West End Homes For Sale in Alexandria, VA
Those seeking relatively affordable homes for sale in the western suburbs of the City of Alexandria should probably check out a collection of neighborhoods referred to as the West End. This is an area that is adjacent the Fairfax and Arlington borders, and includes land annexed from Fairfax County back in 1952. Subdivisions in the West End include Landmark/Van Dorn, Seminary Hill, Brookville, Varsity Park and Piney Court.
As is the case with Alexandria in general, there’s some history here. The area is on elevated land and for that reason, Fort Ward was built during Spanish American war era, with batteries defending the Potomac River. Its military use continued through World War II and the well preserved site still exists today as a museum and park.
Residential development has gone through a steady evolution in the West End over time. Old historic properties in the area date all the way back to the 1800s but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that widespread platting began. You’ll find quite a smorgasbord of real estate, with detached single-family homes, condos and townhouses for sale. Architectural styles include Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, Rambler, split-level and various mid-century contemporary variations. There are also some International-style high rises buildings. Prices have quite a wide range, all the way from the very low six figures up to more than a million dollars for large single-family dwellings.
Each of the neighborhoods has its own sensibility. Seminary Hill tends more toward upscale single-family homes, although there are also some townhouses and condos around the edges, while Landmark/Van Dorn reverses that trend to a degree with a greater emphasis on multiunit properties. There is also a West End redevelopment plan that has been brewing for some time. The key component is the Landmark Mall which is tentatively slated for a 2017 start date to its reconstruction. Included will be a new town center, urban parks, offices, upscale apartments and condos, and lots of great retail.
Like the greater Washington Metro area in general, the West End is a sum of its diverse parts. It caters not to any one group, but to many. First time home buyers can get a small condo for an entry-level price and those seeking more opulent choices can opt for a mansion. There’s plenty of in-between territory as well.
As for area amenities, there are a great many. The West End Farmers Market is quite popular, and there’s also the Port City Brewing Company (artisanal brewery) plus plenty of other bars and restaurants, the Winkler Botanical Preserve and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center—home to the acclaimed Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Commuters will also enjoy easy access to nearby freeways and Metro rail stations. To learn more about West End homes, condos and townhouses for sale, call the experts at District Partners at Compass, (202) 798-3600.