Alexandria Real Estate
Located on the Western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is just over 5 miles from downtown Washington, DC. The Historic center of Alexandria is known as “Old Town”. With its shops, museums, restaurants and theaters, as well as its location on the Potomac, Old Town is a major draw for tourists. The City of Alexandria became its own entity in 1870. The surrounding county was renamed in 1920 from Alexandria County to Arlington County in order to avoid confusion with the city, however there is a portion of Fairfax County that is referred to as Alexandria that is separate from the city. Many of the Alexandria neighborhoods are older, compact and walkable. Alexandria is the seventh largest and highest income city in Virginia. In 1999 the city celebrated its 250th Anniversary.
The land that is now Alexandria was originally owned by Captain Philip Alexander II who moved there in 1746. In 1748 there was a petition to create a town at Hunting Creek on the Potomac which was part of Captain Alexander’s property and to which he was opposed. In exchange, the petitioners offered to call the new town Alexandria in honor of the Alexander family and so Philip and his cousin, Captain John Alexander gave the land and are now listed as the town’s founders. In 1791, Alexandria was part of the area selected by George Washington to become the District of Columbia and was ceded to the U.S. Government, however in 1846 it was retroceded back to Virginia and was re-chartered in 1852. During the War of 1812, a British fleet launched the Raid on Alexandria in which Alexandria surrendered and their stores and warehouses of flour, tobacco, cotton, wine and sugar were looted by the British. Later, Alexandria was a main port in the slave trade. During the Civil War, Alexandria was mainly under Union control and remained under military occupation until the end of the war. Many historic buildings and sites were used as hospitals and barracks during this time. There are many sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places and many great political figures can be associated with locations in Alexandria.
Alexandira, VA Homes and Subdivisions
Old Town – This area is known for its historic townhouses, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants was originally laid out in 1749 in a grid plan of square blocks. Many of the older homes here are monitored by the historical society and subject to strict guidelines of materials and appearance.
Rosemont – Named after a neighborhood with same name in Philadelphia, PA, Rosemont is the oldest planned residential expansion in Alexandria developed between 1900 and 1920. Situated to the west of Old Town, much of the area is included in the historic district of Alexandria.
The Berg – Built in 1945, this community, situated at the northern limits of Old Town, is a 260-unit public housing complex.
Arlandria – This North-Eastern portion of Alexandria derives its name from its location on the Alexandria and Arlington County line. This diverse community has been mentioned in 2 songs from the Alternative Rock Band, The Foo Fighters. www.arlandria.org
Del Ray – This community to the north-east of Alexandria, formerly part of Potomac, is actually named for one of the larger housing communities in the area. In the mid-1990’s, the area saw the development of the Potomac Yard Shopping Center and began substantial gentrification. The area is now developing formerly unused land into condominiums, offices, parks and a fire station. Del Ray Citizens Assoc. – www.delraycitizen.org
West End – This includes areas annexed from Fairfax County in the 1950’s and is the most typically suburban area of Alexandria situated near Landmark Mall. This area is composed of 4 neighborhoods:
Seminary Hill – a most residential, single family home community.
Lower Alexandria – communities of small homes, row homes, townhomes along with commercial and retail real estate.
Landmark – a large single-family area developed in the 1950’s that consists largely of garden style apartments and condo-converted apartment high-rises and a number of townhome developments from the 1970’s. Home to Landmark Mall.
Seminary West – situated west of I-395 but still considered Alexandria, this area is a mix of homes ranging from town home communities, and single –family homes to high-rise condominiums and apartments. There are 3 large senior citizen living centers in the area as well.
North Ridge – a community developed in the 1930’s through the 1960’s of single family 2-story homes with basements comprised of several neighborhoods.
Belle View – a community of 980 condominiums on 56 acres of land just south of Alexandria. HOA Info. – On-Site (703) 765-8775 www.belleviewcondo.com
Cameron Station – a community of single family homes, townhomes and condominiums at the West End of Alexandria with amenities. HOA Info. – On-Site (703) 567-4881 www.cameronstation.org
Montebello – a gated condominium community near I-95 with resort style amenities. HOA Info. – On-Site (703) 960-0410 www.montebello.org
North Ridge – a community of nearly 3,000 residential homes at the west end of Old Town Alexandria in Rosemont. HOA Info. – North Ridge Citizens Association (703) 683-0208 www.northridgecitizens.org
Old Town Greens Townhomes – a luxury townhome community with amenities. HOA Info. – Service First Management (703) 392-6006 www.oldtowngreens.net
Old Town Greens Condominiums – a luxury condominium community with garages and a large private car park with amenities. HOA Info. – Cardinal Management Group (703) 565-5017 www.oldtowngreenscondos.com
River Towers – a condominium community comprised of 3 nine-story buildings on 26 acres of land just south of Alexandria. HOA Info. – On-Site (703) 768-3800 www.rivertowerscondo.org
Watergate at Landmark – a gated high-rise condominium community in a resort living setting. HOA Info. – On-site management (703) 370-7000 www.watergateatlandmark.com
Alexandria, VA Schools
Elementary Schools: Bucknell Elementary, Groveton Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Washington Mill Elementary, Fort Hunt Elementary, Waynewood Elementary, Charles Barrett Elementary, Douglas MacArthur Elementary, Franconia Elementary, Holin Meadows Elementary, Stratford Landing Elementary, Lane Elementary, Hay Field Elementary, Maury Elementary, Bush Hill Elementary, Clermont Elementary Hybla Valley Elementary, Parklawn Elementary, Rose Hill Elementary, Weyanoke Elementary, Island Creek Elementary, George Mason Elementary, James K. Polk Elementary, John Adams Elementary, Mount Vernon Comm. Elementary, Bren Mar Park Elementary, Belle View Elementary, Cameron Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Samuel W. Tucker Elementary, Patrick Henry Elementary, William Ramsay Elementary, Woodley Hills Elementary, Jefferson-Houston Elementary, Mount Eagle Elementary and Mount Vernon Elementary
Middle Schools: Sandburg Middle, Twain Middle, Hayfield Middle, Holmes Middle, George Washington Middle, Whitman Middle, Glasgow Middle, Bryant Alt. Middle, Jefferson-Houston Middle, George Washington 2 Middle, Francis C. Hammond Middle and Quander Road Middle
High Schools: Edison High, Thomas Jefferson High, West Potomac High, Hayfield High, T. C. Williams High, Bryant Alternative High and Mount Vernon High