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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Spacious Urban Residence Close To King Street A...

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$1,050,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.05 Acres
  • 2,510 ft²


1208 Princess St, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX246056

Spacious Urban Residence Close To King Street And Braddock Road Metros. Bright Light To Make You Happy; Lots Of Light Wood Floors, Skylights, High Ceilings And An Open Floor Plan. Living Room With A Wood Burning Fireplace Walks Out To A Brick Patio, Fence...

Beautiful, Spacious, Light-filled, Rare All-bri...

Photo of Listing #VAAX241106

$1,044,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.03 Acres
  • 2,473 ft²


1013 Princess St, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX241106

Beautiful, Spacious, Light-filled, Rare All-brick, Detached Townhouse In The Heart Of Old Town With Almost 2500 Square Feet Of Usable Space. Zoned Cl With Potential Use As Office Or Converted To Residential Or A Combination Residence And Home-office. Unique...

Light Filled And Sparkling Corner Unit On Firs...

NEW Photo of Listing #VAAX246426

$695,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,275 ft²


1115 Cameron St #103, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX246426

Light Filled And Sparkling Corner Unit On First Floor!! No Need To Use Elevator. The Garden Style Condo Is Perfectly Located. Original Owners Have Just Completed An Amazing Renovation Which Includes Painting Throughout, Carpet In 2nd Bedroom And New F...

Recently Vacated And Lockbox In Place For Priva...

Photo of Listing #VAAX243914

$639,999 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,102 ft²


525 N Fayette St #505, Alexandria, VA

MLS® #VAAX243914

Recently Vacated And Lockbox In Place For Private Showings. Modern 2 Br/ 2ba Condo In Old Town Floor 1,100 Sf Unit With Beautiful Wood Floors, Private Balcony, Granite Counters, Ss Appliances, Upgraded Fridge, New W/d, New Hot Water Heater An...

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 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 historic Parker-Gray neig... 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 29th, 2020 at 1:20pm EDT.