Riverside Estates, VA Homes For Sale
Riverside Estates is indeed near a river—the mighty Potomac. This pleasantly upscale subdivision lies within the larger Mount Vernon community in the southern portion of Alexandria. Named for the famed plantation that was home to our nation’s first president, George Washington, Mount Vernon has a long and rich history. But Riverside Estates itself came of age during a different era—it is a mid-century neighborhood.
Developed during the aftermath of World War II, this subdivision was part of a trend in the area with single-family homes built for a new generation of baby boomer families. As with other parts of the country, there was a growing fascination with the suburban ideal, especially when it included large yards and homes that adapted to their natural surroundings.
Riverside Estates was primarily developed between 1956 and 1965. And while architectural styles lean toward Rambler and various split-level forms, there are also some fascinating examples of mid-century modern homes. These include houses built on hilly, ungraded lots, with the split-level concept lending itself to the terrain. The models featured flat or relatively flat roofs with jutting overhangs, as well as large expanses of windows. Developers here also had a penchant for car ports rather than garages.
These same shifts toward modernism were in even greater effect in other local communities such as Wessynton to the south and Hollin Hills further to the north. But unlike those mid-century neighborhoods, Riverside Estates has seen a recent move toward tear-downs and new replacement construction favoring newer custom homes for sale. There are also some condos and townhouses between Richmond Highway and Mount Vernon Road in the western part of the neighborhood.
The lion’s share of homes for sale in Riverside Estates list in the solid mid-to-upper six figure range when they come to market. The high end of the inventory climbs past the million dollar mark. Local schools include Riverside Elementary and Mount Vernon High School. There’s nearby shops and supermarkets, along with Vernon Heights Park, Mount Vernon Park and the local Riverside Estates Community Center.
Offering a convenient commute into Old Town Alexandria and Washington DC, Riverside Estates is a place with an affluent style of living while not being quite as expensive as nearby neighborhoods such as Arcturus and Collingwood to the north. Call District Partners at Compass today to learn more, (202) 798-3600.