Alexandria Real Estate Information
Over 128,000 Virginians call Alexandria home. Just six miles south of downtown Washington, DC, the city is on the western bank of the Potomac River that runs up to the United States’ capital. Originally founded in 1695 as part of the British Colony of Virginia, Alexandria’s colorful history has seen the city and its people involved in war and battle, forum and debate, and tension and turmoil. Because of Alexandria’s proximity to Washington, DC, the majority of residents work for the federal government, either as part of the military and federal civil service or as a government contractor. In fact, Alexandria’s largest employer is the United States Department of Defense while the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office follow closely behind. The Salvation Army is also based in Alexandria.
Alexandria made history when it became the first United States city of its size to offers its residents and visitors free wireless internet connections throughout the community. Known for its historical past and rich heritage, Alexandria’s Old Town features high-end boutiques, upscale eateries, antique shops, and posh theaters. This district is a major attraction for visitors who seek an action-packed day and night. Locals and guests alike enjoy the walkability of Alexandria’s many neighborhoods. Market Square in Old Town is the oldest continuously operating marketplace in the United States and displays wonderful local landscaping that can be viewed during farmers markets every Sunday morning. Berg is another famous Alexandrian neighborhood, even mentioned in the movie Remember the Titans. The area features the James Bland Homes and the Samuel Madden Homes. Other notable neighborhoods in Alexandria include Arlandria, Del Rey, the West End, and North Ridge.
Cameron Run Regional Park is Alexandria’s largest recreational park and includes a water park with a wave pool and water slides, a miniature golf course, and batting cages, alongside a host of standard park amenities. Other important landmarks that are highly regarded by locals and visitors in Alexandria include the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and Observation Deck, Christ Church, Gadsby's Tavern, John Carlyle House, Little Theatre of Alexandria, the Jones Point Light, the south cornerstone of the original District of Columbia, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Virginia Theological Seminary.
Alexandria City Public Schools serves the city’s youth well with thirteen elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. The Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus provides affordable and local higher education. Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center is another strong educational presence in the city and adds to the cultural complexion and diversity of Alexandria. Both Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University operate satellite graduate campuses in the city as well. The Reagan National Airport in Arlington is the most convenient airport, just north of Alexandria. Alternatively, Alexandria’s Union Station offers a diverse schedule from Amtrak. The city is also located at the intersection of a variety of parkways, highways, and major thoroughfares, making transportation within Alexandria and the surrounding areas quite simple.