With the feel of an English village, Alexandria’s Dempsey neighborhood exudes cottage charm. Made up of around 80 cottage-style townhomes built up in the 1930s, buildings in Dempsey often come with slate roofs and stone fronts.
Although the homes aren’t large in size, they are overflowing with charm. There are only two layouts in the neighborhood for buyers to choose from. This means either an interior unit or an end unit. All of the homes in Dempsey are two stories plus a basement.
Buyers can primarily expect to find homes with two- or three-bedrooms, one bath and up to two fireplaces. Most of the homes no longer have garages, as they’ve been converted into additional living space.
Since they were first constructed, some homeowners in Dempsey have added things like additional baths, porches and sunrooms. Making any renovations to the exterior of your home requires approval from the Old Town Alexandria Board of Architectural Review. Because there’s no homeowner’s association in Dempsey, there aren’t extra dues or fees to pay to live in the neighborhood.
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Tiny Chetworth Park sits at the center of Dempsey, with benches and playground equipment. It also serves as a neighborhood gathering space. It’s common to see neighbors out on a walk or walking their dog. The neighborhood also sits extremely close to a bike trail.
Dempsey is located in North Alexandria between Potomac Yard and Old Town. The neighborhood is bounded by Slaters Lane to the north, GW Parkway to the east, Bashford Lane to the south and Route 1 to the west.
Homeowners can easily walk to area restaurants and shops too, some of which sit within just a few blocks of the neighborhood of Dempsey. In addition, Old Town sits just south of the neighborhood, making it easy to visit other dining options and nightlife.
The closest Metro station is less than a mile from Dempsey, and some buses service nearby George Washington Parkway. There are also some Capital Bikeshare stations on both the southern and northern ends of the neighborhood, plus the homes sit between two major roadways for commuters.