Alexandria Nominated For World’s Best Awards in Travel + Leisure Magazine

The City of Alexandria is once again in the spotlight for its historical nature and beautiful architectures as it has been nominated for Travel + Leisure Magazine's Worlds Best Awards for 2020.  The city has been nominated in the cities category while Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town has been nominated in the hotels category. Residents of Alexandria are urged to vote for the city with a chance of winning one of five international travel prizes. Voting is open until midnight on March 2, 2020. Continue reading

Del Ray: Incorporated Town Of Potomac

Braddock Road is on the blue and yellow line
Braddock Road is on the blue and yellow line
The area to the northwest of Old Town, much of which was once in the separate town of Potomac, is today known as Del Ray. The "Del Ray" name originally belonged to one of several subdivisions (including Hume, Mount Ida, and Saint Elmo's) that are considered part of modern Del Ray. Del Ray is defined by its local citizens association as the area bounded on the south by Braddock Road, on the west by Russell Road, on the north by East Glebe and West Glebe Roads, on the east by U.S. Route 1, and on the southeast by the CSX rail tracks between Route 1 and Braddock Road. Continue reading

Alexandria Adopted An Eco-City Charter

Alexandria adopted its Eco-City charter with great fanfare in 2008 along with a promise: The charter would be renewed in a decade. That deadline has now come and gone with no plans to update it. In 2009, members of the City Council approved an Eco-City action plan along with another promise: It would be renewed in five years. Once again, city officials breezed through that deadline. The promised annual progress reports happened for a while, but city officials haven’t released one since 2016. For some members of the Environmental Policy Commission who were part of shaping Eco-City a decade ago, the broken promises and missed deadlines are frustrating. “Frankly, I feel like the last four years of leadership were caught up in other dramas,” said Danielle Fiedler, who was chairwoman of the commission when Eco-City Alexandria initiative was adopted. “If you’re going to have this environmental action plan, you should be updating the short term action items. Those should be revisited every five years in order to stay on top of this.” The last decade has offered a mixed picture for the city’s environmental health. Alexandria continues to dump more than 10 million gallons of raw sewage into the Potomac River every year, although city officials now have a plan after state lawmakers threatened to withhold money from city schools in 2017. Energy use in city government facilities has increased 11 percent since 2012, reflecting a tension between growth and conservation. Alexandria currently purchases renewable energy credits equivalent to 60 percent of its energy use, although the city manager’s proposed budget calls for 100 percent by next year. And then there’s that charter revision that never happened and an action plan that city officials are just now getting around to updating. “You don’t accomplish things by making a list and putting them on the shelf,” said former Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45), who helped create Eco-City Alexandria as member of the Alexandria City Council. “You accomplish things by making a list and then constantly revisiting it.” THE IDEA OF Eco-City Alexandria began with a strategic planning process back in 2007, shortly after the United Nations concluded that the rise in global temperatures was the result of greenhouse gas concentrations. When the Alexandria’s action plan was adopted in 2009, Alexandria was one of a handful of cities across the country that had created its own plan for dealing with climate change. The timing worked well for Alexandria because when the global economy tanked, city officials had a ready-made list of shovel-ready projects that qualified for federal stimulus money. Plans to install solar panels at Beatley Library, for example, were fast-tracked for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “In Alexandria, we recognize the quantity and sources of energy used by local government, businesses and residents affects our environment and quality of life.” said then Mayor Bill Euille during testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in the summer of 2009. “Local governments play a critical role in improving energy efficiency, shifting the country to cleaner sources of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Source Of Information

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Facts Of West End

Alexandria's West End includes areas annexed from Fairfax County in the 1950s. It is the most typically suburban part of Alexandria, with a street hierarchy of winding roads and cul-de-sacs. The section of Duke Street in the West End is known for a high-density residential area known to locals as "Landmark" due to its close proximity to nearby Landmark Mall, and for its concentration of strip and enclosed shopping malls. The main areas of the West End all are west of Quaker Lane, a major north–south artery through the western side of Alexandria. Continue reading

The Historic Alexandria City

 
City view of Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Alexandria is located south of Washington, along the Potomac River. Alexandria city occupies 116 square miles, 30 feet above sea level. Alexandria was for much of its history a port city. Alexandria averages about 30 feet above sea level. Alexandria was established in 1749. Alexandria has a rich colonial history It has the most important brands in the country. Alexandria is also the birthplace of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Jim Morrison and mom, Cass Elliot. The historic old town of Alexandria is a great center of art and culture, with local shops, beautiful restaurants, and colonial architecture and overlooking cobblestone streets. Alexandria was a Top Artplace 2013. Cultural events widely occur in galleries such as the famous Torpedo Factory Art Center databases, MetroStage, and the legendary Birchmere Music Hall. Money magazine named Alexandria the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination in 2018. Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards recognized Alexandria as a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018. Alexandria was one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 as reported by Southern Living. Being a high economic area, Alexandria has a report of major employers whose employees are estimated at 14.07% of the total city. These major employers include United States Department of Commerce, United States Department of Defense, Alexandria City Public Schools, City of Alexandria, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Northern Virginia Community College, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Homeland Security. The city of Alexandria received the highest certification for 'Virginia Municipal League’s Go Green' Government challenge in 2017. Alexandria also has an award as the #1 Best Value US travel Destination. A total of 103 schools in Virginia are among the best in the United States to rank among the best high schools in the United States in 2018. The high school in Virginia on this list was Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria. The National Historic District, founded in 1749, the old town of Alexandria houses more than 200 restaurants and independent boutiques, as well as intimate history museums and new events on the coast, making it an ideal starting point for your vacation and an unforgettable vacation.   I

Properties in Alexandria

301 W Glendale Ave

This stunning classic colonial offers distinctive Rosemont appeal—a secluded one-way street, friendly neighbors, and a spectacular view of the Masonic Temple, all minutes away from Del Ray, Old Town, and easy transportation. Maintaining its original architectural charm from the 1930s, recent renovations to the kitchen and bathrooms give it modern amenities while preserving its unique character. Inside, a lovely living room invites you in and exudes modern elegance with a wood-burning fireplace at the far end heightening the warm ambiance. You will immediately notice original features; refinished walnut banisters, arched doorways, and other subtleties that convey the antique 1930s design. The classic floor plan also offers a gourmet kitchen, now with professional stainless steel appliances, custom wine storage, gorgeous Corian countertops, a 5-burner gas cooktop, a cozy breakfast nook, a beautiful Carrara marble backsplash, and dark mahogany cabinets. Enjoy a formal dining experience in the dedicated dining room, featuring elegant dental crown molding, a brilliant circular chandelier, and the original built-in china cabinet to present your exquisite dishware. Outside, the picturesque backyard is a true oasis, offering a custom-built Pennsylvania stone wall with a waterfall, two entertaining hubs, a brick patio, a sun deck, and a stone pathway and steps leading to the discreet hot tub. Retire upstairs to the luxurious owner’s suite, offering an unobstructed view of the Masonic Temple and divine bath that was completely renovated, now featuring Carrara marble basket-weave tile floors and surround. Downstairs offers space flexible for your needs. Create a fourth legal bedroom for guests with a separate, private back entrance, or design a lower-level family room, perfect for movie and game nights. A full wall of custom-built-ins stands ready to display your favorite books or collectibles! Full height windows elevate this level, making you forget you're on the lower level. A full bath with a walk-in shower completes the guest retreat, and plenty of storage can be found in the laundry room, alongside the washer and dryer. [Rosemont - $1,100,000]

1624 W Abingdon Dr #302

Location! WOW easy access to DC 11Y Bus - last stop before crossing 14th Street Bridge and soon an easy walk to the new Potomac Yards metro Sun filled home with gorgeous wood floors, great room sizes and 2 walk in closets. This is a MUST SEE home. Why rent when you can own this home! [Potowmack Crossing - $265,000]

3308 Beechcliff Dr

Gorgeous!!! The home welcomes you with gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level. The living room is spacious and bright with beautiful dining room. The fully updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, huge dining area plus table space, and opens up to a deck. The upper level features a spacious primary bedroom with vaulted ceilings & updated primary bathroom completed with soaking tub and separate shower; on the other side is 2 good-sized bedrooms, 2nd full bathroom, and laundry room. The lower level features the 4th bedroom, 3rd full bathroom, and family room with gas fireplace. The basement is finished with large REC room walking out to the brick patio and fenced backyard for privacy. Close to everything: shops, stores, eateries, Costco, big box stores, Route 1, Fort Belvoir commute, etc. Plenty of guest parkings are available. (Pictures are mixed between current and when the house was vacant 5 yrs ago) [Holly Acres - $569,999]

Collingwood Library and Museum

The Collingwood Foundation's main building and grounds, which were once part of George Washington's River Farm, are south of Alexandria on the banks of the Potomac River, surrounded by woods and gardens. The mission of the foundation is to foster an appreciation of our American Heritage by sharing these facilities with all. There are three components to achieving this mission. Firstly, the Collingwood Library on Americanism boasts a library of more than five thousand volumes on American heritage. Secondly, the Collingwood Museum is home to an eclectic collection of Americana. Lastly, the foundation opens the grounds to serve as a venue for weddings, corporate gatherings and other private events. are available for weddings, receptions and other private functions. Collingwood, as the whole is generally referred to, is primarily dependent upon contributions from the public and income from third party events. Collingwood is comprised of a historic mansion between the Potomac and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Today the property is approximately 8.7 acres but the property was once a part of George Washington's estate of his River Farm at Mount Vernon. Collingwood was purchased by George Washington in 1760. River Farm was the largest of the five working farms all of which were a part of his Mount Vernon estate. Collingwood's namesake was a member of the British forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill and in 1805 an Admiral commanding a portion of the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar. The original house constructed in 1792 was a modest one, but in time there were at least three major additions to the house. From a small two-room house to its current condition as a colonial mansion the property has had many occupants and usages over time. Over the course of the last two and half centuries, Collingwood has been home to farmers, a ferry operator, airline crew members, and Intelligence School students. For a part of the 20th Century, Collingwood served up meals as an area restaurant. But time took a toll on Colingwood and by 1977 it was no more than overgrown, neglected land and a much vandalized building that only hinted at the history found here. At that time a group of dedicated National Sojourners obtained the property. took possession of the property. Presently, the Foundation for Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism, with offices for Headquarters National Sojourners, maintains and occupies the property. Collingwood Library and Museum consists of a historic mansion that houses thousands of books and artifacts relating to the history of America. As part of George Washington's River Farm, our rich history had many of our founding fathers walking this land in our nation's infancy. Nestled on approximately 8.7 acres on the Potomac River off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, VA, Collingwood is available for conferences, retreats, business meetings and weddings.
 

Pope-Leighey House

facing the home
Frank Lloyd Wright's take on an affordable American home
Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.
The house of moderate cost is not only America’s major architectural problem but the problem most difficult for her major architects. -Frank Lloyd Wright, 1936
The Pope-Leighey House, formerly known as the Loren Pope Residence, is one of three suburban homes in Virginia designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. At the Pope-Leighey House now located at a site on Woodlawn Plantation in Mount Vernon VA, Frank Lloyd Wright strived to solve this problem. Today, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House is a National Trust Historic Site, owned and operated by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities.
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Inside the home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
The design follows Wright's Usonian model of well-designed space for middle-income residents with a design that brings nature inside, using modest materials and a flat roof. This home has an L-shaped single-story floor plan with two bedrooms and a bathroom in one wing and living and dining areas in the other. At the juncture of the two wings are the home's entrance, a study and the kitchen. To accommodate the original site's slope, the house features two levels. The home has many interesting architectural details and furniture that was designed by Wright. Pope-Leighey House is open to visitors from April 8 to December 20 from  Thursday through Monday. Visitors are welcomed.
Pope Leighy House exterior
The Pope Leigh House is located near Fort Belvoir and Woodlawn in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County VA
An historic site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pope-Leighey relies exclusively on admissions, shop purchases and tax-deductible contributions to support its mission.

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Why will you love Belle View?

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Contact us for an accurate assessment of your property values at Belle View. The charm and character of Belle View Condominium is alive and well.  This development, built in the 1950’s is located between Fort Hunt Road and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  It sits on fifty six acres of land maintained well by the professional staff.  The following is a list of other reasons to like this neighborhood:
  • 980 units
  • Spring and Fall yard sales
  • Annual tree lighting ceremony
  • Pool parties for the whole family
  • Playgrounds for the kidsAlexandria-Belle View Shopping Center
  • Old world charm
  • Walking distance to shopping
  • Ample free parking in lots and on the street

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Washington Square shopping in Old Town

Washington Square
Washington Square in Old Town Alexandria VA
Washington Square is a 235,000 square foot Class A mixed-use office/retail complex developed on a two-acre site along Alexandria's main street, North Washington Street, in historic Old Town Alexandria. Washington Square features twin four-story buildings with brick and cast stone exterior façades and glass curtain walls overlooking a spacious courtyard. Tenants are attracted by the property's 3-story atrium lobbies, fitness center, concierge service, 600 space parking structure and computerized energy management system. Washington Square serves nearby condos at Port Royal, Alexandria House, Liberty Row, Watergate of Alexandria, Abingdon Row and more.  Many residents from greater Alexandria, Crystal City and Fairfax County visit Washington Square because of the popular grocer Trader Joe's which is located here. In addition to Trader Joe's, Washington Square tenants include Talbots, FedEx Kinko's, Starbucks Coffee, and Chevy Chase Bank.

Properties in Old Town Alexandria

Location! WOW easy access to DC 11Y Bus - last stop before crossing 14th Street Bridge and soon an easy walk to the new Potomac Yards metro Sun filled home with gorgeous wood floors, great room sizes and 2 walk in closets. This is a MUST SEE home. Why rent when you can own this home! [1624 W Abingdon Dr #302, Alexandria, VA]

Welcome home to The Boulevard, formerly Bearings South in Old Town Historic Alexandra. This well maintained condo is located across the street from the finest shops and dining Old Town has to offer. A studio, it is sophisticated yet modern, boasting stainless appliances, granite counter tops and charming fixtures throughout as well as a large walk-in closet. Conveniently located close to everything in the heart of Old Town such as restaurants and major shopping, as well as the King Street Metro Station. [906 S Washington St #213, Alexandria, VA]

Welcome to the charming Shad Row Townhome Community (at the corner of Pendleton and N. St. Asaph Street). This lovely home of 1350 square feet of finished living space has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a basement perfect for working from home or for use as a den or guest bedroom. The living and dining area is just off the fully equipped kitchen and leads out to a wonderful brick patio and garden - perfect for reading a book or dining alfresco. This home has been freshly painted and includes stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The HVAC unit is just 2 years old. This home comes with an assigned parking space in the covered garage where there is a bike storage room. The Shad Row community includes new pergolas and gazebo. This home offers incredible walkability with a Walk Score of 94. Trader Joe’s and a Capital Bikeshare station are just across the street. Harris Teeter is two blocks away and you are three blocks from the Oak Steakhouse, St. Elmo’s coffee, and many more shops and restaurants. King Street and the waterfront are only four blocks away. The location provides easy access to the GW Parkway and a short drive to Reagan National Airport. The Braddock Road metro is an easy 0.6 mile walk away. [556 N Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA]

Circa 1900 Victorian with gracious room sizes and tall ceilings. Many of the features of the house have untouched historical character, including original hardwood floors, wood paneled doors and a charming tin kitchen ceiling. The first level has a great flow for entertaining and opens from the kitchen to a charming Charleston style porch. The second level has three sizable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Freshly painted throughout. The basement has 880 square feet of storage space. All this just a block away from the shops and restaurants of King Street. Convenient to the Metro, Reagan Airport and DC. [204 N Alfred St, Alexandria, VA]

BIG REDUCTION!! Best priced one bedroom in Port Royal. This is an adorable CORNER-UNIT with SPECTACULAR RIVER VIEWS! This one bedroom has lots of windows that make this condo light and bright! It has updated bathroom and kitchen, newer flooring, all in a fantastic location. Port Royal offers 24 hour concierge with the condo fee covering ALL utilities, insurance and exterior maintenance. Laundry is conveniently located on each floor of the building; recently updated and upgraded laundry room; however a private washer/dryer can be installed with approval of the condo board. Extra storage can be rented for a nominal annual fee. Professionally landscaped grounds and a large pet friendly grass area with a gorgeous and expansive rooftop deck for panoramic view of the Potomac River. This community has two parking lots for residents and a service parking lot. Each unit gets 2 parking passes, but there is also easy street parking. Casual walk to the Braddock RD metro and only 3 blocks to the river. You are neighbors to a multitude of great restaurants, walking & jogging trails, shopping, Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter, and so much more. Lots to do everywhere and you get to live in Old Town! A must see home! [801 N Pitt St #808, Alexandria, VA]

Welcome to this amazing, updated, top floor condo in wonderful North Old Town. This wonderfully renovated property has hardwood floors throughout, an updated kitchen with granite countertops and custom lighting. Washer/Dryer in unit. Very close to DC and George Washington PKWY. Community has a fitness center, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool for those hot Alexandria days. [1718 W Abingdon Dr #301, Alexandria, VA]

OPENHOUSE 1-3 pm. Check out 2nd and 3rd bedroom floorplan option on documents section. A beautiful fully renovated 2,500 sq, ft, townhouse featuring 3 bedrooms 3.5 baths with hardwood flooring in Historic Old Town Alexandria this home is a must-see! This location is sought-after townhouse is located 4 blocks from the waterfront, a quick taxi ride to the National Harbour, Washington Harbour, and DC Harbour. It is only blocks away from the highly ranked core-knowledge curriculum Lytes-Crouch elementary school. Easy access to popular supermarkets like Safeway and Balducci, short walking distance to restaurants and shops. Renovated brick and HardiePlank exterior for easy maintenance, detached garage added in 2006 with convenient street parking for your guests, newer roof membrane and sealant and chimney, and updated climate control HVAC system. The main level touts gourmet kitchen with Jenn-Air stainless steel double wall oven, microwave, dishwasher, center island exhaust fan, and island cooktop with gorgeous granite counter island and can seat 4 right at the island countertop, so you can entertain your guests while you cook. A formal living room, dining room, and powder room round out the main floor. You will love the luxurious primary bath in the upper-level primary suite which also has a whirlpool tub. With the open skylight in the primary bathroom, you can enjoy daylight and moonlight; AND the oversized tub will soak away all your worries while relaxing your muscles. The primary bathroom also has a double sink vanity providing you ample space to spread out. Finishing out the upper level are 2 additional bedrooms with 1 full main bath. All the bathrooms have been remodeled and updated. The basement is cavernous and is ready for your gym, study, a schoolroom for school-bound children, den, inlaw suite, however, you want to use this area, AND the basement also has a full bathroom. Put this home on your "heart-list" inside your favorite real estate portal, because there is a community video . Just put in the address [607 S Pitt St, Alexandria, VA]

Immaculate, spacious and bright corner two bedroom/ one bath condo at The Henry. Move-in ready, open concept home with hardwood floors, updated kitchen and full bath have stainless appliances and granite counters. Washer and dryer conveniently located within the unit. Upgraded kitchen space makes for easy entertaining. Enjoy the views from your private, courtyard-facing balcony off of the living room or relax on the rooftop terrace. One designated parking space in the secure garage conveniently located outside the elevator, and two large storage units are included in the purchase price. Building is secure with concierge, on-site management and remote garage access. The Henry has a new fitness center, theatre, billiards, party room and office center. Work from home or commute easily via Metrorail (<3 blocks), bus or airport (<3 miles). Easy 5 block walk to Washington Street and King Street with plenty of restaurants, shopping and cultural events. Basic cable and internet are included in the condo fee. [525 N Fayette St #402, Alexandria, VA]

This superb End townhouse condo is ready to move into. The meticulous owner has left nothing for you to do but enjoy! 2015 improvements include: Hardwood floor refinished throughout. Kitchen completely renovated with Bosch appliances, quartzite countertop and brushed marble tile backsplash. New LG washer and dryer. Primary bathroom renovated. 3rd floor bath and 2nd floor half bath renovated with new toilets, sinks, counter tops , floor tiles and fixtures. A New Carrier HVAC was installed in 2016. 2018 Improvements include: Replacement of 3rd floor carpet, New windows and total replacement of fireplace prefab insert as well as the wood mantle and surround. A new roof was installed in 2021! Door handles and light fixtures have also been replaced throughout. The main level of this gorgeous home is open concept, with the kitchen on your left flowing to the dining room and stepping down to the living which leads to the fenced patio. Great for entertaining. The powder room is located on the landing in between the main level and the primary bedroom. The primary suite encompasses upper level one with a bedroom overlooking the quiet bricked courtyard and a spa-like bathroom with tub and separate shower. Upper level two features the second bedroom, storage and en-suite bath with laundry. Off street parking is included. What a great location. Close to shopping, restaurants and the Potomac River. EZ commuting. [615 S Columbus St, Alexandria, VA]

Amazing location in the Heart of North Old Town! Completely turnkey. Updated kitchen with gas range. Hardwoods throughout. Plenty of storage with a 9' Walk-In closet. ALL UTILITIES Included in condo fee! Off-street parking . Secure building with Front Desk 6 days/week. Large rooftop deck overlooking Potomac River. Walking distance to river only a block away, great restaurants, and shops! Pets welcome. [801 N Pitt St #301, Alexandria, VA]