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Great place to live - 8/2/2007
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David
Alexandria, VA

You're not just limited to Alexandria, you have everything within the beltway at your disposal. The historic quality and character of Alexandria is marvelous, and downtown DC is just minutes away, as is Arlington. Alexandria has some of everything... fine dining, history, entertainment, fun for the kids, parks, art... what's not to like?

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Neal
Alexandria, VA

Southwood Subdivinis in SE Fairfax County, Virgini - 4/4/2015

The mailing address in this area is Alexandria, or Engleside. Either way, it's SE Fairfax County between Fort Belvoir and Mount Vernon. The neighborhood has been here since 1971 and most of the houses are on lots of 1/3 of an acre, or more. The proximity to Fort Belvoir and it's newly built, massive hospital in addition to the standard commissary and base exchange draws military retirees here. Proximity to the Pentagon brings lots of younger military families because of the typical Pentagon stint. These families may buy a house, expecting a later stint in the Pentagon and/or retirement to the area. Still others are drawn to the area because of the mature trees and settled appearance of the area coupled with an easy commute into DC via the George Washington Parkway. The neighborhood has a few social activities per year -- 4th of July parade and annual block party -- that creates a sense of community. The proximity of Grist Mill Park and the dog park there and the larger sized lot may be the reason that many people in the neighborhood own dogs and walk them regularly. The dog walkers interact with one another and their neighbors, further elevating the sense of community and making it a comfortable place to live.

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Neal
Alexandria, VA

Southwood Subdivinis in SE Fairfax County, Virgini - 4/4/2015

The mailing address in this area is Alexandria, or Engleside. Either way, it's SE Fairfax County between Fort Belvoir and Mount Vernon. The neighborhood has been here since 1971 and most of the houses are on lots of 1/3 of an acre, or more. The proximity to Fort Belvoir and it's newly built, massive hospital in addition to the standard commissary and base exchange draws military retirees here. Proximity to the Pentagon brings lots of younger military families because of the typical Pentagon stint. These families may buy a house, expecting a later stint in the Pentagon and/or retirement to the area. Still others are drawn to the area because of the mature trees and settled appearance of the area coupled with an easy commute into DC via the George Washington Parkway. The neighborhood has a few social activities per year -- 4th of July parade and annual block party -- that creates a sense of community. The proximity of Grist Mill Park and the dog park there and the larger sized lot may be the reason that many people in the neighborhood own dogs and walk them regularly. The dog walkers interact with one another and their neighbors, further elevating the sense of community and making it a comfortable place to live.

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Neal
Alexandria, VA

Southwood Subdivinis in SE Fairfax County, Virgini - 4/4/2015

The mailing address in this area is Alexandria, or Engleside. Either way, it's SE Fairfax County between Fort Belvoir and Mount Vernon. The neighborhood has been here since 1971 and most of the houses are on lots of 1/3 of an acre, or more. The proximity to Fort Belvoir and it's newly built, massive hospital in addition to the standard commissary and base exchange draws military retirees here. Proximity to the Pentagon brings lots of younger military families because of the typical Pentagon stint. These families may buy a house, expecting a later stint in the Pentagon and/or retirement to the area. Still others are drawn to the area because of the mature trees and settled appearance of the area coupled with an easy commute into DC via the George Washington Parkway. The neighborhood has a few social activities per year -- 4th of July parade and annual block party -- that creates a sense of community. The proximity of Grist Mill Park and the dog park there and the larger sized lot may be the reason that many people in the neighborhood own dogs and walk them regularly. The dog walkers interact with one another and their neighbors, further elevating the sense of community and making it a comfortable place to live.

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Peter
Alexandria, VA

Economy - 3/2/2015

The business climate is very good.

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Sarah
Alexandria, VA

Cost of Living in Alexandria, VA - 2/10/2015

it's expensive!

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Ellen
Alexandria, VA

Special Place to visit... - 1/5/2015

I highly recommend historic Alexandria as a place to visit and meander about, especially in Old Town. The prices are steep, but the genuine charm is almost unmatched in the nation. I love being near the water. It is definitely worth a leisurely visit several times over--an authentic tourist gem.

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Jason
Alexandria, VA

Get over your selves - 6/6/2013

The area has its upside, but the traffic and the overall rudiness of everyone here is enough for me to leave. I've never lived anywhere where if you are polite enough to let someone into your lane when driving, the car behind you will always honk like a mad person and probably shoot you the finger. Happens every time. Plus the area I live in is a nice area, but the people think that because they live there they are above everyone else. Everywhere you go here people talk down to everyone else, and always try and work in their neighborhood in conversation, as if it somehow makes them better. Hate to break it to you Alexandria, the community is not that exclusive, after all I live there (but I'm moving out!!!)

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William
Alexandria, VA

Climate - 3/8/2013

Mid-Atlantic climate is balance. Experiences four seasons w/o any one season being overbearing

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Yohannes
Alexandria, VA

Happy camper - 12/13/2011

Alexandria is really a good place to settle and raise a family, housing is getting very expensive compared to most part of the country, but good schools, very few crimes, proximity to Washington DC, and all the political attractions, lots of museums, home of George Washington, populated with a mix of all countries and continents, cannot get bored, and I love it,

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Heidie
Alexandria, VA

Alexandria - 9/27/2011

Alexandria is a great city. Close to washington Dc but far enough away that you are out of the city. I live near a wild life preserve and get to see the deer every day while walking the dogs. There's Old Town Alexandria with e plethura of restaurants and lots to do.

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Rich
Alexandria, VA

Always exciting Alexandria - 9/18/2011

Alexandria, Virginia is a highly educated and culturally diverse city in the Southwestern Region of the National Capital Area of Washington, DC. Here you are living in a melting pot of culture, numerous ethnic restaurants, popular bars, clubs, and activities from local museums, artsy shops, sightseeing, biking, hiking, kayaking, boating and more within reasonable drives. The Old Towne Alexandria section of the city is a gem for those enthralled with Colonial points of interest, historic architecture, highly rated restaurants and romantic getaway hotspots. There is something for everyone; you would be hard pressed to be bored in a city so eclectic.

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Tanya
Alexandria, VA

Great Parks and Recreation but congestion is bad - 9/1/2011

I'm referring to Alexandria in Fairfax County, not the City of Alexandria (although that is a great place too). I've lived here for 2 years. I've really been inmpressed with the amount of offerings in the County Parks and Recreation Dept. So these comments could also be for other towns in our county. Summer calendars are filled with free concerts in the parks (many parks!) a free water park for little kids, and lots of other free events for adults, kids, and families alike. Alexandria has a great schools, a farmers market, great parks with playgrounds, indoor "soft playground" for young kids, parks with hiking. HOWEVER with the great community there are trade-offs , there seems to be competition for everything; parking spaces, dinner reservations, doctors appts, pre-school/daycare slots, you name it. I love the area, close to so many great culture/historical/art locations, but the congestion makes daily living tough.

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Bp
Alexandria, VA

Attention: GLBT - home buyer$ - Alexandria - 4/11/2011

If your looking to buy a home in NoVa. There is a very lovely older suburban community thats " Gay Friendly " called Lincolnia Park. It's a very warm, welcoming community in which several of US live ( particularly in proximity of Braddock Rd. / Cherokee Ave. / Chowan Ave. ). The homes are reasonably priced! The area is very beautiful with tree lined streets and larger lots. It 's easily commutable into the city as its located off of Little River turnpike on a bus line, and of course is ideally located for shopping : ) Please remember in your search - who our neighbors are has a huge impact on the way we as a community live. FYI... I'm not a realtor, just a very HAPPY resident

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Digger
Alexandria, VA

Great place to live, if money is no object - 2/1/2011

Alexandria has much to offer, if you can afford it. Housing is very high - a modest one bedroom apt will set you back at least $1,000 a month, and a decent house can't be had for less than $300,000, with commensurately high real estate taxes. There has been a tremendous amount of infill building on former industrial land, with a consequent rise in traffic. It is getting more difficult every day to get anywhere anytime. (The DC area just won the dubious honor of having the worst traffic in the country.) Alexandria has charming neighborhoods, great dining and shopping, easy access to rail and air transport, and is a stone's throw from DC and all it has to offer. We liked living here but, like many of our friends, hope to move in a few years to a place less congested and expensive.

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michael
Valdosta, GA

Lots to do - 1/3/2011

Close to DC, national and state parks.

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David
Arlington, VA

Nice but Expensive - 8/1/2010

Alexandria is a nice place to live but it's very expensive. In my opinion the price is not entirely justified. I can understand why places like San Francisco and New York are expensive, but Washington to me doesn't justify it's price tag.

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Jean
Alexandria, VA

climate - 7/12/2010

Summers can be hot and sticky, but Fall and Spring are wonderful. On average, winter months are not as cold as one is lead to believe with the exception of February which can be really cold with lots of snow. All in all, a mix that one can live with.

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Maggie
Alexandria, VA

Expensive - 5/28/2010

Two lobster sliders = 13 bucks

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John
Alexandria, VA

Washington Metro Area is exactly what you think. - 1/25/2010

There is more history than you can shake a stick at. Spending time at museums, visiting monuments, taking a tour of the Capitol, all the things citizens of this great country should do at least once. If you live and work in the area those great things seem to fall by the wayside. In 2009 the Capitol Beltway was rated was second worst commute in the nation by the Texas Traffic Institute. Having lived here for 9 years I can attest to the tremendous traffic volume, the Beltway is backed up, bumper-to-bumper, at almost any time day or night. The area tries hard to accommodate commuters with commuter trains coming from VA and MD, and MetroRail for those closer in. Primary driving routes in from north, south, and west (I270, I66, I95) are interstates that contain HOV lanes so if you ride a motorcycle (as I do) the HOV lane is an option. Also, housing prices are really crazy! Your dollar will certainly get you more if you live farther out, which exacerbates the commuting numbers. But as historically significant an area as it is, I can't wait to retire and get away. It's just too crowded!

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Sheila
Alexandria, VA

Beautiful city - 11/22/2009

Alexandria, VA is a beautiful city in every season. Old Town is a great place to explore and shop. History abounds in every corner of this city. A very pet friendly area where you will find water bowls in most stores and restaurants waiting for your four-legged friends. If you can't find anything to do in this city, you won't find it anywhere else!

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