U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) is returning to live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the same community where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.
“It’s about coming home,” said Moran, who announced he was moving to Del Ray at Monday’s Del Ray Business Association luncheon. “I’ve always appreciated the way the community embraced me as a single father and supported me when I first ran for council in 1979 coming out of the Del Ray Citizens Association.”
Moran, who served as mayor of Alexandria from 1985 to 1990, is currently living in Arlington County’s Shirlington neighborhood. The 12-term congressman, who also represents Falls Church, said his son, Patrick, recently moved out of the apartment, leaving Moran on his own.
“I don’t need a two-bedroom apartment anymore and I’d rather be part of a community,” Moran said. “I also need space for all my books. I have about 10,000 of them. I’ve had to place a lot of them in storage. … I suppose there are worse compulsions.”
In the late 1970s, Moran purchased a house in Del Ray in the 200 block of E. Oxford Avenue for $32,000, he said. The same home sold for $775,000 earlier this year, according to Alexandria real estate records.
Moran said 17 banks refused to grant him a loan to purchase his first Del Ray home more than three decades ago. At the time, the neighborhood was redlined.
"Banks wouldn’t lend to a white person who wanted to live in Del Ray. I notified the Department of Justice, who contacted every bank and told them their lending practices were going to be monitored,” Moran said. “It has changed from a neighborhood that was shunned, very much considered to be on the other side of the tracks from the people in Old Town, to one that is tony and very much a place to raise a family.”