The historic Wheat Row Homes on 4th Street SW will be included on the sixth annual Homes of the Southwest Waterfront tour. Courtesy of Waterfront Village

By Southwester Staff 

The sixth annual Homes of the Southwest Waterfront tour, hosted by Waterfront Village, will take place on Sunday, October 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Tour-goers are invited to indulge their real estate fantasies by checking out some outstanding local homes, including everything from an 18th century rowhouse to a recently-minted houseboat and from brutalist-era townhomes of the 1960s to brand-new glass-walled condominiums.  

“If you’ve ever wondered what lies behind the door of an intriguing home in our neighborhood, this is your golden opportunity to find out,” said Carroll Quinn, president of Waterfront Village. “We’re very excited to bring the DC community this rare opportunity. There is so much history and so many interesting personal stories in Southwest.” 

Proceeds from the popular annual self-guided walking tour will benefit the Village, an organization which supports older residents of Southwest DC and the Navy Yard. Its services include transport to medical appointments, emergency prescription delivery, check-in visits and technology assistance, as well as hosting 15-20 cultural, wellness and social events each month.

“The Village depends on funding from the tour, as the income is critical to sustaining the services that we provide our older neighbors.  We would be forced to cut off services without the tour,” said Len Bechtel, Waterfront Village’s executive director.

Waterfront Village board member and local realtor Andy Peers, who helped start the tour in 2018, noted that the tour evolves a little bit each year as new opportunities arise.

“A plus this year is that tour participants will be able to hail the new Circuit electric mini-buses to make getting from home to home a snap,” Peers said.  “We will also include sponsored tour lounges along the route this year for participants to grab a drink or a snack.”

Advance tickets for the tour are $20, while same-day tickets are $25. To purchase an advance ticket, go to Same-day tickets may be purchased at the tour’s registration desk in St. Augustine’s Church, 555 Water Street SW, just beyond the south end of The Wharf. 

All ticket-holders must pick up access ID bracelets and guide maps at the registration desk. Tour participants must be at least 13 years old, and pets are not allowed.  

For further information, call the Waterfront Village office at 202-656-1834. 

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