The Beauty of Alexandria

March 12, 2023 | Inside Alexandria | By: Sue

Alexandria is consistently named to the top of the “best of” lists such as Top 15 Best Cities in the US and 50 Best Places to Travel.  We couldn’t agree with the designations more; there is so much Alexandria has to offer! What’s so great about Alexandria? Read on for why Alexandria is the best place to live. 

Location, Location, Location!

Alexandria is situated on a lovely waterway–the Potomac River– with waterfront parks, restaurants, and boat tours along the shore. We love taking the ferry to Washington Nationals games – or to dinner at The Wharf, Georgetown or National Harbor!

It is just minutes from the Nation’s Capitol and all downtown DC has to offer from fine dining to museums and theater, to monuments and historical sites. Just down the road is Reagan National Airport and across the river is the MGM casino and hotel. Alexandria is less than an hour away from wineries and is only a couple of hours away from multiple beaches, lakes, mountains, and skiing resorts. Alexandria really is the perfect location! 

What Makes Alexandria Unique? 

Steeped in history, Alexandria has a uniqueness unrivalled by many other locales. The amenities of Alexandria are outstanding. Alexandria has award winning restaurants, cozy coffee shops, and plenty of farmers’ markets for all the foodies. As well as ample avenues to get your arts and culture fix like specialized galleries, antique shops, and The Torpedo Factory. Of course we have to mention the fabulous boutique shopping. Alexandria is also a super fit city, check out all our favorite gym and fitness studios here. It also has tons of fun events offered year-round, you’ll never be bored! Finally, Alexandria is super dog friendly, find your complete guide to Alexandria dog parks here.

Looking for even more things to do in town? Here are a few of our top choices:

What Types of Homes Can You Find in Alexandria?

The Old Town section of Alexandria offers some of the most charming historic architecture in the US. You’ll find lots of brick colonial row homes on cobbled streets. But if you like new there are plenty of newer townhomes and condos too. In areas like Rosemont and Del Ray there are bungalows and farmhouses built in the 1900-1930’s.  And you will love the 1930s charm and character of the Beverley Hills neighborhood. In the West End, larger homes built in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s often offer quarter to half acre lots. And you’ll find a village of townhomes and condos that are 20+ years young in Cameron Station. South along the George Washington Parkway, you can find some larger lots, waterfront homes and newer construction properties.

What is the Weather Like in Alexandria?

Situated on the East Coast, Alexandria has a more temperate, varied climate offering all four seasons – including the prettiest spring and fall almost anywhere (in our humble opinion). The summers can be hot and humid but rarely go above 96 degrees. The winters are cold, but not too cold– they don’t often go below 17 degrees. Overall throughout the year, the temperature moderates from around 29°F to 88°F.

What’s the Community Like?

The residents of Alexandria are some of the most educated, accomplished, and well-read in the country. It is a diverse city. People from countries all over the world make their home here as well as people who can trace their roots to Alexandria’s earliest settlers. Furthermore Alexandria’s citizens are incredibly generous with their time and talents. Organizations that promote the arts, early childhood development and education, adult programs for those with intellectual disabilities, college scholarship programs for the financially disadvantaged, and senior care thrive thanks to an active citizenry.

Should You Make the Move to Alexandria? 

Recently, I met a newcomer to our area from Atlanta. When she found out she and her husband would be relocating to the DC area, her thoughts went to Georgetown, Capitol Hill, and Dupont Circle as great locations. But then two of her very best friends (who didn’t know one another) who lived in Alexandria invited her to visit our town before making any decisions. One friend, who happened to be a client of ours, told her about a house for rent in Old Town. The other friend, who coincidentally and unbeknownst to us or them has also bought a home from us, took her and her husband to dinner in Old Town.  Our client then brought the newcomers to meet us at a Movie Night we hosted in Old Town at Waterfront Park.  She described the evening as something out of a storybook. Alexandria could not have been more attractive to her as a place she wanted to live. And that is such a typical reaction to our City. Alexandria is an attractive and heartwarming town. You gotta love where we live!

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