As the name would suggest, the Southwest Waterfront is located in the District’s Southwest quadrant at the meeting point of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
The Southwest Waterfront started as the home to Fort McNair, established in 1791. Following the Civil War, the Waterfront was hit hard, and one of the few things that held it together were incoming European immigrants and freed slaves who started their new lives there.
As the neighborhood struggled, Congress developed an urban renewal plan to build the Waterfront from ground up to promote economic development. Only a few establishments made it through the re-development period, including the Maine Avenue Fish Market, Wheat Row townhouses, the Thomas Law House and St. Dominic’s and Friendship Churches.
Quality of Life:
Since its re-development period in the 1950s, the Southwest Waterfront has grown significantly and is home to condominiums, apartment buildings and townhouses; all located within walking distance to the National Mall and Washington Nationals Stadium.
Southwest Waterfront is conveniently located on the green line at the Waterfront – SEU Metro station. Some areas in the neighborhood also enjoy access to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station offering Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow line service. Buses are also a popular way to get around with the 70, 71, A9, A42, P1, P2, V8, V9 and $1 Circulator buses serving this neighborhood.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles