Alexandria, Va. | $600,000
A stone cottage built in 1949, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.2-acre lot
With its narrow streets lined with Colonial-era buildings and the restaurants along the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is popular with tourists and locals alike. This house is a few miles from the historic neighborhood — close enough to enjoy the amenities, but far enough to avoid the traffic. It is less than a half-mile from the wooded trails of the Civil War-era Fort Williams Park and a five-minute drive from the shopping on Duke Street, which includes a Giant supermarket and several pharmacies. The King Street-Old Town Metrorail Station is 10 minutes away by car; from there, the train takes commuters into Washington in about 20 minutes.
Size: 1,404 square feet
Price per square foot: $427
Indoors: A small, paved patio sits directly in front of the bright blue door in the center of the house’s stone facade. The door opens directly into an open living area with a wood-burning fireplace, a bay window and parquet floors that continue into a dining area.
Around the corner is a kitchen with stainless-steel Bosch appliances, quartz countertops and room for a breakfast table. Off one side of the space is a laundry room.
A short corridor leads from the living room to the primary bedroom, which has another street-facing bay window and a sizable closet. Next door is a home office that could also serve as a nursery, with a wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinets. Also on this side of the house is a full bathroom with a new vanity and a combination tub and shower with the original tile.