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Foggy Bottom

It’s one of Washington’s smallest neighborhoods, ideally located for those who want to be in the middle of the action, and home to luxury real estate as well. With the intriguing name of Foggy Bottom, this very old community along the Potomac River got its name from long-ago river mists that would combine with factory smoke from gas works and beer breweries. In the modern era, it’s an intriguing mixture of upscale residences, government offices, business corporations, and creative culture in the form of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Foggy Bottom Real Estate Stats

Average Price $774K
Lowest Price $200K
Highest Price $3.8M
Total Listings 54
Avg. Price/SQFT $606

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Foggy Bottom Luxury Real Estate

The crown jewel of luxury real estate in Foggy Bottom is the Watergate, an iconic mid-century modern mixed-use complex spanning 10 acres and designed in the 1960s by Italian architect Luigi Moretti. There are three residential cooperative buildings at the Watergate, as well as a hotel, office buildings, shops, a venerable bakery, a restaurant, and other conveniences.

The co-op apartments regularly rank at the top of Washington’s premiere real estate listings, often remodeled by noted architects and interior designers, and offering remarkably spacious floor plans. Many of the units have sweeping balconies featuring unparalleled views of the Potomac River. The Watergate is also famous, of course, for one of the nation’s most notorious political scandals.

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While the Watergate is Foggy Bottom’s most prominent real estate address due to its size, there are other opportunities as well, including condo buildings like The Plaza, and The Griffin. You can also find some intriguing sections of historic rowhouses tucked away between larger commercial buildings. Foggy Bottom is located along the river, with Georgetown to the northwest, the West End to the north, the White House grounds to the east, and the western end of the National Mall to the south. Also in the neighborhood is George Washington University, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, multiple embassies, and the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the region, Foggy Bottom was settled by German immigrants in the 1700’s and was known at the time as Funkstown. As the area developed, it also became home to industrial activity including the Washington Gas and Light Company, breweries, glass factories, and lime kilns. During the 20th century, the community became home to various government offices and agencies such as the State Department. There was also a significant amount of mid-century construction, from roadways to commercial buildings. Today, it is the sum of many parts, occupying a small footprint with a lot of activity. There are shops, restaurants, national monuments, the wonderful Rock Creek Trail along the riverside, and of course, some fascinating luxury real estate.

To learn more about Foggy Bottom, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.


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Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia FAQ’s

Q: How did Foggy Bottom get its name?

A: The name originated during the 19th century from industrial smoke and Potomac River fog that would blanket the area.

Q: How close is it from Foggy Bottom to the White House?

A: The distance is less than one mile.

Q: Is the Watergate the only residential development in Foggy Bottom?

A: No, the storied complex isn’t the only place to live in Foggy Bottom, but it certainly is the most famous residential community in the neighborhood.

Q: Is there a Metro station near the Foggy Bottom neighborhood?

A: Yes, the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station provides Orange, Silver, and Blue Line service.


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