Real Estate in Old Town – Alexandria, VA

The historic center of Alexandria, Virginia, known as Old Town, is located six miles south of Washington, DC on the Potomac River. This waterfront town is full of history, charm and urban sophistication, which is why you will always find King Street bustling with shopper, diners, art lovers and tourists.  This neighborhood is metro accessible via the King Street station and is the perfect place to call home for those who are looking to reside outside the DC city limits but still feel like part of the history and charm of the nation’s capital.  And be on the look out for bowls of water outside the store fronts.  This neighborhood loves its pets, and dogs are treated to fresh water and treats at almost every turn.

Shopping

King Street is lined with boutiques, antiques and specialty stores.  More sophisticated than when this neighborhood served as a colonial village bounty exchange location in the 1700’s, but still a great place to find exotic items.  Shoppers can’t help but notice the old buildings they are stepping into off bustling sidewalks and cobblestone streets.

Some of my favorite boutiques are Why Not? for children’s clothing and gifts, Dog Park for unique treats for dogs and cats,  decorium for accessorizing my home and unique gifts, and 529 kids consign for upscale gently used kid’s and maternity clothing.  Some of the larger retailers should not be overlooked.  On King Street and side streets you will find Banana Republic, Nine West, Gap Outlet, Crate and Barrel Outlet, Paper Source, Ann Taylor Loft and more.

Grocery stores can be found just off King Street.  Old Town’s neighborhood grocers and apothecaries include Whole Foods Market, Balducci’s, and Harris Teeter.

Dining

The restaurants of Old Town offer a cuisine fit for every pallet.  I don’t claim to be a food critic, but I do enjoy a good meal.  My favorites for seafood would be Chart House, which offers an intimate upscale setting, and Fish Market, which is more casual and offers the largest beers I have ever seen.

Locals enjoy the casual pub scene for lunch or casual dinners.  Favorites include Chadwicks, Murphy’s, and Daniel O’Connell’s.  If you are looking for an American classic, step back in time and into Gadsby’s Tavern, which has been offering fine dining since 1770.  With the chill of the fall air nothing warms a person up quite like a bowl of chili from Hard Times Café.

Things to Do

Old Town is a creative and vibrant neighborhood, which is why it is recognized as one of America’s Top ArtPlaces in 2013.  The world famous Torpedo Factory Art Center offers the public free access to world-renowned art.  The musical art scene in Old Town offers country and rock at the Birchmere, jazz at Laporta’s, pianist Bob Smith at the Grille at Morrison House, and powerful performances from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

OldTown residents and visitors enjoy the many events offered annually throughout the year.

In February there is a month long celebration in honor of George Washington’s birthday, including a parade, walking tours, and free admission into historical sites.

St. Patrick’s Day is something to celebrate on the pub-lined King Street.  Every March this event includes a Classic Car Show, Dog Show, and Parade.

The April Cherry Blossom Festival brings locals and tourists to the nation’s captital.  Located just across the Potomac River, the Festival is accessible via boat, bike and dinner cruise from the waterfront neighborhood of OldTown.

In September the King Street Art Festival takes over six blocks of King Street to house artists’ booths and turns this historic street into a bustling outdoor art studio.

During the month of October, boutiques participate in a family friendly trick-or-treat, doggies can participate in the dog costume contest, and with all the history in the building of OldTown, ghost tours are plentiful!

November is when Old Town will light its Christmas Tree in Market Square complete with music, caroling and greetings from Santa Clause.

The Alexandria Parade of Lights is the perfect way to kick off the December holiday season.  Enjoy the more than 50 illuminated boats that cruise past this seaport neighborhood.  The festival begins in the afternoon making it convenient for adults and families with small children.

Start and end the year with Alexandria’s First Night celebration, which is designed for children and adults complete with performances and fireworks.