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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.

Yesterday, today & tomorrow…

History abounds in Potomac Yard! Did you know:

  • English settlers built plantations on the Potomac Yard site in the 18th century
  • At one time, Potomac Yard was one of the busiest railyards in the eastern United States processing thousands of cars daily
  • The City of Alexandria annexed the Potomac Yard towns of Del Ray and Potomac in 1930

Today, this 295-acre development in the northeast section of Alexandria, Virginia, encompasses the Potomac Yard, Potomac Greens and Old Town Greens communities, as well as several new developments, and a mix of office and retail space. The Potomac Yard Shopping Center occupies 70 acres and provides endless opportunities for shopping and dining. These neighborhoods are walkable to both Old Town Alexandria and the beloved Del Ray Communities

Potomac Yard residences were constructed starting in 2013 with construction continuing today. The average Potomac Yard sales price year to date is $1,049,935.00. There are condos, townhomes and apartment residences that encompass this highly desirable community. There is a wonderful children’s park and running/biking paths, green spaces found throughout the community provide a wonderful location and quality of life.

The soon to be open Potomac Yard Metro Station is anxiously anticipated by residences in these and surrounding neighborhoods and is expected to be open in the Fall of 2022.

Built in 2006, the Potomac Greens neighborhood is home to 227 Federal and Colonial style townhomes. The community is bordered by Potomac Greens Drive to the west and Carpenter Road to the north, east and south, with Potomac Yard to the north and Old Town Greens directly south.

This secluded enclave is within minutes to Washington, D.C., Old Town Alexandria, Reagan National Airport, Amazon’s HQ2 and amazing trails along the George Washington Parkway! The neighborhood offers residents a pool, fitness center, clubhouse, nature trails, tot lots and beautiful green spaces. Residents can also take advantage of a private shuttle from the Clubhouse to the Braddock Road metro. The homes in Potomac Greens have a median price of $1,100,000.

Old Town Greens, built in 1999, features a mix of townhomes and condominiums. The condominiums are styled as townhomes with the A units on the lower two floors and the B units on the upper two floors. Located just north of Old Town Alexandria, between Route 1 and the George Washington Parkway near Slaters Lane, this is a very popular community.

Built to be reminiscent of Old Town Alexandria, the neighborhood is walkable to stores and restaurants and is only one traffic light away from D.C.! Amenities include a pool, playground, picnic areas and tennis courts, as well as very easy access to the trail along the Potomac River. The median price for a home in Old Town Greens is $732,900 which includes condos as well as fee simple residences.

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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.

Hollin Hall Village was initially conceived and planned beginning in 1943, but actual building construction didn’t commence until 1948.

People who live in this wonderful community can’t say enough positive things about it; the friendliness of the neighborhood along with the multi generational makeup of the community. The community volunteerism is strong, and members of the HHVCA (Hollin Hall Village Community Association) feel appreciated and proud of their neighborhood.

Hollin Hall is home not only to almost 700 homes, but also to two shopping centers located on Fort Hunt Road that are split down the middle by Shenandoah Road. These walkable shopping centers add to an already great quality of life for residents of Hollin Hall Village. There is a grocery store (Safeway), a drug store (Walgreens, previously Rite Aid for decades), and the Hollin Hall Variety Store, which provides nostalgia for folks of all ages and is reminiscent of an old fashioned Five and Dime.

There are many community staples and fantastic specialty stores as well, including the Hollin Hall Senior Center, Village Hardware, Hollin Hall Automotive Shell station, Hollin Hall Pastry Shop, Hunan Manor Chinese, Via Veneto, Roseinas, River Bend Bistro, Hollin Hall Animal Hospital, A Child’s Place, Hollin Hall Animal Hospital, Nature’s Nibbles, Top it Off, 529 Kids Consignment Shop, Studio K, Fort Hunt Pilates Studio and the recently opened Urban Redeux.

These shops are a gift for all of whom live in the 22308 ZIP code and the greater Fort Hunt Community. Many of these long-standing businesses have recently changed ownership but continue to be very involved in the greater community and most are strong supporters of the local schools and athletic programs. There is also the well used and well loved Hollin Hall Senior Center and the convenient 7-Eleven.

No community is without their controversies, and Hollin Hall Village is no exception.

There have been past legal battles that the HHVCA board had with Fairfax County in relation to the purchase and subsequent teardown of many homes on Washington Road, Yorktown Drive and Fairfax Road in the neighborhood.  The influx of newer homes from tear downs has since spread throughout Hollin Hall Village and throughout the Fort Hunt Community at large. Change is inevitable and can be difficult, but all neighbors are welcome and embraced.

These new homes have changed the feel and look of the neighborhood as the original homes are older, land is scarce, and there are always builders and homeowners who are interested in building newer homes. There are still many homes offering one-level living in Hollin Hall Village, many residential offerings for differing real estate needs.

You can run, walk or ride your bike to the George Washington Bike Path (Mount Vernon Trail), a short distance away. There are beautiful streams and green spaces along Paul Spring Parkway (Paul Springs Stream Valley Park) and Kirk Park. There is a wonderful walkable community pool with a pond for fishing and tennis courts called Mount Vernon Park Association.

Hollin Hall is a vibrant, close-knit community with long roots in South Alexandria. The neighborhood feeds into Waynewood Elementary School, Carl Sandburg Middle School and West Potomac High School. So close to all, but peaceful, quiet and offering a wonderful quality of life for its residents.

Average sold price YTD 2021 is $836,268 which is 7.4% higher than last year.

Total units sold YTD: 34
Average Days on Market: 14

Please see additional market statistics below.

Where is your next chapter? Let us help you find ‘home’. We would love to hear from you. Email [email protected], call 703-298-0562 or visit The Seward Group website to set up an appointment with one of our agents.

About The Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Brittanie DeChino, 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 in Old Town Alexandria.

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Photo by Tod Connell for the Civic Association of Hollin Hills

Hollin Hills is one of the largest collections of mid-century modern homes in the country, located right here in Alexandria! As you drive through, you can’t help but notice the floor-to-ceiling window, glass box homes that thrive on bringing the lush green surroundings inside. This renowned, historical community was designed by Charles Goodman in the late 1940s (and developed by Robert Davenport) with the inherent concept of connecting daily life with nature through large windows, pristine lines and minimalist design.

Goodman’s work is most notably exemplified by the varying angles in which the homes are sited — many appearing at an angle from the road vs. directly facing the street in a more traditional fashion. Why? When inside, you’ll notice his thoughtful design makes it so you can hardly see another home through most windows. The large windows showcase peaceful views of nature creating a feeling of seclusion and retreat from city life.

Additional notable highlights in this community are that trails, parks and green spaces abound. Hollin Hills is simply an intentional oasis of nature.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 for the significance of its architecture, community planning and development efforts, this neighborhood is a true community! Hollin Hills has its own volunteer-driven Civic Association and hosts annual events such as a July 4 picnic, Oktoberfest and Winter Potluck.

Photo by Tod Connell for the Civic Association of Hollin Hills

One of the most popular annual events is the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour. This year it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. It’s no surprise to residents (and non-residents who frequent) that it’s already sold out! The Seward Group is one of the proud Premiere Sponsors of this event.

Hollin Hills is less than 30 minutes from our nation’s capital. It is bordered on the south by Sherwood Hall Lane, on the north by Paul Spring Road, on the east by Fort Hunt Road and on the west by Elba Road.

If you live in the Hollin Hills neighborhood, you don’t need to venture into D.C. for shopping and eating. Hollin Hills sits between Belle View Shopping Center and The Hollin Hall Shopping Center, both offering an array of well-known establishments. In the Hollin Hall Shopping Center, you’ll find the Hollin Hall Pastry Shop, a children’s clothing store (529 Hollin Hall), River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar (dine in), Roseinas (catering plus food/wine to go), Via Veneto, Village Hardware and the beloved Hollin Hall Variety Store (the local five-and-dime store). Belle View Shopping Center highlights include Unwined, Primos Family Restaurant, Dishes of India, The Virginia Florist and more. It’s also a quick drive — or lovely walk — to Old Town Alexandria and the Potomac River.

Westgrove Dog Park, another local favorite, is conveniently located just off Fort Hunt Road.

Houses don’t last long on the market in this coveted community, as anxious buyers are snatching them up and multiple offers are the norm. The average DOM (days on market) YTD (year to date) is 3 days, and the ratio of average listing price compared to average closed price is 104.7%. In other words, the average home in this neighborhood sells for 4.7% over list price so far this year.

Here’s a quick snapshot of market activity in July:

If you’re seeking a community feel, life close to Washington, D.C. and a mid-century modern home (BONUS: with access to a neighborhood pool membership), please reach out. Email [email protected], call 703-298-0562 or visit The Seward Group website to set up an appointment with one of our agents.

About The Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Brittanie DeChino, 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 in Old Town Alexandria.

The “Dogs of Del Ray” mural is just the latest story that has put this beloved Alexandria neighborhood in the news the past few years. The Dairy Godmother landed in the spotlight summer of 2009 when President Obama dropped by. Just a few years later, The Sushi Bar was mentioned on the Today Show for being an adult sushi bar (no children under 18) opening in a neighborhood known for being kid-friendly.

Of course, national news is not what has made Del Ray one of the most desirable places to live in the area. Del Ray has an incredibly strong and warm sense of community. On any given day, take a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue (the main street), and you will find dogs being walked, kids in strollers and neighbors talking with one another. The Saturday farmers market (every Saturday year-round at 203 E. Oxford) is a great place to test out the community vibe.

Waiting in line for frozen custard outside The Dairy Godmother at 2310 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. (Staff photo by James Cullum)

If a Saturday morning doesn’t work for you, there are many great events throughout the year that also demonstrate how strong (and frequently!) this community comes together. Consider taking part in a “First Thursday” to support the local businesses (May through September), the Halloween parade (October) or the annual Art on the Avenue festival that brings in people from around northern VA (October). Catch a family-friendly outdoor movie surrounded by locals at Cinema Del Ray (next movie Sept. 18). Enjoy samplings from the many local restaurants at the Taste of Del Ray (June).

However, we guarantee you don’t need to wait for the Taste of Del Ray to experience one of the many fun dining options offered. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Annually, the Del Ray Business Association presents an award to a local business that represents the heart and soul of Del Ray. Known as the “Heart of Del Ray Award,” it was bestowed upon Dolce & Bean in 2021.

As seen outside Cheestique at 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. (Staff photo by James Cullum)

If you are new to the Alexandria or Arlington area, chances are you may not have heard of Del Ray — small-town America nestled between S. Arlington and Old Town Alexandria. If you always take Richmond Highway (aka Route 1) to/from Alexandria to Arlington or D.C., you are literally driving by one of the most charming neighborhoods where “everyone knows your name” as they said on “Cheers.”

This vibrant town offers convenient access to Amazon HQ2, National Landing/Crystal City, Pentagon City, Old Town, Reagan National Airport, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, The District, the Pentagon, 395 and more! Geographically, it’s bounded by West and East Glebe Road (north), Braddock Road (south), Russell Road (west) and Richmond Highway (east).

Del Ray’s Fee Simple Market

Attached Homes (duplexes or townhouses)

  • Active/Coming Soon: At the time of publication, there are 7 attached homes for sale with an average list price of $723,314.
  • Under Contract: At the time of publication, there are 17 attached homes under contract with an average list price of $751,524.
  • Closed: Within the six months prior to publication, 92 attached homes closed with an average closed price of $725,495.

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Waynewood is the kind of neighborhood that seems timeless — a special place reminiscent of simpler times. We all know neighbors who are lucky enough to have their children return and raise their families here.

It may represent neighborliness and other old-fashioned ways, but Waynewood is also a very dynamic and involved community, represented by its vast volunteer network. Neighbors serve on the boards of the Waynewood Citizens Association (WCA), the Waynewood Recreation Association (WRA), the Waynewood Scholarship Fund, Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA) and Garden Club.

The WCA is the entity that produces and distributes the incredibly comprehensive Waynewood Directory, which is published annually. The WCA also supplies community representatives that support and vote on a plethora of issues within the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations. There are many active committees within MVCCA including public safety, planning and zoning, budget and finance, consumer affairs, education, health and human services, transportation, and more. Waynewood has an active presence on most committees and many of the representatives have served the community for a number of years. There are many tireless volunteers residing in this neighborhood.

The WRA manages the activities and facilities at our very own neighborhood pool, park, tennis and basketball courts. The association’s responsibilities include the staffing and organization of the famous Waynewood Fourth of July Parade, and the newcomer, the BBQ Cook-Off in September. The WRA’s duties also include organizing swim and tennis teams, summer camps, and other fun and enriching programs for its members. Learn more about this organization at www.waynewoodrec.org.

In addition, many citizens serve on the PTAs of Waynewood Elementary, Carl Sandburg and West Potomac High School. It is this strong sense of community that sets Waynewood and so many of our Fort Hunt neighborhoods apart. Neighborhood schools, sidewalks, recreation center, plus the proximity of the George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon Trail and the Potomac River have always been a draw for those looking to make a move to Alexandria “South.”

Formally opened in 1957, Waynewood mirrors Riverside Gardens and Westgrove in many ways — Clarence Gosnell developed all three communities and the home styles are very similar, but with 753 homes, Waynewood is a much larger neighborhood and the number of home styles is greater — about 18 different models in all. There are several rambler styles, colonials and split foyers, but split levels constitute the vast majority with about nine variations.

Home sales so far this year have been stable, with sold prices ranging from $559,000 to a high of $1,150,000. Seventeen homes have sold with an average sales price of $867,044.00, and the average days on market is a low 13. As of this time, there are three active listings and three properties are under contract.

Lyssa Seward of Seward Group is a current long-term resident and active board member (WCA) of Waynewood and cherishes the Fort Hunt quality of life. Visit the Seward Group at www.Seward-Group.com.

The Seward Group is an award winning group of real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Our team includes Lyssa Seward, Brittanie DeChino, Anita Edwards, Melody Abella, Laura Catron, Gina Wimpey and Elaine McCall. 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 and are located at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Old Town Alexandria.

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Located just 15 miles south of Washington D.C. along the Potomac River lies the bedroom community of Stratford Landing, one of four neighborhoods located in Fort Hunt.

According to a 2019 article published by The Washington Post, “driving down Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, the center of the Fort Hunt neighborhood, you are swept back to an idyllic time of post-World War II suburbia, where split levels and kids on bikes ruled the streets and Little League games dominated Saturday activities.”

The article continues to describe Stratford as “a classic suburb that has resisted commercial buildup… just single-family homes for its population of almost 17,000 mostly families and retirees.” Stratford itself has over 700 homes.

The Stratford community is divided into two legal subdivisions, Stratford on the Potomac and Stratford Landing. The community is surrounded on three sides by water. According to the bylaws for the Stratford Landing Citizen’s Association, it’s “bounded on the South by the tributary of the Little Hunting Creek that runs parallel to Creek Drive; on the West by Little Hunting Creek; on the North by the tributary of Little Hunting Creek that runs parallel to the East-West course of Brewster Drive; and on the East by Riverside Road and a line extending Riverside Road but also including Wittington Boulevard and its feeder roads.”

History of Stratford Landing

Built on George Washington’s original old “River Farm” alongside Little Hunting Creek, Stratford Landing is a unique blend of historical significance and modern-day luxuries.

In 1956, Long Island builders Ernest C. Beck and Walter Beck began their development of Stratford Landing, starting with 110 homes. In 1957, utilities and paved roads arrived along with the construction of even more homes. The success of the development was shouted through advertisements in The Washington Post and Times Herald!

For more on the early history of Stratford Landing, including multiple newspaper advertisements and articles, take a look at the Stratford Landing website.

The community

Nature and land preservation is a big part of Stratford Landing. With yearly community cleanups, residents join together on organized days to help pick up trash, mow common areas, and trim overgrown foliage, including tasks as simple as trimming the vines from the neighborhood sign!

Wildlife and its preservation are also a big part of life in Stratford Landing. Sightings of fox darting across driveways, deer quietly crossing through backyards or even eagles flying overhead are daily occurrences and cherished by the residents.

The residents of Stratford take a vested interest in connecting to their neighbors. Anne Merchant brought over a loaf of homemade banana bread to welcome new neighbors while Carrie Sessine left a card and a bottle of wine on her neighbor’s doorstep. When Stratford residents had their babies, neighbors created a sign-up sheet for a meal chain to help out with nightly dinners for a few weeks. And when another resident lost her husband, neighbors banded in support ranging from meals to daily check-ins.

When asked why she moved her family from D.C. out to the Stratford area, Ellen King stated that they “would spend most of our weekends leaving our home in the busy city just to frequent trials and parks along the Potomac. We loved seeing the bald eagles and nests along the parkway and simply loved the calm atmosphere of all of it so close to Washington D.C.. We fell in love with the tree-lined streets, scenic views and wooded backyards that Stratford provided. We finally decided to make it permanent and settle down here to raise our kids. It was the greatest decision we ever made!”

This fact, not surprisingly, provides a huge draw for those who face commuting to and from the city for work. The proximity to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, Andrews AFB and Bolling AFB make this neighborhood a favorite among military, in particular. After living in 11 different locations in 17 years, Laura Catron decided that this is where she wanted to stay for good after her husband retires.

“It is the perfect blend of city life and suburbia [for us],” she says.

Laura’s husband, Kevin, chose to live in the area because of the easy commute to work, the closeness to Old Town (a favorite hangout) and the direct route to Reagan International Airport since much of his work involved travel.

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This month’s neighborhood spotlight shines on Kingstowne, Virginia.

The Community

This popular community is loved for its unique environment, beautiful landscape, vibrant town center, and quick access to D.C., Fort Belvoir and the Pentagon. The tree-lined streets, miles of walking trails, acres of green space, multiple outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and numerous tot lots are where you will find the families who call Kingstowne home.

This planned community was developed in the 1980s in stages called villages. The South Village, North Village and Middle Village all contain a mix of apartments, condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes.

The Crest, a new high-end 55+ planned community includes condominiums, elevator townhomes and single-family houses.

Not many communities have their own ZIP codes, but Kingstowne does — 22315. Kingstowne’s own post office, UPS store, movie theater, library and town center are just some of the places that serve this neighborhood of over 5,300 homes. You never have to travel out of the community to find what you need.

Schools

Many families choose to live in Kingstowne so their children can attend school very close to the neighborhood. Younger students may attend Lane Elementary, Hayfield Elementary or Franconia Elementary depending on which part of Kingstowne they live in. The older children will attend either Mark Twain or Hayfield Middle School and/or Hayfield Secondary School or Edison High School.

Dining and shopping

Even long-time residents have a hard time keeping up with Kingstowne’s dining and shopping options! Anything you want or need is right in the neighborhood.

Kingstowne Towne Center is a beautiful retail shopping and professional services center. It is hard to believe there are so many options in one single community location. HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Ross, World Market, Kohl’s, Walmart, Old Virginia Tobacco Cigar Shop, GameStop, Lane Bryant and more. (Ashley Home Store is opening soon!) Grocery stores include Giant, Safeway and Aldi.

The Kingstowne Farmers Market is located across the parking lot from Giant and is open Fridays, May 7 to October 29, 2021, from 3 to 7 p.m. And Amazon’s first new concept grocery store in Northern Virginia is opening here soon! (No official opening date, but hiring has started.) With amazing professional services also available (think: massage, nails, hair, optometrist, cat clinic, dentist and dermatologist), Kingstowne Towne Center is truly a one-stop location for the families who live here.

From seafood to Italian to Indian to Thai and Vietnamese, Kingstowne Towne Center has it all for dining options! Some family favorites include Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Bone Fish Grill, and Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill. But residents and visitors also love Starbucks, Panera and all the fast food restaurant options! (The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a drive-thru Chick-fil-A coming soon!) And don’t forget Sweet Frog and Dairy Queen for a fun dessert! Now that spring is here, residents take advantage of all the outdoor dining opportunities available in the Towne Center.

Kingstown keepers

We can’t forget these Kingstowne keepers around the neighborhood! Wegman’s is a favorite destination in Kingstowne as well as Burton’s Grill & Bar, LA Fitness and all the small (and large) businesses and dining options in Hilltop Village Center.

The Hayfield Shopping Center is another local place to check out! House of Dynasty is a 5-star Chinese restaurant that has been a neighborhood staple for decades. Dancensations has been providing dance and gymnastics classes to the children of Kingstowne since 1989. Planet Fitness, fast food options, professional services and more can be found in this center.

Real estate

Kingstowne is an expansive community in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria. Located just 12 miles from Washington, D.C., this 1,200-acre community is convenient to I-95, the Capital Beltway, two Metro stations, Fort Belvoir and the Coast Guard Station.

The boundaries for Kingstowne are:

  • Franconia Road to the north,
  • Beulah Street to the west,
  • S. Van Dorn Street to the east and
  • Telegraph Road to the south

According to Bright MLS, at the time this article was written there were 13 homes for sale in Kingstowne. Prices ranging from $265,000 for a one-bed condo to $850,000 for a four-bed single-family home. Homes in this popular community have been selling quickly. On average, homes receive seven offers with waived contingencies and sell in less than a week.

If you have a question about Kingstowne real estate or would like to set up an appointment with one of our agents, please email [email protected], call 703-298-0562 or visit The Seward Group website.

About The Seward Group: We are award-winning real estate agents with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Lyssa Seward, Brittanie DeChino, Anita Edwards, Melody Abella, 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 in Old Town Alexandria.

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This month’s Neighborhood Spotlight lands on Beverley Hills.

Nestled in the hills above Del Ray and Rosemont is a neighborhood pocket called “Beverley Hills,” which encompasses the upper half of the broader neighborhood of North Ridge (portions of ZIP codes 22305 and 22302) in the City of Alexandria.

The boundaries for Beverley Hills are:

  • West Glebe on the north
  • ParkFairfax on the west
  • Russell Road on the east
  • Beverley Drive/Monticello Park on the south

Proximity to Washington D.C. (an easy drive from Glebe to 395) makes this a popular neighborhood for folks who need to get in and out of the District on a regular basis. Also, it’s less than a 10-minute drive to both National Airport (DCA) and the Pentagon. It’s just a 10 to 15-minute drive to Shirlington, Ballston, Crystal and Pentagon cities, and Old Town Alexandria — all great options for restaurants, dining and shopping without much traffic along the way!

The Beverly Hills Community

Beverley Hills is known for its rolling hill topography (not surprising, given its name), which provides stunning views, excellent opportunities for getting the heart rate up on walks and sledding!

“I love when we wake up to a fresh snowfall and the neighbors have blocked off Canyon Drive on each end — families are sledding downhill together, you feel like you are somewhere special.” — Nick Huck, a Beverly Hills resident

In this community, neighbors wave to one another in passing and check in on one another. When Rama and Jay Chauhan (Pullman Place) moved to the neighborhood from a row home in Washington, D.C. in 2017, they were pleasantly surprised with how welcomed their neighbors made them feel and the almost instantaneous support they had from their new community.

“[Our] neighbors feel like family; we can count on them for anything,” Rama said. “And all the walks we have taken during COVID have provided us with an opportunity to meet other folks in the neighborhood — everyone is friendly.”

They also happily pass the time together in local gathering spots, especially The Pit (aka Beverley Park) and Monticello Park. The Pit, renovated in 2017, features a large playground, nature play area, grass and plenty of seating for adults. Rumor has it that sometimes, after the dinner hour, adults may find their way there to relax and hang out with neighbors over a fire. Monticello Park, more of a nature park, is well-known for its bird watching, walking trail and dog run.

The tall, beautiful trees make Beverley Hills feel like a forest outside of the city. Members of the community have a strong appreciation and connection to the natural growth of wildlife in the neighborhood.

“The trees and flowers are something I feel like the neighborhood, in general, cares for,” Huck said. “I was just talking to two neighbors, and they told me about how the flowers growing in that yard were shared from another neighbor, who got them from yet another. In fact, some of our azaleas are from neighbors who shared them with our property.”

Residents also collectively enjoy the variety in architectural style. There are colonials, split-levels, ranchers, bungalows, Tudors and more!

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Welcome to our first Neighborhood Spotlight. We are pleased to present this new monthly column that will highlight the vast array of Alexandria neighborhoods.

This month’s Neighborhood Spotlight lands on Old Town.

The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” holds true for a town’s name. Our beloved Old Town Alexandria is historic and charming, but it’s changing and showing itself as anything but old in 2021. Vibrant and full of life, Old Town is the perfect place to call home — or simply visit for an afternoon or a night on the town. Check out the top five things to see and do in Old Town Alexandria.

Known for its rich history, Old Town is located just 6.5 miles north of George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and 5 miles south of Washington, D.C. Recently, Old Town has been welcoming many new businesses and new residences, making it a true melding of historic charm (dating from the 1700s) to today’s modern life. Whether you’re visiting or a resident, the rich history and attractions are not to be missed!

Named one of the Top 5 Best Small Cities in the U.S. in 2020 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities by Southern Living, one would have a hard time disagreeing. Old Town boasts a Walk Score of 85, Bike Score of 80 and a strong transit score as it is both Metro and water taxi accessible and only 3.5 miles to Reagan National Airport. Commuters enjoy many options, including two metro stations (King Street and Braddock Road), the 11Y Express Bus (runs north/south on GW Parkway to/from downtown Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon), 495 and Route 1. Check out more of Old Town’s national accolades!

The Community

What makes Old Town Alexandria the best community? The people, of course… but also, the dogs! You won’t get far walking on King Street before you see water bowls, biscuit offerings and even signs for free treats for our four-legged pals if you pop inside. Known as one of the top dog-friendly locations in the country, hotels, restaurants and shops alike are ready for your pups to move about town with you.

Old Town Alexandrians love their town, their neighbors and their community — and it shows. Alexandria has a rich history of philanthropy and community involvement.

Some popular local nonprofits include:

…and so many more!

Dining & Shopping

One of the most unique things about Old Town is that it has only a few national chains and is populated by many small, independent businesses. The newly revived Waterfront is a wonderful place to people-watch, grab a bite to eat and catch the water taxi to Nationals Park or National Harbor!

Old Town’s culinary scene includes a variety of favorite restaurants, many of which are housed in historic buildings. From seafood to Italian to French bistros, Old Town has it all! A sampling of our favorite family-run restaurants includes Taverna Cretekou and Landini Brothers. Other favorites include Hummingbird, Ada’s on the River and Virtue Feed & Grain.

As for hotels, The Alexandrian Hotel is our team’s favorite place for photo shoots. The Gadsby Tavern & Inn is a favorite tourist destination hosting local events and even yoga in the ballroom! The Lorien features its own on-site spa, The Morrison House is a small boutique and luxury hotel, and Hotel Indigo is the newest addition on the waterfront.

In 2019, Forbes named Old Town Alexandria the “Ice Cream Cone Capital of the United States” for good reason! Where do we start? Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Company, Kilwins on King Street, Ben and Jerry’s, and Jeni’s on Patrick.

To work off your ice cream, Old Town provides a fitness lovers paradise with jogging and bike paths nearby and many wonderful fitness and yoga studios.

Old Town’s Farmer’s Market is a local favorite every Saturday, not to mention it’s the oldest farmer’s market in the country consistently held at the same location! Did you know that George Washington sent produce from his farm to this market to be sold? Visitors and locals alike love the abundant selection of fresh local produce, baked goods, various ethnic delicacies and dairy products. The market also boasts a wonderful selection of local artisans!

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