Alexandria’s Old Town Lives Up to Its Name


Along for the ride: Alexandria’s free trolley runs all week and totes passengers from the King Street Metro to the Potomac waterfront.

The famed Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., claims it’s the third-oldest historic district in these United States, and with the plethora of 18th- and 19th-century buildings everywhere you look, who are we to argue?

When you rent an apartment here, you truly are living history. In fact, Alexandria boasts more than 40 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are boutique shops, great restaurants, and cultural hallmarks like the Lyceum museum, the Old Dominion Bank Building (The Athenaeum) and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop.

Plus, there is Old Town’s somewhat anachronistic ambiance. You walk down cobblestone streets and see these quaint, beautiful buildings, but you’re surrounded by 21st-century people just like you walking around with iPhones and listening to their iPods as they pump out the latest indie band or pop hit. Then when you get tired of walking, you jump on the free King Street Trolley and explore the neighborhood that both George Washington and Robert E. Lee called home. Old Town is where new meets old meets new again.

Check our Apartment Showcase for more information about 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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