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 #ph18, WASHINGTON

$2,100,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #ph18, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,834 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043268

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

1107 Delaware Ave Sw, WASHINGTON

$2,000,000

1107 Delaware Ave Sw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 4,190 SqFt Commercial Sale MLS® # DCDC441996

550 N St Sw #s301, WASHINGTON

$1,995,000

550 N St Sw #s301, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,430 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2044614

HARBOUR SQUARE

45 Sutton Sq Sw #302, WASHINGTON

$1,995,000

↓ $54,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #302, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,711 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2048324

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #1118, WASHINGTON

$1,890,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #1118, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,630 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2039318

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

808 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,399,999

↓ $50,001

808 Capitol Square Pl Sw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,078 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2052514

SOUTHWEST 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

New
375 N St Sw #91, WASHINGTON

$1,095,000

375 N St Sw #91, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,376 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2056270

SW WATERFRONT

430 M St Sw #n-804, WASHINGTON

$999,500

↑ $3,600

430 M St Sw #n-804, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,220 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043406

WATERFRONT

1218 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$989,900

1218 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,898 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2051820

SW WATERFRONT

525 Water St Sw #319, WASHINGTON

$899,500

525 Water St Sw #319, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 970 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043066

WATERFRONT SW RLA

1235 4th St Sw #8, WASHINGTON

$895,000

↓ $30,000

1235 4th St Sw #8, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,040 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2041664

WATERFRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #602, WASHINGTON

$875,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #602, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 720 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2049800

WATERFRONT

458 M St Sw #9, WASHINGTON

$859,000

458 M St Sw #9, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,115 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2050542

TIBER ISLAND

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)

New
361 N St Sw #361, WASHINGTON

$849,900

361 N St Sw #361, WASHINGTON

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

CARROLLSBURG

1426 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$749,900

↓ $25,100

1426 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

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

SW WATERFRONT

530 N St Sw #s608 S606, WASHINGTON

$749,000

530 N St Sw #s608 S606, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,650 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2041518

SW WATERFRONT

New
530 N St Sw #s-809, WASHINGTON

$715,000

530 N St Sw #s-809, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,336 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2056300

HARBOUR SQUARE

1412 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

$699,900

↓ $25,100

1412 Half St Sw, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,280 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2051000

SOUTH WEST

859 3rd St Sw #105, WASHINGTON

$699,000

859 3rd St Sw #105, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,488 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2052546

RLA (SW)

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.