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DC Real Estate: SW Waterfront and Navy Yard

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Living in SW Waterfront and Navy Yard

Southwest Waterfront is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. This neighborhood is close to all the action, with many of its residents living within walking distance of the National Mall, Washington Monument, the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, and other popular attractions. With spectacular views of the Potomac River and easy access to DC’s most famous spots, SW Waterfront’s location is hard to beat.

Adjacent to the Southwest Waterfront in southeastern DC is the Navy Yard neighborhood. This community, which is also referred to as Near Southeast, is a residential and commercial area and gets its name from the Washington Navy Yard, the oldest Navy installation in the country, and which still serves as the headquarters of several naval units. Commuting is easy via the Navy Yard-Ballpark station, which is on the Green Line of the Washington Metro.

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Community Highlights

SW Waterfront’s open-air fish market is a great place to pick up something for dinner. It also happens to be one of the oldest and longest operating fish markets in the country, making it both a historic place to visit as well as a practical one.

This neighborhood is also interesting because it is home to one of the country’s largest groups of “liveaboards.” These are people who forgo traditional real estate and instead choose to live on board their houseboats year round. Many of these ships dock at SW Waterfront’s premier marina, the Gangplank Marina.

In addition to the community of liveaboards, here you will also find ships that cruise the river, such as the Odyssey, and other smaller, personal craft. This marina berths 310 ships, around 100 of which house liveaboards.

The Navy Yard area has been seeing plenty of new commercial and residential developments in recent years and is one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods. Here you’ll find Nationals Park, home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, the Yards Park, and more.

The SW Waterfront and Navy Yard area is filled with affordable entertainment, from $5 jazz concerts to outdoor yoga – not to mention the incredible collection of Smithsonian museums that can be found just up the road. The dining options are diverse, including a wide array of ethnic options as well as more traditionally American style restaurants.

DC Real Estate Options

While it has a long history, much of the housing in SW Waterfront dates back to the 1950s, when the neighborhood was the focus of an urban renewal project. Tucked away amid mid-century modern townhouses and mid-rise condos, however, you will still find well-preserved 18th century rowhouses.

The neighborhood is also the site of a major redevelopment. The Wharf, a 24-acre mixed-use waterfront project, is set to transform the face of the neighborhood and offer even more housing options.

The real estate market in Navy Yard and SW Waterfront is mostly townhomes, condos, and apartment buildings, but there are a few single-family properties available if you know where to look. Navy Yard is characterized by large townhomes and condos, many of which have 4 bedrooms.

To learn more about the available homes for sale in DC’s best neighborhoods, contact us or browse the listings on our website.