Does it have to be a million dollar view?

by Brian Kane

George Washington set a high standard with Mount Vernon’s’ full length piazza on the river side of his home to watch the Potomac’s changing tides. As temperatures begin to climb this month, boat traffic will soon pick up again, and river gazing will only get more alluring.

The Potomac is in clear view from the 200 block of South Lee Street at Windmill Hill Park.

So what does it cost to purchase Potomac River views in Alexandria, following our first President’s example? A number of opportunities exist in Old Town Alexandria for close to 2 million, particularly in the newer waterfront luxury townhouse communities, such as Ford’s Landing where waterfront prices fall between 1.5 and 2 million for well-appointed, spacious homes with integral garages and waterfront terraces.“It’s not likely that you’ll find anything under that range directly on the river,” noted Gordon Wood of McEnearney Associates.

But can you see the river from your living room for less cash? Several opportunities do exist, and several fall at or under $1 million in the Old Town area.

110 Queen Street, at 1,075,000, is but five houses from the river and offers Potomac River views and the expansive waterfront Founders Park is out the door. With 3 BR and 3-1/2 baths, the 13-year old Queen Street residence has its own parking spaces and has been on the market since January 2011 by Tree Property Management.

The view of Old Town Alexandria from the water is as compelling at the view to the River from its historic streets.

112 Gibbon Street, on the market for six months, and listed at 1,095,000 by Long and Foster, rests in the quaint southeast quadrant, is a solid brick offering, 43 years old, with 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths. While it has nice views of the park and the river, one wishes that the architect took better advantage of river views by puncturing its staid brick facade more rigorously, although this may have taken an act of Congress to come to fruition in the historic district of Old Town.

Wood also notes that some clients of his have opted away from townhouses to condominiums to be on the water. He noted that a popular choice has been the Porto Vecchio condominiums, just one-half mile south of Old Town on the Potomac. “And people can rent in Hunting Towers, and also have that view,” noted Wood.

On the north side of Old Town, Potomac River vistas exist from a penthouse condominium in the high-rise Alexandria House at 400 Madison Street. Listed at 795,183, this unit is eight blocks north of King Street and features one bedroom, 1 ½ baths with floor to ceiling windows to take advantage of the southeast river views. It also has a complete wrap around balcony with views down the river – not a likely a match to George’s digs, but a step in the right direction.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/does_it_have_to_be_a_million_dollar_view/3058

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