When most people think of “Old Town Alexandria,” they picture the Old & Historic District neighborhood. This area includes parts of both the Southeast (LINK) and Northeast (LINK) quadrants of Old Town near the Potomac River. It is characterized by its charming tree-lined cobblestone streets, red brick sidewalks and gas lamps. In this part of Old Town, residences date as far back as the 1700’s, with many built in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Due to the age of the homes, most are subject to certain regulations set by the city’s Board of Architectural Review (LINK). The homes are primarily Colonial in style with many Federal, Georgian, and Victorian residences as well.
The Old & Historic District is home to many open spaces such as Market Square (where George Washington is said to have sold his goods), Founder’s, Waterfront, and Windmill Hill Parks (LINK), as well as the Mount Vernon Trail. The best of Old Town’s culture, shopping and dining are also found in the Old & Historic District, including trendy boutiques, art galleries, and museums. Don’t forget about the dining scene! Famous restaurants in this part of town include Restaurant Eve, Landini Brothers, The Warehouse, and many more.