Del Ray is a diverse community with socio-economically mixed neighborhoods. The area offers a large variety of housing and employment opportunities, and its proximity to Washington DC, makes it ideal for those looking to live outside DC, but wanting a desirable commute.
The main draw of Del Ray is Mount Vernon Avenue, where shops, restaurants, playgrounds, a farmer’s market, and a variety of natural living options are available. Prepare to have your taste buds delighted at Mexican restaurants Los Tios Grill and Taqueria el Poblano, Indian restaurant Bombay Curry Company, or Del Ray Pizzeria. Grab some amazing cheeses for your next gathering at Cheesetique. Meet a friend for coffee and treats at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Swings Coffee, or Dolce and Bean. Have brunch at Evening Star Cafe. Love to eat local? Try Bon Vivant Cafe + Farm Market. For some amazing chocolate croissants, head to Del Ray Cafe. And of course, grab some frozen custard at The Dairy Godmother! Need to grab a unique gift for your mom? Try The Clay Queen Pottery. How about for your favorite furry friend? Check out The Dog Store! The best part? You can walk to any of these places! This is only a small sampling of the amazing options on or near Mount Vernon Avenue.
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Referred to as a place Where Main Street Still Exists, Del Ray is a quaint community in Alexandria City. Tucked between Arlington, Crystal City, and Old Town Alexandria, and only five miles outside of Washington, DC, Del Ray is located off I-395, Rt. 7, and Rt. 1, and close to I-495 through Old Town Alexandria. The walkability, small-town feel, and strong sense of community make Del Ray a highly sought-after area of Northern Virginia.
The median cost of a home in Del Ray is $625K, but there are several options when searching for housing. There are condos, townhomes, apartments, and single family homes. There are planned condo communities with amenities as well as individual homes, new and old. Browse the newest real estate listings in Del Ray.
Del Ray is part of the Alexandria City School district. The Cora Kelly Magnet, Jefferson-Houston, and Mount Vernon Community School host elementary aged students. Jefferson-Houston is also the middle school, and T.C. Williams is the high school. There are also a few private schools in Commonwealth Academy, Grace Episcopal School, and Immanuel Lutheran School.
Del Ray is a quick drive into DC, but also has both bus and Metro options close by. The bus options are both Metro and DASH.
Del Rey is home to one of the top music venues in the D.C. area—Birchmere Music Hall—a barnlike intimate music performance space with a supper club-style main hall and a standing-only bandstand area. Del Ray Artisans, next to the Community School, is a community art organization with monthly exhibits. Stroll the main and side streets to see the various examples of Art Deco and Craftsman architecture. Wander throughout Del Ray, and you’ll see a variety of impressive murals on the buildings.
Just north of Del Ray is Beverly Park, locally known as The Pit, which has recently been renovated and is popular with local families. With Old Town Alexandria right next door, there’s tons of American history to be explored as well. Since 1994, the Del Ray Farmers Market takes place year-round at Miller Square every Saturday from 8am-12pm. There are many options such as fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, cut flowers, baked goods, and fresh pasta.
Del Ray is home to some great events, including their annual Thanksgiving Day 5-mile race—the Del Ray Turkey Trot. The event has grown quite a bit over the last several years, going from a few hundred local residents, to drawing a friendly and ready for turkey and pie crowd of a few thousand! Residents busy cooking stand along the race route outside their homes to cheer the runners and walkers. Even dogs and strollers get in on the racing action!
Art on the Avenue is a multi-cultural arts festival that’s held the first Saturday in October every year. There are hundreds of art vendors, live music stages, and 50,000 visitors. First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue. Every first Thursday of the month from April to September hosts a special event, music, and food from 6-9pm.
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