4 Unique And Interesting Landmarks In Alexandria That You Probably Didn’t Know About

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

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

Light filled Colecroft TH featuring over 1700 sqft of living space! Only few blocks to everything you need: restaurants, King St, Braddock Metro, Trader Joe's, Starbucks & much more! Open floor plan w/ wood burning fire place, custom built-ins.

504 Colecroft Ct

Newly renovated kitchen w/ soft self closing, white shaker cabinets, subway tile backsplash, LVP flooring, quartz counters, black stainless steel appliances, built-in reverse osmosis filtered water dispenser & new sliding glass door. New water heater (2020). New 200 amp electric panel (2020). HVAC is 2011 w/ the addition of a mini spit ductless system in 2018. Hardwood floors throughout & carpet in rec room. Primary en-suite w/ full bath, newly added cedar closet, shelf systems & custom eave storage nooks. Finished lower level w/ high ceilings, wood burning fire place, half bath & laundry room w/ ample storage. Reconfigured patio (removed brick planters & tree) to enlarge space & also backs up to private courtyard for even more entertaining space! One assigned space plus visitor parking. [Colecroft - $729,900]

PRICE ADJUSTMENT! This spacious corner two bedroom, two bath with two garage parking spaces has expansive views to the Capital, DC Skyline and the Potomac River.

400 Madison St #2004

Imagine floor to ceiling windows and a wrap around balcony spanning the entire length of the condo with amazing views from every room. Alexandria House offers many amenities including a 24-hour concierge, outdoor pool, extra assigned storage, 2 meeting rooms and a party room. Conveniently located near the walking path and bike path along the river, shopping and restaurants . Just minutes to Reagan Airport, two Metros and the Beltway. [Alexandria House - $805,000]

514 N.

514 N Royal St

Royal is located in the heart of Old Town, just a few block from the waterfront and lively King Street. This bright, end of row TH has been well maintained and recently updated with SS appliances, repainted cabinets, custom built-ins, and new & refinished hardwood floors. With 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths, this end unit has a large owner's suite with 2 walk-in closets & convenient laundry next door. The upper level offers 2 bedrooms with vaulted ceilings & shared full bath. New kitchen appliances added Sept 2020, plantation shutters installed on upper level windows, top floor attic with pull down stairs to roof, and 2 secure under home garage parking spaces with in-home access. This true end unit townhome with side wall windows allow for extra light to fill this spacious home. turn-key and move in ready for you! [Chatham Square - $899,000]

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623 S Columbus St

What do you get w/ this townhouse that few others in Old Town offer--3+ parking spaces, lovely outdoor space & plentiful storage!!! Beautiful brick TH-style condo in peaceful, gated-courtyard, 41-unit Arch Hall community w/in historic, walkable city of Old Town Alexandria. As you enter from the covered porch, the main level, w/ its foyer, kitchen, dining rm, living rm & patio access, welcomes you. In the kitchen, you will enjoy a stainless steel appliance suite (brand-new refrigerator w/ ice maker, stove/oven, dishwasher & built-in microwave), wood cabinets, white counters, butcher-block bar, recessed lights, garbage disposer & creative storage touches (open shelves, pot rack, hanging fruit basket & wall-mounted spice rack). The dining rm, which features crown molding, chair rail, wainscoting & hardwood floors, overlooks the living rm. The step-down living rm offers crown molding, hardwood floors & a wall of windows/doors that are outfitted w/ plantation shutters to allow for natural light by day & privacy by which to enjoy a romantic fire in the corner, wood-burning fireplace at night. The French doors lead to the enclosed, herringbone brick patio surrounded by flower beds under the shade of a mature crepe myrtle tree in the privacy-fenced backyard (one of the unit's best features!). Before heading upstairs, check out the coat closet/pantry under the stairs w/ hatch entry & sturdy ladder to the crawl space that mirrors the main level's footprint & has concrete flooring/2 sump pumps for tons of additional, dry storage. As you ascend the hardwood stairs, you come upon the first primary bedroom suite that takes up the whole level (except for the half bath for your guests' use when entertaining). The primary suite comprises a large bedroom with built-in shelves, two closets w/ closet systems, linen closet & spacious en suite bathroom w/ separate soaking tub & walk-in shower w/ two showerheads. On the third floor, you'll discover the second primary suite that, likewise, takes up that whole level. This bedroom comes complete w/ built-ins, two closets, an over-the-stairs niche as well as a between the dormers niche, a ceiling fan, plantation blinds & large full bathroom with walk-in shower, plantation blinds & washer/dryer tucked out of the way. The third floor is a flexible space that can be used as a full-time bedroom, a guest room, office, upper-level family/rec room, etc. Freshly-painted interior & 1-year-old carpet. The unit comes with three parking passes (two for owners and one for guests) for unassigned lot parking as well as unlimited street parking for short-term guests and residents with city-issued permits, which is uber convenient since this unit faces Columbus (v. being tucked into the courtyard). In addition to the three off-street parking passes, the condo fee includes a mail room, a bike storage room, professional management, common area/exterior building (includes the roof) maintenance, water/sewer, recycling & trash/snow removal. This condo is convenient to everything! Easily visit Old Town, Mt Vernon, Crystal City, WA DC, National Harbor, etc. Restaurants, retail & groceries are around the corner. The 18-mile paved Mount Vernon Trail, Potomac River & several parks are mere blocks away. Your commuter options abound--from your front door, there are nine bus stops w/in 0.1 - 0.5 mi., eight blue &/or yellow line Metro stations w/in 1 - 5 mi., AMTRAK station w/in 1.2 mi., three airports w/in 4.6 - 39.8 mi., as well as easy access to GW Prkwy, I95, I295, I395 & I495. Close to USCG TISCOM, Ft Belvoir, Pentagon, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Naval Research Lab, WA Navy Yard, Joint Base Andrews, DC Armory, etc. [FYI: This unit has $50K+ in INSTANT EQUITY for those who'd like to upgrade an already-nice, solid unit to their taste. 158-SF smaller unit sold on 6/11 for $700K (this listing gets a significant, upward size adjustment) & the same model/SF (reverse plan) sold on 10/22 for $726K.] [Arch Hall - $674,900]

OPEN HOUSE CANCELED AGENT ILL.

610 S Lee St

With over 3800 sq. feet on 3 levels this special house has lovely river views and is surrounded by windows. The (4) FOUR off street parking spaces are exceptional and unusual for Old Town homes and provides an extra level of convenience for the residents. Originally built as a single family home and then converted to 2 residences, the house has now been remodeled in 2020 and returned back to a large single family home. The elegant family room addition has a high vaulted ceiling with indoor and outdoor fireplace which adjoins the patio. This 2013 addition provides great living space with views of the Potomac River. The family room is architecturally pleasing with custom doors to the exterior, a metal roof and privacy for the owners. The gourmet kitchen features Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and has many elegant details which include a built-in breakfront, built-in coffee maker and is functionally designed for easy access to kitchen appliances which are usually hidden and hard to reach! The dining area is large and comfortable, and also be used as a great room for relaxing and entertaining. The first floor includes a sunny library and a full bath. As you enter the home, the original handrail has been refinished and adds historic interest. On the upper level, the oversized bedroom on the west side could easily double as a second master bedroom. Walk to the east side of the house and enter the master bedroom with beautiful views of the Potomac River. There is sufficient space for a desk which would be a serene environment to "work at home"! Two new baths and upstairs laundry provide a wonderful and functional floor plan. The lower level is unfinished with a walk-out to the grounds. This could provide wonderful finished living space or just fantastic storage. There is a whole house generator which is essential for the work at home community! Floor plans are attached to documents. [Pommander Walk - $2,495,000]

Open House on Sunday, November 22nd from 1-3pm This beautiful and light filled brick town home is located in a wonderful Old Town location just blocks to shopping and restaurants on King St.

421 Oronoco St

, the Potomac River, Harris Teeter, Trader Joes and all the new development on the north end. This impeccably maintained home features 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 1 half bath plus attached private garage. The home has an abundance of living spaces featuring a finished basement and a wonderful top floor loft which leads to a rooftop terrace. The spacious kitchen with granite counters is adjoined by a breakfast area. The large owners suite features walk-in closet outfitted by California Closets, bathroom with double vanities and a separate shower and soaking tub. The second hall bath was gutted and redesigned with large walk-in shower and beautiful marble and tile work. All systems have been replaced in recent years. This home checks all the boxes !!! [Chatham Square - $1,149,900]

SMART DESIGN MAKES USE OF ALL OF THE SPACE IN THIS WONDERFUL HOME> UPDATED RECENTLY, THIS BEAUTY BOASTS HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT>SUNLIGHT POURS THROUGH HUGE WINDOWS - SOME WITH TRANSOMS - INTO THE STUNNING KITCHEN SMARTLY DESIGNED W/42" CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND STAINLESS APPLIANCES WHICH INCLUDE GAS COOKING >UPPER LEVEL BOASTS 2 PERFECTLY SIZED BEDROOMS - THE MASTER IS FIT FOR A KING!>THE SECOND BEDROOM OFFERS BOOKSHELVES, [IF YOU WANT THEM] AND A CLOSET> IT IS THE PERFECT, QUIET PLACE TO WORK FROM HOME OVERLOOKING THE BACK YARD>THE UPPER LEVEL BATHROOM IS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, FRAMELESS SHOWER DOOR AND AGAIN, LIGHT THAT POURS THROUGH THE WINDOW THERE!> FRONT PATIO AND REAR FENCED PATIO WITH FIREPIT CAPABILITY IS PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING ON COOL EVENINGS>THE SHED IN THE BACK, NEAR THE PARKING PAD GATE IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO STORE YOUR BIKES > 3 BLOCKS TO KING STREET, RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS IN OLD TOWN OR EVEN QUICK ACCESS TO THE RIVER!! > ABOUT A 10 MINUTE WALK TO THE BRADDOCK METRO> WHAT A GREAT WAY TO GET TO AMAZON, AT NATIONAL LANDING, TOO!!! PARK YOUR CAR IN THE 2 DEEDED OFF STREET PARKING SPACES ON THE ALLEY BEHIND, PLUS AMPLE STREET PARKING WHICH IS A TERRIFIC SURPRISE! TO GET TO THE ALLEY TO PARKING AREA GO 8 HOUSES DOWN TOWARD QUEEN STREET>TURN RIGHT, INTO ALLEY> TURN RIGHT INTO PARKING AREA FOR PAYNE STREET TH'S> BMW IS PARKED IN ONE SPACE CURRENTLY.

322 N Payne St

Fantastic river view! incredible owner's bedroom with sitting area.

7 Pioneer Mill #Residence 1.301

Owner's Bedroom with 2 huge walk-in closets. Owner's bath with shower and separate soaking tub. Perfectly situated along the Old Town waterfront, Robinson Landing will feature new townhomes and condominiums, shopping, dining, a revitalized pier, new public promenade & more. Residents will enjoy luxury amenities including state-of-the-art fitness center & yoga studio, all just steps from the Potomac riverfront. Comes with 2 parking spaces, and additional available for purchase. By appointment only 7 days a week. Health Screening and Face Coverings required for all in person appointments [Robinson Landing - $4,295,000]

EXTRAORDINARY! ONE OF A KIND! MUST SEE! This wonderful condo (townhome style), located in the heart of the southeast quadrant of Old Town, Alexandria, is a treasure.

634 S Columbus St

With two bedrooms and two full baths, plus a large loft perfect as an office or TV room, across 1,116 finished sq ft, this is an ideal urban home in a great neighborhood. Rest assured you will have easy parking with the conveyed assigned parking spot in the secure garage! Upon entering, the main floor is an open and comfortable space with hardwood floors throughout. The living room is wonderful, with a marble-surround wood-burning fireplace, chandelier, vaulted ceiling, and access to the front balcony. The dining area, with another chandelier, flows from the living room. The kitchen is well-equipped, with granite countertops, up to date appliances, subway tile backsplash, and a granite breakfast bar. Down the hall from the kitchen is the main floor primary bedroom of the home, with pristine carpet and a walk-in California closet. The accompanying full bath is spacious and features modern fixtures, double showerheads, and custom etched shower doors. The washer and dryer are in an enclosed closet for easy access from the primary bedroom. Make your way up the carpeted spiral staircase to the homes very large loft living area, with a custom wall-unit, lots of great built-in shelving, and all lit by an oversized skylight. The second bedroom, off the loft, features a vaulted ceiling with a second skylight, a large closet, and an ensuite bath with a stall shower, lit with a third skylight. This home is built for lots of natural light and comfortable spaces, as well as lovely custom blinds. This is an ideal location in Alexandria as well: living right inside Old Town means the wealth of Alexandria's best amenities are right in the neighborhood! Nearby attractions and amenities include the Mount Vernon bike trail and Windmill Hill Park, as well as Balducci's, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Ace Hardware, and the weekly local Farmer's Market! Local favorite eateries that are nearby include Southside, Faccia Luna, and District Taco, plus the many restaurants and shops on King Street. Public transportation is easy here too. The King Street Metro is only a few blocks away and there is a bus stop into downtown D.C. just across the street! There is so much to love here, book an appointment today! [Washington Square - $650,000]

Ideally situated minutes from Downtown, Old Town, National Airport and Amazon HQ2, this spacious 2br 1.

1608 W Abingdon Dr #102

5ba condo located in Potowmack Crossing is the ideal launching pad to enjoy the best this area has to offer. The unit features, kitchen and baths, two amply-sized bedrooms with plenty of storage as well as built in storage throughout. The kitchen features a new tile floor and custom backsplash, and opens to the dining area and living room. There is also an in unit washer/dryer. Potowmack Crossing is a lovely community that rests within the Old and Historic District of Alexandria and is surrounded by mature trees and lovely grounds. This unit comes with two parking permits for the patrolled parking area. There is also a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. [Potowmack Crossing - $325,000]

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN.

801 N Pitt St #1701

ENJOY A WONDERFUL WALKABLE LOCATION ONLY 1 1/2 BLKS TO POTOMAC RIVER W/PARKS, RUNNING, & BIKING TRAILS. THIS SPACIOUS 1 BEDROOM IS 784 SQ FT & COMPLETELY RENOVATED. ENJOY LIVING ON THE TOP FLOOR AND ONLY 1 FLOOR UP TO AN AMAZING ROOF TOP DECK GREAT FOR BARBECUES AND ENTERTAINING. ENJOY SUNSETS FROM YOUR LARGE BALCONY. INCLUDES PARKING, GAS, ELECTRIC, & WATER. WALKING DISTANCE TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, AND METRO. [Port Royal - $324,900]

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