Southwest Waterfront

Southwest Waterfront provides an urban-residential experience with easy proximity to many of DC’s big-ticket sights.

Adjacent to Nationals Park and one of the few residential areas in Southwest DC, this neighborhood has been evolving at a rapid pace. Much of the area consists of glass-facaded condominium complexes separated by wide, well-lit pedestrian thoroughfares—many of which lead towards DC's National Mall. Providing its laid-back residents with plenty of places to eat, drink, and make merry along the river's edge, Southwest Waterfront is continually adding restaurants, cafes, and exciting nightlife haunts to its entertainment repertoire.

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On the Map

Southwest Waterfront is bordered by Navy Yard and Capitol Hill

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Reagan National Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic or 21 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 8 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 13 minutes by public transit

A Day Along the Waterfront

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Step out into the brisk air of Southwest Waterfront for a stroll to the Maine Avenue Fish Market.

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Though the wharf bustles with commotion, the prevailing atmosphere of this neighborhood is one of peace, quiet, and simplicity in the capital city.

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The SW Waterfront is DC's hidden gem, not well known but still in the city main area and walkable to many touristy attractions."

A Community By the Harbor

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New apartment complexes are popping up among older brick row houses along Southwest Waterfront's residential side streets.

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From after-school baseball games to community gardens, the neighborhood continually engages its residents.

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[It's] a real neighborhood in DC so it was far more comfortable for me than staying in a hotel in a tourist area."

Beth

Visited in 2013

An Area of Rapid Transformation

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New shopping, dining, and entertainment developments have sprung up amidst Southwest Waterfront's open spaces.

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Bold architecture and big art infuse Southwest Waterfront's landscape with character and color.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.

Chris Weisler

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