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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550 N St Sw #s-502, WASHINGTON

$1,995,900

550 N St Sw #s-502, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC509266

Welcome Home Realty, LLC

45 Sutton Sq Sw #506, WASHINGTON

$1,875,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #506, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,670 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2003620

DC Living Real Estate LLC

45 Sutton Sq Sw #403, WASHINGTON

$1,489,000

↓ $31,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #403, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,370 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC520536

Hoffman Realty

525 Water St Sw #420, WASHINGTON

$1,375,000

↓ $24,990

525 Water St Sw #420, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,724 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC506594

Keller Williams Realty Centre

724 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,175,000

724 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,430 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2001016

DC Living Real Estate LLC

607 7th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,139,000

↓ $36,000

607 7th St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,410 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC520456

Keller Williams Realty Dulles

1253 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,110,000

↓ $15,000

1253 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,724 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC498786

Fairfax Realty Premier

727 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,099,000

↓ $50,000

727 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,233 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC523586

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

45 Sutton Sq Sw #804, WASHINGTON

$1,049,000

↓ $6,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #804, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,130 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC522684

Gordon James Brokerage

45 Sutton Sq Sw #705, WASHINGTON

$989,900

45 Sutton Sq Sw #705, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1 Bath 840 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005278

Compass

430 M St Sw #n-804, WASHINGTON

$949,900

↓ $30,000

430 M St Sw #n-804, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,220 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC484608

Welcome Home Realty, LLC

287 G St Sw #137, WASHINGTON

$849,900

287 G St Sw #137, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,479 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002314

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1234 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$849,000

↓ $10,000

1234 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,440 SqFt Multi-Family MLS® # DCDC516522

Compass

1234 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$849,000

↓ $10,000

1234 Carrollsburg Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,440 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC516040

Compass

321 N St Sw #90, WASHINGTON

$837,000

321 N St Sw #90, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,980 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005554

Sweet Homes America Incorporated

317 N St Sw #88, WASHINGTON

$789,000

317 N St Sw #88, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,980 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2004076

CENTURY 21 New Millennium

New
251 G St Sw #113, WASHINGTON

$769,000

251 G St Sw #113, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,513 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC499146

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1356 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$699,900

↓ $15,100

1356 4th St Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,533 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2003032

Compass

390 N St Sw, WASHINGTON

$599,923

↓ $35,077

390 N St Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,533 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005786

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

429 N St Sw #s-607, WASHINGTON

$575,000

↓ $100,000

429 N St Sw #s-607, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,211 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC521016

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

New
700 7th Sw #602, WASHINGTON

$545,000

700 7th Sw #602, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,076 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005400

Compass

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.