Compete For Awesome Prizes in Old Town’s Holiday Decorating Contest

The Old Town Walled Garden Club will once again sponsor this year’s holiday decorating contest for commercial businesses and residences. The contest, which is in its 51st year recognizes the most striking holiday exterior decorations in Old Town. Judging will take place from December 11-16.

The contest will be judged based on the use of decorations made from natural materials. For the residential contest the decorations must be made by the homeowners and not be store bought or professionally made. For the commercial contest decorations can be professionally made however these decoration must only feature natural materials. Judging will be based on originality of design, scale, color, contrast and attractiveness from the street. Winners for first, second and third place will be awarded prizes from local restaurants.

Judging will be done by a team of volunteers who will drive around Old Town to identify the most festive residences and businesses.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

525 N Fayette St #613

Gorgeous 2 bedroom/ 2 bath condo in the Henry, a luxury full-service concierge building in Old Town and just 2 blocks from Braddock Road Metro. 24 hour front desk, a gym, a business center, a theatre, party room equipped with a full kitchen, billiard table, televisions, small library and private outdoor spaces. 2 garage spaces ( G2-61 & G2-62) and separate storage (S71) included. PH13 features a split bedroom configuration - each bedroom and full bath are on either side of living area which is ideal for maximum privacy. Other features include: 10 foot ceilings, Kohler Purist kitchen and bathroom fixtures, four inch hardwood floors, upgraded maple cabinets throughout, upgraded granite counter tops, and GE profile stainless steel appliances. There are over $45,000 upgrades and improvements in the unit. These include: unit wide custom crown molding; master bathroom renovation of a large 6' long custom shower with granite bench and frameless glass enclosure; hand laid travertine tile and new fixtures; upgrading of second master bath; custom built-ins installed in master bedroom closet; 38 bottle wine cooler and wine glass rack plus cabinetry added in kitchen; a Samsung stainless steel counter depth refrigerator; ceiling fans in each bedroom; custom automated hidden rolling blinds in every room, including "black-out" blinds in both bedrooms; a built-in surround sound system stereo speaker system; wall mounted TV wiring installed inside the walls; a NEST Internet-enabled programmable "learning" thermostat; a 50 gallon water heater with easy access shut off; and custom kitchen under cabinet dimmable LED lighting. Condo fees include TV & Internet. All this and a walkability score of 93! [The Henry - $619,000]

125 N Lee St #Dh406

Stunning remodeled one-of-a-kind Torpedo Factory unit. This unit is located with a rare sought after view from the 4th floor overlooking the rooftops and trees lining Cameron Street. All one level and the last level with elevator access. The only unit with double doors on the 4th floor. Enjoy 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath and 1 half Bath for entertaining with a huge walk-in closet. Featuring new Mirage Engineered Hardwood Floors, New Carpet, New Carrier A/C System installed in 2018, New Nest thermostat and Nest Smoke/CO detector, Newly refaced shaker cabinets handmade in Oregon, New refrigerator and top of the line Electrolux Washer and Dryer front loaders, New walk-in closet system installed and all fixtures replaced. The condo association will be installing a new slider door. There is a storage closet located on-site and 1 garage parking spot. All items in the photos can be purchased through Sotheby's. Please contact Patrick DeLeonibus for a private tour and more information. 202.770.7401 or [email protected] [Torpedo Factory - $595,000]

607 Bashford Ln #1

Harbor Terrace. North Old Town! Welcome home to your charming 3 bedrooms 2 bath unit in Old Town that rarely hits the market at this price point! This corner unit provides copious natural light with a functional open floor plan. Recently upgraded with elegant cherry hardwood floors, energy-efficient windows, stainless appliances, and granite countertops! Your private abode or a stellar investment opportunity in an amazing Old Town location. Easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Near all major commuter routes to DC and Crystal City. One Light to DC by the GW parkway! Truly a great home!!! [Harbor Terrace - $424,900]

413 S Washington St

MOTIVATED SELLER! Priced $267,000 BELOW Tax Assessed Value! Move-in ready in the heart of Old Town! This fabulous 1790 historic semi-detached home is one of the widest in Old Town and sits on a huge double lot. Alexandria City residential use is already approved! Can be used as residential or commercial! Office downstairs and live upstairs?? Kitchen and bathrooms have been completely remodeled, but original wide-plank hardwoods keep the charm! No headaches in this historic home, metal roof installed in 2015, HVAC new in 2016, and Water heater in 2018, doors and windows have been replaced. Endless entertaining options on an AWESOME back patio and backyard. Walk to Lyles Crouch Elementary. Walk to all the amazing restaurants and shops Old Town has to offer! Easy street parking!! [Old Town Alexandria - $799,000]

1200 Braddock Pl #811

. Offers due 12/9 at 3pm. Beautiful 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, light filled condo in Old Town Alexandria. Located on the top floor, enjoy views of the Capital building from your bedroom and spacious balcony you can grill on. The unit includes two reserved garage parking spaces in a private garage. This incredible find features new hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, recessed lighting, updated stainless steel appliances ,granite countertops,wood burning fireplace and 9 foot ceilings. Newly renovated master bath and half bath. With an unbeatable location just blocks from King Street and steps to the Braddock road metro, this gem is surrounded by incredible restaurants and night life locations while still breathing the "Old Town charm" of hundreds of years of American history. Just one stop to National Landing/Amazon HQ2 and minutes to DCA airport and the Pentagon. Parking space 48 and 103. [Braddock Place - $535,000]

1200 Braddock Pl #507

Welcome to Braddock Place!Offers due 12/9 at 3pm. Luxury building just steps from the Braddock Road Metro. Updated one bedroom with stunning views of the Masonic Temple. Enjoy your evenings relaxing on the spacious balcony watching the sunset and grilling. Beautiful hardwood floors,updated contemporary bath and full size front load washer/dryer.One reserved garage parking space with guest parking available. Exercise room and sauna as well as out door pool and hot tub. Just a short stroll to all the restaurants and shops of Old Town. One stop to National Landing/AmazonHQ2 and minutes to DCA airport and the Pentagon. Parking space 66 [Braddock Place - $385,000]

1027 N Pitt St

Absolutely Charming Row House/Townhouse with a Terrific Floor Plan!! Hardwood Floors, Wood Burning Fireplace, Updated Kitchens and Baths, Granite Counters and Stainless Appliances. Laundry and Half Bath on the Main Level. Welcoming Foyer with Nice Space. Three Bedrooms Up with a Large Master Bedroom and Bath. Access from the Dining Room to the Lovely Private Brick Terrace Surrounded by a Brick Privacy Wall. Two Assigned Parking Spaces in the Garage. This Home is Located in the Sought After, Beautiful and Well Maintained Community of Watergate of Alexandria. Two Blocks to the Waterfront, Walking Distance to Shops, Services and Restaurants. Close to the Center of Old Town and the City of Washington DC. It is Pretty Awesome!! First Open House Sunday 12/8 from 1- 3. [Watergate of Alexandria - $705,000]

505 E Braddock Rd #106

Rarely-available ground floor 1-bedroom condo in always-popular Colecroft Station located just across the street from Braddock Rd Metro station!! Enjoy the extra space provided by the large, private patio just off the living room! Nicely updated unit with SS appliances & cherry cabinetry in kitchen and attractive laminate flooring throughout. New HVAC in 2019! Colecroft amenities include Community Room with kitchen, exercise room, courtyard with gazebo & grilling station, pet area & secure garage parking with bike lockers! Outstanding location with close proximity to Potomac Yard Trail for biking/hiking and plenty of dining & entertainment options in historic Old Town Alexandria, vibrant Del Ray & National Harbor! Just minutes to Reagan National Airport and the Pentagon! [Colecroft Station - $405,000]

519 S Royal St

PRICE CHANGE. Expansion opportunities abound with this end unit row house in the heart of Old Town with open and airy living space. A wood-burning fireplace, embellished by an ornate mantle and brick surround, hardwood floors, and crown molding add warmth and charm. French doors lead from the living room to a brick patio and garden. An updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, an updated powder room, and the laundry area (washer and dryer replaced in 2018) complete the main level. Two bedrooms and an updated full bath are on the second floor. 519 S Royal St is only a short distance to King Street and Jones Point Park. This location is one mile from the King Street Metro, offers nearby access to 95/495 and GW Parkway, and a five mile drive to Reagan National Airport. [Old Town - $699,000]

1009 Cameron St

Open Sunday 1-4 PM**REDUCED 100K** Beautiful 1830's Federal Style End Unit Townhouse in the heart of Old Town Alexandria has all you could wish for in a 200 year old house without any of the traditional worries. The lot is oversized, perfectly located and serves as the perfect foundation for the newly expanded and renovated 2,250 square foot home. The refurbished original hardwood flooring and crown molding run throughout the entire property and built in bookcases and exposed brick walls are the other key features of this home that make is so warm and inviting. The two spacious bedrooms boast their own full bathrooms and walk in closets. Unique to other comparable homes; it offers a half bath on the main level and laundry in a clean, welcoming basement with 7 1/2 ft. ceilings. The family room is decorated with a 17th century mantel framing a wood burning fireplace. Each of the three levels has a rear deck overlooking the double lot backyard. Park your car and enjoy your new Old Town lifestyle since King Street is only one block away and explore the many restaurants, bars, and quaint shops. [Old Town Historic - $1,089,000]

1023 N Royal St #208

Elegant 1BR + Den in fantastic Abingdon Row. Two garage parking spaces G2-03 and G2-29, Stunning luxury residence. Light-filled open floor plan. Hardwood floors, plush carpet in master bedroom, stainless steel appliances complete with gas stove, granite counter tops in kitchen and baths, custom closets, parking space in underground secure garage and storage unit. Short distance to Montgomery Park with open spaces, playground, tennis courts and dog park. Local dining options and businesses add additional value to this wonderful community. This is a must see condo. [Abingdon Row - $550,000]

1219 Queen St

'Tis the season for spectacular homes and 1219 Queen Street "sleighs" them all! From its fantastic location, the warmth of the interior, and the character of its facade, this residence will bring complete joy to its new owners. Bright and open layout. Tall 9+ ceilings on the main level. Custom built-ins and cabinets surround the gas fireplace with mantel in the living room. Classic features such as picture frame wainscoting and hardwood floors compliment the neutral wall colors and modern dimmable LED recessed lighting. A crisp and graciously sized fully renovated kitchen (2014) offers marble Subway tile backsplash, quartzite countertops, stainless appliances, center island, and a water filtration system. French doors lead to a stunning fenced backyard retreat with brick patio, storage shed and access to 1 private parking space (brick). Spacious master with a dedicated bathroom. All three full bathrooms with quartz countertops. Top-level loft/3rd bedroom with wet bar and walk-out to a rooftop deck (redone 2019) and city views. Finished lower level with office, family room, and full bath. Ample storage throughout. An easy lifestyle can be enjoyed being only 2 blocks away from always buzzing King Street; quaint boutique shopping, award-winning dining, exciting community events and more. Less than a 10-minute walk to/from two metro stations; King and Braddock. Diagonally across from a playground. Commuters delight in options; be it metro or access to GW Parkway (driving, biking, etc.). [Old Town - $899,900]

1126 Prince St

Builable lot in Old Town. Great property with lots of potential Located in the heart of Old Town, this property is currently divided into 2 units. They are currently rented for $1,300.00 and $1,350.00 per month. The leases are month to month. Options for the property: 1. Keep the property rented for now and hold for long term investment. 2. Build a new single family home. We have drawings completed to tear down the existing house and build a four level single family home. The plans will need to be updated for code changes. The VAR has previously approved the demolition of existing house and construction of new home but the approval has expired so the VAR will have to approve again. Divide the unit into condos. We already have the drawings completed for this. The legal work still needs to be completed. My attorney has started the process but has not completed it yet. [Old Town - $975,000]

419 N Columbus St

Amazingly, grand historic semi-detached row home in the heart of Old Town Alexandria full of modern touches. Home is currently LISTED BELOW RECENT APPRAISED VALUE. Walk or bike to the Old Town Waterfront where you can enjoy restaurants and shopping or take the Water taxi to The Wharf or National Harbor. With a 94 Walkscore rating, it is a "walker's paradise". Your new home is ready for entertaining, with an open floor plan, gourmet chef's kitchen and french doors that open to a fully fenced private yard. In addition to the modern finishes, you will find historic traites, including vaulted ceilings on the 2nd floor with orginial exposed, refinished beams. You are also minutes to National Airport, the Pentagon and DC. This home is truly beautiful and must be seen in person before it is gone. The home has been fully restored with new additions in the back and upper levels. Full plans can be provided. See documents for floor plans, features, survey, and other forms. Home Warranty will be provided from HSA Home Warranty. Home has 24/7 Home Security/Video monitoring. Sister semi detached home at 421 N. Columbus listed at $1,398,000 (VAAX238950) [Carriage Works - $1,325,000]

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! Appointment only with lister. 703.915.8845 [Harborside - $1,875,000]

620 S Lee St

Renovated in 2019, this stylish and well-located residence is sited 2 blocks from the river front and across the street from the historic 'Justice Black House'. A stunning new kitchen and three and one half new bathrooms will please the most discriminating buyer. Upscale fixtures, appliances and cabinetry have been selected in excellent taste. All new windows(Pella) plus glass door in family room. You'll love the Bluetooth speakers in the showers, the Robern medicine cabinets, Bizel fixtures in the hall bath. ATTIC is floored, has new windows, offering expansion potential. Tour to see MORE updates! [Old Town SE Quadrant - $1,250,000]

225 Strand St #304

Welcome to Watermark, The IDI Group's newest boutique, waterfront condominium of 18 grand, single level homes wrapped in the echoes of history. Located at 225 Strand Street in the heart of the Historic District, just one block to King Street. Construction is underway with completion expected in the Spring of 2020. Already 50%+ of homes are sold! Residence #304 is a spacious 2BR/2.5BA + Library (or 3rd bedroom) offering abundant light from the numerous, oversized windows. Enjoy Potomac river views from the 25' long balcony. Finishes include wide-plank hardwood floors throughout, quartz counters, white Italian-made cabinetry, stainless steel appliances with gas cooking & gas fireplace. Options include motorized shades & smart home features. Building amenities include an elegantly appointed lobby and rooftop terrace with sweeping waterfront / DC monument views. 2 garage parking spaces are included with available electric car charging. Quality Steel & Concrete construction and LOW condo fees! On-site sales office by appointment only. [Old Town - $1,820,000]

209 S Lee St

This gracious brick, free-standing home with private side garden, carriage house and additional buildable lot stands on one of the original thirty-one lots offered for sale in 1749, on a plat originally owned by Augustine Washington Jr., the half-brother of George Washington. Built in 1812 and renovated in the 1850's to add Victorian details, including a Mansard roof, it is surrounded by formal gardens with growing beds, mature evergreens, boxwood, hellebore and hydrangea and roses. Rare to these older properties is the original carriage house with a full kitchen and bath that can be used as a separate apartment, artist studio, office or guest suite. The house is representative of the traditional historic Alexandria "townhouse" having a rectangular form with entrance hall at the side and two adjacent formal rooms. The entry with vestibule reveals a glass interior door opening to a gracious hall with heart pine floors and wide openings that frame a sophisticated, formal living and dining room. Extensive decorative moldings, including matching mantels for the two wood-burning fireplaces, accent sun-washed rooms joined by an elaborate arch, with Corinthian columns and a keystone and gorgeous cast iron radiators. Built-ins in the dining room provide storage and display space, with French doors that open to the garden terrace.An inviting eat-in kitchen with gas fireplace has custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances and an enameled French range with six burners, a simmer plate and two ovens. Shuttered triple-hung windows and French doors open onto a private garden with a fountain and rose trellis.Beyond is a family room with arched windows illuminating this space with light throughout the day. A coffered ceiling, heart pine floors with radiant heating underneath, a gas fireplace, built-in bookshelves with cupboards below and generous space for lounging. Open the screened French doors on two sides to let in the breeze and the sound of the fountain. Completing the first floor of this beautifully maintained home is a powder room and mud room with heated tile floors, storage cubbies and cabinets and laundry.The second level offers 11-foot ceilings, windows on all sides and several private retreats. A handsome sitting room/library has numerous built-in shelves and cabinets, a wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling, while the gracious master bedroom offers another fireplace and views of the gardens. Don't miss the handsome bead board bath with an antique six-loot long claw foot tub, separate shower and original glass-front cabinet.The stair landing and master bedroom offer access to the rear of the second level where a spacious dressing/sitting room with wide mirrored closets joins the front of the house with a private guest suite and convenient additional washer and dryer tucked in the back. Enjoy an intimate balcony, beaded ceiling bedroom with plantation shutters and a full marble bath with spa tub and pocket door.Two additional light-filled bedrooms with heart pine floors, high ceilings and arched windows share a full bath on the third floor.The house sits on a triple lot with brick pathways, planting beds and storage shed. The converted carriage house sits tucked into the rear garden and is equipped with full kitchen, living space , loft bedroom and bath, skylight, and ample storage space. With its own entrance and French doors that open onto the garden, it provides a private retreat or space guests can come and go as they choose.The property is conveniently located a block from the restaurants and shops along King Street and two blocks from the river, with three off-street parking spaces.This special residence rare in the size of its grounds with the added amenities of gardens, a carriage house and off-street parking sits in the desirable Southeast quadrant of a block that boasts early facades, picket fences and a canopy of trees. [Old Town SE Quadrant - $4,300,000]

903 Princess St

Exceptional opportunity to not only own an iconic Old Town semi-detached townhome but also to acquire a TURN-KEY, beautifully updated property for an Airbnb or other rental. Could also make an ideal residence. This home is perfectly located -- a few blocks from King St, a short walk to the metro, and an easy commute to Amazon HQ2 -- to appeal to tourists and business travelers. Offer price includes all furnishings, 5-star ratings (over 85 reviews), Airbnb Superhost status, and existing bookings (about 90% occupancy in 2019). Financials available upon request. Seller will provide assistance to new owners with transition. Investing in this hot area of Old Town -- with instant income generation and great appreciation potential -- does not get much easier than this! Check out the Airbnb listing: https://airbnb.com/h/princessstreetinn [Parker Gray - $699,500]

300 Queen St

Turn of the century brick townhome in the heart of Old Town. One of Old Towns finest gems! Light, bright home with lots of natural light and windows; one of the many benefits of an end townhome. Enjoy all the charm of a historic home with all the modern amenities. The main level boosts an elegant double parlor with a fireplace. The spacious dining room is inviting and perfect for entertaining and everyday use. The kitchen has been renovated with granite counter tops, attractive cabinetry, generous counter space and stainless steel appliances. A private brick, walled patio is conveniently located off the kitchen for grilling and outdoor living. The upper level has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Beautifully refinished hardwood floors throughout the home. Lower level has a full bathroom, finished laundry and storage area. Large unfinished space for storage, hobbies and potential to be finished. Located in the coveted block of Queen & Fairfax in the north east quadrant and walking distance to all your favorite restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Just go and show! [Old Town Alexandria - $1,395,000]

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Jodi has been trained in Data Entry, Operations Management and Administrative tasks. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance with a hope of pursuing a Masters in Banking and Finance. She is a senior writer for Nesbitt Realty and an expert on Alexandria Virginia. Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her son and her family.