Southwest Waterfront Real Estate, Washington DC

The winds of change are blowing along the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC. From new restaurants and bars to upscale condos for sale, the area is undergoing a sea-change of modern redevelopment. The question is, how much of the area’s history will be preserved and will a massive new revitalization effort deliver on its promises, when many earlier efforts failed?

This part of DC goes back to the city’s earliest planning. The few surviving buildings from that era include four historic Wheat Row townhouses built in 1794. Those row houses are now considered part of Harbour Square, a 440-unit mid-century modern cooperative designed by the notable female architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith.

But now a brand-new era of construction is underway with The Wharf, a $2 billion venture covering 27 acres of land and 50 acres of water. For more information about Southwest Waterfront real estate for sale in Washington DC, give District Partners at Compass a call today!

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45 Sutton Sq Sw #609, WASHINGTON

$3,275,000

↓ $125,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #609, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,985 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2009382

WATER FRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #ph18, WASHINGTON

$2,100,000

↓ $100,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #ph18, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,876 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2015230

RLA (SW)

New
45 Sutton Sq Sw #506, WASHINGTON

$1,849,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #506, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,670 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2029396

WATERFRONT

511 G St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,190,000

511 G St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,440 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2021430

WATERFRONT

1421 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

1421 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,350 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2001673

OLD CITY #1

530 N St Sw #s-505, WASHINGTON

$999,995

530 N St Sw #s-505, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,680 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2026338

WATERFRONT

New
530 N St Sw #s606 & S608, WASHINGTON

$824,000

530 N St Sw #s606 & S608, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,650 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2026914

WATERFRONT SW RLA

New
763 Delaware Ave Sw #177, WASHINGTON

$789,000

763 Delaware Ave Sw #177, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,513 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2029936

WATERFRONT

71 G St Sw #104, WASHINGTON

$769,000

71 G St Sw #104, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,513 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2027142

SW WATERFRONT

1279 Delaware Sw #69, WASHINGTON

$760,000

1279 Delaware Sw #69, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,980 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2019430

NONE AVAILABLE

102 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

$749,000

102 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,120 SqFt Multi-Family MLS® # DCDC2026662

WATER FRONT

104 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

$749,000

104 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,120 SqFt Multi-Family MLS® # DCDC2026670

525 Water Sw St Sw #109, WASHINGTON

$745,000

525 Water Sw St Sw #109, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 945 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2028046

WATER FRONT

811 Delaware Ave Sw #230, WASHINGTON

$735,000

↓ $14,900

811 Delaware Ave Sw #230, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,467 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2017446

WATERFRONT SW RLA

332 G St Sw #501, WASHINGTON

$715,000

332 G St Sw #501, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,710 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2026466

RLA (SW)

520 Sw N St Sw #430 & 429, WASHINGTON

$699,000

↓ $26,000

520 Sw N St Sw #430 & 429, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2021992

SW WATERFRONT

429 N St Sw #s-508, WASHINGTON

$685,000

↓ $14,000

429 N St Sw #s-508, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,250 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2016546

SW WATERFRONT

761 3rd St Sw #704, WASHINGTON

$649,000

↓ $25,000

761 3rd St Sw #704, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,440 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2018772

RLA (SW)

New
371 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

$649,000

371 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,536 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2030406

SW WATERFRONT

397 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

$625,000

↓ $24,950

397 O St Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2022642

RLA (SW)

1324 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$615,000

1324 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,413 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2027274

SW WATERFRONT

Southwest Waterfront Neighborhood Information

During the 1800s, Southwest Waterfront was a thriving shantytown with fishmongers living and working alongside affluent members of DC society. Row houses co-existed with large mansions overlooking the original wharf and the Maine Avenue Fish Market which opened in 1805. During the 1950s, much of the area was razed in the name of progress and new contemporary office and apartment buildings were constructed. Some of the I.M. Pei-designed apartment buildings have since become condos for sale.

And what of the historic fish market that remains open to this day? Actually, the wharf itself was torn down as well in the 1960s. The merchants sued for the right to stay however, due to their lease rights. Now, modern day fish mongers sell their products from floating barges that line the pier—a nod to the old days when seafood would be sold directly off fishing boats. 

What to Expect at DC's Southwest Waterfront

As noted at the outset, the Southwest Waterfront is undergoing a massive transformation with The Wharf, a decade-old plan by developers Hoffman-Madison that entered the construction phase in 2014 and is now well underway. Included will be three new piers jutting into the Washington Channel, plus hotels, offices, apartments, restaurants, jazz clubs, a movie theater and yes, new luxury condos for sale including VIO, a 12-story luxury waterfront building.

Southwest Waterfront Real Estate at a Glance

Homes and condos for sale in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood start at around $125,000 for small studio units and climb past a million dollars. The new commercial developments will produce an even greater inventory of lofts, townhouses and condos for sale in the future as the riverfront continues its evolution.