A view of Old Town Alexandria, in 1980

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View of Old Town Alexandria in 1980

This is a view looking South from Alexandria House in Old Town Alexandria. They say Old Town never changes, many things have changed in this view since 1980. Can you spot them all?

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge was destroyed and rebuilt. The water tower and structures at Ford’s Landing are long gone and in it’s place are luxury waterfront townhomes. None of the high-rises in the Carlyle area have been built and of course the Henry is nowhere to be seen.

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See it All from Your Alexandria House Balcony

Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria at the corner of Madison Street and North Pitt Street, the 23-story Alexandria House condos feature wrap-around balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the National Harbor in Baltimore, the Capital and the Masonic Memorial in Old Town.

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River View from an Alexandria House balcony

Alexandria House offers a variety of features and amenities to include:

  • Rooftop pool and observation deck.
  • Concierge
  • Party room,
  • Sauna and exercise room
  • Security system featuring a locked main entrance and exterior cameras
  • Fire detection system
  • Storage
  • Underground garage

Living in heart of Old Town Alexandria has its advantages.  Residents live among one of the most historically rich and visually appealing cities in the country and are within walking distance to great shopping and dining.  Plus, residents are only minutes away from the Capitol and enjoy a variety of commuting options.

For information on the pricing, location, and availability of condos at Alexandria House, contact our experts at Condo Alexandria.

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Why is Old Town Alexandria famous?

Old Town is so-called because it is the oldest part of Alexandria. Old Town was originally laid out in 1749 and is a nationally designated historic district. Many of its 4,000 historic buildings houses, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. Once the site of the second-largest slave market in the United States, Old Town’s Market Square now contains a large fountain, extensive landscaping and a Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Old Town is known for its illustrious residents and guests. George Washington called it home. Robert E. Lee worshiped at Christ Church and Thomas Jefferson entertained at nearby Gadsby’s Tavern. Old Town Alexandria offer a full menu of dining choices with restaurants ranging from fast-food to white tablecloth. A night on the town can be had at spots such as the Oyster Bar and Club Room at Union Street.

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Why is the Alexandria House special?

With floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around balconies, the 23-story Alexandria House invites sunlight and star-gazing. Constructed of concrete and stucco in 1975, the building affords spectacular views of National Harbor, the Maryland shore, the Capitol and the landmark Masonic Memorial looming above Old Town.

Alexandria House is located at the corner of Madison Street and North Pitt Street, Alexandria House overlooks Oronoco Park just four blocks from the Potomac River. Alexandria House condos are at 400 Madison St. Alexandria VA.

Alexandria House is located next door to Port Royal. Port Royal condominiums cater to a smaller budget than the condos found at Alexandria House.  Alexandria House also towers over several nearby condo communities that are similarly priced, such as Abingdon Row and Watergate of Alexandria.

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Views from Northern Virginia real estate that will amaze you.

Some homes and condos in our area have amazing views. Some of these views are at some of the most expensive and exclusive properties in Northern Virginia.  But others, like Park Place and the Fountains, are as affordable as any property in Northern VA.

Alexandria’s buroughs — about the neighborhoods of Alexandria

New to the Area?

This is an update on an old article I put together for people who are brand new to Northern Virginia. Because of the many employment opportunities and because of the pleasant nature of the city of Alexandria, Alexandria often and consistently rates as one of the nation’s best cities. If you’re brand new to the area, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for a home or residence. There are TOO MANY CHOICES.

Before you can find your house you have to find your neighborhood. Before you find your neighborhood you have to find your way around the city. For this reason, a quick description of the components of Alexandria is helpful.

Old Town

Old Town (sometimes called Olde Town, Old Towne or Olde Towne) is the heart of Alexandria. As the name implies, Old Town is the oldest part of the city. Alexandria was a port in colonial times owing to its location along the Potomac. These days Old Town is found just inside the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and then north toward Reagan National Airport. Old Town is served by the King St. Metro and the King St. trolley. With over 100 restaurants, shops, boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream houses and more, Old Town has both a small
town, upscale and touristy feel. For most folks there is a bit of prestige attached to an Old Town address. There are two high rises near the waterfront at the Alexandria House and Port Royal. Old Town Alexandria has many townhouses, row houses and a smaller number single family homes. Click Old Town
to search listings of properties in Old Town Alexandria.


Del Ray

Although its history doesn’t stretch to the colonial days, Del Ray is another relatively old neighborhood. Del Ray was founded in 1894 as a “streetcar suburb” to Washington, DC. Most of Del Ray was built from the 1890’s to the 1950’s and retains that small town charm despite being so close to the center of the universe. Quaint streets with brick or stone homes are found on streets that branch off from Del Ray’s arteries.

At the heart of Del Ray is the main street: Mount Vernon Avenue. This where you’ll find a hometown mix of shops, restaurants and hardware stores. Braddock Road metro serves Del Ray and condos such as Colecroft Station are available here.

Click Del Ray for a map of Del Ray and for listings of properties for sale in Del Ray. Or, click Del Ray for listings for sale in the Del Ray subdivision of Alexandria.


As the name implies, Arlandria at the border of Alexandria City and Arlington County. Arlandia is just north of Del Ray at terminus of Mount Vernon Avenue. Some residents also call this neighborhood Chirilagua. Arlandia has many small shops and restaurants. Click Arlandria for a map of the general area and to search properties listed for sale in Arlandria.


Eisenhower Valley

The Eisenhower Valley describes the area found along Eisenhower
Avenue. At the western end of Eisenhower Avenue one will find
warehouses and businesses such as FedEx and UPS who appreciate easy
access to the Interstate. Click Eisenhower West to search property at the west end of Eisenhower, near the Van Dorn Metro station.

On the east end, where Eisenhower Avenue approaches Old Town, you’ll
find the United States Patent & Trade Office and the high-end high-rise neighborhood of the Carlyle District. The USPTO is a complex of five buildings that accommodate more than 7,000 federal employees. Residents of the Carlyle District have easy access to the Hoffman Town Center at the Eisenhower Metro. The Carlyle District is an intriguing place to live because it’s so close to the charm and amenities of Old Town, but is new and modern. Click Eisenhower East to find properties listed for sale here.


West End

Like the Eisenhower Valley, the West End of Alexandria is a mixed bag. Condos and high rises abound in “Condo Canyon” near Landmark and Lincolnia. But development from the 1950’s and 1960’s is also found tucked on side streets and around unexpected corners. The homes around and near Seminary Road are regarded by many as stately and highly desirable. Another interesting neighborhood in the West End is Cameron Station. Cameron Station is a newer development of townhouses and condos, but the stylings and architecture imitate the best of Old Town. Cameron Station is relatively close to both Landmark Mall and Old Town.

The West End is well connected to Washington DC via I-395. The West End is the newest and largest part of the city. The West End has a diverse selection of restaurants and shops as well as Landmark Mall and several fine hotels. Fort Ward Park and Museum is found in the West End of Alexandria.  Click
West End for a glance at what’s for sale and to see a map of the West End.


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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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