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
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

1019 Oronoco St

Detached, meticulously maintained home close to shops, restaurants & metro. Renovated throughout & features open main level with built-in bookcases, crown molding, gas fireplace & hardwood floors. Updated kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless steel appliances & gas range. Fenced garden with patio & charming shed. Paved off street parking for two large cars & unfinished basement great for storage. [Old Town - $719,900]

1411 Prince St

Brick Victorian with old pine floors, wood burning fireplace, washer/dryer upstairs. Partial basement for storage. Fenced rear yard with patio and alley access. Close to King Street Metro, shops, restaurants and Whole Foods Market! [Old Town - $575,000]

326a Commerce St

Great 1970's brick 3-story house with off-street parking close to King Street Metro, shops, restaurants, and Whole Foods. House is 326A on West end of row (not 326). Freshly painted and hardwood floors refinished. Lovely patio and fenced backyard. Spacious kitchen, two great size bedrooms plus unfinished walk-up third floor with rough-in plumbing, electric and heating and cooling. [Old Town - $659,000]

435 Columbus St N

Freshly painted throughout, this 4 bedroom, 2 bath c1880 townhouse has dramatic 10' ceilings, gleaming hardwoods and 2 fireplaces. A Chef's kitchen w/ granite counters opens to side patio. Family room w/ french doors to "secret garden" back yard. Room to create off street parking. Just steps from Metro, shops & every convenience! Open Sun. 9/17 2-4pm. [Carriage Works - $1,025,000]

837 Alfred St N

End unit light-filled 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath luxury "GREEN" townhome with tons of upgrades! Open living space with exposed brick, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, 2 gas fireplaces, gourmet kitchen w/ island, roof terrace and home office. Spacious Master Suite w/ spa bath & walk-in closet. Two car garage w/ storage. Walk to Metro, shops & restaurants! Open Sunday 9/17 2-4pm [Old Town Commons - $1,015,000]

34 Alexander St

Enviable end townhouse in Fords Landing with many extra windows overlooking trees, and woodland. Light, bright living and dining rooms offer deep moldings and hardwood floors plus a family room adjoining the kitchen. Grill a steak on your private deck on the same level as the kitchen. A luxurious master suite features cathedral ceilings, handsomewindows, Juliet balcony. Two car attached garage. [Fords Landing - $1,579,000]

516 Gibbon St

GORGEOUS & SPACIOUS 3 BEDROOM 2.5 BATH HOME IN THE SE QUADRANT OF OLD TOWN. VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION, THIS BRICK HOME HAS MANY FINE FEATURES. THE KITCHEN HAS GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, SOLID WOOD CABINETS,STAINLESS APPLIANCES, WINE FRIG & BRICK FLOOR WHICH LEADS THROUGH CHARMING FRENCH DOORS TO FENCED BACKYD FOR AL FRESCO DINING.HARDWOOD FLOORS,WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE W/ MANTEL ADD TO AMBIANCE! [Thomas Shelton Estate - $785,000]


 

Will Nesbitt

 

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, 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 at 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 Magician
Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will Nesbitt 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.

cottage

 

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

 

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.

Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association