As its name suggests, the Southwest Waterfront enjoys lovely riverside views. Nestled along 47 acres of the Washington Channel, this low-key neighborhood stands out for its historic fish market, variety of river cruise options and one of DC’s most beautiful performing arts centers. You’ll find locals who love the nautical life in Southwest taking advantage of its easily accessible boat dock, as well as its row of riverfront restaurants, before returning to the charming townhouses and condos that dot the waterfront real estate. The neighborhood is the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon exploring—and starting next year construction is set to begin on a multi-billion dollar renovation that will reimagine the neighborhood as a lively waterfront village with added restaurants, retail and attractions called “The Wharf.”
Located in the Southwest quadrant, the neighborhood’s home is where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers meet. It stretches along the waterfront from the historic Fish Market for nearly 50 acres to Ft. McNair.
See a show at Arena Stage, which specializes in American theater. Dive in to some award-winning crab cakes and an endless seafood buffet at the flagship Phillips Seafood, or head to the historic Fish Market and pick up some fresh seafood of your own. Climb aboard a river cruise and explore Washington, DC by water. The dock is the launching point for a number of tours, including Odyssey Cruises and Spirit Cruises. In September, the neighborhood celebrates its vibrant cultural community with the SW ArtsFest.
The Southwest Waterfront has deep roots in Washington. Long before the city became the nation’s capital, Native Americans used the Southwest quadrant for its river access. Later, the neighborhood was incorporated into Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the capital city and it soon became a mixed-use area with townhomes and offices for the federal government.
The Wharf will embrace sustainable development and serve as a model for LEED-certified neighborhood development. All of the buildings in the redevelopment will be designed to meet or exceed LEED silver certification, offering an environmentally friendly place to live, work and play.