Landmark, VA Homes For Sale

In the western part of Alexandria is the community of Landmark—often referred to as Landmark/Van Dorn due to its close proximity to the Van Dorn Metro Station. That station straddles the boundary between the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County. It is also close to the Arlington border. The Landmark neighborhood is closely associated with the venerable Landmark Mall which has been slowly inching toward a major redevelopment overhaul for years.

Neighboring communities include Alexandria West to the north, Seminary Hill to the east, Cameron Station to the southeast and Lincolnia to the west. This is a very commuter friendly area, not only because of the Metro station but also with the I-395 which curves around the Landmark/Van Dorn northern border.

Residential development began in the late 1950s—part of a continuing post-World War II construction boom. The Landmark Mall opened in 1965, further contributing to residential expansion. This was an outdoor mall until around 1990 when it was converted to an enclosed shopping experience. The Metro station was completed the following year, again adding to the ongoing evolution. And here we are almost two decades later, on the cusp of yet another major change—mall construction may finally commence in 2017.

Homes for sale in the community are reflective of the years of development, from modest mid-century single family styles such as Ramblers and split-levels to newer and higher-end luxury custom Colonials. There’s also a healthy percentage of condos and townhouses for sale, from inexpensive older apartment-style units to upscale multi-level city homes. Prices run the gamut, starting in the very low six figures and climbing to over a million dollars.

The ambitious mall redevelopment plans envision a town center, urban parks, upscale dining and entertainment, office space and luxury residences as well. The hope is to replicate the kind of trendy allure created by the Mosaic District in Fairfax County with its hipster movies, cafes, bars and townhouses. City planners, developers and investors are also eying some of the older condos and apartment buildings on streets outside the mall and Metro station, retooling, rebuilding and looking for infill opportunities in an area that is already fairly densely occupied.

From old to new and from studio condos to big trophy homes, Landmark remains an interesting neighborhood that continues to shift. Some of the current condo communities include EOS Twenty-One, the Exchange at Van Dorn, Hallmark, and the Greenhouse. Others are sure to follow. Call District Partners at Compass to schedule a showing, (202) 798-3600. 

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