My wife and I moved to Potomac Yard in September 2013. We bought a condominium right off Jefferson Highway. At the time, construction was light and our in-building Harris Teeter was still undergoing renovation due to flooding issues a year prior. The main reason we picked this area was close proximity to work and how it was between Crystal City and Old Town Alexandria.
After eight months, I can truly say we’ve been happy living here. Yes, living off a major highway is noisy at times but our building is insulated well to protect against the many cars/buses/trucks that frequent this busy road. What I most appreciate is the convenience. Reagan National Airport is one metro stop away and less then a 10 minute drive. Walking to Crystal Drive takes only 5 minutes and is home to many restaurants, shops, and cafes. Old Town Alexandria is about 10 minute drive. We have our own Potomac Yard shopping center just two blocks away which is home to Best Buy, Target, Don Pablo, Starbucks, IHOP, and many other stores. Behind the shopping center is a Regal movie theater which has an excellent sound system and seating layout.
Potomac Yard is growing and there are many construction projects underway designed to foster more investment and attract more people. In 2013, Potomac Yard park was completed consisting of new tennis courts, volleyball area, basketball court, and a childrens’ park. Currently, a town center is being developed which will contain fountains, brand-name stores, and many quality cuisine establishments. Apartments and condominiums are being built all over the place and even a planned streetcar transit system should open in late 2014.
Another one of the attractions in this area is the Mount Vernon trail. My wife and I frequently take this route to Old Town or Arlington National Cemetery. It’s very scenic and traverses around the Potomac river. At times, you can see planes taking off and the blue/yellow line metro trains heading to their destinations. The Four-Mile trail is the other scenic route which goes to the Shirlington area and is less congested then Mount Vernon.
The opening of the Harris Teeter in our building has been an added bonus and gives us a quick and easy way to do our grocery shopping. We call it our other kitchen. Capital bikeshare has a kiosk station right in front of our building for bike enthusiasts which is quite popular during the spring/summer months.
We are happy with our decision to live here and enjoy calling Potomac Yard our home. Friendly people, nearby attractions, great cuisine, and healthy activities. It’s a little bit like living in the city with the noise but that’s what makes it lively!