Life on the Potomac River

PotomacThe Potomac River is 400 miles of beautiful scenery that runs on the east coast starting with Maryland and passing Washington D.C. to its end at the Chesapeake Bay.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument surrounded by cherry blossoms

Passing by some of our nation’s greatest landmarks including The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. There are many great recreational areas to enjoy along the way. George Washington was a great admirer of the Potomac River. He worked along the river as a surveyor and his home was on the Potomac River.

The Great Falls are where many visitors gather to enjoy the awesome scenery it provides. The water comes down from the Appalachian Highlands to the sands. Visitors can still see some of the remnants of the C & O Canal which was started with George Washington’s vision of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River.

Point Lookout is also widely visited and was home to one of the largest Union POW camps.

The Potomac has much to offer along all 400 miles which include mountains, parks, recreational areas, historic monuments, and homes.

Great FallsIf you’re searching for a home or condo in Northern Virginia with a view of the Potomac, contact Nesbitt Realty.


Recent Listings

Rare, Reasonably Priced Waterfront Property! 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths recently updated. Prime Frontage, 165' Dock and Sweeping Waterviews, 13,000 lb Boat Lift - Supports 35-40 ft Boat, 5 ft draft, Spacious 3 Level Colonial, hardwood floorsReplacement Andersen Thermal Windows and Glass Doors. Expanded Gourmet Kitchen with Island/cherry cabinets.Garage Storage System. Spectacular water views [2335 Creek Dr, Alexandria, VA]

RIVERWOOD-Potomac Magnificence next to Washington's Plantation*Potomac Riv. Waterfront Access*Elegant, European Flair*9300 fin. ft. of luxury*Private, Gated Entry*Massive 2-Story Center Rotunda*Banquet, Formal LR & DR, 6 BRs*6.5 BAs*7 Fplcs.*Library*Off.*Catering Kit.*Gym*Rec Rm.*Terraces*Balconies*Patios*Hrdwd & Marble Flrs*Elevator*Audio & Sprinkler Syst.*Sauna*Generator*Priced BELOW Assessment! [9323 Old Mansion Rd, Alexandria, VA]

Rare single home with 10 acres lot in Gainesville with Water Front Lake Manassas. Wonderfully maintained, bright & EXPANDED w/inviting curb appeal. Hardwood thru out. Updated: kitchen and all bathrooms. Front porch and trex deck. Huge parking area. Huge barn with office but no electric. AS-IS condition. [15576 Vint Hill Rd, Gainesville, VA]

WATERFRONT on 135 Acre Lake Barcroft*Quintessential mid-century modern*Extensive decking & gorgeous stone'scapes*The ultimate perch for indoor/outdoor living*Grassy back lot that's just perfect for pets & play*Open & airy light filled contemporary w/walls of windows & vaulted ceilings*2 FPs*6 BR's*Warm wood trim & floors*Well loved & maintained by long term owners*Summer time & the living is easy! [6301 Waterway Dr, Falls Church, VA]

This is a rare offering of the former Lake Jackson Residence of Marjorie Homes who was an columnist and best-selling author of 134 books. The waterfront cottage offers 270+ degrees of lake views with water access directly from property. There is a small deck accessible by SGD from MBR and lower level. The interior is an open concept with full window views from multiple sides. *NOT move-in ready* [8681 Cobb Rd, Manassas, VA]

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.

Serene River Towers in Autumn

looking up at high-rise
Nine-story high-rise framed by evergreens

Located at 6641 Wakefield Drive in Alexandria VA 22307, blanketed by waterways and parks over 27 acres of woods, River Towers is situated just between Fort Hunt Road and the George Washington Parkway.

The serene neighborhood of River Towers offers a relaxed private environment very close to Old Town Alexandria. Residents here have easy access to the Potomac River, Alexandria and Washington D.C. Many condos here have water views. Some have views of the nearby parks.

What to Find at River Towers:

front view of 31 building
Welcome to River Towers
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Fitness Center
  • Cinema
  • Game Club
  • Library
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center
  • Monuments
  • Museums
  • Pool
  • Clinic
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Wildlife Viewing

What to Do at River Towers:

  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Shopping

    River Towers in Autumn
    River Towers in Autumn
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Volunteering

With Fall here, River Towers’ is a picturesque nature filled neighborhood more than ever and more exciting activities to enjoy within the community.


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.

Properties in Porto Vecchio

Fish the Potomac River

Homes at Arcturus are located right on the Potomac River in Northern Virginia. The fish in the Potomac include large-mouth bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, and pickerel just to name a few. Many of the homes here include piers and docks. This area offers grand views of the nearby water. Most of the homes here were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s.



Fishing the Potomac R. near Little Hunting Creek
Fishing the Potomac River near Little Hunting Creek






Properties in Arcturus

Pet Friendly Townhomes in Arlington

The red brick Highgate Townhomes are located  at Colonial Terrace N. in Arlington, VA and offer beautiful views of Georgetown and the Potomac River.  Built in 1993 – 1994, these three bedroom townhomes come in five relatively spacious floor plans.

Highgate townhouses
Highgate as seen from the Atrium

Residents enjoy well kept courtyards, patios, gardens, private garage parking, and no limitations on pet ownership. One of the main attractions of living in the Highgate Townhomes is the location, only 2.5 blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro and close to the George Washington Parkway, I-66 and Lee Highway.  In the evenings, residents can walk to Georgetown within minutes and enjoy the fine dining and entertainment in the historic section of D.C.

Townhomes for sale at Highgate Townhomes:

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Villamay Real Estate is near the Parkway

Villamay Real Estate is near the Parkway

Villamay Real Estate is near the George Washington Parkway. These properties are big with above adequate lawns. Not to mention, Fort Hunt Road is approximately close by. Villamay is close to West Grove and Marlon Forest.

Properties in Villamay


Are you dreaming about pools yet?

Condo Pool

I know that summer isn’t here yet.  But as the temperature climbs, I can’t help but think about pools around the area.

A Few Facts about River Towers

River Towers is a high-rise condominium community, which is just outside of Washington DC.  It is also less than two miles from Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.  The location of this condo community is ideal, because of its proximity to the Potomac River and other attractions, such as National Harbor.

6641 WAKEFIELD DR, Unit 512, Alexandria, VA 22307
High-rise condominium




This condo community is made up of three buildings numbered as such: 6621, 6631 and 6641.  These three buildings were constructed in 1963, then converted to condos in 1981.  All together, these three comprise over five hundred units.

This community is also within walking distance to Safeway grocery store, the post office, a doughnut shop and an elementary school.

Three roads dead end at River Towers which makes for an easy drive back home and they are as follows:  East Wakefield Drive, Potomac Avenue and West Wakefield Drive.

Are you looking for a reasonably prices abode to lay your head?  Would you like to rent or maybe buy in the area?  See below for some possible landing spots for you and your family.


Real Estate and Neighborhoods of Alexandria, VA

Alexandria dates back to the colonial era and many of the neighborhoods of Alexandria reflect that heritage. However, Alexandria is also home to newer and relatively new neighborhoods like the Carlyle District and Kingstowne. To learn more about these or other neighborhoods in Alexandria VA, surf through the tabs here. Alexandria is a highly livable city with enviable amenities, culture and attractions. The Commonwealth of Virginia considers Alexandria an "independent city" which means that Alexandria is not in any county. However, parts of Northern Virginia have an Alexandria postal address, but are actually in Fairfax County. All this can be confusing for newcomers to the area, but we try to simplify this in our guide by organizing things so they make sense for the home buyer. You won't have to be a Virginia jurisdictional authority to find the home you want to buy, but start here for a primer on Alexandria.

Properties in River Towers

What is the Potomac Saying to You?

Time to Get Active?

What I have noticed, which I admit didn’t take a lot of thought to realize, about the Potomac River is that it is appreciated.  This appreciation doesn’t just come from my seeing it and saying, “Wow, that’s beautiful.”  It comes from much more and here in the Alexandria are many reasons why.

The closer you get to the water of the Potomac River, the more beautiful things get.  The closer you get to the water, the more expensive the homes and condos are as well, for the most part.  It is easy to see when driving along the George Washington Parkway, which opened in 1932, to understand why this is true.  The drive alone is  a serene route along lush green trees situated just in front of the blue expanse of the Potomac.Path by Potomac

I don’t know what it is saying to you, but when I drive along this roadway on a Saturday morning, it screams – get active.  So many things in this 2015 world bed of us to be more and more lazy.  That’s just not the case with nature.  On a daily basis you can ride along the Parkway and see many people getting out doors and walking or jogging along the paths that stretch the length of the Parkway.

Just as many bikers take advantage of the paths to attain their higher goals in fitness.  Seeing these people out there is a motivating thing indeed and truly makes me feel good inside.  It tells me that the country is still wanting to better themselves.  They just need a bit of help to get there and that’s where the beauty of nature comes in.  I believe there is a lot to be said for jogging or riding a bike next to a beautiful river alongside lush greenery.

The alternatives are boring and non imaginative, not to mention a bit dangerous.   Trying to get this workout alongside the roads surrounded by concrete and hundreds of cars on their way back from picking up the kids from the ball game and dance studio with the kids screaming in their ear only inches from your intended pathway is not what I call fun.

That’s what makes the path by the Potomac and it’s beckoning beauty the way to go.  Take a walk or jog along the river, admire the beauty of nature and the beauty of the homes situated close by.  Doesn’t this look like a wonderful place to live?

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Julie on the way to work

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