Del Ray

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Del Ray at a Glance

Nestled in the Northern side of Alexandria, Del Ray is a quaint town comprised of thriving small businesses in a cottage-like neighborhood, with the popular Mount Vernon Avenue as the “Main Street.” It is the kind of neighborhood where locals feel lucky to live because it offers a small town feel just minutes from urban Washington D.C. This town is full of character, walkable, bike and fitness friendly, and serves as home to a wide array of local shopping.  You will also find lots of great restaurants and cafes in Del Ray.

Quick Facts

  • Town of Del Ray population, 11,506
  • Median household income in Del Ray, $112,463
  • Wide range of housing styles including single-family, townhomes, and condominiums
  • Housing is varied and quirky and the median real estate price is $814,929
  • In the Del Ray neighborhood, 16.8% of people ride the train to work each day

Seeing the Sights

According to Alexandria.gov, “The community of Del Ray grew up around the railroad and could be considered one of the first commuting suburbs in the area. As the 19th century was ending, the new neighborhoods of Del Ray and St. Elmo were being planned north of the Alexandria city limits. The communities were laid out in grids of long blocks and served by a light railway that could take residents to Washington, D.C., in minutes. When Potomac Yard opened in 1906, the population of greater Del Ray began to grow significantly. In 1908, Del Ray and St. Elmo formed the incorporated Town of Potomac, with its own mayor, council and police and fire service. The City of Alexandria annexed the Town of Potomac in 1930 and the town ceased to exist. The Town of Potomac was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.” Today, this charming town boast an array of interesting events and festivals every year. Popular events include First Thursdays, a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer running every first Thursday during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September. The Taste of Del Ray takes offers guests unlimited tastes from top local restaurants and the free Well Ray Festival showcases a wide variety of health and wellness options in the Del Ray neighborhood. At the annual Del Ray Music Festival, local musicians perform on two stages at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. Also enjoy the Del Ray Halloween Parade, the 5-mile run/walk Turkey Trot, Holiday Tree Lighting and more.

For more great information on things to do, check out Alexandria Magazine for tips in dining, nightlife, events and more.

Links of Interest:

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
801 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 402
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-1000

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
1729 King St.
Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/739-3820

Potomac West Business Association
208 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/683-2570

City of Alexandria
310 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/838-4300

Office of Historic Alexandria
220 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/838-4554

Alexandria Commission for the Arts
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/838-6348

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
421 King St. Suite 300
Alexandria, Va 22314
703/838-4200, 800/388-9119

Del Ray Citizens Association

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