Why Alexandria is a Mecca for Retirees and Empty Nesters

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From its historic streets to the waterfront, is no wonder that Alexandria is becoming a mecca for retirees and empty nesters. While a favorite destination for those of all ages, walkable Alexandria is proving to be especially popular with those living out their golden years.

Living in Alexandria oftentimes means living within walking distance of area restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Prospective new residents are starting to notice too, as Alexandria was recently rated the second best city to retire, at least according to Bankrate.com. 

Old Town, in particular, is a great place for retirees. Not only will you find plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat, some of which overlook the waterfront, but Old Town is also where you’ll find the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which offers classes and the opportunity to see working artists. 

Cameron Station is another good place to search. Built up starting around the mid 1990s, amenities in Cameron Station range from walking and biking trails to a community swimming pool. There’s also free shuttle service to a local Metro station.

Buyers can choose from townhomes or condos, which makes it a good choice for those who are ready to downsize. As well, Cameron Station sits close to a dog park and a seasonal farmers market.

Potomac Greens sits right alongside the Potomac River. The neighborhood offers newer construction townhomes with a swimming pool and a nature trail. The townhomes sit close to the retailers of Potomac Yards, plus extremely close to a Metro station, too.

For those searching for high-rise living in Alexandria, you’ll find that at Montebello. The property offers the enjoyment of a maintenance-free lifestyle, with residences typically ranging from one- to four-bedrooms. The complex offers 24-hour security, a bowling alley, swimming pools, tennis, and more, which is sure to appeal to those in search of an active lifestyle.

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