Masonry Lofts Condominium

Located at 515 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Old Town Alexandria

Can you imagine living in a luxury loft where cotton was once spun on looms? In Old Town Alexandria with its fascinating stories of early American history, this is an actual option. The Mansory Lofts offers studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom residences with rustic exposed brick walls, overhead beams, and open gourmet kitchens. The five-story building dates back to 1847 and was originally home to the Mount Vernon Cotton Factory.

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The unusual tale of the Mansory Lofts in the City of Virginia doesn’t end with spindles and looms powered by steam engines. During the Civil War the building was confiscated and turned into a military prison for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Later uses include a beer bottling house, and even a manufacturing facility for spark plugs. Today, the large Georgian-style structure contains 25 upscale residences with industrial chic interiors. The revamping came courtesy of developer CAS Riegler and the Cooper Carry architectural firm. The ultimate combination of ancient, exposed wood and brick, and new modernist features and finishes, is both unique and completely charming.

From the street, the white brick building with its front portico doesn’t really look like it would be home to hipster lofts. But step inside one of the residences and it will feel like a transformative experience. These condos have a very authentic vibe, and the old vintage details such as exposed beams and brick have been left in a fairly raw state, contrasting wonderfully with newer and sleeker finishes, such as the Euro-style kitchens that hug the walls with their glossy white cabinetry and upscale stainless steel appliances. Not all the units are true lofts, but each residence still possesses the charm of old and new elements, combining to form something memorable. The boutique condominium is pet-friendly, with a community room at the top level.

The Masonry Lofts are located at 515 N. Washington Street near the corner of Pendleton Street. The small Portner Park is right next-door. Washington Street is the leafy residential section of what is also known as George Washington Memorial Parkway. The location is quite desirable, with numerous historic row houses and homes, and local businesses including a Trader Joe’s market that is just steps away. There’s also a nearby Harris Teeter, and numerous bars, restaurants, coffeehouses, art galleries, and museums. Founders Park, Oronoco Bay Park, and the Potomac River are within walking distance, about five blocks away.

To learn more about Masonry Lofts in Old Town Alexandria, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Masonry Lofts, Alexandria, VA FAQs

Q: Was Masonry Lofts once known as The Mill?

A: Yes, the former cotton factory was converted to an apartment building known as The Mill and was subsequently redeveloped as Masonry Lofts in 2021.

Q: What was the very first usage of the building?

A: The building served as a cotton factory from its inception in 1848 until the Civil War when it was used as a military prison. It was returned to the owner later in 1865. From 1877 to 1902, the property stood vacant. After that, it served as a bottling plant for the Portner Brewing Company, followed by the Express Spark Plug Factory of America, and eventually, residential use.

Q: What is the price range of condos at Masonry Lofts?

A: Since its conversion to condos in 2021, units have sold in a range from around $354,000 for the smallest studio model up to around $1.5 million for a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath residence.

Q: Is there a Metrorail station in the area?

A: Yes, the King Street-Old Town Metro station is just a mile away.

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