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Old Town Alexandria VAPhoto: Kevin Harber

It may be close to DC, but Alexandria enjoys a strong reputation all its own. From its historic district to its waterfront, there’s always something to see and explore in this unforgettable city.

It’s likely for all of these reasons and more Alexandria just nabbed one of the top spots for small U.S. cities. The new ranking comes from the new Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

More than a half million readers around the world rated their own travel experiences, helping to put Alexandria in the number three spot for small U.S. cities. The publication pointed out the city’s location, sitting just across the Potomac from the U.S. capital.

It also mentioned the red brick sidewalks of Old Town, 18th and 19th century

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national landing

Support appears to be growing for a National Landing branding campaign. As the Crystal City Business Improvement District moves forward with absorbing portions of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, some see a name change as the next logical step in the process.

With support from commercial property owners, the Arlington County Board recently approved a 76-percent boost in land for the BID. The land in question currently sits in Potomac Yard and Pentagon City, including land slated for the new Amazon HQ2.

Supporters say going by one name would help to better distinguish the area as one unified location. It’s not a done deal just yet. Proponents of a name change say they’re still interested in hearing what community and area stakeholders have to say

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solar panels - washington dcPhoto: Rich Renomeron

While courtyards and nearby parks may first come to mind when you think of DC’s green space, some of its condo buildings are trending “green” in an entirely new way. A number of buildings are going green literally from the top down.

Last year, in fact, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announced that DC had more green roofs installed the previous year, at least in terms of square footage, than anywhere else. In 2017 the District counted more than one-million square feet of green rooftops.

In total, other figures suggest DC already counts more than three-million square feet of green roofs. To gain “green roof status” a building would have to have a permanent green area on either the building’s roof or on a mid-building ledge or

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lee-fendall house - alexandria vaPhoto: Craig Fildes

It may sit a long way from the fictional Downton Abbey, but the historic Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria has real ties to the popular TV show’s set. Downton Abbey is filmed at Highclere Castle, and its current owner is said to be a direct descendant of the original owner of the Lee-Fendall House.

In response to the upcoming Downton Abbey movie release, the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is hosting a movie release party. It’s planned for September 28, which activities including a scavenger hunt and a trivia contest.

Guests will also get to learn more about all of the connections between the Old Town site and the movie site, including some characters who were actually based on Fendall family members. For those unable

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national landing va

Excitement is certainly growing for Amazon’s new headquarters, and it’s starting to show with a steep increase in home prices. The new Amazon HQ2 offices are coming to National Landing, and that’s already pushed home prices in the area up considerably.

According to one listing service, the median asking price of a single-family home in the same Zip code as Amazon’s new headquarters shot up 99.9-percent between June of last year and June of this year. Bright MLS found premium pricing particularly in the area closest to Amazon’s new headquarters.

The company made its announcement last November. In December the listing service reported a more than 75-percent jump in the median list price of homes in the area.

Taking a slightly broader look, the

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virginia tech innovation campus
Graphic: Courtesy Virginia Tech

In a major announcement for the DC area, Virginia Tech is headed to National Landing. The university plans to bring its new Innovation Campus to Potomac Yard.

The graduate campus is coming to the area north of Regal Cinemas and south of Four Mile Run. This puts it only about a quarter of a mile away from the Potomac Yard Metro Station.

It also puts the campus closer to Amazon’s new headquarters, with a focus on computer science and technology in generating future economic growth. Virginia Tech officials view the one million square foot campus as an ideal spot for supporting the university’s plan of developing new research, programs and tech talent for the area.

In particular, the new Innovation Campus will be

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rosemont - alexandria va

 With the feel of a small town yet a location close to what you need and want in the DC area, family-friendly Rosemont has much to desire. This quiet Alexandria neighborhood is filled with charming homes and tree-lined streets.

Mostly made up of single-family homes, it’s common for people to move to the Rosemont neighborhood and stay. Most of the homes in the area were constructed between the early 1900s to the 1930s, with a full range of sizes and styles for new buyers to choose from.

Typically, though, home styles in the neighborhood range from Craftsman-style bungalows to Colonial Revivals and Arts and Crafts-style homes. You’ll also however find some garden apartment buildings and rowhouses dating back to the 1930s. This makes it possible to

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theo the amazing chocolate lab

A great place to live, work and play, it turns out Alexandria is also a fantastic location for man’s best friend. Several publications recently put the area near the top of the list when it comes to the nation’s most dog-friendly cities.

Redfin, a real estate brokerage, teamed up with Rover, a dog-walking service, to come up with a list ranking Alexandria in the 16th spot. The website mentions the area has a walk score of 60 and about three-percent of listed homes for sale mention “dog” in their online listings.

Expedia also considers Alexandria a dog-friendly destination. The city is filled with dog parks, both fenced and unfenced, depending on your preference. There’s also the option of hopping on Mount Vernon Trail, and taking a walk

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eisenhower square - alexandria va

New luxury townhomes are now selling in Alexandria with the introduction of Eisenhower Square. This premiere new property is located just off Eisenhower Avenue, minutes away from the added conveniences of Crystal City and Old Town. The new development makes it easy to take a short stroll to area shops, restaurants and entertainment options, or hop on the Metro for an easier commute around the larger DC area. 

With nearly 70 different townhomes to choose from, Eisenhower Square offers four-levels of living space in two different designs. New buyers may also choose from one of the quick delivery homes, making it possible to move into the new development right away.

Priced starting from the $800,000s, the townhomes of Eisenhower Square all include

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cameron station - alexandria va

For a planned community in Alexandria’s West End, consider the many varied options of Cameron Station. Designed to reflect the charm of small town America, Cameron Station is complimented by nostalgic brick sidewalks, pocket parks and colonial-inspired street lamps.

While the architectural designs are more reminiscent of the 18th and 19th centuries, the first homes of this uniquely planned community weren’t actually constructed until the late 1990s. They sit on more than 160-acres of property, where a former US Army post of the same name once stood.

Now five phases of development later, the multi award winning community of Cameron Station is made up of around 2,000 single-family homes, condos and townhomes. This family-friendly community

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