Moving to a new city can be challenging, especially when you want to make sure you find the right mix of neighborhood safety, quality of schools, convenience and location for your family. It all can be quite overwhelming. 

That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops — your friendly Alexandria movers). 

We’ve examined what it’s like living in Alexandria, including in some of its most popular neighborhoods with families. Here is another article done on the best overall neighborhoods in the city as well.

A photo of Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria’s Most Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

Alexandria lives just 8 miles south of downtown D.C. with spectacular waterfront views of the Potomac River.

But where in this burgeoning city should you and your kiddos call home? Today, we’re diving in and exploring the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the city. Let’s take a closer look at 2 of the best neighborhoods for families in the lovely city of Alexandria.

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North Ridge and Rosemont

Sitting west of Old Town and Del Ray, these two touching neighborhoods have some of the best offerings for locals. 

Named after Rosemont in Philadelphia, this neighborhood has its roots all the way back to the early 1900s, and most of this community is part of a historic district. Over 12,000 Alexandrians call this section of the city home, and these residents have a high median income of over $150K. 

What’s Happening in North Ridge & Rosemont

While the neighborhood has a suburban feel with roomy family homes and mature trees, North Ridge and Rosemont have a good list of shops, cafes, and restaurants. A local favorite is Grape + Bean, a great spot to get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Since many amenities are located on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, locals of North Ridge and Rosemont can easily walk to all the happening spots. 

Locals in the southern section of Rosemont can also walk to the King Street Metro station and hitch a ride into Washington, D.C., or take an easy trip into the popular Old Town. On the northern side, residents can easily access the Braddock Road Metro Station to travel in and out of Alexandria. 

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Schools in North Ridge & Rosemont

North Ridge and Rosemont offer its residents several schools, including St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Private School, George Mason Elementary, George Washington Middle, and T.C. Williams High School among others.

Homes in North Ridge & Rosemont

Most of the area’s older and stately homes were built between the 1930s and 1960s, giving this area a more sophisticated vibe than neighboring Del Ray. These neighborhoods are known for their two-story single-family homes. You’ll also find many renovated homes that have been priced up to $800K. 

Old Town

This neighborhood is aptly famous for its meticulously preserved pre-Revolutionary War architecture. Old Town is one of the city’s hottest spots for visitors and tourists. Packed with some of the best things to do in Alexandria, Old Town is also safer for the lucky families who have snagged a spot in this popular neighborhood. 

What’s Happening in Old Town

Old Town’s streets are lined with renovated row houses, cozy coffee shops, fun bars, a plethora of boutiques, and local eateries. 

Places like Crooked Beat Records, Extra Perks cafe, and T.J. Stone’s pub give Old Town its unique character. Sample some of the best international dishes at Sunday in Saigon. 

The area also houses several large parks where locals and visitors can enjoy some sunshine, run along waterside trails, or spend the day boating along the Potomac River. With all its offerings, plus a short 20-minute drive or Metro ride via the King Street Station into Washington, D.C., residents of Old Town will never have a day bored and at home. 

Schools in Old Town

Schools in the area include Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School, George Washington Middle School, Fusion Academy Alexandria, and T.C. Williams Satellite Campus among others.

Homes in Old Town

In addition to its historical homes, North Old Town now offers newer townhouses and condos. Sadly, Old Town is not for every budget, and housing in this historic neighborhood, which was founded in 1749, can be pricey. In this popular neighborhood, homes have a median purchase price of $545K. 

Row of homes in Alexandria.
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There You Have It: 2 Family-Friendly Neighborhoods in Alexandria!

We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhops. As we said, we coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Alexandria, and we would love to help.

Tyler Brown