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Southwest Waterfront is the most riverfront area in the city and is popular for its leisure and nightlife attractions.

Washington Channel and the Anacostia River which border Southwest D.C. are becoming increasingly popular destinations thanks to recent developments like The Wharf - a new 24-acre development of high-end retail, restaurants and condos on the channel - and The Yards Park in Navy Yard which features water features ideal for recreation and festivals.

The Southwest Waterfront, D.C., neighborhood has undergone some major transformations in recent years. Formerly a neglected part of the city's smallest quadrant, today's Southwest Waterfront is home to a number of new residential and commercial developments. Despite these changes, this area still retains its laid-back feel thanks to its parks, yacht clubs, cafes and markets.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The smallest part of the city is experiencing a lot of new development.

The glamorous new Wharf development has completed Phase I - a mile-long stretch of mixed use apartment and condo buildings and hotels. However, although work on the project is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, plans for Phase II have already been unveiled by 11 renowned architects who will be designing 1.2 million more square feet of space. Residents and tourists can expect to see new construction in this area for some time yet!

The southwest area of Washington, D.C., which contains the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, has many historical buildings dating back to 1793 and 1791. Although this area has been isolated from the rest of the city due to its location next to a busy freeway, pedestrian access is improving as more people take advantage of nearby Metro stops and bike rental businesses. New developments in the neighborhood such as restaurants, cafes and boutique hotels show that it is increasingly attractive for both residents and businesses.

As part of the Wharf's development process, efforts have been made to revitalize Maine Avenue Fish Market - the nation's oldest continuously operating open air seafood market. In addition, new residents and tourists flocking to the waterfront might also discover Blind Whino arts center, housed in a whimsically painted 19th Century Baptist Church; or Saint Dominic Church - an example of gothic architecture built in 1875.

Although Southwest Waterfront was part of the original design of Washington D.C., in the 1950s, the neighborhood experienced large-scale urban renewal, which led to the redesign of many of the area’s buildings and spaces. Recently, increasing residential development, along with the growing number of restaurants and shops, add to the urban atmosphere of the neighborhood. The variety of public transportation options and the easy access to other locations in D.C. also attract tenants. While the neighborhood may be relatively young compared to other areas of the district, it offers a wide variety of activities to its residents.

THE LIFESTYLE

Continuous energy.

The Arena Stage has a revitalized theater program with award-winning performances. Three live music venues are nearby, including the 6,000-seat Anthem Theater. There's also an 18-hole golf course and various water sports and leisure cruises available. The area is home to many trendy restaurants, ensuring there is plenty of fine dining within breathtaking views of the city skyline.

The lifestyle of the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is what makes it so popular. With its easy access to the water and lively restaurants, it's no wonder that many people are drawn to this area. However, there are plenty more reasons why this neighborhood is worth exploring! At the far-northern section of the waterfront sits an iconic wharf located next to several massive new developments like Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater; these additions have brought new activities and energy to the neighborhood. Nationals Park - home of MLB's Washington Nationals - is also nearby in Navy Yard; thanks in large part to this stadium, revitalization has been taking place all along this stretch of Potomac River.

Part of the Wharf’s development included revitalizing the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operating open-air seafood market that was built in 1805. New residents and tourists who are flocking to the waterfront might also discover the vibrant Blind Whino arts center, housed in a whimsically painted 19th-century Baptist church, or find refuge at Saint Dominic Church, a beautiful example of gothic architecture built in 1875.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT

An uncrowded city.

You will not find a quiet, suburban neighborhood here. This area is brimming with construction, new attractions, and the visitors that come with them. Affordable housing will be more difficult to find here due to the waterfront location and the new popularity.

THE MARKET

Newer, high-end builds demand a higher price point. But many condos, townhomes, and houseboats in this area are actually reasonably priced.

Although the new luxury apartments and condos command high prices, there are some affordable options available. Gangplank Marina is known for its friendly and quirky houseboat community, despite being by the waterfront.

The Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is one of the hottest real estate markets in D.C., with a wide range of options for both renters and home buyers alike. Beginning in the 1950s, much of this area was part of an urban renewal program where large apartment buildings were built. Today, many of these older structures still stand while new mixed-use developments have sprouted up nearby. These newer constructions generally command a higher price tag due to their upscale amenities - but they're well worth it! Much like the rest of Washington DC, this area features a diverse range of historic homes including quaint row homes with loads of character or condos converted from old apartments or businesses that are now popular as rentals.

The current housing stock in the neighborhood reflects the effects of urban renewal from the 1950s. Condos and luxury residences line G Street SW, but most of the housing consists of mid-century modern elevated co-ops and condos from the 1960s: boxy and concrete buildings. 

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

The waterfront, ample green space and easy access to the baseball and soccer stadiums that are all close to this location.

Navy Yard is a great place to live for its panoramic views of the Anacostia River and proximity to Nationals Park. The new soccer stadium, Audi Field, is right next door - making it easy for residents to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Southwest Waterfront is very close to many popular parts of Washington, DC - including Nationals Park, Chinatown, and the National Mall. However, thanks to its location on an island within Southwest DC, it has a very different character from these other areas. To the north lies the Southwest Freeway which keeps this area isolated from the rest of the city. South Capitol Street borders it eastwardly while Navy Yard and Buzzard Point lie southwards of it; while westwardly flows Washington Channel acting as natural boundary with these two localities.

Southwest Waterfront has been like the overlooked middle sibling of other DC neighborhoods, in that it has quietly gone about its business without garnering much attention. But this is now changing - the area is undergoing a transformation that will be worth watching.

Prospective tenants will enjoy the area as it continues to redevelop, with commercial and entertainment establishments increasing and revitalizing the neighborhood. The dining and nightlife options in the neighborhood include the Navy Yard Metro Center Café, Kruba Thai and Sushi, Potbelly Sandwiches, Cava Mezze DC, Starbucks, 7th Hill Pizza, Station 4, Tortilla Coast, and Cantina Marina. Other attractions of the area include  Nationals Park and Arena Stage, a regional theater company in D.C.

 The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is held annually in April in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. It offers cultural entertainment, live music, food, and water-related activities for attendees.

Newest Southwest Waterfront Homes and Condos for Sale

$925,000
2 Beds 2 Baths
This new construction waterfront condo has never been lived in! With River views from every room, this unit is like none other with upgrades galore. Located in the highly sought-after PENINSULA 88 - which won the 2021 “Best Washington/Baltimore High-Rise Condominium Community” award from industry leader Delta Associates 25th Annual Multifamily Awards - this spacious floor plan lives big and makes the most of every square foot. Nestled on the tip of Buzzard Point with only 100 feet of National Parkland between the building and the water's edge, Peninsula 88's spa inspired finishes and breathtaking unobstructed waterfront views are among the most unique in all of Washington DC. Modern kitchens with sleek quartz countertops, under cabinet lighting, and contemporary cabinetry. 6.25" wide plank wood flooring, 9' ceilings, walk-in closets, infinity showers, floor to ceiling windows leading to a gracious balcony with direct River views. Underground parking plus large storage unit included with the sale. The building amenities include a top floor Community Room and Sky Terrace with 2 cozy fire pits, dining pergolas, grills, and sweeping views of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, onsite Building Manager & remote Concierge Services, common area Wi-Fi, 24hr security camera monitoring, Luxor package room system, dry cleaning service, refrigerated storage for food deliveries, 2 electric car charging stations, dog wash area, car wash area, and bike and kayak storage. LEED Silver building. Walk to Audi Field and Nats Stadium with TONS more development coming soon.

88 V St Sw Unit #202, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass. Contact: (202) 386-6330

$1,459,000
2 Beds 3 Baths
Enjoy waterfront views from Unit 808, a stunning 2BD/2.5BA residence with expansive FLOOR-TO-CEILING windows. Nestled close to Audie Field, Nationals Park, and the vibrant Navy Yard, this unit offers a blend of convenience and luxury living. Step inside to discover engineered hardwood floors, quartz countertops, lofty 10' ceilings, and a kitchen island fitting up to 4 people. This condo has undergone a luxurious renovation, featuring a spa-styled bathroom and opulent California walk-in closets. The bathroom has been transformed into a serene oasis, boasting high-end fixtures, a deep soaking tub, and elegant tiling for a tranquil retreat. The California walk-in closet has been meticulously designed with custom shelving, drawers, and ample space for all your wardrobe needs, providing a touch of sophistication and functionality. This renovation elevates the living experience, seamlessly blending comfort and style in every detail. The building offers an array of amenities, including 24-hour monitoring, a rooftop community room, and a sky terrace boasting mesmerizing river views. Delight in outdoor gatherings around 2 firepits, 3 dining pergolas, and gas grills. Storage for bikes and kayaks, a pet spa, 2 electric car charging stations, and remote concierge services add to the allure of this exceptional residence. Commute hassle-free with Bus 74 stopping in front of the building, whisking you to the Waterfront & L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stations for easy METRO access. This award-winning community ("2021 Best Washington/Baltimore High-Rise Condominium Community") is nestled between National Park Land and the river, with a bike path and beautification plan currently in progress. Additional perks include a reserved parking spot valued at $45k and secure private storage on the same floor valued at $15k. Indulge in luxury waterfront living in the heart of DC.

88 V St Sw Unit #808, Washington

Listing courtesy of Samson Properties. Contact: (703) 378-8810

$1,249,400
3 Beds 3 Baths
**Seller is willing to buy down your rate for the first two years! Reach out for details!** Welcome home to 815 6th St SW, a stunning property in the heart of Washington DC, newly renovated to redefine luxury living. This beautiful space offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and historic charm. Key features include: Prime Location: Ideally situated in the vibrant 6th St SW neighborhood, this residence is a short walk to The Wharf—an iconic waterfront destination with premier dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions. Full Renovation: Immerse yourself in a modern living experience with a thoughtful renovation, featuring high-quality finishes and fresh design throughout. Spacious Interiors: Experience the epitome of comfort with generously sized rooms and floor plan that maximizes natural light and functionality. Modern Kitchen: The heart of this home is its modern kitchen, equipped with stainless steel appliances, sleek countertops, and ample storage space. Luxurious Bathrooms: Indulge in the spa-like atmosphere of fully updated bathrooms, complete with elegant fixtures and vanities. Private Outdoor Space: Relax and unwind in your private oasis, whether it's the balcony at the top of your spiral staircase, terrace, or courtyard below, offering a perfect retreat from city life. Recent updates include: In 2024 - new roof & gutters, refinished hardwood floors, luxury vinyl plank, new stainless steel appliances, new washer & dryer, new electrical wiring & outlets, fully renovated bathrooms, updated light fixtures and fresh paint throughout, updated landscaping. Be the first to experience the refined style of 815 6th St SW. This property is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Washington DC's history with all the modern comforts you desire. Don't miss out on this chance to make this meticulously renovated residence your new home. Contact us for a private tour and be prepared to be captivated by this home, and the SW Waterfront neighborhood.

815 6th St Sw, Washington

Listing courtesy of KW Metro Center. Contact: (703) 224-6000

$110,000
1 Baths
Welcome to River Park unit #N215. Don't miss the chance to purchase this fully furnished unit. It is ready to go, whether you are looking to move in or rent it out. The community has undergone many changes recently, one of which enabled residents to rent out their units immediately and for up to ten years. This unit comes with many upgrades such as built-ins in the closet, custom paint, updated kitchen, acoustic/sound dampening board near bed, and an enclosed balcony which makes the space usable year round. River Park itself is an 11 acre, fully gated, park-like community that is perfectly located between the Wharf and Navy Yard in SW DC. It was designed by renowned mid-century modernist architect Charles M. Goodman in the 1960's. The affordability, amenities, and location of this Coop are hard to beat! River Park is just a short walk away from so much, including: 2 metro stops, bus lines, grocery, retail, restaurants, bars, Audi Field, Nats Park, Farmers Market, Fish Market, The Wharf, and the National Mall. It also provides easy access to Capitol Hill, I-395, I-295, and George Washington Memorial Parkway, so that the new owner can enjoy everything that DC has to offer! River Park offers a wide variety of different housing options with many included amenities, such as: large pool, large fitness center, playground area, picnic/grilling area, 24 hour front desk, gated parking, bike room, art room, extra storage facilities, and a wood shop. River Park is truly a unique community, and the homey feeling this unit offers will have you wanting to move in as soon as possible!

1301 Delaware Ave Sw Unit #N215, Washington

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty - Washington. Contact: (202) 387-6180

$319,900
1 Beds 1 Baths
New price and the seller offers a $7,000 credit at closing! Use this to cover most of your closing costs or buydown your interest rate into the 4%'s for the first year and 5%'s in the second year. This beautifully updated pet-friendly 1 BD/ 1 BA (well above ground level 20') condo at Waterfront Towers by renowned architect I.M. Pei offers a luxurious living experience in the vibrant SW Waterfront. With one of the largest 1br floorplans in the building, this unit exudes spaciousness and comfort. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by abundant natural light streaming in through the oversized picture windows overlooking the tranquil lawn. The updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, combining functionality with contemporary style. Brand new flooring and fresh paint enhance the elegance and create a seamless and inviting atmosphere. A standout feature is the large sliding door that separates the bedroom from the living area, adding a modern touch to the space while maintaining an open feel. The bedroom itself is generously sized and boasts ample natural light, contributing to a bright and airy ambiance. A spacious built-out closet provides plenty of storage space for belongings. The bathroom is well-appointed with multiple storage areas and a tub/shower combination, offering convenience and comfort. The condo fee includes gas, water, and amenities.  Pet-friendly 1 dog <30lbs, a second dog may be permitted with board approval. The Waterfront Tower also offers fantastic common amenities, including picnic areas, a courtyard, green spaces, a party/meeting room, laundry facilities, and a fitness room. Along with the separate storage unit, this condo provides practicality and comfort for its residents. In addition to its luxurious interior features, residents of this condo building enjoy the added benefits of a concierge and 24-hour security. These amenities offer convenience and peace of mind, ensuring that assistance and support are available whenever needed. VA approved! In terms of location, this condo is superbly situated just one block away from the Metro and grocery stores, providing easy access to essentials. Additionally, it's only two blocks from the dynamic new Wharf, offering an array of dining and shopping options. For entertainment, residents are close to Arena Stage, Navy Yard, Audi Field, Nationals Park, and DC United. Discover endless entertainment options just steps from your doorstep at the vibrant Southwest Waterfront including The Wharf, Navy Yard, and Buzzard Point, offering festivals, concerts, dining, and nightlife experiences. Cheer on your favorite teams at Nats Park and Audi Field, both just moments away. Conveniently located Safeway and the SW Farmers Market on the next block ensure easy access to daily essentials. Plus, with Waterfront Metro just one block away and easy access to Route 695/395, commuting in and out of town is a breeze. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to live in this distinctive building.

1101 3rd St Sw Unit #101, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass. Contact: (301) 298-1001

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