Washington Square shopping in Old Town

Washington Square
Washington Square in Old Town Alexandria VA

Washington Square is a 235,000 square foot Class A mixed-use office/retail complex developed on a two-acre site along Alexandria’s main street, North Washington Street, in historic Old Town Alexandria. Washington Square features twin four-story buildings with brick and cast stone exterior façades and glass curtain walls overlooking a spacious courtyard. Tenants are attracted by the property’s 3-story atrium lobbies, fitness center, concierge service, 600 space parking structure and computerized energy management system.

Washington Square serves nearby condos at Port Royal, Alexandria House, Liberty Row, Watergate of Alexandria, Abingdon Row and more.  Many residents from greater Alexandria, Crystal City and Fairfax County visit Washington Square because of the popular grocer Trader Joe’s which is located here.

In addition to Trader Joe’s, Washington Square tenants include Talbots, FedEx Kinko’s, Starbucks Coffee, and Chevy Chase Bank.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

Best Value in Old Town. Stunning gem combines charm & convenience. Fantastic location, Walk Score 91,3 blocks to Braddock Metro & short walk to King St, Mt. Vernon Trail & Waterfront. Living rm w/built-in cabinets & gas fireplace, crown molding, custom windows, recessed lights, hardwood flrs flowing into updated kitchen w/granite & SS appl. Private back patio for entertaining. Fresh paint & No HOA [619 Henry St N, Alexandria, VA]

Bright & airy updated end unit TH in North Old Town. Updated kitchen features recessed lighting & SS appliances. Beautifully remodeled bath. Spacious bedrooms w/professionally organized closets. Skylight in hall & updated windows brighten whole house. Woodburning FP in LR. Lovely backyard w/deck, brick patio & lush landscaping. Walk to Metro, shops & rstrnts. EZ commute to DC, [1120 Powhatan St, Alexandria, VA]

Sensational property on charming & private block at center of OTG. Wonderful southern exposure brightens home all day. Spacious stone patio ideal for entertaining friends & family. Find an open floor plan, Wolf gas cooktop & ovens, Jenn-Air refrigerator, Miele D/W, Bosch W/D,wood flooring main level/wool carpet upper/lower levels. Gas log fireplace in library. Handsome crown molding throughout. [706 Fitzhugh Way, Alexandria, VA]

Tall, Brick and Handsome! LIGHT, BRIGHT, CLEAN, OPEN & UPDATED Townhome in OLD TOWN! A Special combination of Features including a private deck & fenced-in backyard perfect to entertain with, lovely landscaping, an updated kitchen, 3 comfortable-size bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and its own Driveway + On-street parking. CLOSE to BRADDOCK METRO, Minutes to Airport & Pentagon. Buy with confidence! [817 Bernard St, Alexandria, VA]

Welcome to Majesty West! Stunning community of 22 lux new construction TH's in Old Town Alexandria w/ 2 car gar, HW flrs throughout, white Carrara marble tops w/ waterfall island, GE Monogram SS appliances, 100% Energy Star cert home, soft close maple cabinetry, Kohler sinks, Moen faucets, 9' ceilings & open loft top level w/ 2 expansive rooftop terraces perfect for entertaining! [1315 Wilkes St, Alexandria, VA]

Tastefully Upgraded Studio Condo w/Balcony, Turnkey Perfection! Facing East this Gem is a Diamond in the rough! All New Appliances, Light Fixtures, Paint, Carpet & Much More! Low Condo Fee Covers All Utilities. Safe & Secure, Steps Away From Everything Old Town. Roof Top Deck has Million Dollar Views, Steps to Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Shops, 8 blocks to Metro, Onsite Parking, A MUST SEE! [801 Pitt St #214, Alexandria, VA]

HUGE price reduction in Majesty West! Stunning community of lux new construction TH's in Old Town Alexandria w/ 2 car garage, HW flrs throughout, white carrera marble tops w/ waterfall island, GE Monogram SS appliances, 100% Energy Star certified home, soft close maple cabinetry, Kohler sinks, Moen faucets, 9' ceilings & open loft top level w/ 2 expansive rooftop terraces perfect for entertaining! [415 Payne St S, Alexandria, VA]

Old Town Village. Stunning end unit townhouse in lovely courtyard. Gorgeous eat-in kitchen with stainless, granite, built-ins, wine frig. Lustrous hardwood floors on 4-levels, 2-car garage, planation shutters, gas fireplace. Cozy study and deck for grilling. Community pool & fitness center. Walk to everything Old Town has to offer...King St Metro, Whole Foods, Shops, Restaurants and Waterfront. [317 Fayette St S, Alexandria, VA]

Unique end unit condo in North end of Old Town. 2 blocks to Potomac. Commuter dream. High end updates thru-out including bellawood flooring in LR & DR. Open kitchen w/ SS Bosch appliances, maple cabinets, under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting & Turkish floor tile. Maintenance free Trex decking off DR. Renovated bath. Full sized washer & dryer. Replacement windows. 2 parking spaces. Must see. [523 Bashford Ln #2, Alexandria, VA]

New Luxury Full Brick 2 Level Condo Next to Metro Station. 3 Large BR, 2.5 luxury BA. High end designer finishes throughout open floorplan. Beautiful 2 sided gas fireplace separates Dining Rm and Family Rm. High efficient energy star appliances and HVAC. Low monthly utility bills. 1 Car Garage with one additional off street parking spot. Private outdoor balcony. Close to hundreds of restaurant [611 Nelson Ave #102, Alexandria, VA]

Outdoor Volleyball is Fun in Old Town

Old Town Alexandria has several parks next to the water. During the summer time pick up volleyball games happen often. Along Union St. there are parks that have a dog park, trails, a basketball court, a playground, and plenty of green grass . These parks are a great resource within walking distance of several neighborhoods.

Condominiums near the volleyball courts include Alexandria House and Port Royal and Old Town Commons. Old Town is a very walkable area. Grocery stores in the area include Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.The nearest metro to the parks is King Street metro station.

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See it All from Your Alexandria House Balcony

Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria at the corner of Madison Street and North Pitt Street, the 23-story Alexandria House condos feature wrap-around balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the National Harbor in Baltimore, the Capital and the Masonic Memorial in Old Town.

river view
River View from an Alexandria House balcony

Alexandria House offers a variety of features and amenities to include:

  • Rooftop pool and observation deck.
  • Concierge
  • Party room,
  • Sauna and exercise room
  • Security system featuring a locked main entrance and exterior cameras
  • Fire detection system
  • Storage
  • Underground garage

Living in heart of Old Town Alexandria has its advantages.  Residents live among one of the most historically rich and visually appealing cities in the country and are within walking distance to great shopping and dining.  Plus, residents are only minutes away from the Capitol and enjoy a variety of commuting options.

For information on the pricing, location, and availability of condos at Alexandria House, contact our experts at Condo Alexandria.

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How much is a view worth?

Pentagon City
Pentagon City as seen from Arlington Ridge in Arlington VA

When you're shopping for a home, how do you price a view? The view above is from a balcony at the Representative overlooking Pentagon City in Arlington County. Does this view make this condominium home more valuable? If so, how much more valuable?

Montebello condominiums
Many condos at Montebello have excellent views.

Like the Representative, Montebello sits atop the ridge overlooking the Potomac. Much of the best property in Northern VA is found on this ridge, because the elevation provides excellent vistas of the Potomac and the city.

westward view from Alexandria House
View of Masonic Temple and the shady streets of Old Town

The Alexandria House is not on the ridge, but down by the Potomac and surrounded by the smaller structures of Old Town Alexandria. Its balconies provide great views of the city and the river.

view from Port Royal
The Potomac River as seen from Port Royal in Old Town

Who's to say what a great view is anyway? Some people like the city view. Some folks prefer a nature view. Some folks like the monuments. And others couldn't care less about the view.

For myself, I never judge a view by standing at a window. Because when you live in a home, you don't stand at the window. You pass through rooms and halls on the way to do life's errands. I judge a view from the center of the room, or when seated at the couch. But in the end, it's all subjective. A view costs more, on that we all agree. But the value of a view is only known when the price a buyer will pay intersects with the amount a seller will accept.


Will Nesbitt About the Author --- Will 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.

Why is Old Town Alexandria famous?

Old Town is so-called because it is the oldest part of Alexandria. Old Town was originally laid out in 1749 and is a nationally designated historic district. Many of its 4,000 historic buildings houses, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. Once the site of the second-largest slave market in the United States, Old Town’s Market Square now contains a large fountain, extensive landscaping and a Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Old Town is known for its illustrious residents and guests. George Washington called it home. Robert E. Lee worshiped at Christ Church and Thomas Jefferson entertained at nearby Gadsby’s Tavern. Old Town Alexandria offer a full menu of dining choices with restaurants ranging from fast-food to white tablecloth. A night on the town can be had at spots such as the Oyster Bar and Club Room at Union Street.

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A Closer Look at Port Royal Condominiums

Port Royal is located at 801 North Pitt Street  Alexandria, VA 22314. Port Royal is a 17 story highrise condominium community. Port Royal is in Old Town Alexandria just a few blocks from Trader Joe’s. Port Royal has rooftop access with several tables to sit and enjoy the view.

Port Royal is close to several parks in Old Town including Oronoco and Founders. Port Royal is next to Alexandria House, a similar styled highrise condominium community. This location is very easily commutable to D.C. Port Royal ‘s lobbies and common areas have recently been renovated.

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Washington Square convenient for nearby Old Town condos

This 235000 square foot Class A office and retail complex in a 2 acre site, Washington Square is a convenient business and shopping center along Alexandria’s main street and North Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Featuring twin 4 story buildings designed with brick and cast stone exterior along with glass walls overlooking a grand courtyard. Tenants are attracted to the 3 story atrium lobbies, fitness center, concierge service, 600 space parking and computerized energy management system.

Washington Square
Washington Square in Old Town Alexandria VA

Washington Square serves:

Residents from Alexandria, Crystal City and Fairfax County patronize Washington Square because of Trader Joe which can be found in the complex of  Old Town Alexandria

Other Washington Square tenants:

  • Talbots
  • FedEx
  • Kinko’s
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Chevy Chase Bank.

The Differences between the Watergates

Watergate of Alexandria is very different from Watergate at Landmark

Watergate Apartments
The original Watergate

Watergate is perhaps one of the most famous real estate names in North America.  The original Watergate complex was built in Washington DC along the Potomac, sited in a location that made it ideal for members of Congress and Executive Branch staff.  Watergate in DC is most famous for the burglary that occurred at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Ties to this break-in is what led to the downfall of Richard Nixon and what put the word “Watergate” in every newspaper in America, if not the world.

As the original Watergate was nearing completion, plans were made and land was purchased to build another Watergate in Old Town Alexandria. Old Town Alexandria had approved a sleek and modern complex known as the Alexandria House, so it was assumed that the Watergate of Alexandria would be welcomed by the city.  However, the City of Alexandria balked at the modernization of Old Town, forever changing the trajectory of Old Town.

Watergate of Alexandria
colonial elegance at the Watergate of Alexandria

The Watergate of Alexandria evolved into a condominium community that better fit with the surrounding neighborhood. The Watergate of Alexandria has architecture and a design style that echoes Old Town Alexandria. The condominiums here are townhouse style, sited around a courtyard and gardens as one my expect from a traditional Alexandria home.

Watergate of Alexandria is a far cry from the original Watergate concept. Watergate was not sleek and modern. There is no pool at the Watergate of Alexandria, and there are no tennis courts. But Watergate of Alexandria is a gem in its own right. It’s location in Old Town and the colonial /Federal style of architecture fits nicely with Old Town. Watergate of Alexandria is not far from the Braddock Road Metro Station.

After failing to get approval for the type of complex they were seeking in Old Town, the developers of Watergate then proceeded to build the Watergate at Landmark. Landmark is in West End Alexandria and thus, not really near the water at all.  But Watergate at Landmark is truer to the original Watergate brand. Watergate at Landmark has a bevy of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, racket ball courts, and much more. The community provides shuttle service to nearby Van Dorn Metro.

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Watergate at Landmark

Watergate at Landmark is a large complex of 5 high-rises. Watergate at Landmark is a gated-community with 24 hour security. Homes here range from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom condos.  Each condo at Watergate at Landmark has a balcony. Watergate at Landmark has both surface and garage parking depending upon the unit.

As you can see, Watergate at Landmark and Watergate of Alexandria are very different from each other and in many ways they are both very different from the original Watergate apartments in Washington DC. Watergate of Landmark has become representative of some of the best condos that West End Alexandria has to offer. Watergate of Alexandria has melded into the community of Old Town Alexandria.

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