The Many Musicians of Old Town

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.

bluegrass

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.

Harpist

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

1023 Royal St N #110

BEAUTIFUL CONDO PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED AT ABINGDON ROW!LOCATED ON THE 1ST FLOOR BUT NOT ON THE GROUND LEVEL. CAPTIVATING 350+SQFT. OF PRIVATE PATIO SPACE ELEVATED/WALLED,1 BEDROOM W/A DEN (CAN BE USED AS A SECOND BEDROOM),2 FULL BATHS, ~HUGE CUSTOM CLOSETS,NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS, NEW HVAC,2 GARAGE PARKING SPACES! STORAGE UNIT, ROOFTOP TERRACE! VIEWS OF THE POTOMAC,1 LIGHT TO DC, CLOSE TO THE METRO. [Abingdon Row - $565,000]

525 Fayette St N #401

Beautifully renovated 2 bed/2 bath, brightly-lit corner condo in the heart of Old Town. 2 short blocks from Metro,walking distance to shops, restaurants & parks.This 1234 sq ft condo has over 100K in high-end home renovations including open kitchen with Quartz counter tops & new appliances, exquisite master & gleaming hardwood floors.New washer/dryer.2 parking spaces/extra storage.Walk to Metro! [The Monarch - $659,000]

705 Fords Landing Way

Garage Parking in Old Town! Welcome to Fords Landing, Alexandria's premier river-front community. Enjoy walking to cafes, markets & restaurants, as well as living steps to the water. This fine property boasts brilliant natural light! Enjoy its open-plan design with higher ceilings, handsome moldings, and large windows. The deck extends the spacious kitchen in warmer months. Excellent closets! [Fords Landing - $895,000]

1513 Portner Rd

INNOVATIVE DESIGN WITH HIGH CEILINGS AND GRAND FLOOR PLAN. GOURMET KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES AND EAT-IN ISLAND. MASTER SUITE WITH WALK-IN CLOSETS AND SITTING AREA. MASTER BATH WITH DOUBLE VANITIES LUXURIOUS WHIRLPOOL TUB WITH SEPARATE SHOWER. THREE ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS AND THREE FULL BATHS AND ONE HALF BATH. PRIVATE PATIO AREA. TWO CAR GARAGE PARKING [Town Court - $949,000]

324 N Patrick St

2 blocks from King Street, this is one of the few remaining buildable lots in Old Town! Sale incl lot 324 A (.02 acres) - which includes parking! Historic charm (orig hardwoods!) with modern updates (incl reno kitchen/baths, central air/heat, soundproof windows, & new water heater). Sunny yard w garden! Move in now, expand later-plans for adding add'l bed/bath avail. Or could add carriage house. [Old Town - $669,000]

422 Fairfax St S

Totally renovated historic home, preserving integrity of 1820 w/all modern luxuries. 3/4 BR 2.5 baths w/ large second family room probable 4th BR. Original floors, tall windows, double parlor living room featuring beautiful crown moldings, fireplaces with classic mantels, designer lighting throughout. Dazzling chef's kitchen highlights the Bertazzoni appliances, sunny breakfast room, deep garden. [Old Town - $1,579,000]

922 Washington St S #211

Must Sell! Will Sell! Not A Distressed Prop. Take Advantage Of This Amazing & Rare Oppty. Spacious 2BR. Vacant & Rdy! Best Value In Old Town! Perfect Condition. Freshly Painted. Totally Renovated & Modern. Why You Want To Own In Old Town Alex: Walk To Shops & Restaurants, Be Close To DC, Airport, History & Activities. Was A Great Investment Property! Agt/Ownr. Everyday Open House. [Bearings South - $319,900]


 

 

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.

New Providence Village Condominiums- Easy Commuting In Falls Church

New Providence Village Condominiums, Falls Church VA

New Providence Village Condominiums were built in 1984 and are conveniently located off of Interstate 495 Express Lane. Fairview Lake borders the Condominiums providing scenic walking paths for nature lovers. Dunn Loring park is walking distance and provides basketball courts, minature golf, and more. Quick routine shuttle service is provided to Dunn Loring-Merrified Metro roughly 1 mile away. Shopping is minutes away with a array of restaurants and grocery stores. Inova Fairfax is also located within close proximate making this a prime location for many. Low monthly condo fees make this a very attractive buy.

Properties in Falls Church


Stuart Nesbitt, RealtorStuart 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.


A walk on the waterfront

Fortune Teller in Old Town

I took a walk on waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA last night. The temperature was absolutely perfect as was the humidity. There were crowds, but it wasn’t too much. I saw folks rushing to the Nina Dandy and other boats for an evening of cruising. There were several street musicians playing King St. At the pass-thru under the Torpedo Factory, a gentleman was playing the saxophone. And down along the water a street magician was showing his stuff. The balloon men were there creating animals and entertaining the children. A fortune teller was portending the future. A parrot rescue group had a flock of parrots and similar birds which were available for photos.

But then a light misting rain started to fall and the crowds scattered. At first they hid in the Food Court and on the trolley. The musicians were the first to pack, and they packed quickly to ensure their instruments weren’t damaged. The mule drawn carriage pulled off and soon the streets were quiet. We walked around a bit, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then we were gone as well.

Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

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.

Cardinal Forest Condominiums For The Nature Lover

Cardinal Forest condominiums is one of the largest condominium communities in Northern Virginia. It is located in the West Springfield district, an area that boasts one of the lowest crime rates in any major metropolitan area. Cardinal Forest is bounded on two sides by parkland, including beautiful Lake Accotink Park which comprises nearly 500 acres of forested parkland surrounding a 77 acre lake. You are also only minutes away from Burke Lake Regional Park , Hidden Pond Nature Center and many other outdoor venues. Cardinal Forest is perfect for the nature loving DC metropolitan commuter.

 

 

 


Stuart Nesbitt, RealtorStuart 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.


Featured Neighborhoods in Southern Fairfax County

I make no secret of my love of Southern Fairfax County. It’s definitely one of my favorite areas of Northern VA. From upscale and luxurious homes to budget-saving cheapos, you can find it here in a community that is close to town, easy on traffic and loaded with activities and amenities.

To make things a little more confusing, Fairfax County surrounds the City of Fairfax. Locals generally refer to the county as “Fairfax County” and the city as “Fairfax”, but Alexandria uses the opposite nomenclature. “Alexandria” generally refers to greater/postal Alexandria, while “City of Alexandria” refers to the jurisdiction of the City of Alexandria. So if you’re a newcomer here it can be a little tricky to find the right home at the right price in the South County area. Contact us if you’re looking for a local expert and we’ll put you on the path to finding the home that you really want. Some highlights of the Mount Vernon / Alexandria area include:

Properties in Southern Fairfax County

Hollin Hills — a forested retreat

Hollin Hills is well known for it’s unique contemporary styling and the forest setting.  Homes here feature floor to ceiling windows and boxy shapes with unexpected turns. Many of these homes, which were built in the middle of the last century, have fireplaces and unique interior finishes. Hollin Hills is served by Hollin Meadows Elementary School.

Recently listed for sale at Hollin Hills

Living In Bucknell

Bucknell Manor is a subdivision in Alexandria located in Fairfax County. Housing is primarily cape code style homes and a portion is also duplexes. Belle View Shopping Center is roughly 1 mile away to the east. Beacon hill mall is also about a mile away to the west.

Mount Vernon RECreation Center borders the neighborhood as well as Martha Washington Library. Mount Vernon District Park is on the outskirts of this subdivision. Biking paths are convenient and provide a great avenue for exercise.

The Huntington Metro is only a few short bus stops away. Bucknell sits parallel to the George Washington Parkway. Commuting to DC and other parts of Alexandria is easy and convenient.

 

What’s a good condo to buy for less than $300k?

Midtown Alexandria currently has properties listed for under 300k. These condos are walking distance to Huntington Metro and have a a array of modern amenities. The ground level showcases a well kept cyber cafe offering free wi-fi and a quite space to work/study.

The fitness center has a number of treadmills, elliptical machines,  and free weights. A gym membership is not needed if you live here! The outdoor pool is directly outside, perfect for the fitness enthusiast. The party room is spacious and can be rented for a small fee. Pool tables, a bar and big screen tv make this a great place to hang out with friends.

For under 300k, these condos are tough to beat.

Midtown Alexandria
Midtown Alexandria Cyber Cafe
Midtown Alexandria’s Party Room
Midtown Alexandria’s Fitness Room
Midtown Alexandria Pool

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4 Personal Benefits of Volunteering

I recently started volunteering as a coach for Fort Hunt Youth Basketball and I believe volunteering has some great benefits.

  • Friendship- When people get together, relationships are formed. After coaching a few practices, it’s not uncommon for volunteers to exchange phone numbers or social media information. By giving just a small amount of time, lifetime bonds may be established.
  • Community- Building with your community gives a sense of pride. Whether you are volunteering at your local recreation center or at your local food kitchen, this will save money. Saving money saves resources and funds can now go toward other local improvements.
  • Personal Growth- Experiencing new things and environments will lead to personal growth. Skills you may not have known you had will become more apparent.
  • Health- Volunteering will naturally make you a more active person. Research has found that volunteering has amazing health benefits. While thinking of others, one can battle depression and social confinement.