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Alexandria land use attorney Cathy Puskar claps at the Chamber ALX Best In Business awards, October 27, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

The Chamber ALX has released the finalists for the Best in Business Awards, and the top businesses will be announced at a gala in Old Town next month.

It’s no secret that Don Simpson, Jr. is the chamber’s 2023 business leader of the year, since that cat was let out of the bag last month. Just who will receive the other highly coveted awards, however, is still secret. This year’s nominees are listed below, and winners are determined by a panel of previous awardees.

The Best in Business Awards, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank, will be held at the Westin Old Town Alexandria (400 Courthouse Square) from 6 to 9 p.m. The event costs $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

Land use attorney Cathy Puskar was named business leader of the year last year. Read more about last year’s event here.

Alexandria’s 2023 Best In Business finalists

Small Business of the Year

Medium Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Rising Star Business of the Year

Nonprofit & Association of the Year

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky,  Micki MacNaughton, Adrianna Vallario and Nancy Lacey, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $150 million in 2022.

Welcome to this historic, circa 1820, 3 bed/2 bath row home that features loads of charm and character while offering functional, modern living spaces. Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and also zoned for CL, this home offers great natural light, a versatile floor plan, tons of storage, and a private outdoor space.

Enter into an inviting foyer where you’ll be greeted by a sunny and bright living room adorned by french doors. Vintage lighting and original floors add to the character of this historic space. Continue through the hallway to a versatile room, make it a dining room or combo living room, that continues to a functional, galley kitchen with hand-painted floors by a local artist! A mudroom and full bathroom are conveniently located on this level just before you walk outside to the private and quiet brick patio. Enjoy gardening, an afternoon of reading outdoors, or an evening with friends here!

The second level of the home features 3 comfortable bedrooms and a full bathroom. Laundry can be found in the lower level in addition to plenty of storage space! Ideally located, this home is so convenient to all Old Town has to offer!

With a Walk Score of 97, enjoy living 3 blocks to the vibrant King Street, 6 blocks to the majestic Potomac River, steps to many award-winning restaurants, plentiful shopping and more. Zoned for Lyles-Crouch Elementary School — 1.5 blocks away.

Welcome Home!

409 S Washington StreetListed by Jen Walker Team

Open House: Saturday, September 16 from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive condos sold last month (August 2023).

Most expensive condos sold

  1. 501 Slaters Ln Unit 721/723 — Potomac Yard — $1,325,000 (3 beds | 2 baths | 2,100 sq. ft.)
  2. 521 N Washington St Unit 202 — Old Town — $1,125,000 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,494 sq. ft.)
  3. 125 N Lee St Unit DH401 — Old Town — $1,119,000 (2 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,579 sq. ft.)
  4. 701 Swann Ave Unit 311 — Potomac Yard — $1,051,900 (2 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,605 sq. ft.)
  5. 925 N Fairfax St Unit 209 — Old Town — $1,020,000 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,410 sq. ft.)

Least expensive condos sold*

  1. 5201 Duke St Unit 402 — Landmark — $190,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 760 sq. ft.)
  2. 401 N Armistead St Unit T9 — Alexandria West — $199,500 (1 beds | 1 baths | 765 sq. ft.)
  3. 6149 Edsall Rd Unit D — Landmark — $178,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 753 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky,  Micki MacNaughton, Adrianna Vallario and Nancy Lacey, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $150 million in 2022.

Welcome to this historic, circa 1820, 3 bed/2 bath row home that features loads of charm and character while offering functional, modern living spaces. Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and also zoned for CL, this home offers great natural light, a versatile floor plan, tons of storage, and a private outdoor space.

Enter into an inviting foyer where you’ll be greeted by a sunny and bright living room adorned by french doors. Vintage lighting and original floors add to the character of this historic space. Continue through the hallway to a versatile room, make it a dining room or combo living room, that continues to a functional, galley kitchen with hand-painted floors by a local artist! A mudroom and full bathroom are conveniently located on this level just before you walk outside to the private and quiet brick patio. Enjoy gardening, an afternoon of reading outdoors, or an evening with friends here! The second level of the home features 3 comfortable bedrooms and a full bathroom. Laundry can be found in the lower level in addition to plenty of storage space!

Ideally located, this home is so convenient to all Old Town has to offer! With a Walk Score of 97, enjoy living 3 blocks to the vibrant King Street, 6 blocks to the majestic Potomac River, steps to many award-winning restaurants, plentiful shopping and more. Zoned for Lyles-Crouch Elementary School — 1.5 blocks away. Welcome Home!

409 S Washington StreetListed by Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive single-family homes sold last month (August 2023).

Most expensive single-family homes sold

  1. 119 Wolfe St — Old Town — $4,300,000 (6 beds | 6 baths | 5,884 sq. ft.)
  2. 314 Mansion Dr — North Ridge/Rosemont — $2,633,900 (5 beds | 5 baths | 4,219 sq. ft.)
  3. 211 N View Terrace — North Ridge — $2,376,000 (7 beds | 4.5 baths | 4,974 sq. ft.)
  4. 1512 Stonewall Rd — North Ridge — $2,350,000 (5 beds | 3.5 baths | 4,012 sq. ft.)
  5. 921 Vicar Ln — Taylor Run — $2,300,000 (5 beds | 4.5 baths | 4,779 sq. ft.)

Least expensive single-family homes sold*

  1. 108 S Ingram St — Seminary Hill — $479,900 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,114 sq. ft.)
  2. 5 S Ingram St — Seminary Hill — $530,000 (2 beds | 3 baths | 1,256 sq. ft.)
  3. 115 Jasper Place — Seminary Hill — $593,000 (3 beds | 2 baths | 2,280 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the smallest and largest homes sold last month (July 2023).

Largest homes sold

  1. 2114 Potomac Ave — Potomac Yard — $1,620,000 (5 beds | 3.5 baths | 3,442 sq. ft.)
  2. 601 N Fairfax St Unit 609 — Old Town — $3,900,000 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 3,175 sq. ft.)
  3. 2417 Davis Ave — North Ridge — $1,400,000 (5 beds | 5 baths | 3,122 sq. ft.)

Smallest homes sold*

  1. 200 N Pickett St Unit 408 — Landmark — $500,000 (3 beds | 2 baths | 1,791 sq. ft.)
  2. 10 E Howell Ave — Del Ray — $1,267,500 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,798 sq. ft.)
  3. 506 N Payne St — Old Town — $770,000 (4 beds | 2 baths | 1,803 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive townhouses sold last month (July 2023).

Most expensive townhouses sold

  1. 809 Rivergate Place — Old Town — $2,195,000 (3 beds | 3.5 baths | 2,832 sq. ft.)
  2. 324 S Fayette St — Old Town — $1,705,000 (3 beds | 3 baths | 2,780 sq. ft.)
  3. 500 Wolfe St — Old Town — $1,675,000 (3 beds | 3.5 baths | 2,347 sq. ft.)

Least expensive townhouses sold*

  1. 3344 Gunston Rd — North Ridge/Rosemont — $397,000 (2 beds | 1 baths | 900 sq. ft.)
  2. 1409 N Van Dorn St Unit B — Seminary Hill — $425,000 (2 beds | 1.5 baths | 1,060 sq. ft.)
  3. 1453 A N Van Dorn St N — Seminary Hill — $440,000 (2 beds | 1.5 baths | 1,060 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky,  Micki MacNaughton, Adrianna Vallario and Nancy Lacey, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $150 million in 2022.

Light-filled two bedroom, two full bath condo in the heart of Old Town! Ideally located in revitalized North Old Town within walking distance to shopping, a variety of restaurants, the waterfront, GW Parkway, 910 Powhatan Street, 104S is the perfect place to call home!

Warm hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, crown molding, and great natural light greet you as you walk into the spacious living room. The open layout provides plenty of room for a dining area and flows into a lovely galley kitchen featuring shaker style cabinetry with ample storage space and stainless appliances. The spacious primary bedroom offers a walk-in closet with shelving system, and a en suite bathroom with a soaking tub and a beautifully tiled glass shower. The second bedroom also offers plenty of closet/storage space. A second full bath rounds out this space.

The welcoming patio overlooks a quiet, manicured courtyard and is a perfect space for sipping your morning coffee! This building has the gym and roof top deck for community use! Also an additional storage space. Eat at home or dine out in all the restaurants within a few steps of this amazing location.

This move-in ready, freshly painted, home is just steps to Hank’s Oyster Bar, Sisters Thai, Wooboi Hot Chicken, St. Elmo’s coffee shop, Harris Teeter and much more. You are also a short walk away from the Potomac River, bike trails, and just 9 short blocks to all bars and restaurants of King Street. E

njoy Old Town living at its best! Welcome Home!

910 Powhatan Street #104S, Alexandria 22314The Jen Walker Team

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive condos sold last month (July 2023).

Most expensive condos sold

  1. 601 N Fairfax St Unit 609 — Old Town — $3,900,000 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 3,175 sq. ft.)
  2. 1201 N Royal St Unit 209 — Old Town — $1,750,000 (2 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,863 sq. ft.)
  3. 625 Slaters Ln Unit 103 — Potomac Yard — $1,305,000 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,603 sq. ft.)
  4. 1201 N Royal St Unit 311 — Old Town — $1,163,900 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,448 sq. ft.)
  5. 801 N Fairfax St Unit 416 — Old Town — $1,099,900 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,195 sq. ft.)

Least expensive condos sold*

  1. 801 N Pitt St Unit 306 — Old Town — $200,000 (– beds | 1 baths | 380 sq. ft.)
  2. 301 N Beauregard St Unit 219 — Alexandria West — $210,000 (1 beds | 1.5 baths | 849 sq. ft.)
  3. 6300 Stevenson Ave Unit 919 — Landmark/Van Dorn — $215,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 749 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Donald Simpson, Jr. has been named the 2023 Chamber ALX Business Leader of the Year (courtesy photo)

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has selected Don Simpson, Jr. as its business leader of the year.

Simpson, the president of Simpson Development Company and vice president of Simpson Properties, Ltd., was recognized for giving back to the community. He’s a fourth generation Alexandria and has worked with his family firm for more than 40 years.

Simpson now serves as chair of the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Foundation Board.

Simpson is an active member of the Alexandria Rotary Club, the city’s Youth Sports Commission and the Youth IMPACT Foundation. He was named a Living Legend of Alexandria in 2020. He previously served on the boards for the Alexandria YMCA, the Miracle League of Alexandria and the Center for Alexandria’s children, among others, and his company has raised funds for dozens of local nonprofits.

Married with two children, Simpson graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 1978, and later Virginia Tech with a degree in building construction and engineering. His family also helped create the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Simpson will be honored at the chamber’s annual Best in Business Awards on Oct. 12.

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