What’s New in Old Town

Posted by Lise | Filed under: Howe's List, Notable Places

Everyone knows that Old Town Alexandria is a perfect blend of historical authenticity and urban sophistication along the Potomac River.  George Washington, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Jim Morrison, and Mama Cass Elliott called Alexandria home and the city still attracts visitors from near and far to enjoy this historic city. Since it was established in 1749, Alexandria has been a tobacco trading post, one of the ten busiest ports in America, a part of the District of Columbia, home to both the largest slave-trading firm in the country and a large free-black community, a Civil War supply center for Union troops, and a street-car suburb for Federal workers.  Even though Old Town is known as a historic site, there are lots of new shops, restaurants, and events to draw you back to those cobblestoned streets!

BGR the Burger Joint Has Arrived in Old Town

Every once in a while I crave a good hamburger and I immediately think of BGR the Burger Joint, which started  in my

Grab a burger and take a walk around Old Town!

hometown of Bethesda.  Stop in at 106 N. Washington in Old Town for a great hamburger or my favorite, a lamb burger with tzatziki and feta.  Maybe the high point is a heaping pile of  sweet potato fries or the asparagus fries that I tried last time!

VINTAGE SHOPPING IN OLD TOWN SEEMS JUST RIGHT!

A town founded in 1745 should have vintage clothing stores – it just seems right! And Old Town doesn’t let you down.  Check out Diva Designer Consignment at 116 S. Pitt St for three levels of vintage finds, including lots of Lilly Pulitzer like prints and colors.  Sounds like a perfect way to beat the heat of summer.  If classic is more your style, you might want to check out Pretty People Vintage, which just opened in March.   Pretty People Vintage is run by Annie Lee, the co-founder of Annie Creamcheese in Georgetown and reflects her blend of eclectic influences.   You can get great vintage clothing from every decade and new and consigned clothing too.

OBAMA MAY BE BUSY BUT JAMES MADISON IS WAITING TO TALK TO YOU ON SUNDAY

President Obama is probably too busy to hang out with you what with the Republicans and Democrats trying to get his attention, but James Madison is free on Sunday afternoon.  You can join President James Madison in Gadsby’s historic Assembly Room as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1811. Take part in this conversation with the fourth President of the United States and be a party to the public debate in the company of James Madison, as presented by John Douglas Hall. Reservations are recommended. Period attire welcome, but not necessary for participation in this program.

GHOSTS AT GADSBY TAVERN?

According to the Alexandria Colonial Tours’ Ghost and Graveyard Tour, an unknown woman died at Gadsby’s Tavern and her spirit is said to still haunt Old Town even today. If you don’t believe me, you should take the one hour, six block tour to hear the costumed reenactors share tales of vengeful ghosts and unsolved mysteries.  Tickets are $6 to $12 and are sold at 201 King Street.

IS IT OLD OR IS IT NEW? IT IS REAL ESTATE IN OLD TOWN

EYA is building Old Town Commons, a new “old” neighborhood in Old Town, just steps from the Braddock Metro station and the Potomac River that fits well into its federalist surroundings.  Old Town Commons is a five-city-block redevelopment of townhomes and condos with green features like drought resistant landscaping and energy star appliances. The homes at Old Town Commons are more environmentally friendly and energy efficient than typical new homes. To learn more about the benefits of being green, click here. Already, EYA has opened its townhome models and new homeowners are occupying the first of five phases. The second phase is also under construction with 22 of 39 homes sold.

The newest (third) block to undergo construction is located at the intersection of Madison Street and Route 1 (N. Patrick Street) in Old Town, featuring additional new townhomes and the soon-to-come Condominiums at Old Town Commons.

The 44-unit boutique condominium building will feature a beautiful brick facade, private underground parking, elevators, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinetry, granite countertops, hardwood flooring and countless other luxury features. One-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom homes will be available.

The Condominiums are expected to open for pre-sales this October 2011, with move-ins scheduled for late 2012. Prices are projected to start in the upper $200s for one-bedroom/one-bathroom homes up to the low $400s for two-bedroom/two-bathroom homes.   The Old Town Commons sales office is located at 735 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA.  Just give Lise and the Lise Howe team a call to schedule a visit  to select your favorite homesite.

Click here to download the site plan as a PDF.

Lise Howe is a Realtor who serves the Northern Virginia real estate market, including Old Town Alexandria, McLean, Great Falls, across the Potomac River to  Washington DC as well as Montgomery County communities like Bethesda, Kenwood Forest, and Potomac.  Whether you are relocating to DC or you are a first time homebuyer uncertain about whether to live in DC or Old Town or Kensington, it helps to work with a Realtor who is licensed in all three jurisdictions and knows them well.  Lise can help you find the perfect home from a studio condo in Logan Circle to a suburban split level with room for Fido to a luxury home with river views.  She can be reached at 240-401-5577 cell or lise@lisehowe.com.

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