The Southwest Waterfront is located where the the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers meet. It is is conveniently located on the Metro’s Green line (Waterfront – SEU stop). Some areas in the neighborhood offer easy access to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. It is walkable to the National Mall and Nats Park.

Washington, DC - SW Waterfront History

The Southwest Waterfront began as the home of Fort McNair, the historic Army post established in 1791. Pierre L’Enfant included Fort McNair in his plans for Washington, playing a significant role in the defense of the capital.The Southwest Waterfront struggled greatly after The Civil War. Congress developed an urban renewal plan to build the Waterfront from ground up to promote economic development. Today, the Women’s Titanic Memorial is located here along the Southwest Waterfront.

Washington, DC - SW Waterfront Real Estate

Since its re-development in the 1950s, the Southwest Waterfront has grown significantly and is home now to condominiums, apartment buildings, and townhomes. Wheat Row is home to some of the oldest homes in Washington, DC. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these Georgian-style row houses date back to the 1700s.

Washington, DC - SW Waterfront Community

Established in 1805, the Maine Avenue Fish Market is a DC landmark. It is the oldest continuously operating open-air seafood market in the nation. The Wharf, a mixed use development, opened in 2017 and is bringing new life to the community with shops, restaurants, live music, events, and more.

Washington, DC - SW Waterfront Entertainment

The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse, and Union Stage are all new live music venues at the Wharf. Visitors to the Wharf can also take in street performances and those on the Floating Barge, anchored off Transit Pier.

Washington, DC - SW Waterfront Favorites

Start the evening at Whiskey Charlie’s with one of its creative cocktail such as the WC Mule, made with vodka, ginger, strawberry-mint shrub and lime. For dinner, enjoy breathtaking water views, delectable coastal cuisine and an extensive moules frites menu at La Vie. Top off your meal with something sweet from celebrity chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar.



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