The city of Alexandria is rich with history, from the earliest settlers through the Civil War to the present day. Apart from the area's famous landmarks that we all know, there are some unique and interesting attractions off the beaten path. Here are four that you probably didn't know about.
Hollensbury Spite House
In 1830, brickmaker and city councilor John Hollensbury's home was one of the two houses that directly bordered all alley that attracted an annoying amount of horse-drawn wagon traffic and loiterers. To stop people from using the alley he built a 7-foot wide two-story home using the existing brick walls for the adjacent houses as the sides of the new house. The living room walls of the house have gouges from wagon-wheel hubs. The house, which is still standing and occupied, was dubbed the narrowest house in America by Ripleys Believe It or Not.
The Grave of the Female Stranger
According to local legends, a young couple arrived in Alexandria in 1816 and rented a room in Gadsby’s Tavern at 138 North Royal St. The woman was seriously ill and her husband hired a local doctor to treat her–-on condition that the doctor doesn’t ask questions about their identities. The woman eventually died on October 14, 1816.
The husband borrowed money from a local businessman to bury her in town, repaying him with a cheque, which later turned out to be a forgery. The woman’s grave can still be found in the St. Pauls Episcopal Church section of the town’s cemetery.
A slab bears the inscription “To the memory of a Female Stranger whose mortal sufferings terminated on the 14th day of October 1816 Aged 23 years and 8 months….”
Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery
For nearly 200 years, the woods at George Washington's famous estate hid a secret. A graveyard for the former president's slaves lay hidden beneath a thicket of bushes until an 1885 map of the estate revealed a burial ground. A marble marker was placed on the site in the 1920s but it also disappeared beneath a tangle of vegetation. In 2014, archeologists began a multi-year project to learn more about the cemetery. So far, they've found dozens of unmarked graves and estimate the graveyard to contain over 150 slaves.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Founded in 1792, this was a family business operated continuously until 1933, when competition from synthetic drug companies and the Great Depression led it to bankruptcy. The apothecary closed in 1933 and reopened as a museum in 1939. The museum displays the original collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical instruments that were there when the store closed.
Properties in Old Town Alexandria
Welcome to the Port Royal, a 17-story high rise located at 801 N Pitt Street, the north end of Historic District of Old Town Alexandria.
For sale is a completely renovated, brightly lit, studio condo that features an all-new kitchen, a new walk-in custom closet, new bath, a private balcony, and a large living area. This condo includes a deeded, underground parking space (#67) and is next to the building’s elevator bank.
As you enter, you look straight through the living area and out through windows and a glass door that leads to a private balcony. To the right is the kitchen with its pale gray colored, Shaker styled cabinets with soft-close drawers; a new stainless-steel refrigerator and stainless gas stove. The new brushed steel Moen faucet and sink complement the appliances as does the stainless over-the-stove hood, which has its own lighting and exhaust fan. Also, new is the disposal and the undercabinet plumbing. LED fixtures provide overhead lighting and an over-the-sink work light. All the appliances are unused and the warrantees transfer to the new owner.
LED lighting illuminates every corner of the custom, walk-in-closet. The layout includes a built-in dresser with slow close drawers, hanger rods for winter coats and other long garments, ample hanger rods for shirts and slacks, and nine shelves for whatever.
The bathroom was gutted and rebuilt, including all new behind the wall pipes, shower adjustments and shower piping. New, 12” x 12” ceramic tiles cover the bath/shower surround and the floor. A new medicine cabinet with a fog-proof mirror completes the look of the new white vanity cabinet. An LED 3-light panel above the vanity compliments the recessed LED ceiling light in the center of the room and the water-proof LED light above the tub. The new chrome towel bars coordinate with the curved chrome shower rod, and the chrome faucets on the vanity and over the tub.
Throughout the apartment including in the living area are new floors in a pale gray and drift-wood color. You can rely on these floors even in the kitchen and the walk-in closet that leads to the bath. The floors are COREtec luxury vinyl planks that are 100% waterproof, not just water resistant. The lighting in the dining area is supplied by a modern, glass-cylinder fixture that can be dimmed along with the track lights that run the length of the living room.
The low condo fee includes the utilities (heat, AC, electricity and water), snow removal, trash service, common area and exterior building maintenance, lawn care, building management, and contributions to the reserve fund. Port Royal amenities include an elegantly appointed lobby and rooftop terrace with sweeping view of the waterfront and the Potomac and the Capitol and Old Town.
The Port Royal building is ideally situated in the sought after North Old Town area. Port Royal is ½ block from Harris Teeter, 2 blocks from Trader Joe's, and steps to the new restaurant district in Old Town North. You’ll be three stop lights from Reagan National Airport, a block to the Mount Vernon bike trail, 1.5 miles from Amazon’s new headquarters, and catty-corner to Montgomery Park with its public tennis courts, dog park, and the Oldtown North Farmers Market. Also, the Braddock Road METRO is 5 minutes away via the DASH bus that stops directly across from Port Royal. [Old Town Alexandria - $222,000]
Walk to Metro, Trader Joe's, new Harris Teeter, Stores. Restaurants, Starbucks & Old Town Night Life. Sunny, Eat-In Kitchen. French Doors Lead to Charming, Low Maintenance Georgetown Patio. Updated bath. Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Separate Dining Room. Two bedrooms and bath. Convenient, Off Street Parking! Short Commute to Airport, Pentagon and DC. SO CONVENIENT!!! SO OLD TOWN!!! NO CONDO FEES - NO HOA. More photos to come! [Old Town - $635,000]
Welcome to the charming Shad Row Townhome Community (at the corner of Pendleton and N.
St. Asaph Street). This lovely home of 1350 square feet of finished living space has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a basement perfect for working from home or for use as a den or guest bedroom. The living and dining area is just off the fully equipped kitchen and leads out to a wonderful brick patio and garden - perfect for reading a book or dining alfresco. This home has been freshly painted and includes stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The HVAC unit is just 2 years old. This home comes with an assigned parking space in the covered garage where there is a bike storage room. The Shad Row community includes new pergolas and gazebo. *Offers, if any, are due Tuesday by noon - 08/03/2021*
This home has an incredible Walk Score of 94. Trader Joe’s and a Capital Bikeshare station are just across the street. Harris Teeter is two blocks away and you are three blocks from the Oak Steakhouse, St. Elmo’s coffee, and many more shops and restaurants. King Street and the waterfront are only four blocks away. The location provides easy access to the GW Parkway and a short drive to Reagan National Airport. The Braddock Road metro is an easy 0.6 mile walk away. [Shad Row - $690,000]
Meet the Buckingham Model.
A home that impresses all who enter with gleaming bamboo hardwood flooring throughout, modern recessed lighting, and a private rooftop terrace perfect for taking in sunsets. The main level makes entertaining effortless with a smart open concept layout that includes a living and dining room area with an exposed brick wall, and a powder room. The chef’s kitchen is stylishly designed in all-white and features stainless steel KitchenAid Gallery appliances, modern fixtures, granite countertops, gas cooking, and ample cabinet and drawer space with soft-close technology and under cabinet lighting. The eat-in breakfast bar opens to a sun-soaked family room with beautiful French doors leading outside to a private fenced flagstone patio. On the second floor, you’ll find the spacious Primary bedroom with an ensuite bath boasting a double vanity with granite countertops and a walk-in shower, as well as a second bedroom with its own private ensuite bath, and a laundry room with a full-size washer & dryer. The top-level offers a versatile loft space that leads to the roof, a full bath, and a third bedroom suitable for an in-home office or gym. Additional benefits include two assigned parking spaces directly in the back. Located in the highly-desired luxury community of Old Town Commons, this home gives easy access to the Metro — Braddock Road, Blue/Yellow Lines, and the interstate — GW Parkway/Route 1/495, as well as award-winning dining, boutique shopping, convenient groceries, parks and trails, King Street, and the Potomac waterfront. Make the Buckingham your home. Schedule a viewing today. [Alexandria - $1,120,000]
Welcome Home! to a spacious 4 Bedroom with 2 Full Bathrooms Condominium located in the City of Alexandria! This location is prime for accessing many of Alexandria's Restaurants, Shopping, Metro, I95 access and Downtown Experiences! Condo just need a little TLC to make it Shine! Being Sold AS-IS NEEDS SOME WORK!
Do not attempt to show without an appointment.
The Covered front porch keeps you out of any weather, and gives a nice place to gather with neighbors. The interior of the house has been freshly painted, and there are hardwoods on 3 levels. The Kitchen features brand-new Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances - be the first to use them!!! On the main level, there is a Living Room in the front, and then a combination Kitchen & Dining Area toward the back. The back opens onto a very private brick patio. On the First Upper Level, there is a Family Room and Bedroom/Full Bath. Built-ins and a nice Fireplace enhance the Family Room. On the Second Upper is the Prmary Suite - The whole floor! It is huge - with vaulted ceilings and several nooks for dressers or sitting area. The Bath includes a huge Vanity area with floor-to-ceiling storage on either side, plus its own Stack Washer-Dryer! The Vanity is separate from the shower/toilet room, and is essentially its own Dressing Area. On the basement level, there is a Rec Room, Full Bath, and a back room that is used as an Office/Den/Guest Bedroom.
Location: 1 Block to Braddock Metro. Location: 5 Blocks to King St. Location: 15 min walk to the River!! [Colecroft - $774,900]
This charming circa 1790 townhouse on a cherry blossom lined street has been previously renovated from top to bottom.
All 4 levels total 1372SF. Perfectly located in the heart of Old Town’s Southeast quadrant, one block to the Potomac and Old Town’s delightful waterfront and 3 blocks from the shops and restaurants of King Street, this fine home is complimented by original woodwork and wood floors and 4 gas fireplaces with historic mantels. The kitchen was remodeled (around 2011) with top of the line appliances – a Wolf range, Subzero fridge and Bosch dishwasher, Marble Countertop. Upper level one includes the primary bedroom (w/fireplace), renovated hall bath and a room suitable for nursery, office, den or small bedroom. Upper level two features the third bedroom with en-suite bath. The lower level family room comes with brick floor, half bath, a fireplace, wet bar with refrigerator/freezer drawers and a dishwasher adjoining the delightful private patio, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing on a pleasant Old Town evening. This lady has just been refreshed with interior paint. This wonderful home is convenient to Lyles Crouch elementary school, Balducci’s, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Starbucks, trader Joe’s, Safeway, the farmers market, WINDMILL PARK, and the Mount Vernon Trail. [Old Town Alexandria - $979,990]
Hurry back from the beach! Finally, the Printers Row end unit-townhome you have been looking for.
Light filled three bed, 2.5 bath townhome with 2 garage spots in the vibrant neighborhood of North East Old Town, minutes from Alexandria's waterfront. 1127 offers top-of-the-line features with a contemporary flair. The living room with its north and west exposures will bathe you in sunlight! Hardwood floors are featured on the main level and upper level, and new plantation shutters give stylish privacy. A double-sided gas fireplace creates a warm ambiance and defines the spaces. An eat-in chef's kitchen is well equipped to cook that perfect dinner or walk out to the back patio for grilling and dining alfresco! The 2nd and 3rd bedroom share a hall bath and laundry. The primary bedroom suite is an entire floor with two large closets, an office and an amazing bathroom featuring dual sinks, a shower, and soaking tub! The top floor family room/Den is an entertainer's dream, opening onto the roof deck with views of the Potomac. Close to the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, waterfront parks, restaurants, and shops. [Printers Row - $1,295,000]
This 1800's Old Town treasure has been meticulously restored to perfection while seamlessly blending historical charm with today's modern conveniences.
Upon entering you'l be amazed by the grand room sizes, high ceilings, warm hardwood flooring, original brick fireplaces and oversized windows. The main level has all the space you need for large scale entertaining or intimate holiday gatherings featuring a sun washed living room, huge formal dining room, stunning chef's kitchen and comfortable family room with outdoor patio access. The upper level primary bedroom suite beckons a restful experience complete with wood burning fireplace, spa-like full bath and large walk-in closet. Just down the expansive hallway are two ample sized bedrooms, full bath and convenient laundry room. Carry the party outside onto your very own private courtyard paver patio leading to the 2 car detached garage entrance with loft style space for home office, game room or extra storage. Ideally located within a few blocks of Washington and King Streets offering stylish boutiques, delectable food offerings, coffee shops and fitness classes. [Parker Gray Historic District - $1,799,000]
Built in 1820 and located on the most coveted block of Old Town, this historic gem is on the market for the only time in 65 years! With marvelous sunlight streaming throughout, this end townhome enjoys an unobstructed birds’ eye view of Windmill Park + the Potomac River to the east while the length of the south-facing home provides sunlight to each room in the home.
Charm and elegance resonate throughout with many original elements of a bygone era. Upgrades + extra features added by the owners compliment the home’s preserved historic character. The entrance to the wood clapboard home features a brick threshold + a row of boxwoods. Wood cornices accent the roof line + shutters with distinctive iron scroll shutter guards accentuate the east and south-facing windows. Enter the wide foyer featuring paneling on the walls + a bead board ceiling. The south + each-facing living room is filled with light throughout the day + offers a broad view of the park and River. It features walls of built-in cabinetry and bookcases + a handsome fireplace accented by a wood mantle, Roman ionic column paneling + thick dental moulding. The antique heart pine flooring carries into the family room with fireplace + bookcases. A second doorway leads to the dining room, large by Old Town standards, which can easily provide seating for a table of ten. This room is sure to delight with wood paneling, bookcases, a bar with storage drawers and shelving and walls of built-ins with, as throughout the home, old drop bar latches, strap hinges + handles. Brick flooring + a fireplace complete this special room. The rear of the home features a half bath and a spacious kitchen with ample cabinet space and windows overlooking the private patio. A Dutch door leads to the side and rear gardens. With original newel post and railing, wainscot wall paneling carries to the upper level with heart pine floors throughout + a hallway with a wall of closets. To the left of the stairway is a large bright bedroom with a hall to the full bath featuring ample closets and a charming dressing table. The laundry with great workspace is located off this room. Following the hall closets to the front of the home is a bedroom with a wall of bookcases and closet – perfect for a crib, office or exercise room. The large owners’ suite, with plenty of space for a king size bed + sitting area, faces the Potomac + Windmill Park allowing for glorious morning light + soft golden light at the end of the day. The owners' bath with large linen closet and tiled shower with seamless glass door was remodeled by Harry Braswell, Inc. Follow the stairs to the top floor featuring a small area with wood paneling + a window – a perfect spot for a desk or extra dresser. A comfortable sized bedroom with hardwood floors + windows on three sides plus a tiled full bath complete this private space. Reached by a hatch in the front hall, there is a cellar under the living room for all storage needs! Offering a quiet oasis from the busy world, the spacious brick patio + side yard are enclosed by a high brick wall. Adorned with mature landscaping, the rear yard is separated from the side yard by a brick archway with cascading ivy. The beauty of yesteryear is especially prevalent in the southeast quadrant, home to some of Old Town’s oldest + most significant historic dwellings. Whether adult or child, there is also fun + relaxation for all right across Lee Street with a hill which rolls down to the Potomac for sledding, play + picnic spots as well as volleyball + basketball courts. The bike path is one block away + the beautiful waterfront, restaurants + shops of King + Washington Streets, grocery stores, dry cleaners, schools and churches are within blocks. The fireplaces + a/c units convey "as is". The Sellers have not lived in the home in a number of decades, they would prefer to sell the home in its present condition. [Old Town Alexandria - $1,520,000]
NEW LISTING! Open Sunday, August 1st from 1 - 3 PM! Welcome to 1312 Michigan Avenue! This charming rowhouse, located in highly desirable North Old Town Alexandria, is both cheerful and welcoming and boasts features like hardwood floors on the first and second floors and generous closet space.
The main level features a gracious living room which opens into the dining area, which flows into the chef’s kitchen with a professional gas range and stainless steel appliances. The sunny kitchen features a greenhouse-style window, perfect for in-house herb growing and has direct access to the backyard. With attractive decking, a deep, beautiful garden, and a storage shed, this is truly outdoor living at its best and is perfect for entertaining.
The upper level contains two generously sized bedrooms and a skylit full bathroom. Both bedrooms have large windows and plentiful closet space, filling the entire second floor with natural light. The fully finished lower level with rear entrance has the home’s second full bathroom while its spacious, open floor plan allows for plentiful options, from a family room to a playroom to home office. Conveniently located within a few blocks of the ever-popular shops and restaurants of North Old Town including Rustico, Buzz Bakery and more, the location is also a commuter’s dream with easy access to the GW Parkway, the bike path, Metro, Reagan National Airport and downtown DC! Welcome Home! [Virginia Village - $689,000]