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

Family has owned and cared for this home for 50+ years.

1130 Portner Rd

It's ready for new owners to turn it into their dream home. [Virginia Village - $554,900]

Charming, Comfortable, Compact and Close-in characterize this rare 2 bedroom unit in The Boulevard Condominium (formerly Bearings South).

820b S Washington St #129

2 large bedrooms and plenty of storage in the additional closets make this one level living ideal. Wood floors add to the elegance and simplicity. Granite and stainless steel in the kitchen and windows everywhere bring light into every room. Walk, run or ride to everything that Old Town Alexandria, the Mount Vernon trail, and DC have to offer. Close to all major highways, National Harbor, parks and the airport. Private entrance adds to the beauty and security of this established condo. Crown molding in the bedrooms and custom touches speak to the charm of choosing a solid option for your future home or investment. Contact co-listing agent, Helen Donovan, 703 989 0411 with any questions or to arrange a viewing. [The Bearings - $349,000]

Stunning Brick front A Unit ! located in highly sought after neighborhood of Old Town greens ! l Close to 35 K in high end upgrades and options including completely renovated kitchen with refrigerated , wine cooler , Quartz Counters , Plantation Shutters , beautiful hardwood floors , Gas Fireplace .

1623 Hunting Creek Dr #A

Built-Ins . 2 Master bedrooms 2 full baths , Balcony off of Kitchen for grilling and relaxing , attached garage . Minutes to the the heart of Old Town Alexandria, waterfront with community shuttle service to the Braddock Road Metro Station; adjacent to the George Washington Parkway and the Mount Vernon bicycle trail; only two traffic lights to our Nation's Capital and Reagan National Airport. Nearby future home of Amazon HQ2 and Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. [Old Town Greens - $609,000]

Glorious river views looking South are enjoyed from every level of this handsome brick home in Harborside where finish detail is extensive and custom-milled built-ins are numerous.

19 Wilkes St

For the selective buyer seeking truly distinctive living quarters on the Potomac River in Old Town, this unique floor plan offers gracious open living and dining rooms for entertaining, a sunny kitchen with adjoining family room, all with breathtaking water views. 5 fireplaces, beautiful hardwood floors and deep custom moldings add touches of character, plus an Otis interior elevator will transport you to all floors. This spacious home features 3/4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, a library with fireplace and custom bookshelves, a generous master suite with sweeping river views plus fireplace and amazing closet space. Two enormous guest rooms are found on the top floor with a guest bath featuring a skylight. The private brick walled terrace with French doors from the living room offers quiet outdoor space with lovely plantings. And the southernmost terrace with tall curved brick walls overlooks the beautiful park beyond with glistening water views to the south. 2-car deeded parking conveys. Please enter from the southern side, along the riverfront brick sidewalk to #19 gate. [Harborside - $2,300,000]

Price slashed! Walk EVERYWHERE from this 10th floor beauty.

400 Madison St #1005

Mt Vernon Trail along Potomac, Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter, restaurants, quick eateries, museums, places of worship and METRO! 35 foot balcony where you can actually GRILL!Secured building with secured garage parking, TANDEM, parking. Roof top pool, sun deck, sauna, and Party/Meeting Room, all newly renovated! Panoramic views of DC monuments, City of Alexandria and National Harbor from 23rd floor. Secure bike room.. just a FANTASTIC quality of life. Unit has FRESH paint, new Quartz countertops and electrical panel.. Kitchen has Stainless Steel appliances. LVT flooring throughout. Floor to ceiling windows (SGD) and balcony access from 3 rooms..Washer/Dryer in unit. Less than 2 miles to National Landing, Amazon HQ 2, airport. Also available for RENT MLS# VAAX245016 [Alexandria House - $439,000]

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521 N Washington St #201

...VACANT,EMPTY, AND EASY TO SHOW!!For virtual tour highlight and paste this link into your browser:************************************************************************************************************https://my.matterport.com/show/m=Las64yAdUU7****************************************************Sunny and spectacular modern luxury condominium in Historic Old Town Alexandria's Bottling House. Stunning floor to ceiling windows. Wonderful natural light throughout. Wide plank engineered hardwood floors. Designer lighting and home finishes. The kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances and quartz counter tops. Both bathrooms styled with designer tile and plumbing fixtures. Two entrances including the elevator from the parking garage that opens directly into the residence. Dedicated parking space in a covered garage with security entrance. Only 7 units in this bespoke building. Enviable location. North Old Town makes for a quick trip to DC, Pentagon, Crystal City, and Reagan National. Convenient to Old Town dining, shopping, and events. [Bottling House - $895,000]

Awarded the Historic Alexandria Foundation plaque recognizing the historical integrity of the home, 320 N.

320 N Patrick St

Patrick Street, has been meticulously updated and renovated over the years to serve today~s modern lifestyle while maintaining its charm and architectural heritage. An addition was added in 1900. In 2009, a large addition and extensive renovation and remodel were completed, including the addition of an elevator and a full update and upgrade to all utilities. In 2019, a kitchen renovation and various home upgrades were completed. With almost 3000 square feet of living space, this home is well designed for both family living and entertaining. It boasts gorgeous original and reclaimed pine flooring along with original and reclaimed brick walls, all adding to the character and warmth of this home. All windows have new plantation shutters and all 9 French doors, new privacy shades. There are 4 working fireplaces and 4 finished levels including a cellar. The beautifully wood paneled elevator serves all 4 floors. The main level includes a parlor, a formal dining room, a state of the art, gourmet kitchen with custom walk in pantry, a half bath and family room. Through one of the four French doors in the family room, is the private patio area. This backyard oasis, with accent lights, 2 Auberge Fountains and a Jenn-air gas fueled grill with polished granite top surrounded by rough-hewn granite, leads to the two-car garage, eliminating the need for street parking! The upper level includes 3 bedrooms, a laundry closet, a large storage closet, a customized walk in closet, and a large bathroom complete with a multi jet wet room, claw foot tub with spa, heated flooring and towel racks, and a bidet. The 4th floor level offers a very large entertainment room with potential as a 4th bedroom and full designer bath complete with a large claw foot soaking tub. There are several storage closets and a spacious clothes closet. Through these 4 French doors, a beautiful balcony, complete with pergola flooring and electric sun and privacy shades, overlooks the patio and garden . There is an abundance of storage throughout this house. This home has a fabulous location, just 3 short blocks to all the shopping and dining on King Street and approximately a half-mile to both King Street and Braddock metros. Best of all, no HOA fees to pay! Come and see for yourself and allow plenty of time to take it all in! There are simply too many features of this home to mention here. Kindly take a moment to view the options detailed in the attached Feature List in the Documents. See video tour. [Old Town/Parker Gray - $1,625,000]

Beautifully updated and rarely available brick townhome in the heart of Old Town Alexandria/Potomac Waterfront! Walking distance to waterfront parks, shops & restaurants.

1204 N Pitt St

Home features a 2 car garage PLUS 2 additional private gated driveway spaces for a total of 4 parking spots! 3 spacious bedrooms plus a den, and 3.5 bathrooms. Kitchen is modernly updated with new herringbone backsplash, quartz countertops, and bright white cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances including a gas cooktop, an island with bar seating plus a breakfast nook. Island has new stainless steel double deep sink. Large deck off the kitchen for entertaining & relaxing w/ a retractable Sunsetter awning. Hardwood floors throughout all 4 levels with a marble foyer, crown moldings, recessed lighting, and tons of natural light! Gas fireplace in the living room w/ built-ins. Master bedroom boasts vaulted ceilings, California walk-in closets, spa-like en-suite with soaking tub. Spacious 2nd and 3rd bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well! All bathrooms have been updated. Main level private den/office/library space. High ceilings. Wired Sonos surround sound speakers throughout. Recently replaced Dual Zoned HVAC. Newer hot water heater. Custom plantation shutters, online accessible security system in the front & back of the house and on the roof, lots of storage including upgraded built in storage shelving in the garage. This home is perfectly located minutes to Amazon HQ2 & Crystal City, all major highways, metro lines, DC, and Reagan National Airport. You don't want to miss this one! Safety remains our top priority, so we are closely following all federal, state, and local guidelines for social distancing. We will show this property by private appointment, so you may feel comfortable and safe in viewing the home. We will also be offering virtual showings during this time. Call for more details! [Pitt St Station - $1,190,000]

Welcome to 217 South Fairfax, one of Old Town's most outstanding and desirable historic properties.

217 S Fairfax St

This in-town estate offers modern luxury and enduring craftsmanship. Built Circa 1780, the home has been masterfully expanded and updated to modern luxury standards. With over 8,000 sf of luxe living space, the home has 6 bedrooms, 6 and 1/2 bathrooms, and impressive rooms for entertaining and comfortable living. An oversized garage and expansive driveway offer private off-street parking for 5 cars. Additional special features include a subterranean media center, large chefs kitchen with catering pantries, a guest suite with its own kitchen, bath and living rooms, and an historic smoke house recently converted into a SMART office. Extensive custom moldings, original wide-plank hardwood flooring, and six fireplaces with hand-carved limestone mantles set this home apart. The property has been upgraded to modern technical standards with cat 5/cat 6 cabling, cameras and Mobotix panels throughout the house for one-touch controls for Savant and smart home automation. Located only 2 blocks from King Street and the waterfront, the house sits in a prime location and on a spacious double lot. The quarter acre lot is graced by lush lawns, manicured specimen gardens and a lovely patio for outdoor living and entertaining . 217 South Fairfax -- Old Town's finest address. [Old Town Alexandria - $4,950,000]

Fantastic location and condition! Gorgeous Corner Unit close to Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria and Reagan National Airport.

801 N Pitt St #903

Welcome to this Beautiful and Spacious 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom condo in the heart of Alexandria. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED IN THE CONDO FEE!!!! Open concept Kitchen with unique chalk board backsplash and Stainless Steel appliances. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Potomac River and National Harbor from your very own balcony. Watch the airplanes fly by! Views of DC from the bedrooms. 24 hour conceirge and rooftop deck. Just steps away from shops and restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Easy Access to major commuting routes. Immediate occupancy, Don't let this slip away! [Port Royal - $450,000]

Stunning brick Federal style townhome in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

308 S Payne St

This 3 Bedroom and 2.5 Bath home has gleaming hardwood flooring on the lower 2 levels and upgraded carpet in the bedrooms. There is elegant designer paint throughout along with custom built-ins and a chef's kitchen with restaurant quality stove. More lovely features include a breakfast room, walk in closets, 2 gas fireplaces, entertaining deck, and 2 car garage. Conveniently located just blocks from the King St. Metro, fine dining, shopping, Whole Foods, Carlyle/PTO as well as the Alexandria waterfront. The community center includes a salt water Pool, Gym and Party Room.Virtual Tour: http://tour.homevisit.com/mls/292013 3D Model : http://my.matterport.com/show/?m=3FPSH9WKnYm [Old Town Village - $989,000]

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