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The Pinecrest Neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria is a historic town in a history-rich state of the Union. It has been an established city in this country since nearly the founding of the country itself. In its time, it has seen great triumph and progress across many historic events, is the birthplace of key historical figures from all sides of historic events and is an idyllic piece of Americana right at the heart of the nation’s political center. But history is not its sole occupant. It’s a city full of people, who make their own history and add to the richness of Alexandria - like books to a library.
The History of Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria was established by name in 1779 when it became incorporated. In the years leading up to that, it had an interesting intersecting history with some of America’s earliest political players. The town was founded around a tobacco warehouse which was built up the Potomac river near deeper water, because the original site had poor ground for building. The Hunting Creek warehouse became the basis for the town due to the deep water docking potential for ships to set out from, but the tobacco planters didn’t want to use the less productive fields.
The territory was once disputed by one Lord Thomas Fairfax, a major British land controller in the “New World”, but after resolving the colonies were left in a state of wondering what to do with it. It was then that Mr. Washington (Lawrence) put forth a petition to consolidate the land surrounding the warehouse and fields into a proper town to keep it from being disputed. The land along the shores was mapped by his younger brother, who worked as a surveyor, named George.
So George Washington helped draw up the first map of the town that would become Alexandria. But, for a while, during funding drives and lotteries to help build a church and market, the towl was called “Belhaven”. But the public didn’t respond to the name. The name Alexandria actually came about to honor Captain Philip Alexander, whose estate the town grew out of. He and his family therefore donated a portion of their land and were listed as co-founders. Then, in 1791, the very man who helped survey Alexandria’s founding lands wrote them into the District of Columbia under his authority as President.
Alexandria has withstood a great deal of pressure from its neighbors during America’s history. It sustained the great Raid on Alexandria - an unfortunate parallel to another, slightly older Alexandria - during the War of 1812. Disputes arose near the Civil War which caused Alexandria to be traded back and forth as a District of Columbia and a County of Virginia. The end compromise resulted in the “independent” standing of the City, existing as a county unto itself and as part of D.C. while the remaining portion was renamed to “Arlington County” which lapsed back to Virginia. Union soldiers occupied the city from Confederate forces until the end of the Civil War due to the city’s proximity to the Capital. Remnants of these defenses can be found in the city to this day.
Alexandria has been a hub of historic people. From Presidents to Pundits, Generals and Sports stars, all kinds of talents have risen from this city in its long history. President Ford once called the city home, as did President Nixon. Musical talents Jim Morrison and Dave Grohl have lived in town where they refined their skills to one day take the world stage. It has grown into a town of political professionals, talented entertainers, athletes and magnates of all kinds.
The Pinecrest Neighborhood
Pinecrest has an interesting history of its own, though not as venerated as the colonial days. It started in the 1980s on the border of the Fairfax County golf course. The 9-hole course is a local favorite for its intimate proximity with the lovely townhouses and family homes built over stunningly rich greens. This is no coincidence. If you walk the neighborhood from end to end, you might feel like you should be swinging a club or tracking a ball. Pinecrest was built on half of the original 18-hole course, which rather than being shuttered, was repurposed and divided.
The houses built on the course were styled for luxurious family living, incredibly spacious with huge lawns and yards for personal care. The homes offer multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, attached garages, decks and patios, all built to last for long-term residence. Previous owners have updated and renovated the homes, giving them rising investment potential through the years with new flooring, new appliances and wiring, and new opportunities for more families to move in and add to the neighborhood’s personal history.
Pinecrest has been expanding ever since its inception, and now includes a multitude of homes, townhouses and condos. The residential network extends to families looking to own a spot of their own land as well as a generation-spanning home, or for people working in and around the busy District of Columbia to have a simple place to stay in a townhouse. The Pinecrest Condominiums, a newer development, offer luxurious living space at competitive rates for ownership.
The neighborhood is more than just a place to live. Walking trails help blend the rich suburban lifestyles with the surrounding natural landscape just outside of the busy city blocks of Alexandria. There are three tennis courts for the sporty types who like to unwind with some high-speed hand-eye practice, and gazebos for outdoor dining with friends, and condo residents can enjoy a maintained in-ground swimming pool at their leisure.
Just outside of Pinecrest is the Forest Hollow Recreation Center and Swim Club, which features a large public swimming pool with Olympic-style swimming lanes, wading pools and deep diving sections for swimmers of all levels of experience. It’s a perfect place to spend hot summer afternoons cooling down.
Further along you can find the Green Spring Gardens, an all-in-one nature lover’s paradise. It acts as a museum of culture preservation, including 18th-century housing and buildings that have been maintained from the old days. Also available for touring are demonstrational gardens growing diverse, unique plants, a greenhouse to show off modern horticultural prowess and of course a shop for any aspiring gardener to get their first seedbeds started. It serves as an educational bastion as well as a pleasant break away from the daily sights of nonstop concrete and asphalt.
Naturally the Pinecrest Golf Course is available. Where the residential area serves as the “other 9 holes”, there’s not much golfing to do from yard to yard of neighboring homes. The course is open to the public and features natural hazards like ponds and wooded lands across its 2,500 yards. The par 35 course will give a long afternoon worth of challenge for golfers of all levels. Even on rainy days. The Wayne Valis Family Golf Center has a TrackMan golf simulator for practicing drives indoors that tour a digital recreation of the course. Teachers and lessons are available for all age groups as well so the whole family can learn how to play.
Also within walking distance, just down Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road, is the Pinecrest Plaza shopping center. A place where anyone can get what they need or want at just about any time of day. It’s a veritable food tour of all the classic suburban fare. The Lidl supermarket takes up the biggest space and is flanked on all sides by sit-down or pick-up-and-go restaurants, including Firehouse Subs and Five Guys. Also on offer is the Akeno Sushi Bar, the Hunan Kitchen, Taco Rock and an Indaroma Bakery and Cafe along the walk. And of course no community is complete without a Starbucks for the folks who need something in the morning to get going.
Pinecrest Homes For Sale Alexandria VA
Pinecrest is a community of its own set within the larger scope of the city of Alexandria. Traveling further out of the neighborhood opens up the opportunities of this prestigious, D.C. suburb. Alexandria has been rated the #1 big city in Virginia for its housing market. Homes in iconic neighborhoods, manors and villas have starting prices at $500,000. As the area developed, the real estate market grew with it where homes were treated and renovated over generations to match the rising expectations of modern living.
Alexandria is a highly professional environment, being one of the cities surrounding the hub of all political work in the country. The median income for households is around $89,000, with an income per capita across the city’s demographics of $55,000, which is 86% higher than the national average. This matches the rising housing prices, which are higher than the national average, but still affordable for professionals who aspire to work in the D.C. area.
Of course, growing the new generations of future scholars starts in schools, where Alexandria flourishes. The education index rates among the highest in the state and the country. The high school graduation rate is 90%, and with a 12 to 1 student to teacher ratio across all available schools. Among the best are the Arlington district public schools, and theThe Potomac School as a private institute.
While Pinecrest is part of Alexandria’s history, it’s a much more recent addition that needs to catch up to a few centuries of significant historic changes. Many of those can be experienced in the Mason District Park during the summer. The park hosts a regular Arts in the Park where shows are featured with dancing, plays, children’s entertainment and all sorts of other cultural pageants. The founders of Alexandria are likewise honored in museums and cultural exhibitions, most notably through the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, named after and made for the man himself who helped found the town before anyone knew how important he would become.
The Old Town section of Alexandria has preserved its history since the give-and-take exchanges between the state and District that served as the city’s formal founding. Residents and tourists can visit the Old Town to see historically preserved buildings which are stacked up to provide the brickwork of Alexandria’s great history. The nation’s longest running farmer’s market still meets near City Hall every Saturday to provide fresh organic food, along with anything else you might think to find.
There are plenty of tours to take. One day won’t be enough to see it all. One life won’t be enough to fully take in the depth. Mount Vernon, just south of the city, is the residence of George Washington in his prime. It is the most toured residence in the country, a founding ground for the nation as a whole, where the first President lived. Alexandria’s long history and proximity to battles in many wars also gives it a ghostly atmosphere to take in during a lantern-lit ghost tour. For the adults in the group, there are also pub crawls that insist on a different kind of spirits.
Being on the wide and deep Potomac River has many advantages. In the old days, it was a central site for trade. Now, the waterfront has a much wider array of things to do. Guided boat tours of the riverside attractions can help taxi people from one end of the city to another. The marina is bustling with all kinds of activity, from recreational boating and yachting to boardwalk-side outdoor dining.
Alexandria is just 7.8 miles south of Washington, D.C. The commute can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes given the high flow of traffic for commuters. But that’s still under an hour to the nation’s Capital, and all the opportunities it carries. To the west, Alexandria rests about 17.8 miles from Fairfax on a half-hour commute across the I-495 S, which stops through Springfield. However, you can skip the ride and spare the air of car fumes by taking a ride on the Metrorail. It’s one of the four metrorail stations that links Alexandria with other cities in the most economical, environmentally sound fashion. For frequent flyers, Alexandria is just minutes away from Reagan National Airport.
Moving In or Out of Pinecrest
There’s so many reasons to arrive in Pinecrest. It’s a welcoming, vibrant community surrounded by potential and history. But the investment market is also going strong. Homes close-enough to D.C. are considered premium real estate. As such, properties in Pinecrest, and the surrounding Alexandria area, are looked at for their current and future potential value as more and more work continues to crowd around the busy D.C. metro.
These high value homes come from a strict but fair and well-reviewed Homeowner’s Association who focus on the preservation of origin and intent for every building’s unique inception. During the development of Pinecrest, four contractors were given the reins to handle construction in just the span of a few years. The result is some buildings look similar, but others don’t, with different construction standards and design philosophies. But that incongruity helped give Pinecrest a sense of uniqueness in every home. In order to preserve the same sanctity of historic culture, the HOA of Pinecrest issues its rules with the assurance that property values will grow.
Owning a well maintained, balanced home in a neighborhood of forward-thinking fellow homeowners is a sense of accomplishment all on its own. There are people who have the dedication to stay in Alexandria by way of Pinecrest all their lives. Everything a family could want is just within reach. However, for those with higher ambitions, the real estate market is still growing and new residences are opening up as the owners set to sell them or invest them for major returns.
Alexandria’s rich history started with the strange zoning dispute between its earliest residences. That strangeness is echoed into the modern day in Pinecrest, the neighborhood built over half of a golf course. Now, it’s grown into its own unique domain, with hundreds of homes, houses and condos to its name and a growing population of proud homeowners that can share this chapter of rich Virginian history. Whether for investment of money or the investment of time across generations of ownership, the neighborhood of Pinecrest welcomes all the new ideas that will help it grow.
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