Neighborhood Spotlight: History, parks and location — Cameron Station has it all

Photo courtesy Cameron Station Community Association Facebook

Neighborhood Spotlight is a recurring column covering both the City of Alexandria and Alexandria in Fairfax County. This monthly column is sponsored and written by the Seward Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Let’s start with History. Did you know Alexandria’s charming Cameron Station neighborhood formerly served as the site of a US Army facility (known as Cameron Station) until the late 1980’s? The land was vacated by the Defense Logistics Agency (and the Defense Contract Audit Agency) and then in 1999 construction of this popular planned community started.

Cameron Station is a mix of single-family homes (2%), townhomes (55%) and condos (43%) totaling almost 1,800 residences. Entering the community off Duke Street, you’ll feel like you have set foot into a small colonial town. Brick sidewalks lined with trees, black streetlamps, benches and meticulous landscaping abound. You also can’t miss seeing residents walking their dogs or heading to the fitness center and/or outdoor pool. For a full list of facts and features residents enjoy, visit the Cameron Station website.

Parks: If you seek green space, look no further. Adjacent to Cameron Station is almost 60 acres of land (which was also part of the former Army facility) known as Ben Brenman Park. Park amenities include athletic fields, fenced dog park, picnic pavilion, playground, pond and walking/bicycle trails. Some of the other nearby green spaces include Armistead L. Boothe Park (11 acres and also adjacent to Cameron Station) and All Veterans Park (38 acres and also within walking distance). Plenty of other smaller parks exist such as Holmes Run, Clermont Natural and Tarleton.

If you are craving more than just green space, Cameron Run Regional Park offers a water park, fishing lake, miniature golf course and batting cages. For those needing more variety, you don’t need to go far to find a popular local rock climbing center (SportRock), golfing range, several gyms and yoga studios.

Or maybe you’re looking to combine your love of movement with a good local beer? The award-winning Port City Brewing Company is less than 2 miles away and has been offering BeerYoga every Tuesday night since 2015. For more info, visit Port City Brewing.

Photo courtesy Dan Austin at Port City Brewing

Location: Cameron Station (in the West End section of Alexandria) offers easy access to 395 North and South. It’s just 4 miles from Old Town Alexandria and 10 miles to Washington, D.C. The main entrance is off of Duke Street (North) and is about a 20-minute walk to the Van Dorn Metro station. A free resident shuttle runs to the VD Metro station for those chilly mornings and rush-hour evening commutes.

Retail establishments within the community include a coffee shop, restaurant, market, dry cleaners, dentist and daycare facility. Samuel W. Tucker Elementary is located at the west end of the community. Alexandria’s central library, Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, is directly across the street as is a CVS. Be sure to check out the West End Farmer’s Market website for their hours of operation April through November.

Real Estate Snapshot

This vibrant community isn’t slowing down anytime soon and the pickings are slim. As of March 1, there is only one townhouse FOR SALE ($749,945) and two more Coming Soon. There is also only one condo FOR SALE ($519,900), one other in Coming Soon status and one UNDER CONTRACT.

Below is a snapshot of the last 6 months of sales activity in the community

Note: DOM = days on market; SP = sales price; Data is of 3/1/2022

As for single-family homes, the last detached homes to sell in Cameron Station sold in the spring of 2021. Four of them sold, ranging in price from $1,050,000 to $1,230,000.

As with every neighborhood in the DMV, prices can vary greatly due to location, size and property condition. Whether you are looking to sell, buy or invest, we would be honored to help. Email [email protected] or call/text 703-298-0562 to set up an appointment with one of our agents.

About Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Melody Abella, Anita Edwards, Laura Catron, Gina Wimpey and Elaine McCall make up our team. We offer our clients Full-Spectrum Concierge Real Estate Service at all price points, assisting with every step of the process from beginning to end. We are licensed in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.  Seward Group’s main office is in Old Town Alexandria.