Rapidly Evolving Neighborhood

Southeast Washington

In terms of the four Washington, DC quadrants, Southeast represents the second smallest in geographic size, with a fascinating blend of homes, neighborhoods, and visitor attractions. The other quadrants are Northwest, Northeast, and Southwest. While not known for quite the same dizzying heights as some other parts the nation’s capital, you’ll still find an ample menu of luxury real estate for sale in Southeast Washington across a spectrum of price points, with condos, townhouses, and detached single-family homes as well. SE Washington is also known for the rapidly evolving Navy Yard neighborhood with its vibrant assortment of new condo buildings, top restaurants, waterfront attractions, and major sporting events.

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SE Washington Luxury Stats

Average Price $1.6M
Lowest Price $1M
Highest Price $3.9M
Total Listings 56
Avg. Price/SQFT $719

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As with the other three quadrants, Southeast begins its journey at the epicenter of the city, that being the United States Capitol building and its rotunda. This is how the federal district was first laid out by planners who didn’t envision its large expansion over time. The result is a pie chart that looks quite uneven in the modern era, with considerably more land in the northern sector.

The SE portion extends both south and east from the Capitol, including a large portion of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Hill East, Barney Circle, Barracks Row, Capitol Riverfront, Navy Yard, the Ballpark District, and across the Anacostia River to the eponymously named Anacostia neighborhood, Hillcrest, Barry Farm, Congress Heights, Fairlawn, Woodland, and others. There are approximately 32 neighborhoods in total in SE Washington, DC, and some are notably more luxurious than others.

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Southeast is an eclectic portrait of diversity, home to all ages and all lifestyles, with lots to do and lots to see. Much of the Capitol Hill neighborhood lies within SE DC’s bounds, with a wonderful collection of antique rowhouses as well as newer condo and townhouse developments. Barney Circle and Hill East on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill offer much the same types of style and architecture, with a tightknit neighborly feel and porch front townhouses. Heading south you’ll come to the waterfront area, including Navy Yard, The Yards, Ballpark District, and Capitol Riverfront.

The Navy Yard itself was once home to the Navy’s massive shipbuilding operation but devolved over time with shoreline pollution. Today, Navy Yard is shining brightly again, the result of decades of urban and waterfront renewal. The military still maintains administrative offices, but much of the neighborhood has been redefined as a great place to live and visit.

New luxury condo towers like eNvy, Avidian, and The Bower, play to the area’s newfound popularity. Nationals Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, and you’ll also find outdoor concerts at Yards Park, ice skating at Canal Park, the Anacostia Riverwalk, and scads of top bars and restaurants. Heading across the river leads to the largest portion of Southeast when it comes to landmass.

The Anacostia neighborhood was once home to ship workers and their families. Today, the historic community and its neighbors, like Hillcrest, Barry Farm, and Fairlawn, is in a growth phase with lots of new development projects in the pipeline. This western side of the river is poised for another of DC’s signature pushes.

To learn more about luxury real estate in Southeast Washington, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.

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SE Washington, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Is Southeast Washington located across the river from Washington, DC?

A: Southeast is actually on both sides of the Anacostia River. It encompasses land stretching in a southeasterly direction from the U.S. Capitol building, with a sizeable portion across the river.

Q: Are luxury real estate properties more affordable in SE Washington than in other parts of the District?

A: To a certain extent, yes. While homes on Capitol Hill, as well as waterfront condos in the Navy Yard area can be pricey, there are also areas of opportunity throughout the Southeast quadrant.

Q: What would be the price range of luxury homes in Southeast?

A: Generally speaking, upscale properties in SE Washington range from the high six figures to around $3 million, with some outliers.

Q: How far is the Navy Yard neighborhood from downtown Washington?

A: The distance is approximately four miles.

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