The independent city of Alexandria is known for its history, most evident through its collection of well-preserved homes and buildings from the 18th and 19th century. But if you really want to get to know the real city, Old Town Alexandria is your best bet.
The center of history and culture in the city, Old Town Alexandria is a nationally designated historic district that was founded in the late 1750s. Old Town is the oldest part of Alexandria, and strolling along its streets will take you back to the glory days of the city. Tourists flock here for its great selection of antique stores and art galleries, but most of the stories are found in its high concentration of historic town houses.
Old Town was the home of many notable figures. One of the most famous is General Robert E. Lee of the American Civil War spent his childhood here. Today, Old Town Alexandria is a vibrant and bustling section of the city. Restaurants, historic landmarks, and markets are to be found here.
Real estate and homes for sale in Old Town
There is nowhere else in Alexandria where you can find the best and most beautifully preserved or restored historic town houses than Old Town. These residential properties are highly coveted, being prime pieces of real estate. Most of the historic homes in Old Town date back to the 19th century and echo the popular architectural styles of the day. In between are a number of older homes built in the 17th century.
Despite the age, Old Town’s historic homes have been outfitted and renovated to reflect modern styles and tastes. Such kinds of real estate in Old Town are considered as upscale or luxury residences.
Old Town real estate is not limited to historic properties. Here and there are newer developments to cater to the growing interest in the neighborhood. Apartments, condos (low-rise and high-rise), and newer townhomes also form an important part of Old Town real estate. Venture to the waterfront and you will also find lovely townhomes and luxury condos.
Attractions and things to do in Old Town
- King Street – King Street is the best place to be if you’re looking for an authentic Old Town Alexandria shopping experience. This stretch of historic street is lined with high-end boutiques, antique stores, consignment shops, and well-known national retailers.
- Torpedo Factory Art Center – Once a munitions plant back in the Second World War, the Torpedo Factory was transformed into the largest complex of working artists’ studios in the United States. The Torpedo Factory Art Center has, to date, 82 artists’ studios, two workshops, and seven galleries. You can also find the Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum here.
Make Old Town your home
Live and breathe the wonders of Old Town Alexandria, and stroll its historic streets. To start exploring your real estate options in this Alexandria neighborhood, contact me today at 1.703.310.6201 or phyllis(at)pattersonrealestategroup(dotted)com.