Property Description

317 S. Columbus Street


Move in ready! This centrally located historic 1870’s semi-detached townhouse is one of Old Town’s hidden gems, only steps away from all this upscale neighborhood has to offer. This home has been elegantly renovated inside and out. All new interior and exterior doors, bathrooms, custom closets, ADT alarm system, a new roof, and professional soundproofing were installed in 2004-05. High ceilings and beautifully refinished red oak floors throughout add grandeur to the rooms on both levels. Bright living spaces, a handsome wood burning fireplace, beautiful crown moldings, and extremely unique wrought iron railings with solid brass rails inside and out are just some of the highlights that make this home very special. Spend a moment in front of the house to appreciate the perfect wooden siding and working shutters (2008) which were professionally painted in 2014. The stunning hand-painted 23k goldleaf transom numerals set this house apart!

The main level offers a formal living and dining room, a charming parlor, half bath, coat closet, storage cabinet, and a lavishly renovated kitchen that opens to a spectacular and spacious outdoor living space. The living room is anchored by the wood burning fireplace with a handcarved marble-topped wood mantle, an absolute must for any Old Town historic home. The dining room features a built-in display cabinet and a mirrored wall which reflects light from two tall windows in the front part of the home. In the parlor, you will play a game or read a book by the light of the two additional large windows, and have the convenience of a half bath, a coat closet, and a storage closet. The parlor leads to a wide gourmet galley kitchen that was professionally designed and installed in 2009. It features Mouser custom cabinetry with pull out shelving and adjustable dividers in every drawer, Subzero, Wolf, and Bosch professional appliances, a professional Best hood, Silestone countertops, and a mirrored backsplash. The glass-fronted upper cabinets with interior lighting and mirrored interiors are the perfect place to showcase your best crystal and china. The current owners even added a spacious pantry with pull out shelving for a small but well-laid out kitchen in which you can cook everyday meals as well as holiday feasts. This is a kitchen for a devoted chef!

The French doors in the kitchen flow outside to a large private patio and garden where you can enjoy evenings at home with family and friends. The generously sized and beautifully designed flagstone and brick patio was installed in 2013, and is flanked with gardens on either side featuring azaleas, camellias, and a beautiful Japanese Maple. This garden is practically year round living space that is even more stunning in spring and summer while in full bloom. The rear patio gate gives you access to your assigned off street parking space – a complete luxury that is oh so hard to come by in Old Town! A side gate leads to the horse alley and home’s partial basement, which is very bright and dry, offering lots of extra storage and housing a new furnace (2013), gas water heater (2013), and sump pump (2014). The fencing and gates were replaced in 2013, and both gates have key locks to further add to your sense of ultimate security. There is even a small post by the back gate to lock up your bike if you cycle to work!

The upper level of this historic home has 2 bedrooms, a full bath, a small library, and a convenient laundry closet with full size front loading machines (2012). In the front of the house is a spacious master bedroom with high ceilings, a reading nook with built in book shelves, and a walk in closet custom fit with space for two. The second bedroom features two closets with pull out drawers and serious hanging space, and the area in between both bedrooms, at the top of the stairs, features gorgeous built in bookshelves to house your library, home office, or watch television. It is amazing how much elegance and function this one house has! Not a single inch of space if wasted!

Located only 2 blocks from King Street and one block off of the GW Parkway, there are dozens of wonderful restaurants, quaint boutiques, parks, playgrounds, and the bike trail accessible right out your front door. Walk easily to Lyles Crouch elementary school. Stop to get your morning coffee and a pastry at local favorite Firehook Bakery. Charcuterie, cheese, wine and bread can set the tone for a perfect night in with a short stroll to Society Fair. Take in a stage performance at the Little Theater of Alexandria, the oldest award-winning theater in the Washington metro area. CVS, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Walgreens are all close by for restocking your everyday basics. If you commute to DC, your life just got easier! The GW Parkway, Route 1, King St. Metro, National Airport, and I-495 are super close. If you ever wanted to live in a gorgeous historic home with all of the conveniences of modern living, this is the one for you! Park your car and experience elegant Old Town living today!


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Old Town





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1 Assigned Parking Spot

The Neighborhood

With a quaint small town atmosphere and the flair of city living, this waterfront town is the perfect place for residents of all ages and lifestyles. Just minutes from downtown Washington DC, close to a major airport, and central transportation running throughout the area, it’s easy to enjoy everything Old Town has to offer. Relaxing restaurants, independent coffee shops, and wine bars provide the perfect backdrop for a night out, with plentiful art galleries, theatres, and parks around to explore. You can jump on a boat to get to Nationals Park for a baseball game, or to Georgetown or National Harbor for even more shopping or dining. It’s very walkable, so we recommend strolling along the cobblestone streets to get a true feel for the neighborhood.  You can find out more about Old Town on our separatepage for Old Town, Alexandria.

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