Map of The Duke

The Duke is near the Carlyle District in Old Town Alexandria

Sled rides at the Masonic Temple!

After the December snowstorm dumped more than a foot and a half of snow in Northern Virginia I drove about in my little Subaru. Much to my surprise, kids and adults were riding sleds and toboggans down the steps of the Masonic Temple.

Carlyle District — home of the Jamieson

Here are a few of our favorite sites about the Carlyle District, home of the Jamieson.

  • Carlyle District — All about the Carlyle District in Old Town Alexandria
  • Carlyle Info — Info for visitors, residents, buyers and sellers in and near Carlyle and the USPTO
  • Carlyle Towers — Search listings and check prices of condos for sale at Carlyle Towers
  • Carlyle Old Town — Tools to shop and compare homes for sale in Old Town and the Carlyle District

Introduction to The Duke at Old Town

As of the time of this posting, the Duke at Old Town is under construction in Alexandria VA. These brand new condominium homes are on sale already. The Duke promises a self-contained community within walking distance of world class shopping and boutiques, distinct and popular dining, and the culture of arts and attraction.  Easily accessible, the development is a few short blocks from the King Street Metro and the Beltway, and within 10 miles of the Capitol itself.

The Historic District of Old Town Alexandria provides a picturesque setting for this one-of-a-kind suburb, where the best of 200 plus years of history is beautifully married with 21st century planning and conveniences.  The small town atmosphere that envelopes the Duke helps to detach it from the greater Metropolis of its world-famous neighbor. Like the already completed communities at Abingdon Row and Prescott, the Duke provides Old Town colonial architecture encasing a thoroughly modern life-style.

For prices and available click The Duke at Old Town.

The Duke at Old Town

King Street Metro

Union Station in Alexandria

Union Station in Alexandria backs to the King Street Metro

The King St. Metro is located at the foot of Shooter’s Hill at the point where King St. leaves Old Town Alexandria. The George Washington Masonic Memorial sits atop Shooter’s Hill overlooking the city. From the Memorial, and from the Metro, one can look down King St. toward the Potomac. This metro station has 30 short-term metered parking spaces and ample bike racks. Car Sharing is available at King St. Metro.

King Street is famous for unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and lots of activities. The area has some of the shops you would expect in an
upscale mall, but many of shops and restaurants you’ll find only here. Old Town Alexandria has more than 4,000 historic buildings, outstanding examples of early American architecture that now house small businesses and gracious homes, all waiting to give you a modern welcome. Old Town is characterized by brick sidewalks that line historic structures. Elegant modern structures are carefully planned to fit with the feel of Old Town.

king street trolley logo

King Street Trolley

Real Estate in Old Town is generally pricey and prestigious. Parking can be a bit of a hassle, especially in touristy areas along King St.; therefore, a great way to explore the area is to take the Metro to King St. and then hop a ride on the King St. Trolley.

Old Town is a great place to live with historic properties, condominiums, garden-style condos, townhouses and houses. Check here to search available property:

  • For sale — Live data on all condos for sale in Old Town (22314) zip code.
  • Near King St. Metro — Check out this link for suggestions near the King St. Metro
  • Carlyle Old Town — Check this site out if you’re think of living in the Carlyle District or in Old Town.

Communities near the King St. Metro:

  • King St. Metro — Properties for sale near King St. Metro Stop
  • Carlyle District — condos, houses and townhouses for sale in the Carlyle District
  • Carlyle Towers— spacious condos with balconies and views of Alexandria and the Potomac
  • Carlyle Square — condominiums in the Carlyle District near USPTO
  • The Duke at Old Town — New condos that mirror the stylings of Old Town Alexandria
  • Fort Ellsworth — garden style condos in the shadow of the Masonic Memorial
  • 1600 Prince — condos near King St. Metro
  • Royalton — new condos on Duke St. near King St. Station
  • Seminary Walk — Garden-style condos in Alexandria’s West End
  • Torpedo Factory — condos near King St. and the Potomac waterfront in Old Town Alexandria
Train arriving at King Street Metro

A train arrival at busy, convenient King Street Metro

Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home in Old Town Alexandria

Robert Edward Lee, (1807-1870), was a American Soldier and a General in the Confederate
Army during the U.S. Civil War. Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home is now a private residence which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and by the Virginia Historic landmark Commission.  It is located on 607 Oronoco Street in Alexandria’s famous “Old Town” district. As a private residence it is no longer open for tours by the public. However, a virtual tour is still available online.

Many historical events took place at Robert E. Lee’s home including a marriage in the drawing room between Mary Lee Fitzhugh to George Washington Custis (grandson of Martha Washington). Twenty-seven years later, Mary Lee’s daughter, Mary Ann Randolph Curtis married Robert E. Lee.

Robert E. Lee's boyhood home in Old Town Alexandria

The home was built in 1795 by John Potts Jr., who worked with George Washington on the C&O Canal, and was purchased by William Fitzhugh in 1799. After his death the home was put up for rental and the Lee family rented it from 1812-1825.

The foyer included many important historical pieces, the Lee Family coat-of-arms featuring the family motto: “Not Unmindful of the Future”. There are several pastels rendered by David Silvette depicting Robert E. Lee at various stages of his military career. Furnishings such as
the eighteenth century grandfather clock, and Federal-style mahogany side chairs help frame portraits of Robert E. Lee and Mary Ann Randolph Custis Lee.

The dining room includes a portrait of Robert’s father, Henry “Light-Horse Henry” Lee.

The Lafayette Room or Drawing Room is named after Marquis de Lafayette, who was the last surviving general of the American Revolution. Lafayette toured the home as a guest of the Unites States.
The Morning Room was restored in 1976 and was used as a family room because of the ample space.

The kitchen included the finest kitchen equipment of the time when built in 1795. When open as a museum the kitchen also included the Genealogy of the Lee Family printed in 1886, Genealogy Chart of Fitzhugh-Grymes Family, and Kentucky Walnut Sugar Chest.

The grand staircase has five portraits of Robert E. Lee in ten year intervals. The nursery is on the second floor landing. General Lee’s room has many items used by R.E. Lee, including an antique walnut baby cradle, a baby walker, and a sheraton corner washstand.

The grounds of the home were mainly used for growing and not primarily ornamental as they are now.

The home makes an interesting stop on a walking tour of Old Town Alexandria. Old Town is home to many historical sites and stops and is a vibrant community on the Potomac just a few miles from Washington DC. Visitors and residents alike are welcomed to take the free King St. Trolley or to visit monuments such as the Alexandria Lighthouse. In addition to many historic structures in Old Town, there are modern and beautiful homes such as those found at the Duke of Alexandria and condos like those found at Port Royal.