Alexandria has played a vital role in military history. Dating back to the 1750s, it was a staging area for British soldiers during the French and Indian War. It then functioned as an important supply center for Union troops during the Civil War. Today, Alexandria remains a gracious home to many of our nation’s servicemembers and their families.
Located in the northeastern tip of Northern Virginia, Alexandria is just across the Potomac River from DC and Maryland. Because of the easy access to the District, Route 1, Interstate 395, the 495 Beltway, and the George Washington Parkway, this area is a popular choice for many military families commuting to most of the region’s installations. The City of Alexandria includes Old Town, Del Ray, Beverly Hills and smaller neighborhoods inside the 495 Beltway. The more suburban areas of Alexandria are located outside the Beltway and are sometimes referred to as South Alexandria or Lower Alexandria.
Once home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Alexandria is a popular choice for military families and federal employees. Many large corporations, non profits and national organizations have office headquarters in Alexandria and employees stay close by if they can. Most of the professional and commercial focus is in the City of Alexandria, while the suburbs to the south are primarily residential. The residents are active and there are always people taking advantage of the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River. Your neighbors are likely to work in every conceivable corner of the DC Metro area.
Colonial era architecture, cobblestone streets, waterfront dining, and a steady stream of tourists paint the backdrop for life in Old Town. Historic row houses line busy streets and the abundant green spaces are filled with young residents. Del Ray and Beverly Hills boast more of a small town vibe, with their own funky flair.
South Alexandria is a suburban haven. Families love the larger homes, big yards, and active communities. The subdivisions have a distinct 70s and 80s style. Most homes are split level and typically have basements. Children congregate on mature, well maintained lawns after a swim in the neighborhood pool.