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Buyer’s Guide to Alexandria VA Real Estate

This comprehensive guide to the neighborhoods of Alexandria VA is provided by a family-run local brokerage. Using the tabs and links below you can drill down into important information that will help you understand how the city is organized and which neighborhoods will best suit your tastes. In addition to detailed notes about neighborhoods, you can find homes by school district or you can compare homes in the same price bracket.

Real Estate and Neighborhoods of Alexandria, VA

Alexandria dates back to the colonial era and many of the neighborhoods of Alexandria reflect that heritage. However, Alexandria is also home to newer and relatively new neighborhoods like the Carlyle District and Kingstowne. To learn more about these or other neighborhoods in Alexandria VA, surf through the tabs here.
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    About Alexandria VA

    masonic temple from foot of hill

    George Washington Masonic Temple

    Alexandria is a highly livable city with enviable amenities, culture and attractions. The Commonwealth of Virginia considers Alexandria an "independent city" which means that Alexandria is not in any county. However, parts of Northern Virginia have an Alexandria postal address, but are actually in Fairfax County. All this can be confusing for newcomers to the area, but we try to simplify this in our guide by organizing things so they make sense for the home buyer. You won't have to be a Virginia jurisdictional authority to find the home you want to buy, but start here for a primer on Alexandria. According to US Census Data, as of 2010 Alexandria had a population, the City of Alexandria had a total population of 139,966. Alexandria is one of the largest independent cities in Virginia and is home to a variety of neighborhoods and communities.

Recently Listed for Sale in Alexandria VA

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(all data current as of 3/31/2015)

  1. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 881 sq ft
  2. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,300 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 21,996 sqft
  4. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 826 sq ft
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,522 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,713 sqft

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If you don't know the West End from Old Town, we can help sort that out here! We're also here to help in the neighboring communities of Arlington, Fairfax County and Falls Church.
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Alexandria VA is on the banks of the Potomac River.

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At the boundary of Arlington and Alexandria

overlooking Four Mile Run

This aerial picture shows older development, new development, high-rises and garden-styles all in close proximity to Four Mile Run. Four Mile Run separates Alexandria from Arlington and is the defining geographic feature of Arlandria.

Arlandria straddles the border between Arlington and Alexandria VA.

Much of Arlandria was developed between 1940 and 1980, although some homes and structures are newer or older than this. This area was originally a neighborhood who residents worked in the industrial areas near Potomac Yards train center and nearby industries in Old Town and Crystal City.

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    Over the years, the economy of the National Capital Region changed and most of the heavy and even most of the light industrial companies moved elsewhere. What remained became commercial centers, both retail and office, and the Arlandria neighborhood has changed as well.

    Where residents in the old days might have turned wrenches at the Torpedo Factory or managed boxcar traffic at Potomac Yards, today's residents are much more likely to be technology consultants or legislative aids. The sturdy old brick duplexes and garden-style condos are still here, but most of these homes have had significant updates, improvements and renovations. In addition, in-fill development, knock-downs and new condos have filled out most of the remaining real estate in Arlandria.

    Arlandia is just north of Del Ray at terminus of Mount Vernon Avenue. Some residents also call this neighborhood Chirilagua. Arlandia has many small shops and restaurants.

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Masonic Temple framed by Carlyle District towers

The neighborhood at the eastern end of Eisenhower Ave, closer to Old Town and the USPTO, is known as the Carlyle District. At the western end of Eisenhower Avenue one will find warehouses and businesses such as FedEx and UPS who appreciate easy access to the Interstate. Click Eisenhower West to search property at the west end of Eisenhower, near the Van Dorn Metro station.

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    Alexandria's Carlyle District

    On the east end, where Eisenhower Avenue approaches Old Town, you'll find the United States Patent & Trade Office and the high-end high-rise neighborhood of the Carlyle District. The USPTO is a complex of five buildings that accommodate more than 7,000 federal employees. Residents of the Carlyle District have easy access to the Hoffman Town Center at the Eisenhower Metro. The Carlyle District is an intriguing place to live because it's so close to the charm and amenities of Old Town, but is new and modern. Click Carlyle District to find properties listed for sale here.

    Carlyle District in Alexandria VA

    Carlyle is between Duke Street and the Beltway at the southern end of Alexandria VA.

Del Ray is one of Alexandria's older neighborhoods. Del Ray was founded in 1894 as a "streetcar suburb" to Washington, DC. Most of Del Ray was built from the 1890's to the 1950's and retains that small town charm despite being so close to the center of the universe.

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    Del RayQuaint streets with brick or stone homes are found on streets that branch off from Del Ray's arteries. At the heart of Del Ray is the main street: Mount Vernon Avenue. This where you'll find a hometown mix mix of shops, restaurants and hardware stores. Braddock Road Metro serves Del Ray and condos such as Colecroft are available here. Click Del Ray for a map of Del Ray and for listings of properties for sale in Del Ray. Or, click Del Ray for listings for sale in the Del Ray subdivision of Alexandria. Del Ray is served by the Yellow and Blue Lines at Braddock Rd. Metro Station.
    Del Ray is in Alexandria VA

    Del Ray is between Old Town and Arlandria in Alexandria VA.

late winter in Old Town

Old Town is full of shops, restaurants and attractions.

Many people feel that Old Town is the heart of Alexandria VA.

As the name implies, Old Town is the oldest part of Alexandria, a port in colonial times. Historic Old Town Alexandria is found along the Potomac, just inside the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and then north toward Reagan National Airport. Old Town is served by the King St. Metro and the King St. trolley. With over 100 restaurants, shops, boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream houses and more, there's always fun to be found in Old Town.

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    Old Town feels small town, upscale and touristy. For most folks there is a bit of prestige attached to an Old Town address. There are two high rises near the waterfront at the Alexandria House and Port Royal. Some folks call the Torpedo Factory condos the "flagship Old Town" because of their fantastic location.

    Old Town Alexandria has many townhouses, row houses and a smaller number single family homes. Click Old Town to search listings of properties in Old Town Alexandria.

    map of Old Town

    Historic Old Town Alexandria is on the Potomac River.

The Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is located in the southern part of Fairfax County along the banks of the Potomac and around toward Old Town Alexandria. Mount Vernon is one of nine magisterial districts in Fairfax County. The Mount Vernon area unofficially spans from Belle View Boulevard at the northern tip of the Fort Hunt area all the way down to Dogue Creek just across from Fort Belvoir. Many folk also refer to that part of Mount Vernon which is closest to museum and grounds of the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens as Mount Vernon.

  • More about Lower Alexandria

    The Commonwealth of Virginia is organized into counties and county-like jurisdictions called "independent cities" or just "cities". Northern Virginia has several independent cities and the City of Alexandria is one such independent city. The City of Alexandria borders Fairfax County, but Alexandria is not in Fairfax County.

    Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the Potomac

    However, to make things especially confusing for newcomers and for folks hunting houses, there are large parts of Fairfax County that have an Alexandria postal address. These areas of "Lower Alexandria"---so called because Lower Alexandria is downriver from Old Town---are most definitely part of Fairfax County and are not in the City of Alexandria. Most of these areas are found in the Lee and Mount Vernon Districts of Fairfax County. In general, postal Alexandria is more suburban than addresses in the City of Alexandria, but this is not always the case.

  • Lower Alexandria & Mount Vernon Neighborhoods

    A few neighborhoods in Alexandria of Fairfax County include:

    Locally, "Alexandria" generally refers to greater/postal Alexandria, while "City of Alexandria" refers to the jurisdiction of the City of Alexandria.

    Map of Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon and Lee District are both part of Lower Alexandria---that part of Alexandria which is in Fairfax County.

Cameron Station cupola

Cameron Station cupola

The West End of Alexandria is a mixed bag. Condos and high rises abound in "Condo Canyon" near Landmark and Lincolnia.

But single family and townhouse development from the 1950's and 1960's is also found tucked on side streets and around unexpected corners. The homes around and near Seminary Road are regarded by many as stately and highly desirable. Another interesting neighborhood in the West End is Cameron Station. Cameron Station is a newer development of townhouses and condos, but the stylings and architecture imitate the best of Old Town. Cameron Station is relatively close to both Landmark Mall and Old Town.

  • More about West End Alexandria

    Watergate exterior

    The Watergate at Landmark is one of many high-rise condominium communities in West End Alexandria VA

    The West End is well connected to Washington DC via I-395. The West End is the newest and largest part of the city. The West End has a diverse selection of restaurants and shops as well as Landmark Mall and several fine hotels. Fort Ward Park and Museum is found in the West End of Alexandria.

    Click West End for a glance at what's for sale and to see a map of the West End.

    map of West End Alexandria VA

    West End Alexandria offers some of the best value-priced homes inside the Beltway.

Here are a few featured subdivisions and condominium communities of Alexandria VA.
If you’re looking for a home for sale in Alexandria in a particular price range, we’ve sorted homes for you.
Alexandria also has many condos for sale. We've taken the time to sort these by price as well. Check Alexandria condos for sale to find condos sorted by price.

Looking for detailed information on school test scores? How about information from local parents about Alexandria schools?

Contact us if you need help identifying preferred school districts. Use our site to search by school district or just see what's available here:


Homes for sale in Alexandria VA

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  • Homes for rent in Old Town for less than $25 per month!

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    Does the idea of a rentals in Old Town Alexandria for less than $25 sound too good to be true? We got a list of homes for rent ranging from $8 to $25 per month. As you might expect there is a small catch . . .

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  • What do association fees cover at the Watergate of Alexandria?

    The Watergate of Alexandria offers townhouse living in the North End of Alexandria's Old Town. Watergate residences are two and three-story luxury residences which fit well with the character of Old Town. colonial elegance at the Watergate of Alexandria Association fees cover include the cost of: Grounds
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    Featured condo for sale at Watergate of Alexandria

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    (all data current as of 3/31/2015)

    1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
      Home size: 1,339 sq ft
      Year built: 1979
      Days on market: 4

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  • What do homes cost near King Street Metro Station?

    King Street Gardens
    King Street Metro buried in snow. King Street Station can be found at 1900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22301. It is operating for the Blue and Yellow Line trains.  The station opens at 4:53 AM. The station only has 30 short-term metered spots with no daily and reserved parking, 34 bike racks, 20 lockers, 3 elevators and 2 escalators.

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  • Where are River Towers condos in Alexandria VA?

    6631 WAKEFIELD DR, Unit 603, Alexandria VA, 22307
    If you've been looking for River Towers condos in Alexandria and you haven't been able to find them . . . it might be because Rivers Towers condos are in Fairfax County VA. It's true that River Towers has an Alexandria address on Wakefield Dr. That location is just outside Old Town along the Potomac River between the GW Parkway and Fort Hunt Road.

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  • Where is Northampton Place?

    Northampton Place real estate agents.
    Northampton Place is a condominium community located on the extreme West End of Alexandria near Falls Church and Skyline. Northampton Place is near King St. (Rt. 7) relatively close to I-395.

    Map of condos for sale at Northampton Place

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    Stuart NesbittAbout the Author ---Stuart Nesbitt is a Realtor® licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.

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