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.


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.


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

29 Keiths Ln

Stately white brick townhouse, nestled under a canopy of trees, offers a beautiful Potomac River view plus view of the newly developed waterfront park from two private terraces. Features include new custom chef's kitchen, living room with walls of windows and French doors, spacious master suite with new spa bath, top level FR with vistas of the river, LL rec room with a wet bar. Two car garage. [Fords Landing - $1,699,000]

401 Princess St #404 N Royal

Largest model by far--almost 3,000 sq ft! RARE ENTRY-LEVEL BR W FULL BA. Only 4 units of this model. Roof deck. Over $45k in recent upgrades. White chef's kitchen & breakfast rm w/ 2015 SS appliances. Refinished HW, plantation shutters. Open DR & LR w/ gas frpl. W/i closet & gas frpl in MBR. 4th BR/office, loft w/ rec rm, BR & full BA. Walk to Trader Joe's & Braddock metro. Minutes to airport, DC. [Chatham Square - $1,199,000]

702 Columbus St

Old Town charm w/modern vogue. Gleaming historic HW floor. Living Rm w/Lg windows, built-ins & FP; Gracious formal dining rm; updated gourmet Kitchen. Owner' suite w/FP & custom W/I closet. NEW Spa-style bathroom. Outdoor entertaining - spacious, fenced, backyard. PERFECT LOCATION! - Maury Elementary, WALK to shopping/restaurants/cafes/galleries, WALK to Braddock Metro, DCA(3.5mi), 15min to DC. [Old Town - $669,000]

539 Tobacco Quay

Spectacular brick End TH in Tobacco Quay - Owner has not missed a thing - To die for granite kitchen w/48 inch cabinets (wonderful storage, stainless appliances) - Hardwoods throughout - LR w/wood burning fpl & built-ins walks out to private patio - Gorgeous renovated BR's & baths - Updated windows - Nice closets! Plus, extra storage in newly insulated & sanitized attic - 1 assigned parking space [Tobacco Key - $690,000]

1105 Wilkes St

TWO-LEVEL Charleston Style Courtyard Home in Old Town Village! Rarely available Patrick model w/southern exposure & tons of light offers spacious living, dining & family rooms w/upgraded eat-in kitchen ideal for entertaining. Inviting front courtyard & back patio perfect for outdoor dining/gardening. Giant master suite w/sitting room and huge closets. Gorgeous hardwoods, community pool & gym. [Old Town Village - $1,350,000]

725 Alfred St

Classic Old Town 2 bed, 2 bath rowhouse w modern updates, features 3 levels of living, gorgeous hardwood, open kitchen, granite, partially finished basement. Fenced brick patio backs up to parking pad for 2! Close to King St boutiques, restaurants, Washington St shops, Ft. Belvoir, Bolling, Andrews, Pentagon, USPTO, Old Town, National Harbor MGM, DC 495, GW Parkway, metro, public transportation. [Patrick Henry - $618,000]

421 Saint Asaph St S

Beautiful large all brick townhouse recently remodeled located in the Southeast quadrant of Old Town. No HOA or condo fees. Two car off street parking. Hardwood floors on all levels. Garden and roof deck with fireplace located off of family room.This stunning property will be open on Sunday April 22. [Old Town - $1,199,000]


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.
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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.