Southwest Washington, Washington, DC

Southwest Washington Neighborhood Guide Washington, DC

About

Southwest Washington is a waterfront neighborhood in Washington, D.C., nestled on the bank of the Potomac River. It's known for its modernist residential complexes, vibrant nightlife, and close proximity to the National Mall. Major roads include South Capitol Street and Interstate 395. The area is also home to The Wharf, a world-class, mile-long stretch along the Potomac River with restaurants, shops, and stunning views.

What You Will Love About Southwest Washington, Washington, District of Columbia

  • The charm of waterfront living with easy access to boat tours, waterside dining, and recreational activities like paddleboarding and kayaking.
  • The ease of transportation due to the neighborhood's location, close proximity to a Metro station, and several major highways.
  • The vibrant art scene, with Arena Stage and other local theaters, galleries, and art installations.

What's Nearby

Southwest Washington is just a stone's throw away from the heart of Washington D.C., making it near attractions like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Smithsonian Museums. The neighborhood is also adjacent to Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

Lifestyle

Residents of Southwest Washington enjoy an active and vibrant lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities courtesy of the waterfront and nearby parks. The neighborhood has a laid-back, community feel with plenty of local shops, restaurants, and markets, while still offering the excitement of city living.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 765 restaurants, 91 grocery stores, and 190 parks within a mile of the Southwest Washington neighborhood.

  • GROCERY
    Bolling AFB Commissary

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.6 miles

    185 Chappie James Blvd SW

  • GROCERY
    IGA Quincy Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.1 miles

    807 1st Avenue SW

  • GROCERY
    Holiday Mart

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.7 miles

    3509 Wheeler Rd SE

  • GROCERY
    Safeway

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.8 miles

    1100 4th St SW

  • GROCERY
    Half Street Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.9 miles

    49 L St SE

  • GROCERY
    Elmira Grocery

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.9 miles

    4401 S Capitol St SW

Southwest Washington Apartments and Rentals

439 Rental properties in Southwest Washington, Washington, DC.

  • Avalon At Arlington Square property

    $1,991+

    Avalon At Arlington Square

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    652–1926 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Avalon Potomac Yard property

    $2,025+

    Avalon Potomac Yard

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    540–1432 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 301M property

    $1,925+

    301M

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    494–960 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Park at Arlington Ridge property

    $1,895+

    Park at Arlington Ridge

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    594–975 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • The Aspen property

    $1,610+

    The Aspen

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    650–984 Sqft

    4 Units Available

  • Crystal House property

    $1,593+

    Crystal House

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    507–1555 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

Cost of Living

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CategoryCompare to State Avg.Compare to National Avg.
housing
18.2%
29%
utilities
11.9%
12.4%
food
1.1%
3.7%
transportation
12.8%
3.6%
healthcare
7.2%
10.8%

Southwest Washington Demographics

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Southwest Washington Reviews

people smiling
  • Busy Streets

    No

    Say 7 of 7 renters

  • Area Has Litter

    No

    Say 7 of 7 renters

  • Area Has Potholes

    No

    Say 6 of 7 renters

  • Noise Late At Night

    No

    Say 5 of 7 renters

  • Good Place To Raise A Family

    Yes

    Say 5 of 7 renters

  • Near Grocery Stores

    Yes

    Say 4 of 7 renters

Southwest Washington Transportation

walk bike and transit

Very Walkable

79/100
Walk Score®
The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.

Very Bikeable

82/100
Bike Score®

Good Transit

65/100
1 train stop, 2 other stops

City Cruises Alexandria National Park Water Taxi

Other

100 Potomac Ave SW

Anacostia Metro Station

Train Stop

1101 Howard Rd SE

Capital Elite Cruises

Other

600 Water St SW

Source: foursquare.com

Southwest Washington Schools

Neighborhoods Around Southwest Washington

NeighborhoodStudioAvg RentAnnual Change
BellevueNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$960
0%
Dupont CircleNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,271
2%
Old TownNeighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia$1,900--
Del RayNeighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia$2,606
10%
Southeast WashingtonNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,875
11%
GeorgetownNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,393
1%
DowntownNeighborhood in Arlington, Virginia$2,295
2%
South ArlingtonNeighborhood in Arlington, Virginia$2,071
5%
Capitol HillNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,862
1%
Crystal City ShopsNeighborhood in Arlington, Virginia$1,919
2%
Potomac WestNeighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia$2,530
10%
Congress HeightsNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$960
0%
Southwest - WaterfrontNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,825
8%
AnacostiaNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,250--
Navy YardNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,100
10%
Logan Circle - ShawNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,225
9%
Stanton ParkNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,850
0%
Washington HighlandsNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia----
Connecticut Avenue - K StreetNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,354
2%
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West EndNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,438
15%
NoMaNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,012
1%
Adams MorganNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,250
4%
H Street-NoMaNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,012
1%
Mount Vernon SquareNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,141
19%
Foggy BottomNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,390
22%
TrinidadNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,513--
FairlawnNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,250--
FairlingtonNeighborhood in Arlington, Virginia$2,360
7%
Downtown-Penn Quarter-ChinatownNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,740
12%
Hill EastNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia----
EckingtonNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,730--
U-StreetNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,074
3%
Kingman ParkNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia----
Fort DupontNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,099--
Near NortheastNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$1,785
8%
Carver - LangstonNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,000
1%
West VillageNeighborhood in Washington, District-of-columbia$2,095--