Living Like a Local in Del Ray

In Alexandria’s colorful Del Ray neighborhood, family, creativity and locally-owned are the name of the game, with tons of shops, events and restaurants dotting the streets, that are both great for newcomers and beloved by residents.

Found yourself meandering along or just off Mount Vernon Avenue, the area’s main strip? Experience Del Ray like a local would (and does!) and stop into these popular haunts.

Birchmere Music Hall specializes in contemporary and up-and-coming country, blues and folk up close (as the seats are only feet from the stage), historically hosting big names like Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

Each first Thursday of the month, the Del Ray community comes together for live entertainment, food vendors and family fun—even a majority of the shops stay open late!

Even President Obama has visited this locally-owned pizza shop, which touts an impressive list of pies and beer.

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Latest Listings In Del RAy

This house is a mirage! It is so much larger than it appears from the outside! Over 3,120 square feet of thorough and thoughtful living space plus 1,500 square feet of unfinished two level basement space.

2417 Davis Ave

The renovations are balanced by contemporary design at this exceptionally spacious Braddock Heights Cape Cod. Many practical and convenient amenities meet modern household needs and make home maintenance a breeze. Nothing has been overlooked in the details of this home. Solid wood doors, with solid brass plates and crystal knobs, are true to the 1940s era Cape Cod build. Through the living room with a gas fireplace and past the formal dining room, a chef's paradise awaits in the gourmet kitchen where professional grade culinary is possible at home. Entertain guests at the one-of-a-kind 8~ center island with seating for four and featuring a prep sink, disposal, and cabinet space. KraftMaid solid wood cabinets above and full-extension drawers, for easy access to kitchen utensils, form an 'L' around the island. The kitchen opens to the family room where French doors lead to the private patio, surrounded by thoughtful landscaping and lined with flowering Camellias. The patio adjoins the oversized two car garage. Two first floor bedrooms and a full bath offer versatile space, ideal for a private in-law suite. Upstairs, a spacious master suite beckons you to enjoy a sound night of sleep. The tray ceiling adds dimension. Two exceptionally deep wall closets and a walk-in closet offer one hundred-plus square feet of storage. A luxurious master bath provides the perfect space to unwind with a jacuzzi soaking tub for two and separate tiled shower with a bench, two shower heads, and four body jets. The fourth and fifth bedrooms are also on the second floor with a third full bath finished with a refinished original claw foot tub and true-to-period fixtures, flooring, and tile. The 1,500 square foot two level basement is as spacious as the main level and offers the potential for a sixth bedroom, an expansion of the half bath into a fourth full bath, and additional recreation space. All windows have been upgraded to Anderson 400. The two sets of exterior French doors are also Andersen. A two-stage water filtration system purifies drinking water. A dual zone, high-efficiency HVAC and two gas hot water heaters allow temperature control and unlimited hot water. A separate natural gas generator can power the home and support the two basement sump pumps for peace of mind. A network wall is wired for all possible media configurations. [Braddock Heights - $1,345,000]

Gracious Rosemont home featuring seven bedrooms and four full baths in an ideal location.

302 Rucker Pl

Just a few blocks to King Street or Braddock Metro stops. Spacious private rear yard professionally landscaped. One car separate detached garage off alley behind the house. Living room with fireplace, hardwood floors, separate dining room. Sunny family room off the kitchen. Fully finished basement with full kitchen and outside entrance. Two bedrooms. Large laundry room. Upstairs - Master suite with huge walk in closet, full bath, window seat! Plus two other bedrooms and a full bath. Easy attic access. House is sold in its "As Is" condition. [Rosemont - $1,325,000]

Located in the very heart of the charming Del Ray neighborhood, this stunning 5 bedroom, 4.

205 E Oxford Ave

5 bath custom craftsman-style new construction home is a true masterpiece with countless designer upgrades. A tailored siding exterior, covered front porch, 1-car garage and oversized driveway, deck, expert landscaping, beautiful gourmet kitchen, and an open floor plan are only some of the fine features that make this home so desirable. Crisp moldings, contemporary and recessed lighting, and natural finishes such as granite and wood, demonstrate that no detail has been overlooked, while the abundance of windows brings the best of the outdoors inside. Fine craftsmanship begins in the foyer where on trend hardwood flooring and neutral paint greet you. The wide open floor plan makes entertaining a breeze with the formal dining room offering plenty of space for all occasions, as an Edison light fusion pendant chandelier adds tailored distinction. The gourmet kitchen has been designed with family interaction in mind and features gleaming granite countertops, traditional and glass-front cabinetry, designer backsplash, and high-end GE Cafe appliances including a gas range with vented hood and built-in microwave. A large center island doubles as a breakfast bar, as recessed and pendant lighting adds the finishing touch. The family room harbors a fireplace with marble surround and sliding glass doors opening to a spectacular deck, lush yard, and privacy fencing~seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor entertaining or simple relaxation! Back inside, a home office, mudroom with cubbies, and a powder room with a rectangular pedestal sink complement the main level. Hardwoods continue upstairs and into the owner's suite boasting a dormer ceiling, dressing area plus two walk-in closets, and room for a sitting area. The en suite bath offers a spa-like atmosphere with a dual-sink vanity, mirrored accent wall, sleek lighting, frameless ultra-shower, and hand laid marble flooring and surround~the finest in personal pampering! Down the hall, a sunny junior suite enjoys a private bath and two additional bright and sunny bedrooms share access to the beautifully appointed hall bath. The lower level walkup recreation room with wet bar area offers plenty of space for games, media, and exercise. A laundry room with front loading washer and dryer and 5th bedroom plus full bath accommodations complete the comfort and luxury of this wonderful home. This home sits in a quaint yet vibrant setting and makes you feel many miles away from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, yet it's only a stone's throw away from I-495, I-95, Route 7, Braddock Road Metro, and other major commuting routes. Enjoy diverse shopping, dining, and entertainment options just minutes away in Del Ray proper, nearby Old Town Alexandria, and Downtown DC. If you're looking for an exceptional property newly built with fine craftsmanship and designer flair, then you have found it. [Del Ray - $1,599,000]

The space you have been waiting for in Jefferson Park! 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom and 3,000 square feet of total living area.

516 Woodland Ter

Private, fully fenced, flat backyard with new custom playset. Sprinkler system in the front and backyard for easy yard maintenance. A deck from the main level gives you views of the treetops or the yard below. A newly renovated and enclosed (with eze breeze windows, 2016) porch offers a mudroom and a sitting area. A patio is just outside of the basement rec room. The original garage is now great storage for bikes and yard equipment. Updates have been made all over the home, most recently to the bathrooms upstairs and on the main level. New upstairs HVAC in 2019. New washer/dryer 2018. Active sidewalks lead to the local George Mason Elementary School, and the playground and fields behind. Take a walk down the hill to Del Ray. A little over a mile to the Braddock metro stop. Great location, quick commute to DC or Old Town. [Jefferson Park - $1,400,000]

1102 Bayliss Drive is a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of life.

1102 Bayliss Dr

Located in the heart of the west end of the City of Alexandria, this well-loved home is minutes to interstate access, local schools, Bradlee Shopping Center, Fairlington, the Pentagon, Del Ray and Old Town! Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, the professionally landscaped lot by Campbell and Ferrara features pachysandra, crepe myrtle and a Japanese maple which border the iron railing and stairway, designed for ease of traverse and safety. Take the stone steps to the rear of the property and enjoy the beautifully maintained, partially fenced-in yard ~ a private oasis for relaxing or outdoor entertaining. While a traditional colonial, the owners added a foyer niche and a music room, separated from the living room by two architectural columns, to the front of the home. The living room and separate dining rooms have parquet flooring and crown moulding. The family room, featuring a wood-burning fireplace, could easily be opened to the breakfast area and kitchen with the removal of a wall! The breakfast area opens to a patio with privacy fence, trellis and four columns. There is a half bath in the hall as well as the utility room with laundry. Storage abounds in the utility room, large under-stair closet and coat closet. The upper level features five bedrooms located off an open landing. The hall bath serves four bedrooms. The master suite includes a full bath, sitting/dressing area, fireplace, two closets and loads of storage behind the closets. Featuring utmost privacy, glass doors open to a large deck at the rear of the home. Purchased in 1970, the home is in an estate and is selling in "as-is" condition. It has "good bones" and has been well-maintained throughout the years. The Trane air handler with high-efficiency filter (clean once a year) was installed in 2016. The engineering design and construction necessary to complete the remedial drainage improvements to the retaining wall at the west side of the home were completed in December of 2019. The home has fresh paint throughout, new carpet in the family room, new flooring in the kitchen and half bath, newly refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint on the stairway leading to the home, and up-to-date extras such as a new dining room chandelier, new lighting and light switches and new vanities in the full baths. PLEASE SUBMIT ANY CONTRACTS BY 6pm TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18TH. [Tuckahoe - $799,900]

Del Ray, Real Estate

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 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.