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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

$479,900
2 Beds 2 Baths Courtesy of Compass
Gorgeous 2BR/1.5BA condo with parking and amazing updates in the heart of SW! This spacious corner unit, with its open floor plan, features hardwood floors and natural light from multiple exposures. The current owners made tons of updates giving it a very modern feel and even added an extra closet! The spacious kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, gorgeous tile backsplash, and ample cabinet/counter space. Head outside to the large covered balcony where you can enjoy al fresco dining and lounging. Both bathrooms have been updated and feature beautiful floors, modern cabinets, countertops, and sinks. This unit has tons of closet space and ample room for storage. All utilities and garage parking are included in the monthly condo fee. Carrollsburg neighbors love their amenity-packed community with park-like surroundings in a convenient urban location that can't be beat. Owners enjoy pet-friendly homes with lovely common grounds, tranquil fountains, a large swimming pool, 24-hour concierge, laundry, and more. Only one block to the water, Southwest Waterfront is your playground with endless entertainment moments away. The Wharf, festivals, concerts, dining and nightlife are steps from home. You'll be minutes to Nats Park and Audi Field for games and with the Navy Yard close by you'll have even more options! Safeway and the SW Farmers Market are conveniently located on the next block. Metrobus on the corner and Waterfront Metro only one block away (L’Enfant .5 miles away) provide easy commutes in and out of town.

240 M St Sw Unit #E501, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass.

$959,900
3 Beds 3 Baths Courtesy of Compass
Get a lower rate! Buyer incentive- Seller credit equal to 1% of the buyer's loan amount for an interest rate buydown. Gorgeous 3BR/2.5BA open-concept townhome on a beautiful tree-lined street in one of DC's most dynamic, fastest-growing neighborhoods- the Southwest Waterfront! This house is move-in ready, following a meticulously-designed $200K addition custom-crafted to seamlessly meet your family’s every need. This unique and spacious home will be your relaxing getaway within the city, but it can also be the perfect spot for hosting the entertainment yourself! An expansive walnut kitchen island with ample seating and a stormy black Belvedere soapstone countertop highlight the newly-renovated high-end kitchen on the main level. Elegant black stainless steel Samsung appliances, a marble Arabesque backsplash, a gas range with 5 burners, over 25 feet of cabinet space with all the special features, a spacious walk-in pantry and hardwood HEATED FLOORS set this house apart! From the kitchen, enter your private fenced-in backyard oasis with plenty of room for outdoor seating and dining, or even a small car. On the second level, tons of natural light fill the magnificent primary suite, which features two generous walk-in closets adorned with built-ins. The primary bedroom also includes a luxurious en-suite bathroom with a stunning walk-in shower, marble vanity and heated cement tile floors. Natural light pours into the upstairs hall bathroom, which is equally alluring, featuring a tiled shower and a beautifully designed heated floor. Built for sustainability, this townhouse has been updated with a tankless hot water heater, an energy-efficient furnace, and a brand-new LG washer/dryer. The renovations, which included expanding the entire width of the home on two levels, are top-of-the-line and built to last! There are no HOA or condo fees to worry about and the price per square foot is lower than most recently-sold houses in the neighborhood. This home is in the center of it all. The District Wharf, which features a mile-long commercial area along the stunning Potomac River, is within walking distance to the west. Or you can head east to the Yards Park, which frequently hosts free concerts and special events. The Capitol and all the museums are within a mile radius, and of course, Nationals Park and Audi Field are steps away! In-bound for Van Ness Elementary and surrounded by parks and playgrounds, this is the perfect spot for raising kids. With its amazing location, it is no surprise that residential sales in this area are at an all-time high and new development is continuously launching. Everything you could want or need – multiple grocery stores, dozens of restaurants and shops, and so much more are within blocks!

1218 Half St Sw, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass.

$849,950
2 Beds 1 Baths Courtesy of Compass
Enjoy your own piece of paradise in a home built for comfort and entertaining. Whether its enjoying a picturesque waterfront sunset from the balcony terrace, or hosting a bbq in front of the salt water infinity pool a few steps away, this condo makes great use of its premier location. The elegant kitchen features Thermador appliances, Porcelanosa Italian cabinetry and timeless quartz countertops with integrated seating. The spacious bathroom gives luxury spa vibes with marble tile and Kohler fixtures. The glass pocket doors and transom in the den maximize natural light and enhance the versatility of the space. The primary bedroom has beautifully customized California Closets and the same dramatic floor to ceiling windows that give the living room such a stunning appearance. The condo is on the same floor as many of the buildings endless amenities, making for a seamless transition when entertaining. From arrival in the hotel-like lobby, guests are greeted by some of the building’s full time staff and could join you in the spacious community room (featuring multiple seating areas, catering kitchen, espresso bar and gas fire feature) which opens onto the pool deck and grilling areas featuring epic southern views of the Potomac. If one has the desire to stay in, there is also a start of the art fitness center overlooking the river, with high quality supplies and a yoga studio, and dog washing station.

45 Sutton Sq Sw Unit #304, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass.

$228,000
2 Beds 1 Baths Courtesy of Compass
Step into N406 at River Park - a bright, expansive, open plan, 2 bed, 1 bath corner unit with original parquet floors, abundant closet space and wall-to-wall windows that frame blue sky, green treetop and monument views! N406 features a recently updated kitchen, wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar opening to a spacious living and dining area. The north facing balcony is an additional ‘room’ for relaxation and ‘outdoor’ space. Generously sized west facing bedrooms glow with abundant natural light and brilliant sunsets, and provide space for a roommate and work-from-home. Storage area in the hall near the unit is available for small items – larger items and bikes can be housed in assigned storage space [5’ (wide) x 8’ (deep) x 10’ (high)] and the bike room on the lower level. All utilities included in monthly fee. River Park, an 11-acre mid-century gated community designed by Charles M. Goodman in the heart of the bustling Southwest Waterfront neighborhood offers onsite management, 24x7 concierge and security guard, fitness center, outdoor pool, BBQ, picnic and playground areas, bike storage, in-building laundry, rental parking, and more. Cats and service dogs allowed. Secure assigned parking is available for rent. Sited between the Navy Yard, Nats Stadium, Audi Field and the newly developed District Wharf, River Park is just 1-2 blocks to the entertainment, restaurants and shopping, as well as, the Safeway, Metro, Bus station, Metrobus & Circulator stops. Easy access to 395 & 295 and National Airport. Come and be a part of this vibrant community, you'll never want to leave!

1301 Delaware Ave Sw Unit #N406, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass.

$349,900
1 Beds 1 Baths Courtesy of Compass
Spacious 1 BD/1 BA corner-unit condo in SW Waterfront! This condo, which has the largest one-bedroom floor plan in Carrollsburg, has it all: hardwood floors, tons of closet space, plenty of room for a dining room and living room, private balcony, and garage parking! The kitchen features quartz countertops and tons of cabinet and counter space. The large living room has oversized windows and leads you right outside to the east-facing balcony where you can dine al-fresco. The large bedroom also has a huge closet with built-ins. This condo has it all. Carrollsburg residents love their amenity-rich community with park-like surroundings in a convenient urban location that can't be beat. Owners enjoy pet-friendly homes with lovely common grounds, tranquil fountains, a large swimming pool, 24-hour concierge, laundry, rental storage, and more. Carrollsburg is FHA and VA approved. Close to the water, Southwest DC is your playground with endless entertainment options just moments away. The Wharf, Anthem, Arena Stage, Library, dining and nightlife are steps from home. You'll be moments to Nationals Park and Audi Field for games, and with Navy Yard close by you'll have even more options! Safeway and the SW Farmers Market are conveniently located on the next block. Metrobus on the corner and Waterfront Metro only one block away (L’Enfant .5 miles away) provide easy commutes in and out of town.

300 M St Sw Unit #N514, Washington

Listing courtesy of Compass.

$425,000
1 Beds 1 Baths Courtesy of Realty Pros
THIS CONDO IS BACK ON THE MARKET & THE SELLER IS OFFERING A $5,000 INFLATION CREDIT TO THE BUYER. This is a fantastic, renovated condo with spectacular unobstructed water views looking down the Washington Channel with additional views of the airport, and Haines Point located in sought after Riverside Condominium. It’s all about the view. This building has the location and the view. It’s one of Washington’s best kept secrets in DC. Your back yard is the Washington Channel. What more could you ask for in the city. The building is full service, and has 24 hours desk service seven days a week, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. It is very private. It is conveniently located next to the new Wharf development, Ft. McNair, and two blocks from the Waterfront Metro. This location is close to Capitol Hill, Airport, museums, water taxi, dinner cruise boats, and water activities. Come see! You will love the neighborhood and the building. Move into the community while it is still affordable. Prices will increase after the completion of the second phase of the wharf development in the Fall of 2022. Living in this building is like living in a hotel. The Concierge will accept all packages for you. No waiting for packages, and you do not have to worry about porch pirates. The condo fee includes all utilities, cable and internet. You do not have to worry about the rising PEPCO cost for electricity. You can also get a separately deeded reserved parking space in the recently renovated underground parking garage to purchase. The building also have a bike room to store your bicycle. It’s a great lifestyle. Sorry, no pets. Oops! I forgot to mention that the lobby is going through a complete renovation and should be completed in a couple of months. Another added value for Riverside Condominium, and your investment.

1425 4th St Sw Unit #A208, Washington

Listing courtesy of Realty Pros.