Looking for Condominiums on the Potomac River?

Porto Vecchio Condominiums are located on the Southern tip of Old Town at the edge of the George Washington Parkway. The balconies at these units offer views of the water. Outside the building there are paved roads sitting right next to the Potomac River. Also there are wooden docks situated on the water. Amenities at Porto Vecchio include: a swimming pool overlooking the Potomac, a gorgeous veranda, a dock, tennis courts, an exercise room, sauna, bright and open party rooms, easy access to the Mount Vernon trail, 24-hour desk, security, limousine service, and extra storage rooms.

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Enjoy the Scenery at Founders Park

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Belle Haven Marina

Belle Haven Marina has access to the Potomac River. The Belle Haven Marina is located off the George Washington Parkway.

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7102 Fort Hunt Rd

Open 2-4pm. Motivated seller, willing to consider offers. Updated roof, kit., baths, HVAC plus.. HDWD floors. Spacious rooms! MBR can fit a king bed. Virtually Staged. LL perfect as au-pair/in-law suite. Good storage, screened in porch/ patio/deck. Walk up basement. EZ commute to DC, Ft. Belvoir, Pentagon, National Harbor, OT. Nr river, bike path, shops, lib., rec center w/ice rink. [Bucknell Manor - $534,990]

6501 Bluebill Ln

WOW*JUST OUTSIDE OLD TOWN & STEPS TO GW PKY*RENOVATED* GORGEOUS MBA W/ BARN DOOR*REMODELED KIT W/ GRANITE & NEW APPLIANCES*PLANTATION SHUTTERS*NEW ELECTRICAL PANEL & HOT WATER HEATER*2 FPS*VAULTED CEILINGS*GLEAMING HW FLRS ON ALL 3 LVLS*FABULOUS LL W/ FULL BRICK WALL FP, BR & FULL BA*WALKOUT TO NEW PATIO W/ STONE RETAINING WALL* MINS TO METRO, DC, 495 & MORE! CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS! 1 Hour notice [Belle Haven Terrace - $689,900]

2204 Fordham Dr

Incredible Addition! Floor to Ceiling Windows, Reclaimed Wood used on Exposed Beams, Ceiling & Breakfast Bar. Heated Floors, Built-in Bookcases Throughout, Glass Barn Doors, Skylights, Southern Exposure for Lots of Sunlight, River Stone Floor & Walk-In Shower in Bathroom Addition, Quartz Counters in Open Concept Kitchen, 3 En Suite Baths, Tall Ceilings, Professional Landscape Plan & Heated Pool. [Fordham Village - $895,000]

6329 Quander Rd

Motivated Seller! main lvl br/den & fb, Wonderful home, spacious & upgraded with numerous luxuries. High ceilings, decorative molding, 2-story foyer & family room. Open kitch w/ss apls, granite, island, pant, wine cooler and sep brkfst rm. Impressive Gated Entrance w/Brick & Iron Fencing! Bordering Alex VA's Premier Community of "Belle Haven" This home is a Great Value & 1.2 miles to METRO! [Fordham Village - $799,890]

6420 Cygnet Dr

With a brand new kitchen upstairs, it~s time to take a second look at this Belle Haven Terrace charmer. With a flexible reverse floor plan that features a main floor bedroom, full bath and kitchen, this home offers the best of cul de sac living, just minutes to Old Town Alexandria, close to major commuter routes, Metro, Mt Vernon bike path and the Potomac River. [Belle Haven Terrace - $660,000]

7019 Jube Ct

Sparkling 2012 colonial on large lot on cul-de-sac w/ main lvl hardwoods & open floor plan. Family room w/ gas FP sits off kitchen w/ large island walks out to fenced backyard. 4 BR/3 BA up. Master suite w/ walk-in & sep tub & shower. LL w/ large rec room walks out to yard has space for guest suite & loads of storage. 2-car garage w/ extra fridge. Hardiplank siding. Close to restrnts, shop & Metro [Randall - $865,000]

5903 Mount Eagle Dr #1407

Beautifully appointed A model, granite counters, new bathroom, upscale kitchen, microwave, icemaker, gleaming hardwoodfloors throughout except bedroom with neutral carpeting. Floor to ceiling windows enclose the sunroom overlooking the inner courtyard with outdoor pool and tennis courts. Close in gated community. A must see for a quick settlement and move in condition. [Montebello - $229,900]

2212 Sweetbriar Dr

Largest Bucknell Manor duplex model with rare, three piece master en-suite and WALK-IN closet option! You'll be hard pressed to find another build-out of the top level with so much potential like this. Extremely bright and cheery home, generously sized rooms, newer windows, new HVAC, compressor & electrical panel box. Close to every amenity too, so get into the Fort Hunt area while you still can! [Bucknell Manor - $359,000]

1906 Duffield Ln

QUICK SETTLEMENT AVAIL! RARE GARAGE town home in charming update- located in desirable townhouse community! 3 Bedrms on Upper Level w 2 full Baths; Mstr Ste w walk in closet, mstr bath; lower level family room w wet bar, powder room, sep laundry. 12 miles to rear gate Ft. Belvoir, 1 mile to Old Town and Huntington Metro; granite, stainless kitchen; rear patio! Open Floor Plan on 3 updated levels! [Belle Haven On the Green - $599,000]

6420 Wood Haven Rd

Impeccable style and quality craftsmanship come together in this beautifully renovated home. Showstopper kitchen: dramatic wine room, hi-end appliances, custom cabinetry, built-in espresso, steamer. Living Room, w/ gas FP & 20ft+ ceiling, opens to deck overlooking deep, lush, fenced, landscaped garden. Spa-like MasterBath. Walk-out Lower Level w/ au pair suite, Family Room, storage & 2-car garage. [Alexandria - $1,350,000]

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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Affordable Condominiums in Alexandria

Farrington Condominium Community is a small housing group located in Alexandria. The complex is made up of four separate buildings containing a variety of one, two, and three bedroom units. This condominium community is great for first time buyers and is one of the few places that property can be purchased in Northern Virginia for under $200k.  Farrington Condominiums offer all the conveniences of living in Alexandria while avoiding some of those high prices you may find in other developments in Alexandria. This community is located less then a mile away from major high way access and is walking distance to the Huntington Metro. making Farrington Condominiums a commuters dream location.


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Alexandria Condominiums Under 300K

Looking to buy in Alexandria for under 300k? This may seem like an impossible task, until you hear about Potowmack Crossing. Potowmack Crossing Condominium Community located right outside of historic Old Town Alexandria may be a good place to start your search. The community is made up of under 100 units composed of one and two bedroom units. The one bedroom units begin in the low $200’s and the two bedroom units begin in the mid $200’s.

Why Potowmack Crossing? This condominium community has everything to offer. This location is a commuters dream and provides easy access to the George Washington Parkway, I-395, Route 1, and is within a mile of the Braddock Road Metro Station. The community itself features a pool, fitness center, and is located right off of the George Washington Trail. In addition to the community amenities each unit has laundry in unit and additional storage is included.

Things That I Appreciate Walking the Old Town Waterfront

Waterfront

Did I enjoy spending some time walking along the waterfront?

Many beautiful things are available to gawk at in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.  This aged town in the northern part of the state of Virginia offers many inviting things to people.  Besides high-end real estate and historic, quaint streets to walk down and enjoy, it offers another wonderful thing to us – the waterfront.

Old Town Alexandria just happens to not only be in a beautiful part of the country, but also right on the edge of the Potomac River.  This gives it the additional charm and desirability that so many cities and towns long for.  This aspect of Old Town draws many a visitor from all over country and all over the world.  The history of Old Town itself is enough to get people here, the waterfront may just make them stay.

Waterfront Park on the Potomac in Old Town

Along a leisurely stroll on the Potomac I was able to smell something that I like very much – water.  The very smell of the river beckons me and makes me feel like I am in a very special place.  Water has, since the beginning of time, been a very important and vital part of any economy and way of life.  Without it, the town would be quite different and much less populated.  Besides the smell of the water, I also was able to smell greenery – trees, fragrant shrubs and the very smell that is associated with that of the earth, much more pleasant than the smell of steamy, oil soaked concrete.

While strolling along the waterfront, just hearing the water sounded pleasant to me.  Whether is was sounds coming from a wake created by a sail boat happily cruising by or just the soft laps upon the rocks at the waters’ edge.  Sounds of water have always been soothing to me and adding to it the visual wonders of the place made it that much better.

Knowing that I think so much of the water makes it easy to understand why this place draws so many people.  This is a great place to enjoy a meal, watch the boats on the water,  view some fabulous artwork or just grab a favorite Nook book and delve into it waterside on a bench.  The atmosphere is not stuffy, so as to push you away, but just the right pleasant feel to draw you in and not let you go.

Looking for a way to enjoy an evening in northern Virginia?  Stop in a the waterfront of Old Town Alexandria.  It won’t let you down.

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Scrutinizing the Henry’s Location / About Old Town

The Henry is a brand new condominium community located in Old Town Alexandria—sort of . . .

The builder will tell you that the Henry is in Old Town Alexandria and this is almost completely true. But the truth of that statement that really comes down to how you define Old Town.

If you define Old Town as the 22314 Zip Code then the Henry is in Old Town without question. Addresses in 22314 run from Slaters Lane in the North, along the Potomac and down to the Beltway. The western boundary of this zip code runs along the train tracks over toward Telegraph Road. That means that 22314 includes the Carlyle District (which is anything but “old”), Potomac Greens (a fairly new subdivision), and other parts of the city which are not really historic Old Town Alexandria. Please reference the map provided by Yahoo to get an idea of the subtle differences in the Old Town area.

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If you look close at the map, you’ll see that Yahoo divides the 22314 Zip code into these neighborhoods:

  • Old Town North — Home to Canal Place, Abingdon Row, Watergate of Alexandria, Old Town North mostly looks like Old Town, but most homes here date from after 1980 and 1990.
  • Northeast Alexandria — This is an area of tightly-packed colonial-style townhomes that were built in the 1980’s in developments like Nethergate. There are also newer communities straddling Slaters Lane like Potomac Greens and Old Town Crescent.
  • Braddock Road Metro — This is the neighborhood where the Henry is located. More below.
  • Old Town — This is the heart of Old Town. It’s where you’ll find the shops homes and restaurants that make Old Town such a desirable place to live.
  • Southwest Quadrant — This is a neighborhood composed mostly of modest brick rowhouses and townhouses that were constructed in the middle of the last century. These well-built, conveniently situated homes have little cachè that you’ll find in the waterfront homes and stately villas in Old Town.
  • Eisenhower East — The Carlyle area is mostly newly built high-rises surrounding the campus of the USPTO.

I don’t know if these neighborhood names are constructs of some data provider for Yahoo or if they are from some census-related information, but these little neighborhoods are fairly accurately defined even if they don’t exactly match-up to what people call them here on the ground. The Henry is in Braddock Road Metro in an area that included some of the least desirable addresses in this Zip code. This neighborhood is well-served by the Braddock Road Metro Station and that’s always a big plus to real estate values in Northern Virginia. Many homes here are just a few blocks from King Street and a pick-up point for the King Street Trolley, so the question is what made this neighborhood less desirable?

Firstly the big obvious difference is the waterfront. One of the elements of life that makes Old Town living special is proximity to the Potomac River. Ford’s Landing, Cameron Mews and the Torpedo Factory offer homes that are at or near the water’s edge and the Mount Vernon Trail. The Henry is not close to the waterfront and you’ll have to cross a couple of busy streets to get to the Potomac.

The next difference is access to King Street. People like living a few paces from King Street because there are so many restaurants and boutiques along King Street. This is even more true at thew waterfront. The Henry is only a few blocks from King Street so that is a plus. The Braddock Road neighborhood has almost nothing of commercial interest, whereas Old Town, Carlyle, and even Slater’s Lane have some interesting options for shopping and dining. This may change as the neighborhood develops but for now, it is what it is.

The next big difference is public housing. The 22314 zip code has long had a cluster of public housing that straddled Route 1 (Patrick and Henry Streets) and much of that housing was/is located in close proximity to the Braddock Road Metro. About 10 years ago a large chunk of Alexandria’s public housing was destroyed and redeveloped as Chatham Square. That development was so successful that the city is now pushing forward with Old Town Commons. To that end blocks of subsidized housing have been destroyed to make way for Old Town Commons. Until that construction is completed I expect that the appearance and value of the neighborhood will be diminished.

Lastly, this area was (like much of Old Town North and even Old Town) formerly a light-industrial neighborhood. For example the Torpedo Factory was at one time a place where actual torpedoes were built. Today the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Torpedo Factory condos occupy the same space and some of Alexandria’s priciest real estate. Time will tell if the transition is as remarkable at the Henry, but the odds are in favor of this becoming a successful and highly desirable neighborhood.


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The street view of the Henry looks almost surreal it’s so pleasant, but turn the map to view across the street and you’ll see the warehouses. The good news is that one day these will probably be gone. The bad news is that what replaces them will probably block the view.

 

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