and relaxing . 7th floor with fireplace, updated kitchen w/granite, SS appliances and cherry cabinets. Renovated bath w/ custom shower and beautiful vanity with granite top. Walk in closet and plantation shutters. Garage parking space . Pool,gym and sauna. [Braddock Place - $353,000]

1369 Powhatan St

New Construction - To be built - Enclave of 18, Four Story Luxury Condominium Townhome in Old Town Alexandria. 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths + Optional 2nd Powder Room on Loft/Roof Top Terrace level.. Beautiful Kitchen with large center island and nice cabinet storage. Hardwood Flooring throughout Main Level. 9 ft ceilings on all levels, Large 200+ sq ft Terrace w/gas/water bibs! 2 Car Garage!! [The Towns At 1333 - $858,490]

529 Alfred St N

*OPEN SUN 1-4* A truly masterful renovation only blocks to Metro and King St shops & dining. Completely rebuilt in 2007 - includes 2 master suites, stylish bathrooms, restored hrdwds, & fabulous kitchen that opens to prvt yard w/brick patio & shed. Gas FP in living rm, dual bay windows, powder rm on main, built in closets, recessed lighting, built in spkrs, & laundry on UL - will not disappointed! [Carriage Works - $749,000]

910 Powhatan St #106n

Stunning condo in Old Town! Open floorplan, 9' ceilings & brazilian cherry floors. Kitchen has granite counters & Sub-zero fridge. Master suite has marble, soaking tub & glass shower. Private patio, rooftop, gym, garage space & storage unit. Mins from Metro, DCA, waterfront, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, shops, King St. rest., easy access to GW pkwy & 495. [North Washington St Cond - $554,900]


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.