A Closer Look at Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Virginia has a special place in our heart at the Estridge Group. Obviously, we’re a little bias. But you can’t argue with the accolades that others continue to bestow on this historic Northern Virginia town.

  • 2019: Named Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
  • 2018: Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination by Money Magazine
  • 2018: Named one of the South’s Prettiest Cities by Southern Living

Alexandria is just a hop, skip, and a jump across from the Potomac river from Washington D.C. Walk the red brick sidewalks, pass the beautifully-kept rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries, explore the boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries on King Street and beyond, and stop for sustenance at the waterfront (might we suggest the lobster rolls at Vola’s). By the end of the day, you — like the 130,000 residents before you — will be ready to look at Alexandria real estate.

If you are thinking about buying in Alexandria, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what you need to know.

Major Employers – Public and Private:

  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The Motley Fool
  • Institute for Defense Analysis
  • Inova Health System
  • Grant Thornton LLP

Transportation System:

  • Alexandria Union Station
    • Amtrak intercity services
    • Virginia Railway Express regional rail service
  • Additional Metro stations:
    • Braddock Road
    • Van Dorn Street
    • Eisenhower Avenue
  • DASH bus connects Alexandria with local transit hubs
    • Metrobus
    • Washington Metro
    • Virginia Railway Express
  • Free Trolley diesel bus – From King Street Metro Station to the Waterfront
  • Water taxi – To and from the National Harbor

School Systems:

  • Alexandria City Public School system (13 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school)
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Alexandria Campus
  • George Washington University Alexandria Campus

Top Private Schools:

  • St. Stephen’s School
  • St. Agnes School
  • Bishop Ireton High School
  • Episcopal High School


  • Hot, humid summers
  • Mild to cool winters

Living in Alexandria

As you can see, there are many reasons to make the move to Alexandria. Curious about your housing options? Alexandria offers everything from single family homes, to condos and townhomes in new communities, and historic estates in many established neighborhoods. Anytime you are considering Northern Virginia real estate, you are really getting the best of both worlds: quiet neighborhood living with Washington DC Metro at your fingertips. Not to mention, the best of America’s history in your backyard. If you are considering a move to Alexandria, we would love to hear from you. Contact The Estridge Group anytime. We’d love to show you around.