Real Estate and Rental Information About Old Town Commons & OId Town

Why Some Listings Sell And Some Don't

Photo of 202 N Royal St Do you have a place similar to 202 N Royal St in the City of Alexandria that won't sell?
Nesbitt Realty
Nesbitt Realty
Did you know that in Old Town Alexandria:
  • the average number of days on the market is 172.
  • the most expensive dwelling on the market is 202 N Royal St.
  • the least expensive townhouse on the market is 1517 King.
  • 202 N Royal St is currently listed for $1,649,000.
For some real estate sellers, a townhouse that won't sell can cause desperation! A few questions to ask your agent include:
  • What's the average days on market in your enclave?
  • Is the price right?
  • Does the current market favor buyers or sellers?

Recently Sold At Old Town Alexandria

207 Princess St


201 Gibbon St

Built in 1820 and located on the most coveted block of Old Town, this historic gem is on the market for the only time in 65 years! With marvelous sunlight streaming throughout, this end townhome enjoys an unobstructed birds’ eye view of Windmill Park + the Potomac River to the east while the length of the south-facing home provides sunlight to each room in the home. Charm and elegance resonate throughout with many original elements of a bygone era. Upgrades + extra features added by the owners compliment the home’s preserved historic character. The entrance to the wood clapboard home features a brick threshold + a row of boxwoods. Wood cornices accent the roof line + shutters with distinctive iron scroll shutter guards accentuate the east and south-facing windows. Enter the wide foyer featuring paneling on the walls + a bead board ceiling. The south + each-facing living room is filled with light throughout the day + offers a broad view of the park and River. It features walls of built-in cabinetry and bookcases + a handsome fireplace accented by a wood mantle, Roman ionic column paneling + thick dental moulding. The antique heart pine flooring carries into the family room with fireplace + bookcases. A second doorway leads to the dining room, large by Old Town standards, which can easily provide seating for a table of ten. This room is sure to delight with wood paneling, bookcases, a bar with storage drawers and shelving and walls of built-ins with, as throughout the home, old drop bar latches, strap hinges + handles. Brick flooring + a fireplace complete this special room. The rear of the home features a half bath and a spacious kitchen with ample cabinet space and windows overlooking the private patio. A Dutch door leads to the side and rear gardens. With original newel post and railing, wainscot wall paneling carries to the upper level with heart pine floors throughout + a hallway with a wall of closets. To the left of the stairway is a large bright bedroom with a hall to the full bath featuring ample closets and a charming dressing table. The laundry with great workspace is located off this room. Following the hall closets to the front of the home is a bedroom with a wall of bookcases and closet – perfect for a crib, office or exercise room. The large owners’ suite, with plenty of space for a king size bed + sitting area, faces the Potomac + Windmill Park allowing for glorious morning light + soft golden light at the end of the day. The owners' bath with large linen closet and tiled shower with seamless glass door was remodeled by Harry Braswell, Inc. Follow the stairs to the top floor featuring a small area with wood paneling + a window – a perfect spot for a desk or extra dresser. A comfortable sized bedroom with hardwood floors + windows on three sides plus a tiled full bath complete this private space. Reached by a hatch in the front hall, there is a cellar under the living room for all storage needs! Offering a quiet oasis from the busy world, the spacious brick patio + side yard are enclosed by a high brick wall. Adorned with mature landscaping, the rear yard is separated from the side yard by a brick archway with cascading ivy. The beauty of yesteryear is especially prevalent in the southeast quadrant, home to some of Old Town’s oldest + most significant historic dwellings. Whether adult or child, there is also fun + relaxation for all right across Lee Street with a hill which rolls down to the Potomac for sledding, play + picnic spots as well as volleyball + basketball courts. The bike path is one block away + the beautiful waterfront, restaurants + shops of King + Washington Streets, grocery stores, dry cleaners, schools and churches are within blocks. The fireplaces + a/c units convey "as is". [Old Town Alexandria - $1,400,000]   SOLD!

521 Duke St

First time on the market in 35 years, this important, historic house will amaze you. Built in 1789 by Lawrence Hooff, Sr., this distinguished brick townhouse was once home to George Washington’s nephew and heir to the Mount Vernon Estate, Bushrod Washington, who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and presumably used the two front rooms as his law offices and the upper levels as the family living quarters. Today, this fine 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence embodies the historic beauty of yesteryear with modern conveniences including generously proportioned rooms, original hardwood floors, 12 over 12 windows, exquisite built-ins, off-street parking, and a wonderful private patio. This timeless home greets you with an airy entrance hall boasting 10’ ceilings graced by an elegant hand carved archway. Entertaining is effortless in the spacious library featuring a wood burning fireplace, oversized windows, and custom bookshelves. A stately dining room with French doors overlooking the courtyard is a lovely setting for gatherings. It is believed that President George Washington dined here with his nephew. And in recent years President Bill Clinton dined here. Prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen enriched by a dramatic exposed brick wall and beamed ceiling. Set conveniently off the kitchen is a handsome family room featuring paneling from a barn in southern Virginia built in 1800, a fireplace and a glass door opens to the outdoors. A powder room is off the front hall to accommodate guests. Above the library sits a second-floor parlor showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of long ago. It is a vision of beauty with its arched entrance doorway and original glass fanlight, tall windows, fireplace, and built-in cabinetry setting the perfect tone for formal entertaining. A charming primary bedroom featuring original paneling and millwork, fireplace, and heart of pine floors provides an elegant respite. Additional second floor highlights include a light-filled guest suite, updated marble bath, and a large cedar closet. The third level includes 2 sunny bedrooms, a full bath and desk space. Surrounded by old brick walls, the delightful patio is adorned with a mature magnolia tree, roses, holly, and an espaliered pyracantha offering the perfect setting for al fresco dining. One off-street parking space for this property is located beyond the gate. [Old Town Alexandria - $1,960,000]   SOLD!

Here are a few reasons residences will sometimes have no traffic:
  • Decor -- Neutral decor doesn't excite anyone, but flashy decor can distract home buyers.
  • Odor -- Most homes have an odor that the owner doesn't even know aware of.
  • Floor plan -- Strange or awkward floorplans may also make a home linger, such as older homes where you have to walk through a bedroom to get to a second bedroom,.
  • Neighbors -- Are your neighbors making it difficult to sell?
These are problems we've seen before and challenges we know how to overcome. Are you looking at selling your residence in Old Town Alexandria? If so, it's advisable to think about what townhouses not far from your home have recently sold for. Sold residences can give a homeowner an idea what the seller's own dwelling will fetch. Call Andrew Patton to learn more about Andrew Patton's plan to market your home. Andrew Patton is also happy to prepare a free and accurate estimate of your home's market value. We love what we do. When you need help with real estate, contact me, Andrew Patton at (703)765-0300.
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