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Apartments in Alexandria, VA

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City Guide for Apartments in Alexandria
Alexandria apartments for rentAlexandria is most commonly referred to as a suburb of Washington and while there are a good deal of commuters that travel from their homes here to the nation’s capital, Alexandria is much more than just a bedroom city. It has received high ratings and reviews for its walkability, its history of being one of the most generous online donating cities in the country, and for being an all-around great city to live in.

Old Town may be one of the city’s true gems. It’s difficult to not label the historical neighborhood anything but quaint with its 18th century architecture, a street fully laden with cobblestone, and the ability to take a stroll through pet-friendly Founders Park alongside the Potomac River. Whether it’s for a date, an afternoon with the family, or to shop at the Farmer’s Market, Old Town is precious.

If you want to live near Old Town, there’s many apartments for rent available in the immediate area. As you might expect, the area is quite desirable, so rents go for a premium price. The best strategy to find a cheap place is to be patient and use an good finder to keep your options open. While there are many new luxury apartments in the area, it’s possible to find older (but still high quality) apartments with lower rental prices.

However, the city is much more than just Old Town. In fact, it’s comprised of fifteen square miles that covers area all the way to Lincolnia in the east and Shirlington to the north. Despite that, there are still suburban neighborhoods that offer decent walkability such as Del Ray. Del Ray is considered one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the area. While prices are high for buying, looking for houses for rent and homes for rent in Del Ray may be a good idea before committing to a purchase. The school system is better than most and the crime rate is relatively low. And for the DC commuter residents, highway access is nearby and you have the option of Interstate 395 and Highway 1.

Alexandria has several campuses of higher education facilities stationed throughout. North Virginia Community college and the Virginia Theological Seminary (the largest seminary of the Episcopal Church), are both located here. Also there is a Virginia Tech Architecture Center and George Washington University campus near Old Town. If you are a student moving to the area for school, or just a born-and-raised staying to attend, try using a guide to find a studio with all bills paid to cut costs.

For lovers of change, the region experiences all four seasons with very moderate extremes. July sees high 80s while January sees lower 40s. Regardless, if you want to save some money, make sure to focus on finding a utilities included place on your apartment search.

Average Apartment Rental Prices Nearby

Studio $1,658
1 Bedroom $1,889
2 Bedroom $2,244
3 Bedroom $2,147

Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist Alexandria, Virginia: $1,990

User reviews for apartments in Alexandria, Virginia
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars, 22 reviews
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UVA
Awesome for Socializing... and good Metro location
The building is quite nice and relatively quite for the area since this particular building has very few renters and therefore not much of a young party crowd compared to many in Clarendon/Ballston. Right below the building, however has many of the best bars/restaurants in Clarendon within 2-5 blocks. Friends would come to our house to pre-game and post-game it was so close. Proximity to the Metro, whole foods, and shopping meant that my new wife and I were able to dump our second car - this helped us pay for the rent which was commensurate with the amenities (read: expensive). We had lived further out for cheaper, but the proximity was the worth the increase in price.
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13th and U Streets NW
Awesome neighbourhood full of bars and restaurants and character and just a fun filled place.
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USC
Good area!
Active, educated young populace.
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UVA
Great location for new grads
I lived in the Lincoln Court townhouses for 3 years. The management was great, the apartments were new construction and in fantastic shape. My only dig against the apartments and Arlington in general is that people often keep to themselves and there's no real sense of community. In addition, Clarendon is full of 'bros and generally feels like college 2.0. It was great while I lived there, but grew out of it after a few years.
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Stanford, Duke
Lived in the Clarendon apts
Loved the convenience and neighborhood. Old management used to have freshly baked chocolate chip cookies every day after work. Heard new management has increased rent and removed cookies, though...
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UVA, Booz Allen Hamilton
Courthouse Hill Condominiums
Very popular condo complex in great area of Arlington (close to shopping, nightlife, metro, but set off from main traffic). Well recognized upon opening in late 90s, a bit older now but still one of the best around.
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UVA, Booz Allen Hamilton
Belvedere Condos
Rosslyn is a great central location, two metro lines, across the river from DC, easy access to all highways and many big DC companies have offices in this neighborhood. As a primarily work-focused neighborhood, most restaurants here are chain lunches (Chipotle, Subway, Quiznos), but there are a couple of staples for happy hours (Cafe Asia, Continental Pool Lounge, and Piola).
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UVA, Booz Allen Hamilton
Archstone Courthouse Place
This is one of three Archstone properties within a block of this metro, and is likely the most affordable. Great amenities, across from the metro, and walkable to DC's best steak restaurant and many Arlington hotspots. Only issue is Archstone is notorious for huge rent increases once they get you in their building.
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Brown
Great Area
The location is fabulous for folks working in and around the DC metro area. Easy access to subway (orange line), convenient to both airports (DCA and IAD), and much cheaper/more space than most of DC. You are never more than a 10min cab ride into Georgetown too!
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RIT
Great alternative to DT DC
We moved to Pentagon City for the lower taxes. The Gramercy was a great deal (much cheaper than other VA suburbs) and in a great location. It was walkable to the metro, and less congested than the city.
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RIT
Best location in DC
This was the perfect location between Dupont, Georgetown, and Foggy Bottom. The downside is that it was expensive and rampant with GU kids. 2400M was a nice building, but they were increasing prices like crazy, and the GU kids were tripling-up in the rooms.
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UNC
Great Place!
Liked: I love that I was within a 5 minute walk of two metro stops. It was close to a great running/walking trail that led into Georgetown. Superb restaurants, great nail salons, a 3 minute walk to a mall that hosts a skating rink and movie theatre, and close to part of the GW campus. Dislikes: Its not as youthful and vibrant as Claredon. There are more businesses and families.
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Stanford
Close to Adamns Morgan & Dupont
This is a great location because it's two blocks away from Adams Morgan. Awesome nightlife, bars, restaurants, etc. It's also close to Dupont. The one negative is that it isn't close to a Metro stop which makes communiting a bus affair.
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Stanford, Dartmouth
Clarendon 1021
This is a pretty chic area full of 20- and 30-something working professionals, and Clarendon 1021 is full of them. The rooftop pool and views are awesome and made my summers at Clarendon 1021 awesome.
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UVA
Shirlington - thumbs up!
I had a great experience at the Shirlington House during the last two years. Reasonable prices for spacious, newly renovated apartments, and only a 5 minute walk from the Village at Shirlington. The building itself is fairly old, a plus in my mind since they have thick, nearly soundproof walls that are uncommon in many new buildings - I never heard a peep from any of my neighbors. The only aspect I didn't like about the Shirlington area was the lack of a metro stop. There are buses available that are reliable during the week but hit-or miss on the weekends.
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UVA, Princeton
Market Commons
If you're going to get soaked in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor (and you are), why not live somewhere awesome as well as expensive? The service and apartment quality at Market Commons are really superlative, and the location is terrific - everything is walkable, two grocery stores (Whole Foods and Trader Joe's) within five minutes, and a nice mix of leafy neighborhood in one direction with city blocks of shops and restaurants in the other.
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Yale
Pet friendly!
One of the few DC apartment buildings that allows dogs over 50 pounds.
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Stanford, Michigan
Eclipse
Awesome building. Quiet, nice amenities...only problem is distance from any metro stop!
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Maryland
Best Location in the city
Right off of 14th Street with access to both the new restaurants and shops of 14th Street, near the P Street Wholefoods, and walking distance to U Street bars is the best place right now to live in DC. Lots of new hotspots going in all the time and development in the housing market. You can walk to everything and the neighborhood has an ecclectic and vibrant feel.
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Stanford, Northwestern
1600 Clarendon Rd
Very close to metro and to Courthouse and Rosslyn Metros, Close to good restaurants. Very quiet though, all times of the week.
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Stanford, Northwestern
Post Mass Ave
Great building. Walk anywhere from here! Whole foods nearby, 14th st bars, U St, Dupont. Great rooftop pool. Amazing location. Only downside is expensive prices that go up every month
unknown user
Close to Metro
Walking distance to the metro, nice area, long commute if you work outside of arlington-metro is not that fast.
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