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Neighborhood Spotlight: The Rose Hill neighborhood — rich in history

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.

The Rose Hill neighborhood in Alexandria is rich in history, dating back to the 18th-century.

Rose Hill gets its name from an 18th century plantation that was once located nearby. Historical events that occurred here are described on a Civil War Trails marker on Rose Hill Drive. Additional information can be found on the Rose Hill Civic Association website.

In the spring of 1954, building began for this new community. The model homes were on Apple Tree Drive, just off Rose Hill Drive. There were no phones, no stores, no school, and Rose Hill Drive was just a dirt road. In 1955, phone service arrived with four-digit phone numbers!

Now, the Rose Hill neighborhood consists of single-family homes, condos and apartments. Rose Hill Elementary School, John Marshall Library, and the Rose Hill Plaza are all located in the neighborhood on Rose Hill Drive.

The anchor of Rose Hill Plaza is Safeway, and Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Tuesday Morning and Gabe’s are some of the many retail shopping options. Restaurants are also plentiful in this neighborhood spot including Mama Mia Pizza, Pho Kim Vietnamese Restaurant, Namaste Indian Cuisine, and many more. For a complete directory of the Rose Hill Plaza, visit Shop Rose Hill Plaza.

Rose Hill is bordered by Franconia Road to the north, Greendale Golf Course to the south, Rose Hill Drive and Rose Hill Plaza to the west and Telegraph Road to the east. For an easy commute, Metro’s Blue Line Stations at Van Dorn and Springfield-Franconia are near the neighborhood, and the Fairfax Connector Bus runs on Rose Hill Drive.

As of this writing, there are 3 single-family homes and 1 condo for sale in Rose Hill:

  • A 3-bedroom split foyer listed at $624,900
  • A 3-bedroom rambler listed at $634,999
  • A 2-bedroom rambler listed at $485,000
  • A 1-bedroom condo listed at $215,000

Recent home sales for May and June ranged from $547,500 to $680,000. As with every neighborhood in our area, prices can vary greatly due to location, size and property condition.

If you are looking to sell, buy or invest, The Seward Group would be honored to help. Email [email protected] or call/text 703-298-0562 today!

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.

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