Old Town Alexandria is a suburb of the Washington D.C. metro area and much more affordable to live around. In general, the further away from Washington D.C. itself, the lower the price of housing. The lowest price housing in the D.C. area starts at $1,000 and over $2,000 for within the city. This historical area has been preserved and restored for visitors today. You can see some of the history of colonial America from a few centuries ago. Most of the buildings have been kept in good condition and small shops now dominate this town, from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. Overall, this is a charming town with both history and modern foodie restaurants, making this a perfect place to relax on any given day after a busy day in D.C. One could live or retire here for awhile. The atmosphere is relaxed compared to the nation’s capital, and the crime rate low. To compensate for safer neighborhoods, taxes are high in the D.C. metro area in general. The town is located to the South of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (for domestic flights) and very accessible whether by car or metro. To the East is the Potomac River and a bit further on the other side is the National Harbor in Maryland. The overall area is small in that you could walk through it in a few hours but spend a day or more to really explore all the different businesses around the area. Directly outside the old town are newer apartment buildings being built at lightning speed. This goes for most of the D.C. metro area. The demand for rental properties is higher than supply so prices keep going up every year. Do not be intimidated by the prices and give this town a go.