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Old 01-19-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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Hey all - I'm new to this forum - Moving to DC for a job very soon - I'm going to be working at Bolling AFB, but we are looking at old town alexandria and del ray (townhouses only) From looking at forums and talking to people, it seems that north old town can be affected by the projects along route 1 around braddock. How is south Old town (ie below duke) around the cemetery? Are there any other pointers that people can give about living in the area mentioned? Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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Hey all - I'm new to this forum - Moving to DC for a job very soon - I'm going to be working at Bolling AFB, but we are looking at old town alexandria and del ray (townhouses only) From looking at forums and talking to people, it seems that north old town can be affected by the projects along route 1 around braddock. How is south Old town (ie below duke) around the cemetery? Are there any other pointers that people can give about living in the area mentioned? Thanks!
Location and convenience means everything in this traffic-choked region. Even if there were a slight discount to any home bordering the Parker-Gray subsidized housing, it would still be easy to sell later. As it is, I wouldn't be surprised if there are homes worth $1 million across the street from some of the subsidized homes.

I've actually found that residents of those places are actually friendly enough if you don't appear uncomfortable towards them. That said, I've never been out there at 2:00 in the morning. Compared to some areas of SE DC and Prince Georges County, it's a peaceful area.

All of Old Town is safe, if expensive. The main drag on King Street is popular with active 30+ professionals as well as tourists. If you find brick architecture attractive, you'll get more than your fill in Old Town.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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From what I've been told, the SE area of Old Town is the nicest and most expensive. The SW side (the side by the cemetery) wouldn't be that much worse and always looked really nice to me. North Old Town isn't that bad. There's maybe 1 or 2 blocks that look remotely "sketchy", but even that's a stretch to say. The only thing I can afford up there is maybe a vacant townhouse lot (yes, I've thought of how bad it would really be to buy it and pitch a tent until I can afford to build), so it's still a fairly pricey area.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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All of Old Town is fine.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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There are actually two cemeteries -- St. Mary's between Washington St and S. Royal, and the big one to the west by S. Payne. Both areas are fine, though the SE quadrant is "nicer". There's a fair amount of traffic during rush hours on Rte. 1 and Washington St/GW Parkway, but one of the positives about the south end of Old Town is the proximity to the Beltway.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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Another idea I'd like to throw in the mix is Kingstowne. The townhouses are newer.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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I have to say that the SE side of Old Town is great! There are also some additional benefits of the SE corner that you might not realize.
1. It is close to the water, which is nice in itself, but also means less traffic (no thru traffic coming from the east because its blocked by the Potomac)
2. Close proximity to the GW parkway: This is convienent for driving and/or biking,rollerblading, walking, jogging.
3. It's mostly residential which leads to a more peaceful neighborhood, but with the convienience of the city just a few blocks away.
It's true that that area is expensive, but there are options. I think you can find a nice TH to rent if you shop around. Buying a TH might be a little more difficult (i.e. pricey) because the homeowners are reluctant to sell anything below $400,000. Driving back from Bolling is a piece of cake too because you can take the very first exit in VA, and thurn on Washington St.
South Old Town (specifically SE) is wonderful!
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Wow! This is very helpful information - thanks for everyone's responses. I think I have learned more in this thread in 1 morning than weeks of scouring the internet! To ask an additional question, we were also looking at apartment complexes near king street/eisenhower metro. Does anyone have any suggestions or 1st hand positive experiences at these places?
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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I looked at the Meridien Carlyle there about 2 years ago and liked it. The Post was out of our price range, but we looked at another Post property in Pentagon City and really liked the building (I'm assuming the one in Carlyle would be similar). Otherwise, the area in general seems nice. It's really been filled in with dining options and such in the past year, and you can still walk to the rest of Old Town.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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I can't help you much as far as Townhouse pricing, but I just wanted to say don't be scared off by what you hear about the Parker Grey area of Old Town (North Old Town). I live right in this area and haven't ever felt threatened walking around here. That's not to say you shouldn't be aware of your surroudings and that crime doesn't occur, but most of it is petty crime or domestic disputes.
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