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Lifestyle

Living in Alexandria

Living in Alexandria

Weather and Climate in Alexandria, VA Do you like 4 seasons with a somewhat mild winter? One of the best things about Alexandria weather is the general idea of unpredictability. It's not strange to see a 70 degree day in December. 

 

 

 

Market_Square_and_City_Hall,_in_Alexandria,_Virginia.-112 Facts You Didn't Know About Alexandria, Virginia  The city's history and geographic boundaries are so vast that they encompass a multitude of lifestyle factors. Both characteristics allow visitors and residents opportunities to try a different activity or unearth a previously hidden connection to the history books.

 

 

Military Life

Military families living in AlexandriaAlexandria Guide for Newcomers Why do military families love living in Alexandria? Despite the expensive real estate, there are hundreds of amenities available to make up for the cost of living. From commuting and working to the city’s central location for travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard, Alexandria has so much to offer military families.

 

 

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Moving During an Off-Season PCS Move You will not be alone moving off-season if you’re headed to Alexandria by way of Fort Belvoir, The Pentagon, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Mark Center Alexandria, and other nearby bases in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. There’s a lot of military activity around Alexandria, which means plenty of ways to jump into life in the National Capital Region.

 

 

 

 

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What You Need to Know for Your Military Move to Alexandria, Virginia The boundaries of Alexandria can be a bit tricky knowing the difference between City of Alexandria and Alexandria, Fairfax County. Read more about the terms you need to know, cost of living in Alexandria, education, spouse employment, and the local real estate market. 

 

Alexandria facts

Commute

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Alexandria, VA Commute Insider Tips  Commuting is a big deal in Alexandria. Granted, it is one of the better places in the National Capital Region to commute--that’s why so many people call it home--but there are strategies involved whether you drive, ride, or bike to work.

 

 

 

 

 

Jobs

Military_spouse_employment_Military Spouse Employment in Alexandria  It’s no secret military spouses face immense challenges as they look to find jobs that suit their military lifestyle, education, and work experience. The lack of employment is a constant topic of discussion

 

 

 

 

 

School/Education

Schools in Alexandria VAAn Overview of Alexandria's Two Public School Systems   Alexandria is unique in that it offers two public school systems by two different governing bodies: Fairfax County Public Schools and Alexandria City Public Schools. Together they provide education to more than 200,000 children.  

 

 

Pets

pet-friendly-services-in-alexandriaPet-Friendly Services in Alexandria, VA  Hey pet lovers, this town is filled with all of the amenities you'll need to take care of your pet at home and while away. There is a resource for everything you'll need, from the basics, like veterinary care, to the up and up, like yappy hours. 

 

 

 

 

Housing and Real Estate

 

Neighborhoods

Alex_City_vs_Alex_FFC_Map-1Understanding Alexandria VA Zip Codes and Borders  How to research where you'll live, shop, and play! The good and bad news is that there are likely several very appealing neighborhoods to choose from which may make it difficult to pick your favorite option. House hunting anywhere in the National Capital Region requires thoughtful insight to prioritize your must-haves. Typically, these priorities include schools, commute, and rent or mortgage payment.

 

 

 

 

Alexandria Virginia 22315 A Spotlight on Alexandria, Virginia (22315 zip code) Three major factors why military families choose this particular area to live, schools, manageable commutes to Pentagon and Fort Belvoir, and a sense of community, plus shopping and entertainment. This area is commonly known as Franconia. 

 

 

 

Alexandria Crime and Safety TrendsAlexandria's Crime and Safety Trends  It is easy to get involved with the aesthetics of buying a home and financing that sometimes safety and crime takes a backseat. Just like any city it is best to look at the statistics before purchasing a home. 

 

 

 

Arlington_vs AlexandriaWhere Should you Live: Alexandria or Arlington?  Arlington and Alexandria share a border and to begin to understand which might better suit your living situation, take a look at the differences and similarities between the two. 

 

 

 

Types of Housing

apartment-2094661_1280Apartment Living in Alexandria, Virginia  The good and bad news is that there are likely several very appealing neighborhoods to choose from which may make it difficult to pick your favorite option. House hunting anywhere in the National Capital Region requires thoughtful insight to prioritize your must-haves. Typically, these priorities include schools, commute, and rent or mortgage payment.


 

Home_stylesHome Shopping, Styles and Prices  The good and bad news is that there are likely several very appealing neighborhoods to choose from which may make it difficult to pick your favorite option.

 

 

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Buy, Sell, Rent

Old_Town_AlexandriaWhat to Know About Investing in Alexandria's Rental Market The good and bad news is that there are likely several very appealing neighborhoods to choose from which may make it difficult to pick your favorite option.

 

 

 

_Alexandria_selling trendsAlexandria, VA Home Selling Trends The newer commercial growth is changing the face of real estate in the area. A healthy population growth is good news to home sellers now and in the future. 

 

 


 

Alexandria_new_home_constructionBuying a New Construction Home‚Äč The good and bad news is that there are likely several very appealing neighborhoods to choose from which may make it difficult to pick your favorite option. House hunting anywhere in the National Capital Region requires thoughtful insight to prioritize your must-haves. Typically, these priorities include schools, commute, and rent or mortgage payment.

 

 

 

Rental market in Alexandria VAWhat You Need to Know About the Rental Home Market in Alexandria, Virginia  The quality of life is high, traffic moves fast, and real estate moves faster! Renters in the area not only search online inventories on their own, but often utilize the help of a real estate agent. 

 

 

 

aerial_view_AlexandriaSearch for Homes in Alexandria, VA by Zip Code  The city limits are spread across miles of differentiating residential and commercial districts, not to mention two completely different government systems. One of the ways to cut out some of the confusion is to search for a home  by zip codes.  

 

 

 

 

Things To Do & See

 

Sightseeing or Things to Do

Things tp dp AlexandriaThings To Do in Alexandria, VA  There are plenty of sites to see and things to do in the city, local and D.C.  A great way to learn your bearings and street names is to sign up for a walking tour. Of course, ghost tours are always popular but colonial history, food, beer, and wine, and even dessert tours exist too. 

 

 

Mount_Vernon_A Day Trip to Mount Vernon  The best way to begin planning for a day at Mount Vernon is to connect with Mount Vernon on social media and review their website. You won't want to miss a planned lecture, exhibit, or tour. 

 

 

 

Events

National_Inventors_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum,_USPTO_building_in_Alexandria,_Virginia,_2014-09-24 7 Indoor Activities in Alexandria Virginia Too hot, too cold, too rainy, whatever the reason there are plenty of things to do indoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Interior_of_Christmas_AtticThe Best Holiday Events in Alexandria, VA November and December is a time of the year that is magical with holiday spirit. You'll find Old Town to be the hub of holiday excitement but definitely other areas get in on the festiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A_cherry_blossom_blooming_in_Old_Town_Alexandria_-_panoramioA Guide to Viewing Cherry Blossoms  Of course, the Cherry Blossoms in DC are spectacular. You can stay close to home in Alexandria and enjoy the specialty attractions that happen once a year when the blossoms line the neighborhood streets. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurants

mount-vernon-inn-restaurant9 Best Restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia As an Alexandria resident, you will never have a shortage of restaurants to try. This is only 9 out of dozens and dozens of delicious options for every palate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotels

Alexandria_MarriottPopular and Convenient Hotels in Alexandria  The trick to making the best decision for traveling on location is to determine your top priority. Do you want to be near the Metro stop, in the middle of Old Town, or possibly a longer stay hotel. 

 

 

 

Alexandria Businesses

 

Pets

Alexandria veterinariansPet-Friendly Services in Alexandria, VA   There is no shortage of services, but expect to pay premiums for convenience and quality care. These are some of the top picks within the area which have plenty of customer feedback documented, which helps sift through some of the options. But, plan on doing your own research before buying or hiring services. 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Links

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Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Northern Virginia Community College 

Fairfax County Public Schools

Alexandria City Public Schools

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Military Officers Association of America 
National Military Family Association

Alexandria Living Magazine
Visit Alexandria
Zebra Good News in Alexandria, Virginia

 

 

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