Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA

Located along the banks of the Potomac River in the southern part of Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon is a residential neighborhood named for the historic home of George and Martha Washington. The sprawling estate with its huge mansion overlooking the river is one of the country’s enduring landmarks, while the larger community is a highly desirable place to live. Homes for sale in Mount Vernon lean heavily toward single-family detached properties, as well as a smaller number of condos and townhomes.

Mount Vernon in Alexandria shouldn’t be confused with the Mount Vernon Triangle or Mount Vernon Square, the latter two being small and densely populated urban areas in Washington, DC, known for luxury mixed-use condominium developments such as CityCenterDC. Instead, the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood on the Potomac offers a range of homes in styles such as Colonial, Mediterranean, French Country, Tudor, and Cape Cod. There are also a number of homes built in the Rambler and Split-level styles, a product of a busy period of residential development during the mid-20th century.

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Mount Vernon is one of the most sought-after upscale suburbs in Alexandria, with a population of about 14,000. It has come a long way since its agrarian origins. George Washington’s original plantation estate was built over a 20-year period, from around 1758 to 1778. During those years before his presidency, Washington was a noted general, farmer, and merchant, and was active in local politics, spending much time in what is now known as Old Town Alexandria just up the coast from his estate. The residential population of the Mount Vernon area grew steadily during the more modern era, ad continues to expand today.

One of the noticeable trends Mount Vernon’s current real estate market is new home construction and significant expansions of existing properties. Land along the coastline has always been in high demand, with estates perched on rises above the river, and sometimes including wooden stairs that descend down to private boat docks. But waterfront homes represent just a portion of Mount Vernon, with the six square mile neighborhood offering lovely treelined streets, local parks and recreation, the Mount Vernon Country Club, highly rated schools, farmers markets, and businesses along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Other popular communities in the area include Woodlawn, Belle Haven, and Fort Hunt. And of course, Old Town with its many top shops, restaurants, and activities is about ten miles up the road.

To learn more about luxury homes for sale in Mount Vernon, Alexandria, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Fairfax County FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Mount Vernon neighborhood within the City of Alexandria?

A: No, Mount Vernon is a census-designated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, in location often referred to as the greater Alexandria area rather than the independent City of Alexandria.

Q: How far is it from Mount Vernon to downtown Washington, DC?

A: The distance is roughly 15 miles, but the length of travel can also depend on the route taken and which bridge is used for crossing the river.

Q: Are there public beaches in the Mount Vernon neighborhood?

A: The Mount Vernon neighborhood is on elevated ground above the Potomac River and is not known for public beaches. However, there are other ways to enjoy the water such as local yacht clubs.

Q: Are there restaurants in Mount Vernon?

A: Most restaurants and other businesses are found along the commercial area of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, also known as Richmond Highway.

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