Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria VA

At the 2009 Alexandria Art Festival

This weekend Julie and I went to Old Town with the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group to enjoy the Alexandria Art Festival. The Art Festival occurs every year around this time and features artists and craftsmen from around the area.

2009 Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria

King Street closes to vehicular traffic and artists set-up stalls in the street. It’s an easy way to enjoy lots of art from lots of folks. The weather was very co-operative, neither too hot nor too cold.

2009 Old Town Alexandria

This 12 foot tall image of a koi caught my eye, as did many smaller pieces.

Arts Festival in Old Town Alexandria

I found that my camera was drawn to the larger pieces, but this is probably because I knew they would photograph well. There were many smaller items for sale too. However, many of us felt that this year’s festival seemed to offer more pieces that would be welcomed in a restaurant or hotel lobby than usual and a few number of the smaller pieces that look nice in a home.

Harpist

There were several musicians playing up and down the street. This harpist sang like an angel, but I have to admit that my favorite was the steel drum player.

People walking King Street during Art Festival

We walked all the way up to Washington Street before turning around and making way back to the Potomac. After some discussion the group voted to eat at the Charthouse. At the Charthouse, the ladies had a little wine and we enjoyed some relaxed conversation and then dinner. For my part, I think the food at the Charthouse is good, but not great. Even though it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it because of the pleasant views of the Potomac that are offered.

Charthouse


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.

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

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

717b Massey Ln

OUTSTANDING LOCATION**1 TRAFFIC LIGHT TO DC**NEAR FUTURE POTOMAC YARDS METRO**HOME FEATURES HARDWOOD FLOORS, FRESH PAINT, NEW CARPETING IN BEDROOMS**RECENT UPGRADES INCLUDE NEW HEATING & A/C,GAS HOT WATER HEATER, NEW WINDOWS, BEAUTIFUL QUARTZ KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS, LARGE STAINLESS SINK & FAUCET, NEW STAINLESS GAS STOVE & DISHWASHER**REFIG WITH DOUBLE DOORS AND BOTTOM FREEZER***GAS FP IN FAM ROOM* [Old Town Greens - $619,900]

114 Quay St

Stunning renovated home on a quiet street with river views from your doorstep! Gourmet kitchen opens to dining area with banquette seating and custom built-ins. Cathedral ceiling living room with wood burning fireplace; French doors open to fabulous patio and garden with built-in grill area. Expansive, chic custom master bedroom closets. Easy walk to river, Founders Park & King Street. [Brandt Townhouse - $1,395,000]

914 Pendleton St

All the charm of 1895 Old Town upgraded w/ today's amenities! Lrg open flr pln. Gourmet kitchen, granite & bar. Hwd flrs. MBR suite w/ Jacuzzi tub. Oversize 2nd BR + bonus 2nd lvl office area. French Doors to Georgetown style patio & off street prkg! Newer roof, HVAC & exterior paint. 4 blks to Metro. Walk to Old Town shops, dining. Bike, jog trails. Conv to DC & Pentagon! [Carriage Works - $849,999]

417 Washington St N

***GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A VICTORIAN PROPERTY IN HISTORIC OLD TOWN***ZONED CL FOR RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL USE***OVER 3600 SQ FT OF SPACE, REAR PARKING, GREAT LOCATION, AWESOME POTENTIAL, NEXT DOOR TO THE LEE FENDALL HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN***SHORT WALK TO THE RIVERFRONT***PROPERTY NEXT DOOR LISTED FOR $2.6M! [Alexandria - $1,375,000]

721 Fairfax St S

This elegant home located in Old Town's prime SE quad,only blocks from the river, offers gracious rooms & a wonderful open floor plan. A true Chef's gourmet kitchen w/Viking appl's, opening to a spacious family room w/FP, gorgeous porch, and a gardener's dream backyard. 4 BR's & 2 BA all in one level, a rare find in Old Town. Huge walk-out basement offers many possibilities. A must see! [Old Town - $1,700,000]

616 Columbus St

*Beautiful end unit w/ mature landscaping on huge lot (.07 acres) in sought after location*Inviting entry leads to living room & dining room*Upgraded kitchen w/ tons of cabinetry & access to rear deck*Upper level w/ two spacious bedrooms & full bath*Finished walk-up lower level w/ large recreation room,second kitchen & full bath*Deck overlooks fenced rear yard w/ shed*Parking area in rear as well* [Old Town - $769,900]

745 Fayette St N

Stunning, sun-filled Industrial Loft 4 level, 2 car garage Old Town luxury TH just one block from Metro. Refinished hardwood floors & stairs, new carpeting, impressive casement windows & freshly painted. Welcoming entry level foyer & large den w/attractive radiant heated tiled floors. Main level features Chef's kitchen & spacious open floor plan. Huge rooftop terrace & loft w/terrific urban views. [Braddock Lofts - $855,000]


 

 

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.

How much is a view worth?

Pentagon City as seen from Arlington Ridge in Arlington VA

When you're shopping for a home, how do you price a view? The view above is from a balcony at the Representative overlooking Pentagon City in Arlington County. Does this view make this condominium home more valuable? If so, how much more valuable?

Many condos at Montebello have excellent views.

Like the Representative, Montebello sits atop the ridge overlooking the Potomac. Much of the best property in Northern VA is found on this ridge, because the elevation provides excellent vistas of the Potomac and the city.

View of Masonic Temple and the shady streets of Old Town

The Alexandria House is not on the ridge, but down by the Potomac and surrounded by the smaller structures of Old Town Alexandria. Its balconies provide great views of the city and the river.

The Potomac River as seen from Port Royal in Old Town

Who's to say what a great view is anyway? Some people like the city view. Some folks prefer a nature view. Some folks like the monuments. And others couldn't care less about the view.

For myself, I never judge a view by standing at a window. Because when you live in a home, you don't stand at the window. You pass through rooms and halls on the way to do life's errands. I judge a view from the center of the room, or when seated at the couch. But in the end, it's all subjective. A view costs more, on that we all agree. But the value of a view is only known when the price a buyer will pay intersects with the amount a seller will accept.


Will Nesbitt About the Author --- Will 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.

French Provincial style

Kingstowne is in Alexandria VA

Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Homes are often brick with detailing in copper or slate. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters. Second-story windows usually have a curved head that breaks through the cornice.

The design had its origins in the style of rural manor homes, or chateaus, built by the French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV in the mid-1600s. The French Provincial design was a popular Revival style in the 1920s and again in the 1960s.

French Provincial revivals can be found in upscale neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia.

 

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Georgian style residences

Georgian

Befitting a king–in fact, the style is named for four King Georges of England–Georgian homes are refined and symmetrical with paired chimneys and a decorative crown over the front door. Modeled after the more elaborate homes of England, the Georgian style dominated the British colonies in the 1700s. Most surviving Georgians sport side-gabled roofs, are two to three stories high, and are constructed in brick.

Georgian homes almost always feature an orderly row of five windows across the second story. Modern-day builders often combine features of the refined Georgian style with decorative flourishes from the more formal Federal style.

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

Air Force Memorial

Air Force Memorial
Air Force Memorial as seen from the Representative

The Air Force Memorial is sited on a promontory overlooking Washington D.C., Arlington VA and, between them, the Potomac River. The Memorial’s spires measure 270 feet. These spires tower above the Pentagon, Rosslyn and Crystal City. The Memorial was formally dedicated on October 14, 2006. The Memorial remains dedicated to the United States Air Force service members and the Heritage Organizations of the USAF.

The design of the Memorial intends to evoke a modern image of flight by jet and space vehicles, but yet remembers the pioneers of flight who came before. The three spires of the Monument represent the three core values of the US Air Force: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. It is interesting to note that the spires are different heights and asymmetrical giving the Memorial a dynamic quality that offers different views from every angle. Although the Air Force Memorial is visible all over town, one of the best views is from Arlington Ridge. At the end of Arlington Ridge Road, the Representative overlooks much of the samevistas as the Memorial.

 

 

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

 


 

Newer homes in Mount Vernon

Petitts Landing is a community of large newer homes in Mount Vernon.  These homes were built in the 1990’s and generally boast more than 4000 sqft of living space plus an ample basement.  Two-car garages and large lots are the norm in this community.  Buyers here should expect hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces and modern amenities not found in some of Mount Vernon’s older homes. Those considering a purchase at Petitts Landing may also want to take a look to see what’s available near Grist Mill.


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