Watermark: A Hidden Treasure in Old Town


Ever since the 13th century, artists have used watermarks to sign their work. Then as now, a watermark signified ownership and pride. The new Watermark condominium has put its own distinctive stamp on Old Town, Alexandria. Among all the new construction and reimagining of the historic waterfront district, it is truly a standout.

Located at 225 Strand St., down the block from the Torpedo Factory and the Old Dominion Boat Club, the 18-unit complex offers dramatic views of the Potomac River and such landmarks as the U.S. Capitol, the MGM Hotel and the Ferris wheel at National Harbor.

Inside, the views are equally grand, with an understated but elegant ground-floor reception and residences with luxurious finishes and amenities. The pet-friendly building also features a green rooftop terrace, optional garage parking with bicycle storage and secure lobby and elevator access.

There are currently two units on offer, both with two bedrooms plus a den, three full baths, a chef’s-grade kitchen and a balcony. With 2,868 square feet of living space, Residence 301, which faces north and east, is listed at $2,995,000 (monthly condo fee: $1,153). Residence 505, the penthouse, with 2,675 square feet and a south and east exposure, is listed at $3,595,000 (monthly condo fee: $1,078).

The balcony overlooks the river and nearby attractions. Photo by Jeff Wolfram.

Although the floor plans differ slightly (301 has a separate dining room; 505 is more open concept, with a combined living room, dining area and kitchen layout), the look and feel is identical. Large windows overlooking the river and beyond; sliding doors to wide balconies right outside the bedrooms; deep walk-in closets, extensive kitchen cabinetry and extra storage; spa-like marble baths with Grohe fixtures and Italian vanities; and, in the living room, a contemporary gas fireplace offset with a wood mantel and a marble-veined ceramic surround

The open-concept living room and eat-in kitchen is ideal for entertaining or for more intimate family gatherings. Photo by Jeff Wolfram.

Each of the large kitchens boasts a quartz counter and backsplash, an island with a deep sink and a U-Line under-counter beverage center and a full suite of Bosch appliances, including a stainless French-door refrigerator-freezer, a concealed dishwasher, a combination wall oven and five-burner gas cooktop and soft-close Italian Shaker-style cabinetry with chrome hardware and under-cabinet lighting.

The apartments are equipped with smart tech elements like dual-zone programmable HVAC, Ecobee thermostats and high-efficiency hot water tanks.

Along with the river view, the Watermark overlooks the future Point Lumley Park and restored Waterfront Park. Steps away from King Street shops and restaurants, it offers easy access to bikes paths to Georgetown and Mount Vernon.

The Watermark properties are listed with McWilliams Ballard. For more information, contact Miriam Fernandez at 703-665-1938 or mfernandez@mcwb.com. For a visual tour, visit watermarkoldtown.com.

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