Neighborhood Spotlight: Why Our Associates Love Areas of Alexandria City

by McEnearney on July 2, 2019

Note: This is the fifth in a series of posts featuring neighborhoods our Associates live in and love, and the second post featuring areas in Alexandria. Earlier posts featured Arlington; American University Park in The District; Falls Church and Vienna, and South Alexandria. Check back for future posts for even more great spots to get to know!


The Alexandria area is home to one of the most quaint and well-preserved historical districts in the nation, but also a wealth of surrounding neighborhoods, each with their own feel. To give more of a sense of the diversity of the other neighborhoods of Alexandria, we’ve chosen a range of spots and highlighted them below.

No one knows Alexandria better than our Associates, from Old Town, to the north and west there are a variety of residential feels. Learn more about just a few of the neighborhoods that McEnearney Associates serves, including Braddock Heights (in Northridge), Del Ray, Early Street Village (“Midtown” but south of Seminary Ridge), and of course, Old Town.

One of our Associates even makes the case the center-west of Alexandria (near Port City Brewing) should be called Midtown – what do you think?



Braddock Heights/Northridge

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“I have lived here since 1990, raised my kids here, and wouldn’t live anywhere else because of my wonderful neighbors, tree-lined streets and the great walkability.”

– Kate CrawleyAlexandria Office




 Del Ray

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“I love Del Ray for its Wonderous Sense of Neighborliness, walkability, and location near and dear to all things “Nation’s Capital.”

Favorite Local Spot:
Del Ray Pizza, better known as DRP!”

– Cindy Clemmer of Clemmer & Schuck Homes, Alexandria Office



Early Street Village, “Midtown”

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“Suzanne [Morrison] and I live in the center of Alexandria, which should be called Midtown, in a 30-townhouse community called Early Street Village, an architecturally unique collection of homes that mix contemporary and traditional elements with a taste of Mediterranean charm. It sits at the intersection of South Early Street and Wheeler Avenue, named after two Confederate generals in a tribute to Alexandria’s southern heritage, and rests on a wooded hillside where I once found a conch shell and an antique jug of salt-glazed pottery while walking my dogs. It is also a dramatically ethnically diverse neighborhood with residents from Belize, Canada, China, Nigeria, Peru and Russia along with native-born Americans from San Diego to Alexandria. The closest spot we have to a local hangout is the Port City Brewing Company, where they hold beer yoga every other Tuesday.”

Favorite Local Spot:
Port City Brewing Company

– James Morrison, Alexandria Office


Old Town

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“I love Old Town because the world is just outside my door. It’s just a block to our favorite spot, Hank’s Oyster Bar⁠—and we have tons of other restaurants to choose from, too. There are so many unique shops, and several bigger stores, as well. Torpedo Factory artist galleries and the waterfront are great for brisk or leisurely walks year-round. You could easily live without a car with two Metro Stations close by. Lastly, it’s a dog-friendly town, with pups welcome almost everywhere!”

Favorite Local Spot:
Hank’s Oyster Bar

– Kim Peele of The Peele Group, Alexandria Office

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