Southwest Waterfront

SITUATED AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE POTOMAC AND THE ANACOSTIA RIVERS and directly adjacent to the National Mall, the Southwest Waterfront beckons new residents and visitors with ten world- class museums, seven performance venues, and a rapidly growing food and cultural scene.

The opening of the first phase of the $2 billion Wharf project brought new life to the long-beloved Southwest neighborhood.


  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial has a planned opening of May 2020.
  • The International Spy Museum opened in 2019 and saw over 400,000 visitors in its first six months.
  • The 367-room Hilton Washington D.C. reopened in 2019 after a $50 million renovation.
  • The mixed-use redevelopment of the Randall School will be centered around a 31,800 SF art gallery.


Initial phases of this 2.5 million SF mixed-use project at the heart of the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood have already opened, including 500,000 SF of office space, 90,000 SF of retail/restaurant space (anchored by a 55,000 SF Safeway grocery store), and 900 apartments. Another 1,000 apartments and 60,000 SF of retail space, including a black box theater and a new community center, remain in the pipeline.


  • 34% population growth within 5 miles (2010–2019).
  • 555 E Street will deliver a 252-room citizenM hotel, 194 residential units, and 10,000 SF of retail space in Q2 2020.
  • Over the past five years, the Southwest area has seen 218,000 SF of new retail space, 2,465 new residential units, and 1.1 million SF of new office space.


  • Phase I of The Wharf includes 500,000 SF of office space, 19 shops and 31 restaurants, 870 residential units, 690 hotel rooms, and 1,475 underground parking spaces.
  • Construction of Phase II began Q1 2019 (2022 delivery) and includes a new park, a 131-room Pendry hotel, 351 residential units, 95,000 SF of retail/restaurant space, and 575,000 SF of office space anchored by law firm Williams & Connolly LLP.


52,632 Total Area Employment

  • Public Administration: 63%
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services: 14%
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation: 4%

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