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

217 S Fairfax St

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

1023 N Royal St N #317

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

649 First St #61

LOCATION, LOCATION WITH UPGRADES GALORE. 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]

329 Washington St N

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

211 Prince St

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

305 N Washington St

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. 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]

521 N Washington St #202

Sleek on the exterior and exciting on the interior, this contemporary Bottling House condo built in 2017, offers an open floorplan design with hardwood floors, Lutron powered window shades, a balcony off the living room and a top of the line Bosch kitchen. The chef's kitchen features an extraordinary large island, Grohe faucet, Quartz counters and superior Bosche appliances with gas cooking. Other noteworthy features: floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings and extra high doors throughout, 2 very spacious bedrooms with 2 crisp modern baths with marble bathroom floors and architectural tiles. A bonus is the wonderful bright den with barn style door which can serve as a family room/den, 3rd bedroom or an office. Spacious master suite with abundant natural light offers handsome floors, a customized walk-in closet, spa-like master bath with double vanities and seamless glass shower door. Guests will love to come visit with plenty of room in the large guest bedroom and closet. There is deeded parking for 2 cars; one garage space plus a second parking space in the outside parking lot. Bottling House is located perfectly for walking everywhere in Old Town, plus Trader Joes is just around the corner! [Bottling House - $1,195,000]

601 N Fairfax St #605

Experience true luxury and style, just steps from the water at this Oronoco penthouse in Old Town. The modernist two-bedroom, two full and one half-bath flat offers 2,427 square feet of airy living space, with a bonus den/family room right off the kitchen, massive windows, spacious private terrace and sweeping views of the Potomac River. This is Alexandria's premiere landmark residence from EYA and architect Shalom Baranes. The glossy white-on-white open kitchen with extended quartz counters and Wolf and SubZero appliances is not only a place to prepare culinary delights, but an inviting social setting as well. Two parking spaces and storage convey. Community amenities include 24/7 front desk, concierge & porter, security, heated pool, private clubhouse with kitchen, playroom, fitness & yoga, dog washing station and more. Old Town is right at your doorstep, from the river and walking trails to the King Street trolley and unforgettable dining experiences. Welcome home. [The Oronoco - $2,299,000]

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]

908 Montgomery St

Unbeatable location in sought after Old Town Commons!! This stunning home is located on a rare premium lot overlooking the neighborhood park! Built in 2012, this like-new home features an open concept floor plan with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. The main level is perfect for entertaining offering open kitchen, living and dining areas with gleaming hardwood floors and beautiful crown molding. The gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, a large center island with breakfast bar, granite counters and a spacious pantry closet. A deck is located directly off the kitchen making grilling convenient and easy. The living room includes a gas fireplace surrounded by custom built-ins. Spacious sun-drenched master bedroom suite offers a large walk in closet and attached master bath with dual vanity, linen closet, large soaking tub, and separate shower. The 2 additional bedrooms each feature their own en suite baths. Convenient bedroom level laundry with folding counter and storage. Work from home in the entry level office overlooking the park. The 4th level family room loft and private rooftop terrace share a double sided indoor/outdoor gas fireplace perfect for enjoying peaceful city views. Two car rear entry garage with storage. Short distance to King Street, restaurants and shopping! 4 blocks to Braddock Road Metro, less than 4 miles to National Airport and 5.5 miles to The Pentagon! [Old Town Commons - $995,000]

400 Madison St #402

Come see this rarely available THREE bedroom, 2.5 bathroom unit in Alexandria House! With over 1600 square feet, this unit offers a unique open floor plan. The spacious foyer welcomes you and your guests. To the right, the master suite offers custom built-in storage and access to the balcony. A walk-in closet and private en-suite with separated vanity included double sinks completes the space. A half-bath and the laundry room are situated between the master suite and foyer. The afternoon sun floods the living room with access to the 50+ foot balcony boasting views of the city. The dining area overlooks the spacious living room and is located next to the kitchen, which includes newer appliances and under-cabinet lighting. The 2nd bedroom located off the living room offers french doors with privacy shades, a closet, custom built-in shelving, and private access to the balcony. The 3rd bedroom and 2nd full bathroom are located at the end of the hall. A walk-in closet and private access to the balcony make for a wonderful guest space. Alexandria House offers owners a secured building with 24-hour concierge, party room, sauna, and outdoor pool. Conveniently located near Harris Teeter, shopping, restaurants, and parks, as well as Old Town. Commuters will love the location with access to two metros and the VRE. The property shows well and is being sold as-is. [Alexandria House - $899,999]

507 Oronoco St

Built in 2016, this stunning townhome in the heart of Old Town features designer finishes throughout: Top of the line Thermador appliances, Snaidero cabinetry, Caesarstone quartz counters, Waterworks bath fixtures, high ceilings, elevator to all levels, custom closets, raised roof terrace with custom railing, 2 car custom garage. This A+ location is near thriving businesses and future development and offers water and city views. Just steps to restaurants, grocery, and the charming shops of Old Town. [Brightleaf and Cooper - $2,019,999]

212 Gibbon St

SE Quadrant of Historic Old Town Alexandria - Steps from Windmill Hill Park overlooking the Potomac River including a dog park too. 1.3 mile walk to King ST Metro. Close to grocery store and a short stroll to restaurant row. Then there is this fantastic house. Brick entry courtyard leads to the spacious entry foyer. Living room with gas fireplace and dining room with chair rail & crown molding. Spacious and modern kitchen with some glass front cabinets, farm sink, gas cooking, granite counters and stainless appliances. Recessed lighting, table space and fireplace with River Walk Rock trim. Cute Family or Sunroom that leads to a bricked in rear patio. Can't wait till the warm weather comes again. A powder room completes the first level. Up the circular staircase to an open space at the top of the stairs, perfect for a reading room/office. Laundry closet plus a built in work space closet too. In the Master Bedroom with cathedral ceiling, fireplace and ceiling fan, Generous double sink master bath plus a walk-in closet too. Off the master bedroom is a small deck for your morning coffee. Second bedroom is spacious and affords yet another fireplace, ample closets and beamed ceiling. A second upper level bath is off the hall. Crawl Space was insulated in 2014. HVAC replaced in 2018. Main sewer lines replaced in 2018. New Microwave and Stove in 2019. If this description does not make you want to run and see this offering? Hurry Buy, It Will Not Last. [Old Town - $949,900]

801 N Pitt St #302

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN. ENJOY A WONDERFUL WALKABLE LOCATION ONLY 1 1/2 BLKS TO POTOMAC RIVER W/PARKS, RUNNING, & BIKING TRAILS. THIS CONDO IS COMPLETELY RENOVATED. KITCHEN HAS BEEN OPENED UP AND INCLUDES MIELE GAS COOK TOP. GREAT LAYOUT WITH SEPARATE BEDROOM AREA. LARGE BALCONY. INCLUDES PARKING, GAS, ELECTRIC, & WATER. WALKING DISTANCE TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, AND METRO. CAN INCLUDE ALL FURNITURE . GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY AS WELL! [Port Royal Condominium - $205,000]

413 N Washington St

BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC PROPERTY WITH MANY ORIGINAL AND RESTORED DETAILS. Beautiful 1872 historic Victorian townhouse with 3 floors above ground + lower level/basement. Left side of a two property building. Major restoration of original & period details done. High 11' ceilings, gorgeous plaster crown moldings, original heart of pine floors, 6 Italian marble or opal tile mantels/ 3 fireplaces, pocket doors, fully renovated kitchen & 4 baths, front & back stairs to upper level. Lower level/full basement has exercise room, full bath plus large storage space and utility area. All major systems updated with new gas boiler, hot water heater, roof a couple months old. 2 parking spaces. Major renovation done in 2005 and 2019. Recent years the property has been a professional law office but opportunity for possible residential, mixed use, live and work, or other investment usage. Centrally located in Old Town Alexandria and close to downtown - 3 blocks from iconic corner of King St. and Washington St. Easy access to Reagan National Airport (7 minutes) and to Pentagon, Amazon Headquarters, National Landing and Washington, DC. [Old Town - $1,595,000]

108 N Payne St

Outdoor paradise in the heart of Old Town Alexandria! This deluxe 5 bed, 4 full and 1 half bath home boasts new updates and renovations throughout. Enter the main-level open-concept floor plan that spans the length of the home and maintains it's warmth with dark hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown-molding, and an abundance of natural light. The chef's kitchen is built for entertaining and will satiate your decorative palette, featuring Quartzite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry, wine fridge, and a plethora of cabinet storage space. The kitchen opens out to the delightful back patio and yard. The second level of this home features one of two possible master bedrooms, a walk-in laundry closet and two bedrooms connected by a Jack & Jill bathroom. The third floor is home to the second possible master suite which opens onto a massive roof-top deck! [Old Town Alexandria - $1,549,000]

1313 E Abingdon Dr #1

LOCATION! LOCATION! Rare opportunity in Old Town, Alexandria. One BR ground floor corner unit with parking, and garden terrace. Walking distance to everything with easy transit to DC via bus, bike path or GW parkway. Beautiful grounds in quiet Harbor Terrace Community. Newly remodeled kitchen, W/D, storage unit, fitness center. Owner will consider financing. Note: Seller will pay for a home owners warranty up to $600.00. [Harbor Terrace - $295,000]

406 S Pitt St

Gorgeous updated brick townhome in SE Quadrant of Old Town. Stainless renovated gourmet kitchen, gleaming hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, storage under stairs. Living room has French doors that open to a deck & rear patio w dedicated off-street parking behind fence. Basement has separate entrance, heated tile floors, kitchenette, full bath, study & den. Tankless gas water heater. New HVAC 2019. BOA-approved architectural plans convey for basement bedroom/main level sunroom addition. Fabulous location close to King Street shops and restaurants. [Old Town Alexandria - $1,200,000]

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. [Torpedo Factory - $585,000]

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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.