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Old 10-09-2021, 07:01 PM
 
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Which do you find more charming, Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria?
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Old 10-10-2021, 07:38 AM
 
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Alright, I’m changing my question to a more neutral one:

What are the biggest differences between Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria?
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:08 AM
 
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Gotta go with Georgetown. Georgetown's residential areas have not changed much and still have gorgeous, graceful older homes and parks. Old Town Alexandria has succumbed to gentrification so you get boring, cookie cutter homes and condos.

G'town is also more vibrant, perhaps due to university students. Seems it gets more foreign tourists while Old Town gets more local tourists.

Commerce and nightlife for both is far less interesting than decades ago, lots of chains, lots of closures. Bars and clubs in both are perfunctory. But I'd rather eat at G'Town restaurants, more international cuisines and lots of mediocrity in Old Town (to my taste buds).

G'town also seems to benefit from it's slight isolation. G'Town is also more expensive so it's kind of a mismatch.

For charm it's easily Georgetown, perhaps because there is less new development.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:07 PM
 
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GTown is cool but is mostly the playground of the ”1 %” crowd unless the visitors are day trippers or Trust Fund Kiddies. Alexandria Old Town is for middle-class people with less disposable income to throw around but enough to enjoy for the day. Champagne tastes on a beer budget
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:52 PM
 
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From the real estate perspective, GTown's houses have the better value-added potential for sure, and it's much easier to find enough students/young professionals as renters or have your house used as Airbnb's.
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Old 10-18-2021, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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From the real estate perspective, GTown's houses have the better value-added potential for sure, and it's much easier to find enough students/young professionals as renters or have your house used as Airbnb's.
As you are MontCo, are there many Nova commentators in the MD DC burbs forum? Genuinely curious bc Im never in there. MD is like Utah to me so I am not qualified to comment about MD. Everything I need/want is in Nova so Im never in MD. Except Ikea once every couple years.
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Old 10-18-2021, 07:47 PM
 
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As you are MontCo, are there many Nova commentators in the MD DC burbs forum? Genuinely curious bc Im never in there. MD is like Utah to me so I am not qualified to comment about MD. Everything I need/want is in Nova so Im never in MD. Except Ikea once every couple years.
Is Herndon considered NoVa though
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Old 10-18-2021, 08:33 PM
 
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I would say Alexandria feels more charming in that it is a little more removed from the urban core. It feels more like a bedroom community that gets a lot of suburban/domestic day tourists. Georgetown feels busier and more like a core DC neighborhood. It's more international and cosmopolitan. People love to hate on Georgetown, but they are the two best commercial strips in the area.
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:36 PM
 
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Is Herndon considered NoVa though
Absolutely, if you mean culturally. The population of Loudoun County which is out beyond Herndon, has skyrocketed to over 400,000 now.
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:41 PM
 
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Gotta go with Georgetown. Georgetown's residential areas have not changed much and still have gorgeous, graceful older homes and parks. Old Town Alexandria has succumbed to gentrification so you get boring, cookie cutter homes and condos.

G'town is also more vibrant, perhaps due to university students. Seems it gets more foreign tourists while Old Town gets more local tourists.

Commerce and nightlife for both is far less interesting than decades ago, lots of chains, lots of closures. Bars and clubs in both are perfunctory. But I'd rather eat at G'Town restaurants, more international cuisines and lots of mediocrity in Old Town (to my taste buds).

G'town also seems to benefit from it's slight isolation. G'Town is also more expensive so it's kind of a mismatch.

For charm it's easily Georgetown, perhaps because there is less new development.
Have you not seen the chock-a-block sidewalk cafe's filling the entire 100 block of King Street, since the city fathers recently closed it off for a pedestrian zone?

Old Town, by my observation, is loaded with international visitors, speaking many languages.
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