Del Ray Top Selling Zip Code in Northern Virginia
Picture streets lined with white picket fences. In front of single-family homes, children are playing in their yards while parents are watching them from their front porches. Close in to Washington, there’s the quaint family-friendly neighborhood known as Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia. It also happens to be the best-selling zip code in all of Northern Virginia. Northern Virginia magazine named the 22301 zip code as the area’s best selling zip code, and the top real estate market last year in Northern Virginia. The area, according to the report, is popular for its many restaurants, independent shops, and housing choices. The Braddock Road Metro Station is around the corner from Mount Vernon Avenue, a main street popular with pedestrians, and several Capital Bikeshare stations.
The No. 1 position for Del Ray was based on a rise in median home price and quick sale once homes went on the market. The growth in Del Ray has resulted in an increase of 28% in home prices over the past 10 years. The median sale price for a home in Del Ray last year was $700,000. A home for sale stayed on the market for just 26 days.
Del Ray often reminds visitors of a kind of nostalgic place with a Main Street, given that Mount Vernon Avenue is a fun place to walk and window shop. Del Ray has award-winning restaurants, like Del Ray Café, Fireflies Bar & Restaurant, and Rustico Restaurant; live music at the Birchmere Music Hall; a “Cheestique” cheese shop; coffee pubs and cafes, like St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub for people-watching and hanging out; bakeries, like Caboose Café & Bakery; Dairy Godmother frozen custard; and a sushi bar that goes by the same name. Add to this, a year-round Saturday morning Farmers Market and a free family-friendly festival event every First Thursday with live music and delicious food. In addition to eclectic shops, art shows, and holistic health businesses, Del Ray has signature events like First Thursday; Art on the Avenue that attracts locals and visitors; and the legendary Birchmere is a music hall featuring live music. Wellness centers, yoga and Pilates studios, and acupuncture offices dot the area.
Here is a resource to learn more about Del Ray real estate options and view active listings.