Southwest DC/ Waterfront known as the Little Quandrant that Could

DC's Smallest Quadrant Offers a Compelling Combination of Old and New

Southwest DC/Waterfront, the smallest quadrant in DC, and has gone through numerous transitions over time. Long known for being a quiet and spacious area with a very eclectic mix of historic rowhouses, stark 1960s concrete condos and coop buildings found nowhere else in DC, luxury townhomes and subsidized housing, as well as being home to the iconic Municipal Fish Market, it is in the midst of a profound change with the development of the District Wharf area. Before the new Wharf development, the most well-known entertainment draw was the renovated Arena Stage, one of DC’s most venerable theaters.  With the completion of Phase 1 of the District Wharf project at the Waterfront complex — featuring upscale hotels, restaurants and clubs and a completely renovated riverfront walk and marina — the area has become a bona fide destination for tourists and locals alike. Across the Washington Channel, East Potomac Park has a public golf course, a pool, and sports fields.

More people rent their homes than own, but with development has come construction of new condos and apartments. This has increased the price to rent or own in the area. This trend is expected to increase with Phase II underway.


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Easy to Get To and From

Southwest is prized for its easy access to so many locations within DC, as well as to major transportation arteries, such as 395, 695 and 295, leading into Virginia and Maryland. Public transportation abounds, with the Green Line’s SW Waterfront Metro and public bus service.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Theater, Restaurants and the Waterfront mean lots of entertainment options

With the new Wharf development, the SW Waterfront has exploded in terms of entertainment options. No matter your preference, you’ll find something to love. You can walk the wharf or take a sail from the marina, see a show at Arena Stage, The Anthem or Pearl Warehouse, visit the Maine Avenue Fish Market, visit Hains Point for outdoor recreation, or visit Culture House DC. These are just a few of the options available to residents and visitors alike.

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