Parker-Gray - Alexandria

Parker-Gray is a historic 40-block area located in the northwest quadrant of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  The largest historically black neighborhood in Alexandria, Parker-Gray was settled by freed Blacks before the Civil War and at one time was considered the best neighborhood in town for successful middle-class black entrepreneurs and government employees. Sometimes called "the Harlem of Alexandria," Parker-Gray hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles at American Legion Post 129 when white venues wouldn't admit them.  A black library, created in 1939 in protest against a whites-only library, still stands as the Black History Resource Center.  

The community draws its name from two former Alexandria educators, John Parker and Sarah Gray.  The segregated school for black students, which opened in Alexandria in 1920, was named Parker-Gray in honor of John Parker and Sarah Gray, who had been principals of two segregated schools during the later part of the 19th century.   Today, many of the buildings and town homes date back to the mid-to-late 19th century.  As the neighborhood has gentrified, many of the town homes and row houses have been lovingly restored to their former glory and are interspersed with newer developments such as the Lofts at Braddock Metro and newly constructed condo buildings.  The 2008 Braddock-area improvement plan helped spur the tear-down of old warehouses to make way for new parks and retail spaces while improving the value of the existing housing stock.

Parker-Gray is located west of Washington Street extending north to south from First Street to Cameron Street and from east to west from Alfred Street to N.  West Street.   Close to all of the attractions that Old Town has to offer as well as the Potomac River Waterfront and Mount Vernon Bike Trail, Parker-Gray is also a quick drive to Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon and Downtown DC.  The Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue lines is the closest metro station to the area.

Parker Gray Homes And Condos For Sale

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Spectacular Townhouse In Old Town, Alexandria W...

NEW Photo of Listing #VAAX235250

$989,950 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.02 Acres
  • 1,888 ft²


601 N Henry St, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX235250

Spectacular Townhouse In Old Town, Alexandria With 3 Bedrooms And 3.5 Bathrooms! This Beautiful Open Floor Plan Home Has Hardwood Floors And Recessed Lighting Throughout. The Spacious Living Room Is Surrounded By Large Windows Which Bring In An Abundance Of...

Run Don't Walk To This Historic 3 Bedrooms, 2 ...

NEW Photo of Listing #VAAX235560

$750,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.07 Acres
  • 1,815 ft²


315 N Patrick St, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX235560

Run Don't Walk To This Historic 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2 Level Detached Home Located In The Heart Of Old Town Alexandria. There Are A Number Of Reasons To See This Historic Home! A Commuter~s Dream With Easy Access To Crystal City (national Landi...

Stunning Condo In Coveted Old Town! Spacious An...

Photo of Listing #VAAX227160

$387,500 Active

  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 826 ft²


1200 Braddock Pl #305, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX227160

Stunning Condo In Coveted Old Town! Spacious And Sun-filled Open Floor Plan With 1 Bedroom And 1 Bathroom. A Large Wall Of Windows Lets Sunlight Stream Into The Living/dining Room That Opens To The Cozy Kitchen. Open The Sliding Glass Door To The Spacious B...

Spectacular 1br/1ba Old Town Condo With Spaciou...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #VAAX234218

$384,900 Active

  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 761 ft²


1111 Oronoco St #429, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX234218

Spectacular 1br/1ba Old Town Condo With Spacious Living And Dining Areas, Gourmet Kitchen With Granite And Stainless Steel, Large Bedroom With Sizable Walk-in Closet, Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Garage Parking And Extra Storage Space. Condo Fee Includes Cable...

Blog Posts About the Parker Gray Historic District

Parker-Gray Historic Neighborhood in Alexandria

With a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the Parker-Gray Historic neighborhood in Alexandria proves a delightful location to live or to visit. Filled with hundreds of small townhouses and rowhouses, you’ll also find some commercial buildings throughout the area. Set in Old Town Alexandria’s northwest quadrant, the area dates back to the late 1700s. It gains its moniker, though, from the past leaders of two former schools. While Sarah Gray once headed the Hallowell Scho... Read More

The Henry Condo Sold By DC Condo Boutique

DC Condo Boutique team member Matt Allen represented the buyer of a condo at The Henry, located at 525 Lafayette Street 612, Alexandria, VA 22314 in the Parker-Gray neighborhood. This condo features 2 BR / 2 BA / 1,500 SF and closed on January 30th, 2018 for $625,000 / $417 SF. The Henry is a six-story mid-rise condo development that delivered in 2008. Building amenities include a concierge, fitness center, party room and community rooftop with DC views. The Henry is located in the hi... Read More

Parker-Gray: Historic Alexandria Neighborhood

The Parker-Gray neighborhood, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as an historical district, is a 40-block swath west of Washington Street located in the northwest section of Old Town Alexandria.  Parker-Gray extends north to south from First Street to Cameron Street, and from east to west from Alfred Street to N. West Street.  Alexandria’s Parker-Gray enjoys a rich history going back hundreds of years.Parker-Gray has a rich cultural history as part of Alexandria’s African-Amer... Read More

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Listing information last updated on May 19th, 2019 at 3:15pm EDT.