Washington Square shopping in Old Town

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

Charming home in trendy Parker Grey neighborhood. Updates include: New windows, front door, front porch (floor, stairs, ceiling, fan, light, mailbox, railing), shutters, baths, granite counters, appliances, kitchen floor, light fixtures, W/D, window A/C units, shed, rear fence, brick wall & back door! Blocks to shopping & dining & .5 mile to Metro & the WHARF. [319 Alfred St N, Alexandria, VA]

Beautiful OPEN CONCEPT TH in prestigious waterfront community. Elegantly appointed w/ a chef's kit featuring stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The flow to the dining and living room is seamless, opening to a wonderful patio thru French doors. Beautiful built-ins & 2 gas Fps! Soaring ceilings in Master BR & huge spa-like MBA. FRESH PAINT AND CARPET! Garage! Half a block to the river [725 Fords Landing Way, Alexandria, VA]

A jewel of a small office building! Sparkling example of 1912 architecture in thoroughly modern touch. Bright space with high ceilings, 100% ceiling floods, oak floors and trim, parking for 4 vehicles. Excellent location opportunity for any professional / medical/ creative office. 7 minutes to Reagan. Currently used as commercial but may be converted to residential w/ a variance from the City. [717 Princess St, Alexandria, VA]

GORGEOUS TOP FLOOR HOME-INCLUDES 1 PARKING SPACE-HARDWOOD FLOORS THRU OUT-LARGE LIVING AREA-GRANITE COUNTERS-SS APPLIANCES-DESIGNER LIGHTING-CROWN MOLDING/CHAIR RAIL-EXQUISITE BATH W/SUBWAY TILE/PEDESTAL SINK-1 OWNED PARKING SPACE-SHOWS LIKE A MODEL-MINUTES TO OLD TOWN SHOPS-RIVER-METRO- [922 Washington St S #310, Alexandria, VA]

Unique residence at one of Old Town's most sought after addresses... Lives like a single family home and is flooded with natural light. Every top-of-the-line feature offered by developer is found along with many more updates & designer touches current owners have added to create an oasis of luxury living all in the heart of Old Town North... and just two blocks to the metro. SHOWS LIKE A MODEL! [1111 Oronoco St #231, Alexandria, VA]

*OPEN SUN 1/28, 12-2 PM* Rarely avail, sun-filled End Unit (largest model) in boutique community near Old Town, Del Ray & Nat Airport. SPACIOUS LR w/FPL & big DR, Updated Eat-In KIT, ML Powder Rm. 3BR/3.5 Updated BA's include MBR w/Loads of Closets + 2 big BR's. Fin LL w/Rec Rm, 2nd FPL & Loads of Storage! Reserved PKG, Replaced Wndws, BIG Priv Patio. 2 lights, NO TOLL to DC & walk to METRO! [1335 Chetworth Ct, Alexandria, VA]

OPEN SUNDAY 1/21 1-4pm. Luxury living condo with HW floors, SS appliances, granite, huge balcony, washer & dryer in unit. Den/guest room. Two full bathrooms. Pet friendly. Community entertainment room w/ kitchen, billiard and theater rooms. Fitness room. Rooftop lounges w/ grills, courtyards. Views! Garage Parking. Walk to Old Town, Del Ray, Braddock Metro. Minutes to Reagan national airport. [525 Fayette St #408, Alexandria, VA]

Beautiful updated 1870s townhome in OT; 2-story ceilings, custom built-ins, hardwoods & light throughout. Gourmet eat-in kit w/radiant heat, custom pull-outs, & island. 2nd floor incls huge guest room, newly reno'd 2nd bath, brand-new master suite w/his & hers walk-in closet & spa bath. Bonus: laundry space w/storage + all new: utilities, gas fire, windows, & more. Landscaped yard & 94 WalkScore! [508 Oronoco St, Alexandria, VA]

Amazing Renovation! Great Location in Downtown Historical Alexandria! GLEAMING Hardwood Floors, New Custom Interior & Exterior Paint, CROWN Molding, SS Appliances, QUARTZ Counters, New Cabinets. Bathroom Renovations include Granite Master Bathroom & New Tile. New HVAC, New Lighting, Freshly Painted Deck Overlooks Fenced in Backyard. Close to Commuter Routes, Schools, Shopping and Much More!! [813 Green St, Alexandria, VA]

Recently renovated, circa 1780 townhouse on historic Captain's Row. Parking for 2 cars. Restorations include newly restored brick facade, new and restored windows, new roof, new ceilings revealing the original beams in the walk-out basement. Restored plaster, moldings, and fascia, new gas heating system, and many more quality renovations. 5,100 square feet, rare walk-out basement, large patio and [117 Prince St, 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 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 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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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