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Of the four quadrants that make up Washington, DC, Southwest is by far the smallest. That said, it is home to one of the most exciting waterfront areas with lots of luxury real estate to explore. As a reminder of how the quadrants were established, a medallion deep in the Crypt of the Capitol Rotunda delineates the epicenter of the Federal District. However, the presence of the Potomac River, with Virginia on the other side, means that the Southeast portion of land is a relatively slender strip of land. Furthermore, roughly half of the land mass exists south of the fork where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers come together. That land is primarily devoted to federal use.

Boats and skyline of buildings at the Southwest area of Washington, DC

SW Washington Luxury Stats

Average Price $2.3M
Lowest Price $1.1M
Highest Price $8.3M
Total Listings 27
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.1K

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SW Washington, DC Luxury Real Estate

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88 V St Sw #808, WASHINGTON

$1,509,000

88 V St Sw #808, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,224 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2143384

SW WATERFRONT

815 6th St Sw, WASHINGTON

$1,259,900

↓ $10,000

815 6th St Sw, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,322 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2139678

SW WATERFRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #603, WASHINGTON

$1,800,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #603, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,269 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2133002

WATERFRONT SW RLA

88 V St Sw #801, WASHINGTON

$1,449,888

88 V St Sw #801, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,356 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2132794

CAPITOL GATEWAY

601 Wharf St Sw #805, WASHINGTON

$2,300,000

↓ $175,000

601 Wharf St Sw #805, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,580 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2129104

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

601 Wharf St Sw #203, WASHINGTON

$1,525,000

↓ $200,000

601 Wharf St Sw #203, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,625 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2125238

SW WATERFRONT

45 Sutton Sq Sw #906, WASHINGTON

$1,795,000

↓ $100,000

45 Sutton Sq Sw #906, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,570 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2116530

RLA (SW)

601 Wharf St Sw #1005, WASHINGTON

$2,500,000

↓ $200,000

601 Wharf St Sw #1005, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,590 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2108900

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

601 Wharf St Sw #507, WASHINGTON

$1,125,000

↓ $250,000

601 Wharf St Sw #507, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,225 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2108890

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

601 Wharf St Sw #606, WASHINGTON

$1,275,000

↓ $100,000

601 Wharf St Sw #606, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,315 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2108892

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

601 Wharf St Sw #705, WASHINGTON

$2,100,000

↓ $195,000

601 Wharf St Sw #705, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,305 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2107696

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

601 Wharf St Sw #303, WASHINGTON

$1,625,000

↓ $200,000

601 Wharf St Sw #303, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,590 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2107410

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

SW WASHINGTON, DC LUXURY REAL ESTATE

This leaves an area that starts at the Capitol and includes a small portion of the National Mall, before heading south to an old neighborhood known as the Southwest Waterfront. Here is where ambitious and longstanding development plans have resulted in a true success story known as District Wharf, or The Wharf for short. With 27 acres of land and 50 acres of water, The Wharf is a prime waterfront visitor destination as well as home to an increasing number of residents, and multiple brand new condominium towers. High profile buildings such as Vio, and Amaris, are perched on the promenade overlooking Washington Channel, just steps from boat slips, restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

SW DC and the Southwest Waterfront in particular is one of the District’s oldest and most interesting areas. Its long history has often been defined by its location, a bustling shantytown during the 1700s and 1800s, with working fishermen and merchants, as well as upper class residents. Lengthy periods of redevelopment resulted in the demolition of many of the older buildings, but a few notable ones remain, such as the Wheat Row townhouses that date back to 1794.

One of the most famous attractions in the area is the Maine Avenue Fish Market, in continuous operation since 1805. The historic waterfront market serving both raw and ready-to-eat fish and shellfish, is now known as The Municipal Fish Market and has been incorporated into The Wharf. Another lengthy period of redevelopment occurred in the 1960s with numerous structures razed in order to build the I-495 as well as numerous office and residential buildings. Among these is the mid-century modern Harbour Square community with its cooperative apartments and townhouses.

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Returning to the present, SW Washington is now transforming in ways that city planners and developers have long envisioned, a waterfront playground that melds luxurious living with workplace opportunities and plenty of amenities. You’ll find numerous top restaurants along the promenade as well as trendy rooftop bars, fun sidewalk cafes and coffeeshops, a huge collection of shops and spas, and multiple live music venues including the large scale Anthem, the Pearl Street Warehouse, the Floating Stage, and more. Among new luxury condominiums are the previously mentioned VIO with its chic modernity, Amaris with is twisting glass façade, 525 Water, and Peninsula 88 at the tip of Buzzard Point.

Luxury real estate shoppers will also be intrigued by older homes that have survived the winds of change, including beautifully renovated row houses in the western portion of Capitol Hill. Other points of interest in the area include numerous Smithsonian museums along the southern side of the National Mall, as well as federal office buildings. There’s lots of public transit options as well, with the Waterfront, Federal Center SW, Smithsonian, and L’Enfant Plaza Metro stations.

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


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SW Washington, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: What is the status of the District Wharf construction?

A: The first portion of Phase 1 was delivered in 2017, with continued construction thereafter. Phase 2 followed and was largely completed by 2022.

Q: How far is The Wharf from downtown Washington, DC?

A: The distance is about two miles, depending on specific start and stop points.

Q: Is Southwest a walkable part of Washington, DC?

A: Yes, it certainly is. Particular points of interest for those on foot, include the National Mall with its many landmarks and museums, and District Wharf with its countless waterfront attractions.

Q: What is the price range for luxury real estate in Southwest DC?

A: As with other parts of the District, there can be particular properties that soar high into seven-figure territory. But more generally speaking, you’ll find a lot of luxury options between $1,000,000 and $12,000,000.


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