450 S. Union Street
A private enclave of 64 homes with unencumbered views of the Potomac is situated in the 400 block of Union Street in the heart of Old Town’s southeast quadrant. Within the community, the crown jewel is indisputably No. 450: a rarely available end unit on a corner lot that feels like a single-family home. Built in 1993, this home masterfully encompasses the best features of newer construction while paying homage to historic Old Town style with its stately brick colonial façade.
Enter the marble-floored foyer through double doors, and you’ll find yourself bathed in daytime sunlight or illuminated in the evening by a sparkling Swarovski crystal chandelier. A discreet door in the foyer leads directly to two parking spaces in the gated, secure garage. Directly in front of you, a wood and carpeted staircase winds elegantly up three more levels, and to your right, you’ll find a formal den with 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and impeccable dentil molding, features that continue throughout the three lower levels. Tall windows dressed in pristine plantation shutters permit rich sunlight. You’ll also enjoy a gas-burning fireplace nestled between floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets and shelves for your library, special collections and bar service.
Up one flight, you find the heart of the home. This second story has been tailored in its recent renovations for entertaining. A sound system installed here reaches the first floor, second floor and the patio. A half bath with marble floor and pedestal sink is properly appointed for guests. The living room’s ornately carved mantle and fabric-trimmed blinds elevate this space and make it a true showcase for your favorite antiques or prized pieces. Passing through the landing and under the glow of the double-height foyer chandelier, you’ll find yourself in the dining room, with a stunning Swarovski chandelier of its own. A series of tall windows and two sets of French doors makes this a particularly sunny room.
The dining room is connected to a recently renovated kitchen. Two sets of doors can be closed to seal off a busy cook . Custom cherry wood cabinetry with rope motif beading conceals organized shelving and drawers, a U-line wine fridge and double-door refrigerator. Every appliance was carefully selected from the best make in its class, including an LG dishwasher, Thermador range and stove, and Jenn-Air microwave. Granite countertops, tile backsplash and farmhouse-sized divided copper sink complete the aesthetic. A bookcase on the end of the cabinets is ideal for a cookbook or spice collection and space for a café table and pair of chairs is an added bonus to this room.
French doors — one set from the kitchen and two from the dining room — lead to the brick patio, perfect in nearly any Virginia season for coffee, cocktails or a meal al fresco. A showy tulip tree draws attention in the back corner, where a gate opens to the community’s bricked walkways and footpath to the river. Raised flower beds have a soaker system for ease of care, no matter your level of gardening expertise.
On the more private third level, you’ll find two bedrooms and a full bath with gleaming tile and granite countertops. The expansive master suite includes four closets and a bright bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub under a large picture window, as well as elegant marble detail. Relax in bed or your coziest armchair by the glow of your gas fireplace.
Ascending to the top floor, your multipurpose level suits any need your lifestyle demands. Charming dormer windows create a playful ceiling line under which beds and desks can be tucked to section off the large room. There’s square footage for a guest area, office setup and small home gym — the ceilings are high enough for a treadmill to be used comfortably.
Your weekday and weekend routines will be enhanced by your perfect location in Old Town. Steal away for a run along the Mt. Vernon Trail, or enjoy the wildlife at Jones Point Park. Walk to the nearby Saturday farmers market to stock your kitchen for the week ahead, or take the night off from cooking at one of many waterfront restaurants or those along King Street. You’ll be so quietly ensconced in the neighborhood that you’ll forget how close you are to Reagan National Airport, King Street Metro Station and Route 1, but busy travel seasons or workday commutes will be simplified by your superior access.
2 car garage
What We Love
- Rarely available Harborside end unit townhouse in historic Old Town
- River views!
- Full kitchen renovation completed in 2016
- Freshly painted interior
- 3 gas fireplaces all boast gorgeous mantels
- 3 sets of French doors to lovely outdoor space for comfortable outdoor entertaining
- Over 3,600 finished square feet
- Sun exposure from 3 sides
- Custom built-in shelves and storage
- New HVAC compressor installed 2015
- Stunning Swarovski crystal chandeliers in dining room and central hall
- UV film added to windows
- Outdoor speakers and lower level A/V system installed in 2016
- 2 car garage and guests have access to garage spaces too
- Fantastic location in Old Town
Stroll along cobblestone streets, spend time exploring historic landmarks, and shop at hundreds of local shops and eateries, all in idyllic Old Town Alexandria. Everything from the neighborly residents to the charming Old Town real estate will have you wanting to call this community home.
Old Town has over 100 locally owned shops, most of them a part of the local Boutique District. In these shops, you can really get to know the shop-owners and support the local community. 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.
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. It’s very walkable, so we recommend strolling along the cobblestone streets to get a true feel for the neighborhood.
Want a peek into what life is like in this neighborhood? Here are our top 10 reasons to love where you live in Old Town.