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Emma’s gets planning commission’s OK

Emma’s gets planning commission’s OK

By Derrick Perkins Connie Desrosiers’ year long dream of turning a Hume Avenue home into a coffee and wine bar got a little closer to reality last week when the planning commission backed the concept. Desrosiers bought [...]

Alexandria City Council stares down sequestration threat

Alexandria City Council stares down sequestration threat

By Derrick Perkins The threat of looming cutbacks in federal spending consuming Washington’s elite since the election touched down in Alexandria Tuesday evening. During the budget standoff a little more than a year ago — and [...]

Mayor: VDOT should have kept residents, city in the loop on looming Hunting Towers sale

Mayor: VDOT should have kept residents, city in the loop on looming Hunting Towers sale

By Derrick Perkins Mayor Bill Euille chided the Virginia Department of Transportation last week for keeping the potential sale of Hunting Towers under wraps. The mayor, like many residents, learned VDOT had selected a possible buyer [...]

Deal in works for south Old Town’s Hunting Towers

Deal in works for south Old Town’s Hunting Towers

By Derrick Perkins Hunting Towers resident Jim Mercury learned of the building’s potential sale not from a phone call or letter, but after picking up a flier slipped beneath his apartment door. That the cluster of [...]

A “Disneyland” for historians: Quirky and storied Revolution-era home goes on sale in Old Town

A “Disneyland” for historians: Quirky and storied Revolution-era home goes on sale in Old Town

Joe Reeder has the kind of roof local archaeologists dream about. Actually, he has two, but it’s the one hidden from sight — covered by a slightly younger roof — and accessibly only by a second [...]

‘My First Place’ tails local couple, real estate agent

‘My First Place’ tails local couple, real estate agent

Carolyn Carnahan and Devon Halley will always remember their first home in Del Ray, and so will millions of Americans, thanks to HGTV and local real estate agent Sue Elbertson. Producers of HGTV’s “My First Place,” [...]

Home of the Week: Affordable home offers prime location in Old Town

Home of the Week: Affordable home offers prime location in Old Town

Located in the heart of Old Town’s southeast quadrant, this lovely home provides rarely seen affordability and value (with no HOA or condo fees). Not only does the house offer the three mandates for real estate [...]

Out of the Attic: The Swann-Daingerfield mansion on Prince Street

Out of the Attic: The Swann-Daingerfield mansion on Prince Street

Around 1802, Thomas Swann, a prominent Alexandria attorney who also served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, built a two-story house at the southeast corner of Prince and South Columbus streets. The [...]

Out of the Attic: Before a private residence, 415 Prince St. headquartered a wartime government

Out of the Attic: Before a private residence, 415 Prince St. headquartered a wartime government

Constructed around 1806, the Bank of Potomac building at 415 Prince St. appeared on bank notes that may have been the earliest visual print of any structure in Alexandria. The illustration shows that three and one-half-story [...]

Key waterfront properties slated for office, retail space

Key waterfront properties slated for office, retail space

Before Alexandria’s elected officials began wading through the waterfront plan Saturday, a proposal to redevelop two key riverside properties linked to the controversial blueprint got City Hall’s approval. The city’s Board of Architectural Review gave Lawrence [...]