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
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

Welcome to 217 South Fairfax, one of Old Town's most outstanding and desirable historic properties.

217 S Fairfax St

This in-town estate offers modern luxury and enduring craftsmanship. Built Circa 1780, the home has been masterfully expanded and updated to modern luxury standards. With over 9,000 sf of luxe living space, the home has 6 bedrooms, 6 and 1/2 bathrooms, and impressive rooms for entertaining and comfortable living. An oversized garage and expansive driveway offer private off-street parking for 5 cars. Additional special features include a subterranean media center, large chefs kitchen with catering pantries, a guest suite with its own kitchen, bath and living rooms, and an historic smoke house recently converted into a SMART office. Extensive custom moldings, original wide-plank hardwood flooring, and six fireplaces with hand-carved limestone mantles set this home apart. The property has been upgraded to modern technical standards with cat 5/cat 6 cabling, cameras and Mobotix panels throughout the house for one-touch controls for Savant and smart home automation. Located only 2 blocks from King Street and the waterfront, the house sits in a prime location and on a spacious double lot. The quarter acre lot is graced by lush lawns, manicured specimen gardens and a lovely patio for outdoor living and entertaining . 217 South Fairfax -- Old Town's finest address. [Old Town Alexandria - $5,200,000]

Abingdon Row blends the charm of Old Town, with the convenience of a modern condominium.

1023 N Royal St N #317

Superb location. Premium Unit. Rarely Available. One floor living! Near public transportation, Two traffic lights to DC. Less than ten minute cab ride to Reagan Airport. Eating in or dining out?! You will enjoy popular neighborhood restaurants, and convenient grocery shopping at Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Whole Foods. Shopping for your new home? Stop by the recently opened West Elm, or the many designer boutiques. Keeping in shape? Public tennis courts, the popular Sport and Health Club, yoga, rowing, and fitness centers are all within blocks of your front door. Stroll, run, or bike the Mount Vernon Bike trail. Experience the parks, marinas, and scenery along the Potomac River,. Recently named " One of the Six Most Beautiful Streets in the U.S.," King Street is just nine blocks away with restaurants for every taste, shops, and galleries. Yellow water taxis take you to Nats games, Georgetown or National Harbor. The free King Street trolley takes you to the Metro! Live your best life in Old Town! This sophisticated pristine condo is in mint condition and will suit your lifestyle perfectly! Oversized windows face South and West filling the rooms in bright, natural light. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Handsome, connoisseur kitchen with a stainless side by side refrigerator and a cook's delight - gas range. Tall, maple cabinets, rich, granite counters and an island - for morning coffee and conversation. Washer/Dryer. Custom Walk-n-Closet. Energy efficient heating and cooling. TWO secure, assigned garage parking spaces plus a storage bin. A shared rooftop deck offers outdoor space where you can enjoy meeting neighbors over a glass of wine and watching the sunset. Don't miss it! [Abingdon Row - $700,000]

LOCATION, LOCATION WITH UPGRADES GALORE.

649 First St #61

This Luxury Town Home rarely available in exclusive Liberty Row Condominium. Located only 2 traffic lights to Washington. Close to Metro, Reagan National Airport, the Potomac River and the Mt. Vernon Trail, Historic Old Town Alexandria and the recently opened Edens North Old Town project. There is no more perfect place to call home. This home is a charming blend of progress and tradition. Elegant, four-story brick facade in the style of classic historic town homes and is surrounded by graceful landscaped grounds professionally designed and maintained by McFall and Berry. It is graciously appointed with rich wood flooring and distinctive moldings. New in August 2019, Gourmet Kitchen with beautiful new custom cabinets, new Quartz counters, new stainless steel appliances and new wood flooring. Master Bath complete with new floors, shower, Quartz counter tops, oversize Kohler rain shower, body sprays and Travertine floors. All baths sumptuously appointed. One floor is dedicated entirely to the Master Bedroom, bath and sitting area. You will enjoy a distinguished way of living only steps away from everything that Old Town and Metropolitan Washington have to offer. This beautiful four bedroom town home is a whopping 4,530 square feet of living space. It has large professionally landscaped and maintained grounds and garden with enclosed privacy wall on all sides. There is a roof deck which is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day. Outside Terrace, off the living room, offers a place to grill and gather with friends and family. Just a short walk to Old Town shops, restaurants and galleries. It is convenient to Metro, I-95, Route 50, and both Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, Mount Vernon, C&O canal bike trails and very convenient to Arlington, Pentagon and Amazon's new Headquarters(HQ2). It is approximately four blocks to the Potomac River and across the street from great shopping. Property has 2 assigned parking spaces. One space in the underground garage and one right outside you front door. [Liberty Row - $1,949,950]

Behind the private gates off cobblestoned Princess Street, awaits a spectacular oasis in the heart of Old Town.

329 Washington St N

Sited on one of Old Town's larger lots, this exceptional 5,300 square foot residence offers unrivaled luxury and privacy. Originally built in 1821, the Federal style home has been painstakingly renovated and expanded while retaining its historic character. Some of the highlights include period moldings and millwork, elegant formal spaces with soaring ceilings and original detailing, renovated gourmet kitchen, light-filled family room off kitchen, stunning master bedroom with built-ins and custom dressing room, all season porch with mahogany windows and doors, mudroom with built-ins, formal dining room with hand painted Chinese panels. The exquisite grounds feature mature trees, lush landscaping, patio and custom limestone water fountain. The carriage house accommodates parking for three cars and includes a full apartment with bedroom, living area, kitchen, and spa-inspired bathroom with steam shower. Located within steps of shopping, dining, the waterfront and transit and just minutes from downtown DC, Amazon HQ 2, Reagan National, and the Pentagon. This is truly a rare opportunity. *Main house has 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms; Carriage house has separate bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen, and living room.* Welcome home! [Old Town Alexandria - $3,195,000]

Outstanding Federal house on Gentry Row, built circa 1784 by Captain John Harper.

211 Prince St

Once the home of Dr. Elijah Cullen Dick, who, along with Dr. Craik, attended George Washington on his deathbed. It was Dr. Elijah Dick who famously stopped the clock at Washington's death. The curved stone steps lead into the gracious entry hallway, which opens to the formal living room and dining rooms, separated by a gracious arch, each with wood burning fireplaces, and deeply articulated moldings. The dining room offers two china cabinets, each of which opens on hinges to reveal hidden storage. A full length glass door leads to the walled brick garden with whimsical fish pond. The eat in kitchen features Chinese red cabinets, custom ornamentation, stainless steel appliances and countertops, gas fireplace on raised hearth and French doors to the brick garden. Off the kitchen is a powder room, pantry, elevator and access to the "horse alley" leading to the street. On the second level, sunlight streams into the grand ballroom from the three windows across the front of the house, enhanced by a stately fireplace on the west wall. The library is paneled in original pine, while a discreet wet bar peaks out from behind folding doors on the way to the booklined passageway to the guest bedroom and bath above the kitchen. The third floor offers a sun drenched master bedroom with en suite bath and fireplace, as well as a third bedroom and hall bath. Down another passageway above the horse alley, there is a bright and sunny exercise/laundry room or playroom. The fourth floor opens to a fabulous bright and airy fourth bedroom, with arched faux stone feature, resembling a massive fireplace bracketing the bed in this room. There is a full bath on this level and steps leading to an attic for extra storage. There are four bedrooms and four and a half updated/renovated baths, elevator from the first floor to the second and third floor bedroom levels and heart pine floors throughout. The seven wood burning fireplaces are located in the living room, dining room, ballroom, library, master bedroom, second and third bedrooms. There is an additional gas fireplace in the kitchen, adding warmth and ambiance to the kitchen eat in area. There is a large basement accessed from the back of the stairs on the main level, with loads of storage and a wine cellar. The Dr. Dick house is an outstanding example of early Alexandria architecture, built to last for centuries and perhaps even more charming today than in the 1780's. [Old Town Alexandria - $2,579,000]

New Price! Amongst the cobblestone, lantern-lit streets of Alexandria, this historic home offers four floors - over two thousand square feet - of spacious, sun-drenched living space.

305 N Washington St

Masterfully restored to preserve the iconic architecture and design of the Federal Period, while upgraded by many luxurious and modern conveniences. Located in the heart of Old Town, just two blocks from King Street and many of the city's main attractions, including acclaimed Alexandrian restaurants, necessities such as Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter, and fantastic shopping options. 305 North Washington offers nearby access to the GW Parkway and is only a short distance to DC and Reagan National Airport. A shimmering glass and crystal chandelier, suspended from the towering living room ceiling, greets you at the home's entrance. The wood-burning fireplace and ornate mantle, chair and crown molding, and refinished hardwood floors add warmth and charm while embellished woodworking and historic hardware preserve the character of this historic Federal style home. The adjoining dining room, with a second fireplace and built-in shelving, leads to the kitchen. This space is perfectly coordinated by stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and checkerboard flooring. Both the dining room and kitchen lead to an open air English courtyard where a brick walkway wraps around the rear of the home and is lined with beautiful rose bushes.On the second floor, a den with floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving and a third fireplace offer the possibility for a library or office. An adjoining bedroom overlooks the garden and completes this level. Find the spacious master suite, with a walk-in closet, and an en suite bath with a glass enclosed shower and dual vanities, on the third level. The laundry area is conveniently located on this floor. The most upper level is home to a private, third bedroom, made bright by a wall of windows. A full bath with a lavish claw foot tub, perfectly deep for soaking away the day, is also on this floor. New windows in the living room and master suite provide a sound buffer and energy efficiency. An unfinished basement offers plenty of space for storage. [Old Town Alexandria - $975,000]


 

Will Nesbitt

 

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.

Will Nesbitt

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.