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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6416 13th St

ARCHED HALLWAY ENTRIES & SCREENED PORCH ENHANCE THE CHARM OF THIS GEM * MODERN DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS & CAC ADD LIVABILITY * UPPER LEVEL SUITE W /BEDROOM/LOFT and Bath* 2 patios Large shed, storage areas. This Cape Cod HOUSE has 3BR, 2BA and is 1 mi south of Old Towne just off GW Parkway/trails near the Belle Haven Country Club. Less than 2 mi to Huntington Metro (short bike ride, or catch the bus). [New Alexandria - $499,999]

6702 Cavalier Dr

Open Saturday 2pm-4pm & Sunday 12pm-4pm ! Cute as a button ! 3bd/2ba/New kitchen,ss appliances,w/new elect&plumb,quartz countertops.New washer/dryer/water heater.Crawl space fully encapsulated,two full baths fully renovated.Large lot,new privacy fence ,fresh paint,clean,well maintained home.HVAC serviced in June,ceiling fans in all bedrooms.Clean ,spacious attic space for extra storage. [Bucknell Manor - $499,000]

1406 Belle View Blvd #A1

Window planters, courtyard setting, refinished, warm stained hardwoods, updated windows. Bright kitchen w/updated subway tile backslash & gas range. Built-in shelving. Large bedroom w/EXTRA closet! Pools, tennis courts & playgrounds. Next to Belle View shopping center w/Safeway, bakery, restaurants & shopping. Close to Old Town Alexandria, DC, Pentagon, Airport, Bell Haven Marina & GW trails. [Belle View - $249,000]

6617 East Wakefield Dr #B1

Charming 2 BR unit in delightful Belle View w/beautiful renovated BA & Kit w/ss appl & granite counters. Stickers for 2 parking spaces. 1 storage area conveys. Pet-friendly. Community amenities include a pool, tennis courts, on-site laundry, tot lot. Close to shops, restaurants, nature trails & commuter routes. [Belle View - $245,000]

7402 Park Terrace Dr

FABULOUS CENTER HALL COLONIAL, FEATURES LARGE LIVING WITH BRICK FIREPLACE, SEPARATE DINING ROOM, FAMILY ROOM WITH FIREPLACE OFF GOURMET KITCHEN WITH DOORS TO ENTER REAR YARD AND PATIO AREA. FOUR BEDROOMS WITH NEWLY REMODELED BATHROOMS.MASTER BEDROOM SUITE HAS A FIREPLACE AND RIVER VIEWS OF THE POTOMAC RIVER. AND A BREATHTAKING RIVER VIEWS FROM THE SECOND LEVEL TERRACE. LARGE TWO CAR GARAGE [Villamay - $889,000]

1102 Belle Vista Dr

Terrific Curb Appeal in Villamay*Loads of upgrades in last two years to include Roof, Baths, Kitchen Appliances, Windows, Irrigation System, HVAC, Water Heater, Washer, Dryer, Exterior Storage and MORE. *Sunny, spacious Sun Room at Rear*Four Generous Bedrooms, Private Bedroom/Bath on Entry Level great for AuPair/In-Law/Guest*Whole House Generator. Large 2-Car Garage*Great Buy!! [Villamay - $795,000]

6625 Cavalier Dr

Totally transformed. If you saw it before, you must come back. Expanded Bucknell Manor Cape w/garage. Kitchen w/granite & ceramic floor opens to fam rm addition. 2 full baths. New HVAC system just installed! Hardwood floors on mn floor - under carpet upstairs. 2BR's & office w/ full bath highlight upper level. Fully fenced. Short to West Potomac HS, shopping and restaurants. Terrific buy! [Bucknell Manor - $520,000]

7114 Devonshire Rd

Lovely colonial home with great location-2.5 miles to Huntington Metro, Old Town and 495 nearby. Painting, wood floors and significant renovations just completed; Kitchen updated in 2016; Large Master Bedroom suite offers space and privacy; 3-season all-weather porch for relaxing on this large lot with mature landscaping. [White Oaks - $650,000]

5902 Mount Eagle Dr #805

Recently renovated with a gourmet kitchen: tasteful white cabinetry with Corian counters and built in "table for two". It boasts of two double wall ovens, microwave, icemaker, separate under counter freezer and tiled flooring. Gleaming hardwood throughout except bedrooms. Deep soaking tub in renovated master bath. Glass enclosed terrace with floor to ceiling windows. A delight to show. [Montebello - $339,500]

2411 Fairhaven Ave

Welcome Home! A brand new kitchen features dark wood cabinets, granite counter tops and Stainless Steal appliances! Main level hardwood floors have been refinished and a fresh coat of paint applied to both the INSIDE and OUTSIDE! The back yard includes a patio and fenced in yard. Close to 495, 611 and rt1! Don't miss out this opportunity! [Fair Haven - $421,987]

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

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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 in Old Town
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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