206 E. Raymond Avenue
Adorable 1930’s bungalow offers tons of charm that captures everyone’s hearts and draws them to popular Del Ray! From bright rooms, pristine hardwood floors, main level bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace to the bygone era distinction showcased by the arched doorways, crown molding, and vintage tile floors: this home is truly special. Separate living and dining room spaces allow for easy entertaining. The finished lower level features a large family room escape with great built-ins for all your collections. A welcoming front porch, fenced backyard with deck and private driveway are just some additional bonuses to this abode. Close to Braddock Road Metro (Yellow and Blue lines). Walk to “The Avenue” for shops, dining and community events.
Del Ray is a vibrant and active community within the City of Alexandria. It was once its own town in the late 1900s, designed around the major railroad line that ran north to south. Its growth was stimulated by the opening of The Potomac Yards railroad yards in 1906. At that time, Del Ray incorporated with the town of St. Elmo to become the Town of Potomac with its own governance system.
Del Ray real estate grew to be a diverse community and began a renaissance in the 1980s when its Sears bungalows became a popular home style. Soon after, The Del Ray Artisans established a studio and the neighborhood began to be recognized for its funky and eclectic feel. During the 1980s, an effort was made to revitalize its main thoroughfare, Mount Vernon Avenue (which had lost businesses during the 1970s), now often referred to as “The Avenue” for short.
You will often find residents out enjoying life on “The Avenue.” Del Ray is known for its annual Art on the Avenue festival, its Halloween parade, and First Thursdays along the avenue. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the local Saturday morning Farmer’s Market.
When we lived in the neighborhood during the 1980s, one of our local favorites was Los Amigos–where Kaizen Tavern is today. It wasn’t until the Evening Star Cafe moved in late 1997 that a “trendy” restaurant proved it could have an audience. In 1999, Taqueria el Poblano opened its doors. Since then, restaurants, fitness studios and boutiques have made the area vibrant and exciting.