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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1107 Delaware Ave Sw, WASHINGTON

$2,100,000

1107 Delaware Ave Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 4,190 SqFt Commercial Sale MLS® # DCDC2069044

1317 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,600,000

1317 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064842

HARBOUR SQUARE

525 Water St Sw #412, WASHINGTON

$1,525,000

525 Water St Sw #412, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,267 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2066068

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #1114, WASHINGTON

$1,359,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #1114, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,105 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2065014

SOUTH WEST

45 Sutton Sq Sw #604, WASHINGTON

$1,349,900

↓ $25,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #604, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,084 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2062784

WATERFRONT

540 N St Sw #s803, WASHINGTON

$1,200,000

540 N St Sw #s803, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,680 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2063866

SW 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

1248 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,089,000

1248 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,768 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2065758

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

700 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,050,000

↓ $25,000

700 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,758 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2058768

CAPITOL SQUARE

411 N St Sw #6, WASHINGTON

$875,000

411 N St Sw #6, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,304 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2063294

SW WATERFRONT

735 3rd St Sw #408, WASHINGTON

$869,000

735 3rd St Sw #408, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,812 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064030

RLA (SW)

829 3rd St Sw #309, WASHINGTON

$850,000

829 3rd St Sw #309, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,812 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2051010

RLA (SW)

361 N St Sw #361, WASHINGTON

$799,900

↓ $50,000

361 N St Sw #361, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,595 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2055822

CARROLLSBURG

525 Water St Sw #107, WASHINGTON

$795,000

525 Water St Sw #107, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 737 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2065898

SW WATERFRONT

57 G St Sw #111, WASHINGTON

$735,000

57 G St Sw #111, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,513 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064636

RLA (SW)

510 N St Sw #n-227, WASHINGTON

$729,000

510 N St Sw #n-227, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,455 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2065366

SW WATERFRONT

1420 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$725,000

1420 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,280 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2061934

OLD CITY #1

1426 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$700,000

↓ $30,000

1426 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,280 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2044128

SW WATERFRONT

110 P St Sw, WASHINGTON

$675,000

110 P St Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,120 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2067782

OLD CITY #1

110 P St Sw, WASHINGTON

$675,000

110 P St Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,120 SqFt Multi-Family MLS® # DCDC2067562

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22 N St Sw #22, WASHINGTON

$635,500

22 N St Sw #22, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,160 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2069306

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. 

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