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Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria at a Glance

Looking for a Realtor in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia? 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.Situated just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, Old Town Alexandria is considered one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living Magazine and boasts elegant 18th and 19th century townhomes. Established in 1749, this charming city was a colonial port and an important political and social center of the young United States in the 18th century. Today, Old Town Alexandria is home to over 200 independent restaurants and shops. On any given day, you will find live music, street acts, colorful artwork on display and more. Known for its cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks, the popular King Street attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can also enjoy the free King Street Trolley, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, or just a stroll along the waterfront.

​Quick Facts

  • Old Town Alexandria population, 31,108

  • Median age, 38

  • Average annual household income, $143,740

  • Significant nearby industries include technology, research and development, and professional services

  • In Old Town you will find block after block of elegant and historically significant 18th and 19th century townhomes interspersed by the occasional cobblestone alley or side garden.

  • Eclectic architectural styles including Tudor, Victoria, Colonial, and Gregorian as well as contemporary


Seeing the Sights

Old Town is home to a number of boutiques, restaurants, and antiques and art galleries, including the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Built in 1918 for the manufacturing of ‘no surprise’ torpedoes, the center now features 84 working artists’ studios, six galleries, the Art League School, and an Archaeology Museum that offers an interesting glimpse of the history of the city.

There are a number of other historic sites, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, the Alexandria Black History Museum, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, which was patterned after the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, and displays a 17-foot bronze statue of George Washington and an impressive collection of Washington artifacts, and of course, George Washington’s beloved home, Mount Vernon. Don’t miss the newest attraction – the Patent and Trademark Office Museum, whose inaugural exhibition showcases inventions and trademarks that are part of our everyday life from toasters to Birdseye frozen vegetables to Pez dispensers.

For a complete list of attractions, visit the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. 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

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
1729 King St.
Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314

Potomac West Business Association
208 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

City of Alexandria
310 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Office of Historic Alexandria
220 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Commission for the Arts
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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