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Old 09-24-2007, 10:26 AM
 
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What is the scuttlebutt about the new Prescott Condominiums in Alexandria bordering Cameron, N. O'Henry, and N. Fayette streets - Neighborhood safe and convenient?
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:16 AM
 
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Overpriced, look elsewhere or get them to lower the price significantly. Their asking prices are similar to what you would pay for a row home in that neighborhood. Basically they priced them similar to nice areas of Old Town in a part that is not as nice.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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look on the west end. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck here than old town.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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It's sort of on the border--one block south is King Street, which is very nice, and one block north is Queen Street, which is not so nice. Further north are some rougher (albeit somewhat gentrified) areas, but you won't have much reason to go there. I'd take a walk around Cameron Street and see what kind of vibe you get.

Neighborhood would certainly be very convenient in terms of location--very close to Old Town, King St. Metro station, route 1, beltway, GW parkway...
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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Further north are some rougher (albeit somewhat gentrified) areas
By rougher areas do you mean personal safety issues/robberies/burglaries?
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:44 PM
 
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Those areas north of King St are not gentrified and will not be gentrified anytime soon. They may put some fancy condos up, but it won't change that neighborhood. Real crime does happen in that area, including the violent kind, as the city of Alexandria has decided to plop almost all their public housing and subsidized housing in one small neighborhood. The city council is quite committed and proud of their public housing and has no plans to take it down or change things. I remember recently they were trying to add a homeless shelter to that area as well near King St.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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Those areas north of King St are not gentrified and will not be gentrified anytime soon.
Thanks, Zack. Do you know of a link to a map of Alexandria? And, what street parameters are you referencing? Are you referring to all streets north of King Street?

What street parameters are the residential best in Alexandria?
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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I work in the building across Cameron from the Prescott. I frequently work late and occasionally meet friends after work for a night out so I am there at many different times of the day and night. For someone to say that neighborhood is unsafe somewhat baffles me. I suppose if the occasional sight of black people makes you uneasy, then you might have a problem. Then again if you feel that way you've got plenty of other issues to deal with in your life. In the 2.5 years I have been working in this neighborhood, I have never had a problem nor have I seen evidence of any problems. If you have even the tiniest bit of urban living in you and the tiniest bit of street smarts, you will be fine in this neighborhood. Many of the people who worry about crime in this area are the same ones who think DelRay is a ghetto and are afraid to go there. There afraid of DC too. It's 2009. Drop your old prejudices and relax. Times have changed. The are north of King and West of Route 1 (Patrick/Henry Streets) is certainly not posh, but it is certainly not the mean streets. Take the advice of the poster above who said to walk the area. Park on the street on a Friday after work, go have a few drinks and dinner, and then take a circuitous route to your car. That will give you a nice feel for the area.

As for the Prescott itself, I've walked through part of it and I would say it is of average quality relative to other newer condo buildings in the Arlington/Alex area. I would avoid a unit on Henry (Route 1) as the traffic noise could be an issue. There aren't a lot of great views in the building in general, but the southwest corner penthouse has some decent views of the GW Masonic tower. If you're looking for a condo in Old Town, you could do better and you could do worse.

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Old 01-19-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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Yeah, that area is fine. It's only one block away from King St (which is why they're so expensive)- very convenient.

The part of Old Town that people should actually be concerned about is the part way north of there on Rt. 1, with all the public housing. That close to King St. is fine.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:49 PM
 
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I watched the Prescott condos go up - I probably worked in the same building as pduc -and I agree that there is little to nothing to worry about. Yes, there are remnants of a black community there which includes (but is not exclusively) public housing. Being one block north of King Street, the heart of Old Town, certainly has its advantages as well. There's also a community center that will be opening soon that will serve the broad socioeconomic mix of the neighborhood.

As someone else said, the public housing units aren't going anywhere but I predict that the shabbier homes north of the Prescott will continue to be gentrified. Assuming the quality of the units in Prescott are appealing, I'd say you'd be making a good investment.
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