Six (6) Breathtaking Architectural Design Styles In Old Town Alexandria That Will Leave You In Awe

Alexandria was named one of the South’s Prettiest Cities by Southern Living and its historic neighborhood Old Town has helped the city to gain this title due to the many architectural gems located in the neighborhood. The neighborhood of Old Town features many architectural design styles from Federal to Victorian to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mid-Century Design.

Here are six (6) architectural design styles in Old Town which will leave you in awe:

  • Captain’s RowNamed after Captain John Harper, this area is located at the 100 block of Prince Street. It is Alexandria’s most picturesque cobblestone block with Federal Style row houses which feature colorful doors and flickering gas lamps with brick lined sidewalks.


  • Spite House – This is Alexandria’s most iconic and skinniest┬áhome. It is a private residence located at 523 Queen Street and it earned its name in 1830 when John Hollenbury built it to keep horse drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley.



  • Queen Street – Located a short distance of Spite House, the 400 block of Queen Street features Colonial homes with an exterior of charming clapboard. These homes have endured the test of time to become a part of Alexandria history.



  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House – Built by Loren Pope in 1940 and located 10 miles south of Old Town this house is a part of Wright Usonian series which was intended for the middle class. The mid-century home features a modern kitchen to complex window silhouettes which yield many shapes of sunlight.



  • Alexandria’s Painted Ladies – Located on the 500 Block of S Fairfax Street these Victorian-esque houses bring a west coast flare to the city of Alexandria. These famed painted ladies’ range from tangerine to turquoise with steep gables and ornate accents adorning the windows.




  • Carlyle House – A famous Alexandria attraction and venue, Carlyle House was built between 1751 and 1753 by John Carlyle for his new wife Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir. The Georgian style building features a sandstone facade with bright color and bold patterns in the rooms.




Properties in Old Town Alexandria

1127 N Royal St

Luxury awaits you in this elegant 3 bedroom , 2.5 bath townhouse located one block from the Potomac River and Mount Vernon Bike Trail, and a short walk to King Street and the Metro. This corner unit is the largest in the Printers Row community with just under 2,700 square feet and an abundance of natural light. ~Watch fireworks from the roof deck with Potomac River views. Leave your car in one of the two secured underground parking spaces and walk to dinner, dry cleaners, grocery store, gym, farmers market or dog park. ~Built in 2013, this is an entertainer's dream with a brick patio located off the kitchen, Wolf gas range, marble countertops, in-ceiling speakers, and a Planika fireplace separating the living and dining areas. The third floor is a master suite with a generous sized sitting room, customized California closets, and a master bath with Victoria + Albert soaking tub. One traffic light from DC and 2 miles from National Airport, this townhouse is centrally located in the heart of the North Old Town Arts District. This is a unique floor plan in Printers Row and should not be missed! [Printers Row - $1,275,000]

231 N Henry St

Complete custom renovation by Alexandria Beautification award winner developer, Homestead Development. Bright open floor plan with gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Main level features gourmet kitchen with white shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash and main level powder room. with shiplap feature wall. Upper floor has 2 bright bedrooms, master bedroom has loft, shiplap walls, 2 closets, zen like bathroom. Washer and Dryer in unit. Private patio! Terrific Old Town Alexandria location. Walk to King St eateries and shops, 2 metro stops. Easy commute to Amazon HQ2. [Old Town Alexandria - $589,000]

707 N Fayette St

Beautiful Braddock Lofts corner unit , located in coveted interior courtyard location. Huge kitchen with island and S/S appliances. Exposed brick wall. Gas fireplace in LR. Master suite with full bath, other bedroom en suite as well. Wonderful, light filled den. Upper bedroom looking out over the spectacular roof top terrace with killer views. 2 car garage. 2 blocks to Metro. Walk to all! [Braddock Lofts - $909,000]

719 S Saint Asaph St #108

The perfect move-in ready Old Town condo - with assigned parking!! Light and bright with natural Courtyard views, Updated Kitchen with Granite Counters, Stainless Steel. Freshly painted in Modern Colors, gorgeous Hardwood Floors Throughout, Bathroom In Perfect Shape. **Extra Storage in building available for this Unit only! Bearings North is a wonderful Complex, with beautiful landscaping for picnics and outdoor grilling,and in-building laundry and bike storage. Next door to groceries, just steps from King Street restaurants, shopping, metro and all Old Town has to offer! [Bearings North - $250,000]

1 Wilkes St

BRING YOUR BOAT! BOAT SLIP CONVEYS! VACATION AT HOME overlooking the glorious Potomac River, walk to fine dining and pubs, or take your bike for a ride to Mt. Vernon - the bike path is right outside your front door! Beautifully renovated waterfront home in exclusive Harborside with streaming light on 3 sides! Stunning water views from every floor, three bedrooms and two and a half baths, a lovely brick patio for entertaining, and 2 car garage parking. Upgrades include a spectacular gourmet kitchen with subzero, wine refrigerator, warming drawer, and top of the line Miele appliances. Master bedroom with walk in closets and handsome furniture quality built-ins. Boat slip conveys! Dining room and Living room chandeliers do not convey. Appointment only with lister. 703.915.8845 [Harborside - $1,825,000]

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