New to the neighborhood
Are you a first time house hunter in Northern Virginia and new to the area? Before you invest in a property it is important to do some research and get to know the city that you are going to be living in. You need to take a close look at the neighborhoods that could potentially suit your needs and lifestyle. Do you want to be near the water? Do you need an easy commute to Washington, D.C? Are you looking for employment? These are all questions that you need to consider before you start your house hunt.
Alexandria, due to its proximity to Washington, D.C, employment opportunities, good school districts and historical charm is a popular city in Northern Virginia. But is it the city for you? Since Alexandria offers so many choices in terms of neighborhoods, styles of property and prices, it is most likely that you will find something to suit both your needs and you budget. But before you can find your perfect house in Alexandria, you first need to find the right neighborhood and to do that you need to get to know the city and familiarize yourself with the different areas.
is the oldest part of the city and the heart of Alexandria. The first settlement in Alexandria was in 1695 on the banks of the Potomac river and the city grew up around the port. Today Old Town is a bustling tourist area with restaurants, shops, boutiques, art galleries and more, but it still retains its small town feel. Old Town, with its many townhouse, row houses and two sort after high rises near the waterfront (Alexandria House
and Port Royal),
is a popular location for home buyers looking for a water view and prestigious address. Old Town is served by the King St. Metro
and the King St. trolley.
The history of Del Ray
does not stretch quite as far back as colonial days and it’s not as old as Old Town
but it still has laods of historic charm. The neighborhood was founded in 1894 as a “streetcar suburb” of Washington, D.C and most of Del Ray was built between the 1890’s and the 1950’s. The borough has managed to retain its small town charm and here you will still find white picket fences, American Foursquare homes and quaint streets lined with brick and stone houses. There are also condos like the Colecroft Station
development. At the heart of Del Ray is Mount Vernon Avenue with an interesting mix of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Del Ray is served by the Braddock Road metro.
is located at the border of Alexandria City and Arlington County, just north of Del Ray at the terminus of Mount Vernon Avenue. This area, sometimes called Chirilagua by its residents, has a multicultural vibe with many diverse restaurants and small shops.
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Eisenhower Valley, along Eisenhower Avenue, is divided into two areas – Eisenhower West
and Eisenhower East
. The western end, with its easy access to the interstate, is the commercial hub of the neighborhood and here you will find warehouses and business parks that house businesses such as FedEx and UPS. The west end of Eisenhower Avenue is served by the Van Dorn Metro station.
The east end of Eisenhower Valley, where Eisenhower Avenue approaches Old Town, is the home of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Housed in a complex of five buildings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office employs more than 7000 people. The high-rise neighborhood of the Carlyle District
is also found at the eastern end of Eisenhower Avenue, offering residence easy access to the Hoffman center and the Eisenhower Metro
. Many buyers are attracted to the Carlyle District
because it offers new and modern amenities close to Old Town.
The West End
of Alexandria has a variety of diverse offerings for property buyers. Cameron Station, close to both Landmark Mall and Old Town, has newer developments of townhouses and condos in the architectural style of Old Town. Seminary Road has a number of highly desirable stately homes and you can still find developments from the 1950’s and 60’s tucked away down side streets and around unexpected corners. While, as the name “Condo Canyon” suggests, condos and high rise developments abound near Landmark
and Lincolnia. The West End has a wide variety of restaurants and shop to suit your requirements and easy access to Washington D.C via the I-395.