Landmark an Eclectic, Affordable Destination in Alexandria

Landmark Mall

Buying power: Landmark Mall, located off Van Dorn St., includes over 100 shops and restaurants. Plans are under way to expand that number with the Landmark Village addition, which will feature a movie theater and even more retailers. (Photo: Google)

A friend of mine lives in the Landmark neighborhood (also called Van Dorn) of Alexandria, Va., and having spent some time there myself, I can attest to its affordable and eclectic nature. Overall, Landmark is a very convenient place to rent an apartment if you work in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

There’s a diverse array of restaurants (Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Caribbean/tropical, American, seafood) scattered throughout the neighborhood and just beyond, as well as plenty of grocery stores nearby (Giant, Safeway, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Harris Teeter, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy), all conveniences you’d expect living in Alexandria.

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Fans of hibachi – the Japanese style of restaurant where they grill up your food right in front of you while performing some nifty food aerobatics – will be thrilled with Hana Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steak House. I ate there once, and it was great. Further, I urge readers who haven’t yet dined at a hibachi grill to do so.

If driving to work is your thing, either into the city itself or other parts of the region, you’ll be happy to know Landmark is located right between two major arteries: I-395, which runs right into the city, and the I-495 Capital Beltway, which rings it. Best of all, Landmark has one of Alexandria’s five WMATA Metrorail stations, the aptly-named Van Dorn Street stop on the system’s Blue Line.

For shopping, there’s Landmark Mall, which features Macy’s and Sears as anchors. There are other stores in and around the neighborhood as well (The Home Depot, Ross Dress For Less), so you’re likely to find whatever you want. If not, there’s always the road and the Metrorail to take you where you need to be.

According to the City of Alexandria’s website, there are big plans for the neighborhood that are too numerous to list. Though these changes will take a couple decades or so to fully implement, the city plans to improve the area’s feel, environmental soundness and, most importantly, the quality of life for residents. They’re gonna once and for all redevelop Landmark Mall and nearby existing retail areas in an effort to turn the mall into more of an “urban activity center.” If you stick around long enough, you’ll get to experience it.

If you don’t plan to spend a decade here – or even five years – Landmark/Van Dorn is still a convenient and affordable Northern Virginia neighborhood that puts you 15 minutes away from downtown D.C. Check out Apartment Showcase for apartments in the area.


Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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