What are Some Advantages to Living in Old Town Alexandria?

Transportation: Walk, Bike, Metro, Bus, Train, Plane, Drive

According to walkscore.com, Old Town has a walk score of 86 and is the second most walkable neighborhood in Alexandria. Additionally, there are several walking and bike trails that promote a healthy life style in the Old Town neighborhood. Lots of homes in Old Town have reserved

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parking spaces for residents, which can be very convenient.
For those considering a green or minimalistic lifestyle, public transit is an excellent option. On the Blue and Yellow line, there is the King Street Metro Station which provides access to other stations in the Northern Virginia DC and Maryland areas. Just two stations up there is Ronald Reagan National Airport, for those looking to fly elsewhere. Just behind the King St Metro Station, in front of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, there is an Amtrak Station.

History, Art and Culture

Old Town Alexandria is filled with history, art, and culture. History buffs will enjoy the plethora of museums in Old Town, like Gadsby’s Tavern, Carlyle House, Ramsay House (the ghost tours here are a ton of fun), etc. For those looking for art, there is a variety of options, like Paint This! (Great for dropping in and painting ceramics), Torpedo Factory (lots of local talent and also there are classes here through the nonprofit, the Art League), the Principle Gallery (tasteful artisan creations for sale), etc.

Restaurants and Nightlife

With over a hundred restaurants in Old Town, there are plenty of options to choose from. Countless cuisines, tons of

O'Connell's is a popular restaurant in Old Town Alexandria
O’Connell’s is a popular restaurant in Old Town Alexandria

atmosphere’s and a lot are within walking distance of each other. Old Town’s nightlife has a lot of variety, from live music at O’Connell’s, to mellow crowds and craft beer at Overwood, to lively karaoke at the basement of the Flying Fish, to Irish folk songs at Murphy’s or Irish Walk, to shuffle board games at Light Horse, there is something for everyone here.

Diverse Home Options

Looking for a high rise condominium? You might like Alexandria House, or Port Royal. Looking for a townhouse community? You might like Cameron Mews. Looking for a garden style condo, closer to Arlington? You might like Canal Place condominiums. There are a wide variety of homes in the various neighborhoods in Old Town Alexandria.

Waterfront

For boaters, there is prime real estate at the Alexandria City Marina. Boating can be a very fun past time, especially if you’re thinking about making a trip out

Old Town Alexandria has water taxi's to Washington DC
Old Town Alexandria has water taxi’s to Washington DC

to Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant. The waterfront is also a great spot to fish, or just to admire the view. A popular hangout in Old Town is on the waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory.

Parks and Courts

Old Town has a ton of well-maintained parks and courts. Whether you’re looking for a nice dog park to socialize at, somewhere to picnic at in the summer, a kickball field or ultimate Frisbee field, a pickup tennis game, a pick up volleyball game, a pickup basketball game, there are plenty of choices in Old Town.

The field stretches several blocks
Old Town is popular because of it’s cultural attractions, shops and numerous restaurants.

Ideal Location

Being located in the in the heart of the City of Alexandria is amazing due to the aforementioned reasons. Also, Old Town is close to Arlington and Fairfax County. Old Town has lots of great aspects to it and is a great place to live in Northern Virginia. Additionally, Old Town Alexandria has a very nice school system, with the high school for the area being the famous T.C. Williams High School.

 

Mistake 5: Compromising on the important things.

While it’s important to have an open mind while searching for a house, it’s also important to know what you absolutely need and what you could give up.

dog on pillow
The Eclipse is a pet-friendly condominium community.

For instance, if you know you want to have a child in a couple years, avoid buying a one-room home. If having a child is something you value, make sure you have room in your new house for your family to grow. No matter what your values, determine what’s most important to figure out what you can and cannot compromise.

NEXT Mistake 6: Lacking vision.

Mistake 4: Acting too picky.

While you should narrow down what you want and you list features most important to you, don’t be so inflexible that you make it impossible to find a home. If you’re too picky, you may have to continue renting when you could own a home. Be willing to compromise on some of the less important things that can be changed or ameliorated later, like outdated décor.

However, it’s vital to remember what’s most important to you. If you really can’t find something that has what you need and want, it may be best to rent for a few more years until something new comes along or until you’ve saved up more money to afford your perfect home.

NEXT Mistake 5: Compromising on the important things.

Tee Off at Forest Greens Golf Club

Forest Greens Golf Club was designed by Clyde B. Johnston ASGCA, offering challenging yet playable ground for all golfers regardless of levels. As a variety of outings and tournaments are held in Prince William County, Forest Greens Golf Club is one of the many recommendable venues to visit.

Located at 4500 Poa Annua Lane, Triangle, VA 22172 and opened in 1996, Forest Greens Golf Club offers 6,839 yards of golf terrain surrounded by Prince William Forest Park and Quantico Marine Base.

Forest Greens Golf Club was also named as one of the top 100 golf courses for women by Golf for Women as well as a recommended golf course by Golfstyle magazine and named as an Environmentally Friendly Golf Facility by Virginia Department of Conservation.

Features:

  • 1 Golf Course
  • 18 Hole Regulation Length Course
  • Golf Cart
  • Driving Range
  • Food and Drinks
  • Softspike

Homes Available Near Forest Greens Golf Club

It’s Never ‘Nothing To Do’ At Lakeridge

When one can’t seem to find anything to do or need a quick stop to relax in Lakeridge, these places will always give you a warm welcome:

Tacketts Mill

Located just off the I-95 corridor, corner of Old Bridge Road and Harbor Drive in Lakerdige, the multi level center, Tacketts Mill offers more than 30 years of retail outlets, office space, specialty shops and residential townhouses.

Businesses in Tacketts Mill include:

  • Massage Envy
  • NT Salon
  • Dream Dinners
  • Lakeridge Pizzaria
  • Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins
  • Fitness Together
  • Smith & Fisher
  • And many more!

Festival at Old Bridge

Located at Dillingham Square & Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge VA 22192, Festival at Old Bridge Shopping Center provides residents with nearby shopping convenience in a fun environment.

Lake Ridge Commons Shopping Center

Located at Old Ridge Road and Hedges Run Drive, residents can indulge in convenient shopping experience at Lake Ridge Commons Shopping Center.

Businesses in Lake Ridge Commons Shopping Center include:

  • Giant Food
  • Starbucks
  • Urgent Medical Care
  • And many more!

Chinn Park Regional Library

Located at 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge VA 22192, the Chinn Park Regional Library was the first regional library to be built in Prince William County that offers leisure and educational reading for the entire family. The library also holds an array of books and movies on tape.

Features:

  • Internet Stations
  • Children’s Area
  • Study Section
  • Activities for Kids

Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library

Located at 12964 Harbor Drive in Woodbridge VA 22192, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library in the Fairfield Office Park provides students a broad collection of books to help them with their studies as well as leisure reading.

Potomac Community Library

Located at 2201 Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge VA 22191, Potomac Community Library offers an array or educational, research, activities and the like within its walls that children, students, parents and professionals can enjoy.

Features:

  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Computer Stations
  • Computer Programs
  • English Classes
  • African American Book Club
  • And many more!