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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.

Riverside Gardens is sought-after by buyers looking for a beautiful, tree-laden community with neighborhood schools and a conveniently located recreation center.

Once part of Washington’s River Farm, this 219 home community tucked between Fort Hunt and Riverside Roads was built by Clarence Gosnell Inc., who had previously developed Westgrove and Waynewood in the 1950s and other communities throughout the area. The first home in Riverside Gardens was purchased in March 1963 and the last house built was in 1966.

Typical of many of the subdivisions built during the post-war years, Riverside Gardens features a variety of home styles divided among split levels, split foyers and colonials.

The larger split level, the Sweetbriar, and the two split foyers (the Oxford and the Portsmouth) are the most plentiful; the Lexington is the smallest split level, and the Haddon is a bit larger split level. The Carolina, is a handsome two-level colonial, which is in shorter supply.

The benefit of these simple designs is the ability to maximize the finished square footage in very economic ways, perfect to accommodate a growing family, but not so voluminous that empty nesters feel the need to downsize.

Below, please find a chart that illustrates closed sales in the Riverside Gardens neighborhood year to date for 2022. August figures are not available at the time of this publication.

Average sales price YTD is $847,450, noting there were only a few closed sales since the beginning of 2022.  There is one active listing (a Carolina) currently listed at $924,900.00.

Please note:

DOM (days on market) and CDOM (cumulative days on market).

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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.

Did you know in the early 1990’s the owner of the then Washington Redskins, unsuccessfully pushed for the construction of a new football stadium where Potomac Yard has transformed over the last 10 years?

Or that there was a push in the early 2000’s to build a baseball stadium in Pentagon City? Clearly, neither happened and the rumors of sporting stadiums popping up has long passed. A quick Google search today on the term “National Landing” immediately results in adjectives like transformation, innovation and dynamic.

National Landing is the umbrella term being used to identify what will become the nation’s most well-connected urban center over the next decade. It’s comprised of three bustling neighborhoods — Potomac Yard (Northeastern Alexandria) and Arlington’s Pentagon City and Crystal City — and is set to soon outpace some of the largest D.C. and suburban markets in the region (Read the full report here).

Amazon HQ2’s announcement to locate in Arlington might have been one of the primary drivers for the term National Landing, but there is plenty of excitement happening in the Potomac Yard section of NaLa (the latest nickname to recognize National Landing). The Virginia Tech $1B Innovation Campus, projected to be completed 2024, forecasts an enrollment of 600 masters and doctoral students a year supporting their goal to create the nation’s most diverse graduate technology campus.

The long-awaited Potomac Yard Metro Station (yellow line) is scheduled to open later this year. More retail continues to open such as Total Wine. Amazon Fresh will open any day now in the former Shoppers Food Warehouse spot.

For those looking to own a home in Potomac Yard, the most exciting option (with current availability) is the Dylan located at 701 Swann Avenue. This new six-story luxury condo building has become one of the fastest selling luxury condo projects in the DMV. Out of the 129 units that will be delivered starting the end of 2022, there are about 45 left for sale. One to three-bedroom floorplans exist ranging from the $600K’s to over $1.2M.

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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.

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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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 West End of Alexandria, the city’s largest neighborhood, is transforming at a rapidly evolving pace.

This highly residential neighborhood is undergoing several major revitalization efforts that will bring a new commercial and health hub to the heart of the West End, anchoring a new era.

Bordering both Fairfax and Arlington, the West End includes the Beauregard, Landmark and Van Dorn neighborhoods, along with other smaller communities. Along with playing a major role in the future of the City of Alexandria, the West End has deep historical roots in Fort Ward, a park and historical landmark built in 1861 to protect Washington during the Civil War. Today, Fort Ward hosts an active community of walkers, bikers, children and even schools on its spacious grounds.

It’s impossible to talk about the West End of the City of Alexandria without the new, forthcoming commercial and residential hub at the former Landmark Mall site. The Landmark Mall, once a thriving marketplace, has fallen into disuse over many years, and its only recent claim to fame was having part of “Wonder Woman 1984” filmed onsite.

Soon, this site will be the home of a much more modern town center. An Inova medical campus will be a linchpin of the development, creating more than 2,000 healthcare jobs and relocating the Inova Alexandria Hospital from its current location on Seminary Road. Construction will begin in 2023 and new buildings could be completed as soon as 2025.

With this new development, the West End will be an even more desirable place to live in the City of Alexandria. Breweries like Port City and Aslin are already making their mark, and new innovations like eLofts, a live/work concept occupying a former defense contractor building are popping up.

Here are some real estate statistics from the last six months, including single family homes, condos and duplexes.

  • Highest closed price last 6 months: $2,261,000
  • Average sold price last 6 months: $467,324
  • Lowest closed price last 6 months: $141,500
  • Average DOM: 26

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.

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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.

We love Old Town for the history, the architecture, and the amazing waterfront.

But did you know that Old Town is a trivia night destination too? Now that the weather is nice, get out and test your trivia knowledge! (Use your Jeopardy skills!) Here are some fun places that offer in person trivial pursuits in Old Town. We hope to see you there!

  • Mason Social — Sunday at 6 p.m. (728 North Henry Street)
    Enjoy modern American cuisine at this chef-driven neighborhood restaurant in the thriving Parker-Gray district. The focus of this restaurant is locally sourced food, beer, and craft cocktails.
  • Del Ray Pizza — Monday at 7 p.m. (2218 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Great food. Good beer. Fun people. You’ve found the right place! Make your reservations online to enjoy the fun.
  • Murphy’s – A Grand Irish Pub — Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. (713 King Street)
    Your home away from home for an Authentic Irish Pub. Tuesdays you can enjoy ½ price burgers from 4-9 p.m., so get there early and stay all night.
  • Hops & Shine — Wednesday at 7 p.m. (3410 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    What’s better than beer, bites and moonshine? Awesome wings, loaded grilled cheese sandwiches and artisan dogs are what make them shine!
  • The Light Horse — Wednesday at 6 p.m. (715 King Street)
    Great food, drinks, live music, your favorite NFL and College Team, games and a great time are what you can expect from this local American gastropub and bar.
  • Aslin Beer Company — Thursday at 7 p.m. (847 South Pickett Street)
    From ales, to sours to those hefty DIPAs, Aslin Beer Co. invites you to dive in, the lager’s fine. Redefining American beer culture, reeducating palates and reviving the passion for really good beer.
  • Village Brauhaus — Thursdays 7:30 p.m. (710 King Street)
    Great Food. Great Beer. Great Times. German and Austrian bier hall located in the heart of Old Town serving the most delicious German and Austrian imported beers, along side of schnitzel, sausages and of course giant Bavarian pretzels!

If you, a friend, or family member is thinking about buying or selling their home, we would be honored to help. Email us at [email protected], call 703-298-0562 or visit The Seward Group website to set up an appointment with one of our agents.

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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.

Located in South Alexandria, very close to Mount Vernon Estate, and under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County, the Wessynton neighborhood is a lovely and very unique community.

What was once was the hunting grounds of the Doeg Indians (Native Americans), now sits 156 contemporary homes. Designed by architects Deigert and Yerkes, specifically Nicholas Pappas.

The homes are all tan or brown to ensure that they blend in with the stunning natural setting. There are waterways from the community that lead to the Potomac River via Little Hunting Creek and some of the homes (23) have docks for small watercraft. There is a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and a playground available to all Wessynton residents.

Learn about the history of the neighborhood and the design philosophy.

There are five models of homes in Wessynton and the model names are:

The neighborhood boasts wide, quiet and tree-lined streets and does provide water access to its residents with a community dock. There is a fairly strict Homeowners association here and everything on the exterior of the homes must be approved by the HOA board. This neighborhood looks exactly the same as the year it was developed. The preservation of the community aesthetic is vital.

There is a separate homeowners association for the Waterfront residences, called Wessynton Marine Association. Twenty three of the 156 homes are on the water.

Here are some real estate statistics for Wessynton:

7 home sales in the last year

  • Average sales price:                   $909,786
  • Highest sales price:                   $1,310,000
  • Lowest sales price:                    $678,000
  • Average days on market:          6

Average List price to sold price: 106% (meaning homes sold 6% over list on average)

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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.

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Rosemont Historic District (via DHR, Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

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.

Situated just outside of Old Town, Alexandria, is the historic, picturesque neighborhood of Rosemont.

Tree-lined streets highlight an eclectic mix of home styles including craftsman bungalows, traditional colonials and arts and crafts. Rosemont is a much loved and sought-after neighborhood for many reasons. The charming streets, quaint front porches, and rolling sidewalks remind neighbors and visitors alike of a simpler time.  Rosemont has an abundant, rich history dating back to 1908, although the land is much older. After all, Rosemont does have a cannon left behind by General Edward Braddock when he departed Alexandria in 1755 on an ill-fated mission during the French and Indian War!

Did you know?

  • The first mention of Rosemont appears in the June 10, 1908, edition of the Washington Times
  • The first ad promoting Rosemont appeared in the June 27, 1908, edition of the Washington Star
  • Rosemont was originally developed as a “streetcar suburb,” along a trolley, although the streetcar service ended in 1932, you can still get a glimpse of its history from the wide median on Commonwealth Avenue

For more history dating back to the 1900s, check out the Rosemont Citizens Association website.

Current residents love that the neighborhood is so convenient to Old Town, Del Ray, Arlington, DCA and D.C. You will often see people walking or biking to Beach Park, Hooffs Run Park and Greenway, or to the two dog parks in the neighborhood. The Grape and Bean, Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, and South China Restaurant are Rosemont’s very own neighborhood restaurants. The community is also served by both the King Street and Braddock Metro Stations.

Rosemont is bordered by W. Braddock Road and Russell Road to the north and east and King Street to the south and west.

For our data lovers, please see the last 6 months of the Rosemont real estate market stats below (as of February 2, 2022)

Please take note a few important numbers:

There are single family homes, condos and duplexes that are all included in these statistics. The fall market was markedly slower than the first half of 2021. 2022 is starting crazy hot, with a lack of inventory and pent-up buyer demand.

  • Highest closed price last 6 months: $2,385,000.00
  • Average sold price last 6 months: $ 927,016.00
  • The average pending under contract price: $1,067,450.00*

*We won’t know what these homes sold for until after they close.

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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.

Happy New Year from all of us at the Seward Group. We hope your holidays were healthy, happy, warm and toasty. We wish you all the blessings, health being primary in 2022.

This month, our neighborhood spotlight focus is on the Historic Parker-Gray Neighborhood in Old Town Alexandria. Did you know that The Parker-Gray district is on the National Register of Historic Places? How did the neighborhood get its name, what is the neighborhood’s history?

The Parker-Gray District is named for the Parker Gray School which opened in 1920. The school was named in commemoration of John Parker and Sarah Gray who had been principals of two segregated schools in Alexandria during the latter part of the 19th century, the Snowden School for Boys and the Hallowell School for Girls. The district is a large, level area comprising most of the northwestern quadrant of the Old Town Alexandria street grid as it was laid out in 1797. Although the street pattern was shown on maps by 1798, most of the land remained vacant until the 1860s, and nearly all the built resources currently in the district date from after 1870.

Uptown Parker Gray Historic District (via DHR Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Most of the residences are small row houses and townhouses, but there are also many commercial buildings. Nineteenth-century architectural styles are found in restrained and simplified forms. The district’s core area consists of a concentration of frame houses with details from late-nineteenth-century styles, mainly the Italianate and Queen Anne styles.

In the southwestern corner and throughout most of the western half of the district in general, whole blocks are occupied by brick Colonial Revival-style row houses built by developers in three or four major campaigns in the twentieth century.

Buildings built for neighborhood-oriented businesses are found on street corners in the southern half of the district and in a small concentration of contiguous commercial buildings along Queen Street. The Queen Street business corridor was once the city’s primary African-American business districtSourced from www.alexandriava.gov.

This beautiful town is full of stunning historic homes, but this is a historic district and as such, is subject to a more strident architectural review process than elsewhere in the city of Alexandria. Check out following link to see what you can and cannot do to the exterior of your homes that fall within this historic district. Parker-Gray District Board of Architectural Review.

The Parker-Gray historic district is shown in red on the map below.

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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.

Philanthropy — and having fun — are at the core of what many Alexandrians do on a regular basis.

Instead of focusing on a neighborhood we love this month, we have decided to share a list of our favorite holiday events and local non-profits so you can end 2021 feeling the joy our community offers this time of year — as well as discover ways you can give back to our beloved Alexandria.

Yes, it’s already December and the holiday season is in full swing! Don’t fret if you missed this past weekend’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade or the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. There are plenty of other festive events, both in and around Alexandria, to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here are a chosen few:

As we enjoy these festivities and look to 2022, we are reminded of how lucky we are to call Alexandria home. This is also the time of the year to remember how we can give so others may also enjoy some holiday cheer.

An end of year donation to one of your favorite local non-profits can make a big difference. Or explore a new one and learn how you can help them close out 2021 with a bang!

Here are a few popular ones:

…and so many more!

The Seward Group wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season and hoping you can enjoy some of the magical events and the many ways of giving our area offers.

If you are thinking about selling or buying in 2022, 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 local real estate experts. We would be happy to review the current real estate market in your Alexandria neighborhood and discuss how we can help you navigate your next move with ease.

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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