Living In Old Town Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria
Tree-lined streets with rows of brick and clapboard townhouses, a bustling King Street area with interesting retail shops and restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, the Old Town trolley car which is free to ride and the Saturday Farmer’s market all contribute to the unique elements of Old Town living.
Choose from historic homes with a storied past or from several clusters of reproduction townhouses with garages and interior elevators built in the last 20 years. Plus, there are brand new townhouses currently under construction, ready for new owners to call home. There is something for everyone living in Old Town Alexandria.
Gadsby’s Tavern is a circa 1785 National Historic landmark as well as a restaurant, and is part of the picturesque downtown historic district.
George Washington socialized at Gadsby’s Tavern on many occasions.
The Farmers Market is the oldest operating outdoor Farmers Market in the country.
Red rental bikes are found in several places in Old Town, allowing the public to ride through the picturesque streets or down the bike path to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate.
The Athenaeum, built circa 1851, is a former bank and current art gallery.
There are excellent public and private schools in Old Town. There’s even a school for dogs!
The Metrorail system connects Old Town to Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Reagan National Airport is just 5 miles from Old Town.
Alexandria’s rich, textured history is reflected in Old Town, which preserves the vintage red brick homes, cobblestone streets and historic taverns that saw the birth and growth of a great nation. The heritage is kept alive here in Old Town, not just as a museum exhibit for future generations, but as part of a thriving, wonderful city in which to live and work.
Old Town Voted #1 Best Downtown in America
It’s no wonder Old Town was named the best downtown of any small town to mid-sized city in the country, topping the 2016 list by Livability.com. The area is loaded with historic charm, distinctive architecture and beautiful homes. Great shopping, entertainment options galore and an eclectic mix of outstanding restaurants from beer pubs to fine dining establishment that draw food connoisseurs from DC and around the world surrounding the historic homes of Old Town. With it’s walkability to shops, restaurants and Metro, Old Town is also hands-down known as one of the best walking cities in the U.S. You can shop till you drop, dine to your heart’s content, and catch the Metro in minutes for an easy commute to DC.
Water Taxi to DC & Nats Baseball Games
Old Town is minutes from Washington, DC yet feels like worlds away. Why drive or take public transportation when you can enjoy a more scenic route from Old Town aboard a water taxi to such major attractions as the National Mall, National Harbor or Nats Stadium via The Baseball Boat! Along the way, you can view the skyline of Old Town and panoramas of Washington, DC.
Waterfront restaurants abound in Old Town along with other gems to discover from fine shops and galleries, boat tours and river cruises to Mount Vernon, live music plus festivals throughout the year.