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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 5/4/2015)

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,589 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,991 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,916 sqft
  3. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 647 sq ft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,408 sq ft

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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.
Alexandria VA

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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carlyle district w/masonic temple

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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105 ALEXANDRIA AVE W, Alexandria VA, 22301

House with wide frontyard

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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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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Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the Potomac

Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the Potomac

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.

  • 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.

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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.

Live inside the Beltway at West End Alexandria

| More about West End Alexandria VA | Alexandria school districts | Cameron Station | Landmark | Seminary Hill |
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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  • John Hechinger’s version of a ribbon cutting at his new Alexandria store in 1961.

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    John Hechinger's version of a ribbon cutting at his new Alexandria store in 1961.

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  • Remembering Old Town in 1977

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    1977 at GC Murphy,106 S. Washington

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  • West End Farmers Market

    Sign announcing West End Farmers' Market
    West End Farmers Market is located at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive The market is open on Sundays, May through November from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dates and times subject to change. Coming to the West End: Farmers\' Market Sunday mornings, from May to November, the West End Farmers Market vendors set up their colorful displays in the south parking lot of Ben Brenman Park.

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  • What kind of subdivision is Woodstone?

    Townhome exteriors at Woodstone
    Woodstone is a affordable townhouse and colonial style single family home subdivision located in Southern Fairfax County. Woodstone is between Telegraph Road and Richmond Highway. Woodstone is close to Huntley Meadows Park near Hybla Valley. Woodstone is not far from the Huntington Metro with a location that offers easy access to Kingstowne, and Old Town.

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  • What is for sale at Huntington Mews?

    Townhouse in 2035 Blunt Ln Alexandria VA 22303
    Huntington Mews townhouses has a desirable location near Old Town Alexandria. These large properties feature environmentally friendly appliances, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets and tiled floors in the bathrooms. The townhouses are just two blocks from the Huntington Metro Station. It is also a short drive away from both Target and WalMart.

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