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City Guide
Alexandria
So you’ve set your sights on Alexandria, Virginia. Here, you’re bound to get an eyeful of beautiful parks and historic architecture. Alexandria celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1999. Nowadays, it’s a relaxed suburb. Just a quick metro ride from D.C. You can expect to find high-quality rentals, and a lively, historic downtown. Let’s get started and see what we can find to kick off your hunt.
An Overview of Alexandria Living

Alexandria has a high population of renters, so finding your place won’t be too difficult. The most common types of rental housing you’re likely to find are large high-rise apartments and town houses, many of which are newly built or in vintage buildings that have been heavily renovated. These places are pristine and condo-like, with nice kitchens, new appliances, and luxury unit or building amenities thrown in. Units are likely to have central heat and air, and most have a washer and dryer in the unit or have laundry facilities on site. Most places here are equipped for living and entertaining.

Utilities and Other Expenses

Because so many of Alexandria’s dwellings are more luxurious and updated, it’s a bit more unusual to find all or any utilities included in your rent, especially in new places and townhouses. Be forewarned that deposits here are usually the standard same-as-first-months’-rent. What we mean is you might want to plan ahead when looking.

The Hoods

On the whole, Alexandria is considered a place for D.C.-dwelling folk who need a little more space, and a relaxed atmosphere. Alexandria’s neighborhoods are all pretty different, and worth looking into when searching for your perfect pad. Let’s take a look at a couple of the well-known neighborhoods.

Old Town: This is the historic downtown area, which sits along the Potomac River. The main attractions for tourism are here, as well as a lot of local shopping, art galleries, antique stores, bars and restaurants, and many small parks. Two big pros for living here, apart from being at the center of everything, are its walkability and beautiful historic look.

Rosemont: One of Alexandria’s oldest residential neighborhoods, large parts of Rosemont are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you’ll find more old, historic architecture and mostly single-family homes. This area is close in proximity to Old Town and the King Street Metro station, meaning it’s easily accessible, and is also close by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

Del Ray: Del Ray is sort of a blanket term used for many small communities on the north side of Alexandria, including the actual Del Ray neighborhood. This part of the city contains the Potomac Yard Shopping Center, a large, popular mall. There are many smaller rental homes and cheaper townhouses. New construction and condos are popping up more and more.

Arlandria: A little neighborhood on the far northeast side of the city, so named because it’s close to the border of neighboring town Arlington, but is still part of Alexandria. Arlandria has a lot of cheaper rentals and smaller low-rise apartment buildings.

Seminary Hill/West End: The west-side neighborhoods, such as Seminary Hill, are more suburban and residential that the northern and downtown portions of the city. Seminary Hill is more spread out, with long, winding streets and single-family homes. As far as rentals go, large apartment complexes and town homes are abundant in some areas on the west side, and units are a little more spacious. This part of the city has more malls and shopping centers.

The Issue of Getting Around

Transportation is always something to consider, especially if you’re one of the lucky people who gets to commute to work every day. Luckily, Alexandria is a pretty connected burg with transportation to satisfy your every need.

By Car: Not essential for all parts of the city, but definitely useful. A car is more helpful for some of the suburban or outlying areas, and still the most popular way to commute to work in Alexandria. Parking may be more expensive in some parts of the city, but in others, finding a place with ample parking isn’t much of a task.

By Metro: The blue and yellow lines of the Washington Metro pass right through Old Town at King Street, and also Braddock Road, north of downtown. Both go straight into the heart of D.C.

By Bus: The Washington MetroBus operates many routes within Alexandria’s city limits and downtown area. In addition, the city of Alexandria has its own DashBush that operates ten routes around the city to popular destinations.

By Train: The Virginia Railway Express (VRE), a commuter rail line, passes right through Alexandria and continues on into D.C.’s Union Station.

By Et Cetera: Alexandria has other small, miscellaneous forms of transportation, such as free trolleys that ferry tourists along historic King Street in Old Town, and quaint water taxis that trolley citizens to and from the National Harbor in nearby Maryland. For bikers and joggers, the Mount Vernon Trail is a popular path that follows the Potomac River for almost 18 miles.

So no matter what part of Alexandria you settle on, you’ll be able to travel wherever you need to go, and you’re bound to be close to everything you need. With the range of living styles, housing types, and neighborhoods in the city, you’re likely to find a match and settle in to become part of the greater D.C. area. Happy hunting!

Rent Report
Alexandria

November 2017 Alexandria Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Alexandria Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Alexandria rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Alexandria rents declined moderately over the past month

Alexandria rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Alexandria stand at $1,560 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,800 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Alexandria's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

While rents have remained steady in the city of Alexandria throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 6 of of the largest 10 cities in the DC metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,480; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.4%.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,960, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,390; rents went down 0.5% over the past month and 0.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Alexandria

Rent growth in Alexandria has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Alexandria is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents moderately increase, with Virginia as a whole logging rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.8% in Virginia Beach and 1.6% in Norfolk.
  • Alexandria's median two-bedroom rent of $1,800 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Alexandria.
  • While rents in Alexandria remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Los Angeles (+3.9%), and San Francisco (+1.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,690, $1,730, and $3,070 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Alexandria than most large cities. For example, Norfolk has a median 2BR rent of $950, where Alexandria is nearly twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Washington, DC $1,340 $1,540 -0.5% -0.6%
Arlington $1,760 $2,030 -0.9% 0.6%
Alexandria $1,560 $1,800 -0.4% 0.1%
Germantown $1,640 $1,890 -0.8% 0.1%
Silver Spring $1,500 $1,740 -0.8% 0.4%
Centreville $1,590 $1,840 -1.5% -1.2%
Waldorf $1,700 $1,960 0.7% -1.3%
Frederick $1,290 $1,480 -0.1% 2.4%
Rockville $1,710 $1,970 -0.6% 1.3%
Bethesda $2,070 $2,390 -0.5% -0.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Alexandria Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Alexandria ranks on:
B- Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
B+ Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
C- Affordability
D Quality of schools
B Weather
C+ Commute time
B State and local taxes
A- Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Alexandria from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in Alexandria seem satisfied with the city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave many categories average or above-average scores.”

Key findings in Alexandria include the following:

  • Alexandria renters give their city a B- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Alexandria were its access to public transit and safety, which both received an A- score.
  • Alexandria renters are also satisfied with local job and career opportunities (B+).
  • Some areas of concern here included affordability/cost of living (C-) and the quality of local schools (D).
  • Compared to larger cities in the area, Alexandria ranks higher for renter satisfaction than Baltimore, MD (F), but didn’t do quite as well as Washington, DC (A-).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.