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Southwest at a glance:
  • Neighborhoods: Georgetown, Southwest Waterfront
  • Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Smithsonian Institution, Washington Monument, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, National Children’s Museum, National Mall, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park, West Potomac Park
  • Major Industry: Civil Service, Defense (Bolling Air Force Base/Naval Research Laboratory), Education, Healthcare, Finance, Media, Tourism
  • Counties: Arlington, Fairfax, Prince George's

Southwest, D.C.

Southwest is the smallest of the four quadrants that make up Washington, D.C. Homes for sale in this area are bounded by the National Mall to the north, South Capitol Street to the east, the Potomac River to the west, and the fork of the Potomac River and the Anacostia River to the south. The quadrant is accessible by the blue, orange, yellow, and green lines of the Metro.

Washington, D.C. homes for sale in Southwest provide residents with many unique area attractions. Even though Southwest is small enough to be considered a neighborhood in its own right, it is actually made up of four distinct sections.

The first section is the Southwest Employment District, which is located just south of the National Mall. Here, federal office buildings share space with several of the Smithsonian Institute’s eighteen museums, including the National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the relatively new National Museum of the American Indian. L’Enfant Plaza and the Smithsonian are two major Metro stations that serve this section.

The second section is the Southwest Waterfront, a residential neighborhood located along the banks of the Potomac River and a popular option for people looking for D.C. homes for sale. This vibrant community is home to such local landmarks as the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the Washington Marina, and the Arena Theater, a not-for-profit theater now in its fifth decade. Local developers, who believe the pending construction of the new baseball stadium will be a boon to the local market, have recently begun revitalizing the Southwest Waterfront with restaurants like Cantina Marina and the popular nightclub H20. Waterfront/SEU is the main Metro station that serves this section of D.C. Homes for sale are conveniently located nearby.

The third section is a peninsula made up of West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, and the Tidal Basin. The two parks are extremely popular and park activities range from running and dog walking to golfing and fishing. Separating the parks is the Tidal Basin, a man-made 107-acre inlet created in the 1880s. The Tidal Basin is best known for the more than three thousand Japanese Cherry Trees that line its 1.72-mile walkway. But many tourists—and city residents—also enjoy renting the Tidal Basin’s bright blue pedal-boats and taking in the view from the water. This section is not easily accessible by Metro, but plenty of parking is available.

The fourth section is located across the Anacostia River and is the site of several sizeable commercial and federal facilities. These include Bolling Air Force Base, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant.

While tourist attractions and federal buildings may dominate the landscape in Southwest, many dynamic residential communities thrive in the quadrant’s upscale apartment buildings and waterfront condo conversions. To find D.C. homes for sale in Southwest, contact any one of Long & Foster’s many Washington, D.C. real estate offices.

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