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Under 500k: A Fairytale Cottage in Alexandria

Snow White herself would have apartment envy.

Under 500k: A Fairytale Cottage in Alexandria

Sitting on nearly a half-acre of lawn dotted with old-growth trees, this mini storybook cottage has more than a touch of fairytale allure. Built in 1935, the two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow would make a perfect starter home for a small family, or roomier digs for the those looking to ease into the tiny house movement. The cottage has two primary floors and an unfinished cellar. The main floor houses the living room, a small dining alcove, and a large kitchen add-on. The upper level features a den with beautiful exposed beams and a second bedroom that could be used as a nursery or study instead. The property also includes a one-car garage, a storage shed, and ample room for a serious expansion down the line. So there’s plenty of potential for full transformation into a larger family retreat.

Tucked off of 395 and convenient to the shopping and dining along Leesburg Pike, the location offers easy access for local commuters. Hop on the 28A bus for a quick trip to Old Town Alexandria, where you can get off at King Street Metro to take the Blue or Yellow lines downtown. Or head across the street to the railroad station, where VRE and Amtrak service can carry you farther.

Address: 5151 Echols Avenue, Alexandria

List Price: $469,000

Square Footage: 1,200

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Amenities: exposed brick walls, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, garage

Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
You enter the petit chateau through the living room, which has a handsome wood built-in entertainment wall with shelving and storage.
Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
The kitchen was an add-on and has been recently updated with stainless steel appliances. It could be used as an eat-in kitchen (as shown) or outfitted with a center island.
Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
The first-floor bedroom is the master and is decked out in a fanciful Parisian-blue patterned wallpaper.
Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
Wooden beams, exposed brick, sloped walls, and plenty of built-in shelving make for a cozy loft-style den.
Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
The backyard is large enough to accommodate a garden of castle-like proportions.
Under 500k: A Tiny Fairytale Cottage in West Alexandria
Did we mention the picture-perfect white picket fence?

For more information and photos, check out the full listing at Long & Foster.

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Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.