A Spotlight on Alexandria, Virginia, Zip Codes 22309 and 22310
Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County. Image from Virginia Native Plant Society.
Although the Alexandria zip codes 22309 (Mount Vernon) and 22310 (Franconia, Rose Hill) are not adjacent on a map, they share similarities in housing styles, historical relevance, and in-demand locations. In these zip codes, house shoppers are searching for simple commute schedules, a strong community connection, and local amenities unique to their neighborhood.
For more choices, take a look at these homes for sale or rent in Alexandria.
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22309 Mount Vernon Neighborhoods
A coveted historic location near George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gristmill, access to George Washington Memorial Parkway, and a quick commute to Fort Belvoir are just three reasons house hunters choose neighborhoods in the Mount Vernon area.
Wessynton, Yacht Haven, Grist Mill, Mount Vernon Terrace, Woodlawn Park, and Woodlawn Manor neighborhoods are distributed throughout 22309. Portions were formerly adjacent to Mount Vernon estate as farmland. All are bordered by regional gem Huntley Meadows Park to the north, the Potomac River to the south, Fort Belvoir to the west, and Fort Hunt neighborhoods to the east.
Huntley Meadows Park via AlbertHerring
Homes in these neighborhoods are diverse in style and build date. They range from the 1950s and 1960s to current builds. This stretch of time allows for plenty of variations in Colonial and modern style homes, including waterfront property. The lots are typically around a quarter acre, and most houses have a garage, which is a luxury in the region. Some townhouse and apartment living is available.
Overall, the zip code has an assortment of price points. The most affordable homes in the area are north of Route 1/Richmond Highway and start at the low to mid $400,000s. South of Route 1/Richmond Highway, home sales begin near $650,000 and easily climb to above $1.5 million. Prices quickly rise as you move south to the Potomac River.
For more area information, read Alexandria Guide For Newcomers.
22309 Shopping, Entertainment, and Commuting
Along Route 1/Richmond Highway, you’ll find all of the major conveniences of name brand shopping, including big box and grocery stores. A mix of local stores and restaurants make up the difference in available amenities. This Route 1/Richmond Highway corridor is slated to undergo significant updates and upgrades under Fairfax County’s improvement project, Embark.
The Mount Vernon Estate and Grist Mill is a substantial draw for residents and tourists all year long. George Washington’s presidential library is also located across the street from the grounds. Each facility presents a robust collection of events for guests and members. Nearby Mount Vernon Yacht Club and Mount Vernon Country Club provide guests with various activities that include swim teams, golfing, sailing, formal events, and casual dining options.
George Washington Memorial Parkway, image via Famartin
The George Washington Memorial Parkway provides a straight shot into Old Town Alexandria and continues on past Ronald Reagan International Airport and to all points north into Washington D.C. “The Parkway,” as it’s known, also splits to connect with Fort Hunt Road, which intersects with the major highways of the area: I-295, I-395, and I-495. The drive is scenic throughout all four seasons, a strong selling point for renters and sellers, as it follows the Potomac River and provides access to riverside recreation sites.
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22310 Neighborhoods Franconia and Rose Hill
This Alexandria zip code borders 495 to the north, the Kingstowne community and Telegraph Road/South Kings Highway to the south, Old Town Alexandria to the east, and Springfield to the west. Franconia, Rose Hill, Clermont, and Wilton Woods are names of neighborhoods or subdivisions in 22310 that you’ll find pop up over and over again.
On the west side of the zip code border, Franconia has the benefit of the location near Kingstowne (a planned community of Alexandria) and the nearby popular city of Springfield, home to the closest mall, restaurants, and stand-alone stores.
Kingstowne Shopping Center, image via Wikimedia Commons
Rose Hill was once part of George Mason’s Gunston Hall estate, but its modern aesthetics and community lifestyle began in the mid-1950s.
Single family homes of a mix of styles in Clermont dominate the housing options, which is true for most of the 22310 zip code. Residents cherish their quiet community and have Clermont Elementary School dedicated to students in the neighborhood.
Wilton Woods attracts buyers and renters who prefer a mature neighborhood with charm to spare. As the name suggests, the streets are wooded and provide a “tucked away” feel. It also has a past connection to George Washington and his contemporaries.
Today, homes for sale in all of these neighborhoods start at near $500,000 for a three- or four-bedroom home. Many have garages and are designed with Colonial hallmarks in mind. Larger, updated properties are priced at closer to $800,000. Each decade, beginning with the 1950s, is represented in various stages, from original footprint to new construction.
22310 Shopping. Entertainment, and Commuting
Although each neighborhood has an affection for a corner store or shop, they are only separated by one, two, or three miles, so their communities access many of the same amenities.
Rose Hill residents have walkable access to the Rose Hill Shopping Center and the Lee District Rec Center, part of the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation system. The John Marshall Library is also nearby. Clermont is home to Mark Twain Park and a laser tag center at Shadowland Laser Adventures.
Grounded Coffee Shop is a must-visit destination of all neighborhoods, and residents consider it one of their hidden gems. Greendale Golf Course is also considered a local favorite due to the accessible county facilities and an easy start to your round of golf. Rose Hill, Clermont, and Wilton Woods all have quick drives to Franconia, Kingstowne, and Springfield attractions.
Commuters looking for public transportation have multiple Metro stations and bus choices. Start with the Van Dorn stop and routes. Depending on your location, The Eisenhower stop or King Street stop could be practical transportation solutions.
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Fairfax County Public Schools
Families are drawn to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for many reasons, including widespread access to a variety of special education in addition to the strong relationship the system maintains with military families.
For example, the Virginia Purple Star Designation was awarded to several military-friendly schools within the area. Military families make up a significant and vocal part of Alexandria’s education system, and FCPS has more accommodations than most similarly sized public school systems.
See an overview of Alexandria’s public school systems.
If choosing a home in either zip code, it’s likely your student will fall into FCPS’s Region 3, either Mount Vernon Pyramid (22309) or Edison Pyramid (22310), but small pockets of other zip codes may also attend these schools. Always start with the FCPS Boundary Locator to verify your potential address.
Clermont Elementary, image via FCPS.edu
Mount Vernon Pyramid 22309
- Fort Belvoir Primary School
- Fort Belvoir Upper School
- Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
- Riverside Elementary School
- Washington Mill Elementary School
- Woodlawn Elementary School
- Woodley Hills Elementary School
- Whitman Middle School
- Mount Vernon High School
Edison Pyramid 22310
- Bush Hill Elementary School
- Cameron Elementary School
- Clermont Elementary School
- Franconia Elementary School
- Mount Eagle Elementary School
- Rose Hill Elementary School
- Twain Middle School
- Edison High School and Academy
Not everyone can say they live on historical property once owned by founding fathers! The 22309 and 22310 zip codes have so much to offer those drawn to these sections of Alexandria.
Properties tend to be slightly more affordable and newer than the homes in neighboring Old Town or Fort Hunt, but they still offer small-town vibes and a tight community connection, making them a perfect option to begin your house hunt.
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