670 Chain Bridge Rd
12 Bed, 18 Bath
8125 Sqft, 5 Acres
The Washington Metropolitan area may not border any oceans but there’s still tons of waterfront properties for sale. All this is possible thanks to a couple major rivers along with numerous tributaries, lakes, ponds and marshy wetlands.
An aerial view of the area would show what appears to be a long drawn out “Y” shape. On the eastern side, the Anacostia River flows south from Prince George’s County in Maryland and down through the District, eventually emptying into the Washington Chanel and the Potomac River.
Meanwhile, the Potomac itself winds along the DC coastline, running south and eventually past Arlington and Alexandria. These rivers have been integral parts of the region since the days of fur traders, shipyards and the U.S. Navy. But during the modern era, those same bodies of water have served a whole new purpose—as eye candy for those lucky enough to own a home with a view.
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12 Bed, 18 Bath
8125 Sqft, 5 Acres
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What kind of waterfront properties for sale actually exist in Washington Metro? The easy and accurate answer is all types, from luxury condos and townhouses to cozy cabins and palatial mansions. There are even entire master-planned communities sitting right by the Potomac!
Old Town Alexandria seems like a good place to start. Dating back to the 1700s, this was once a place where tobacco barons stored their goods before sending them off to the rest of the world in tall ships. Today, there are a number of trendy real estate listings on the water, such as The Oronoco, an adaptive reuse of the former Sheet Metal Workers International building that has been redesigned by Shalom Baranes Architects into condos overlooking the river. These highly stylized modern flats range in price up to $4.5 million.
There’s also the much talked about redevelopment of the old Robinson Terminal South warehouses into upscale mixed use townhouses, as well as Potomac Yard—a former railyard on the water that has been transformed into a community with shopping, dining and upscale properties for sale.
You’ll also find traditional luxury high-rises like Marina Towers, just mere steps from the river’s edge.
Traveling south, you’ll come to very tony neighborhoods like Belle Haven, Mount Vernon and Fort Hunt. There’s no shortage of large, expensive homes here perched above the Potomac, some with private docks. From the historic former plantation of President George Washington to brand new custom construction, these properties are the epitome of the have-mores.
Meanwhile, in the old waterfront neighborhood of Rosslyn in Arlington, you’ll find some of the tallest residential buildings in all of Washington Metro. That means penthouse condos with balconies offering amazing views of the celebrated annual Fourth of July fireworks display over the river.
There’s also the fabulous homes for sale in Great Falls in Fairfax County, named for the raging river rapids. Prices here can soar into eight-figure territory, with massive mansions on equally large lots.
Let’s also not forget all the various streams, creeks, ponds and other watery places, including Accotink and Pohick Bays, Gunston Cove, Little Hunting Creek, Four Mile Run, Cameron Run and the Occoquan River—once deep enough for ocean-going ships. Those ships are long gone but you can still buy a home on the river and sail or kayak to your heart’s delight.
Or how about places like Lake Barcroft, known for great midcentury homes for sale, many with their own docks. There’s also a very active homeowners association and even a party barge for residents to revel on!
Located across the Potomac River from Alexandria is Maryland’s National Harbor, with brand new condos for sale by the marina. The historic Oxen Hill community is right next-door, and also features water view properties. And then there’s the charming little enclave of Cabin John with everything from Craftsman cottages to large estates, tucked along the Potomac and the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
But let’s not forget Washington itself. Anacostia sit on the western banks of river by the same name. Once home to shipyard workers, the upwardly trending neighborhood is known for its row houses and antique bungalows. Across the river is the Navy Yard with its new condos, shops, restaurant and entertainment.
The Southwest Waterfront is home to a massive $2 billion redevelopment project that includes condos, townhouses, luxury rentals, piers, restaurants and more. And then there’s the world-famous Georgetown, once a historic port and now one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. North of that is the Palisades with large gracious homes clustered along the river and also surrounding the scenic Georgetown Reservoir.
We haven’t even touched on the myriad of kettle ponds throughout the Washington Metro area, or wetlands where a fortunate resident can sit on the deck watching the Herons and Terns swoop and play. Who knew there were this many watery places surrounding the Nation’s Capital?
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Listing information last updated on September 22nd, 2017 at 2:49pm EDT.