Old Town: Alexandria’s Historic District a Thriving, Trendy Neighborhood

Torpedo Factory

Art attack: Featuring three floors of working studios, the Torpedo Factory lets patrons browse and purchase original artwork in a variety of disciplines, from paintings and sculptures to glass and textile works. (dewitahs via Flickr)

Being the third-oldest historic district in the United States, Alexandria probably brings to mind a few things.

The first thing might be old, gorgeously restored buildings that speak of great craftsmanship. In fact, more than 40 sites in Alexandria itself are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quaint beauty aside, you also might think tea and crumpets, and the idea of a pleasant wine and cheese reception over some nice music. Or, maybe the phrase “Old Town” makes you think of staid bus, walking or even luxurious boat tours. Yes, that and bed and breakfasts, and antique shops. You’d be correct. It’s all here in Old Town Alexandria, and it’s all good.

But there’s another side to this Old Town: monumental art galleries, unique retail shops, incredible restaurants and even a trendy Whole Foods Market, all blended together with a thriving business scene like a fine-woven tapestry.

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Yes, lucky apartment hunter, Old Town Alexandria offers you all the history you can cram into that thirsty cranium of yours and all the fun that can settle into your belly.

Old Town is a one-of-a-kind reason to live in the Washington, D.C., area. If you’re undecided, you can always hop on the Metro and get off at the Braddock Road, King Street (Blue/Yellow Line) or Eisenhower Avenue (Yellow Line) stops to see what you’re missing.

Once you’ve made your move to Old Town, you can of course use those same stations to commute to work elsewhere in the vast Washington, D.C., metro area. For mroe information about DC neighborhoods, check out Apartment Showcase.

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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