Search Modern & Contemporary Homes For Sale In Washington DC & Northern Virginia

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Sleek, stripped down and elegant, Contemporary and Modern homes have been favorites since the 50’s and are a total departure from traditional architecture. These homes are characterized by grand house plans that feature open, flexible floor space, a few minimalist decorative elements as well as extensive use of modern and industrial materials throughout the house.

Today, most modern and contemporary homes can be found in beautifully manicured, suburban neighborhoods with designs that offer timeless simplicity for both individuals and families. But while the terms contemporary and modern are often used synonymously, there are some distinctions between the two styles. Let’s expound on the differences between these two styles.

Modern Homes

Modern architecture breaks with the past, more specifically the traditional styles that existed before the industrial revolution. When talking about modern homes, we are referring all the way back to the modernist movement that existed during the late 19th and early 20th Century as an effect of the industrial age. One great example is the use of simple shapes and cubism while building.

Contemporary Homes

At the most literal form, Contemporary is the type of architecture being produced today. This current architecture is thought of as a catchy trend that gained most of its popularity somewhere between the 1950’s and 60’s. Contemporary styles tend to cover a very broad range of sub-styles and offer plenty of appeal to anyone who appreciates a different and up to date approach to design and living.

Characteristics of Modern and Contemporary Homes

Today, some of the most visually intriguing and functional homes combine both contemporary and modern styles to come up with breathtaking architecture. Following the logic from our description above, we can, therefore, deduce that Contemporary homes are not really limited to a single stylistic thread. Similarly, modern homes recall the early and mid 20th-century architecture that embodies the ideals of the machine age. This refers to an absence of ornaments, large expanses of glass, structures of concrete and steel, whitewash such as stucco, open floor plans as well as other minimal exterior expressions.

Modern and contemporary homes draw from a wide array of influences that range from futuristic designs to contemporary building materials. The open floor plans and flexibility of space allows homeowners to tailor their house to their particular tastes, functionality, and style. Throughout these modern homes, you will typically find industrial mixed materials such as vinyl, concrete, and glass used extensively. Not only does this give the homes a unique look and a great view of the outdoors, but it also allows for excellent natural lighting.

Basically, there’s a plethora of characteristics and even more information on contemporary and modern homes. But a visual description that really hits the nail on the head would be that these homes evoke a sense of style and intrigue. From their clean, sophisticated lines to heavily abstract concepts, you can’t help but appreciate the creativity that goes into these structures. The future definitely looks bright for these innovative and forward-looking designs.  The DC metropolitan area features a number of contemporary and modern homes. 


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  1. Photo of 3523 FROSTLEAF CT, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9929825)
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    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    7,124 sqft   lot 36,496 sqft
    MLS FX9929825
  2. Photo of 10355 CAROL ST, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9928677)
    30
    6 beds,  4 full, 3 half baths
    6,220 sqft   lot 1.73 ac
    MLS FX9928677
  3. Photo of 617 JOHN MARSHALL DR NW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9929704)
    8
    5 beds,  5 full baths
    lot 10,000 sqft
    MLS FX9929704
  4. Photo of 9018 OLD COURTHOUSE RD, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9929684)
    28
    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,538 sqft   lot 1.53 ac
    MLS FX9929684
  5. Photo of 4581 FOREST DR, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FX9929668)
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    6 beds,  5 full baths
    6,255 sqft   lot 5.30 ac
    MLS FX9929668
  6. 4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 22,454 sqft
    MLS FX9925100
  7. Photo of 12203 WILD HORSE DR, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9924608)
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    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    6,011 sqft   lot 27,425 sqft
    MLS FX9924608
  8. Photo of 2312 QUANTICO ST N, Arlington, VA 22205 (MLS # AR9928285)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 13,475 sqft
    MLS AR9928285
  9. Photo of 1600 CLARENDON BLVD, Unit 307, Arlington, VA 22209 (MLS # AR9929593)
    30
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,968 sqft  
    MLS AR9929593
  10. Photo of 2546 GRANADA ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9929573)
    30
    Open House
    6 beds,  6 full, 1 half baths
    5,835 sqft   lot 10,237 sqft
    MLS AR9929573
  11. Photo of 607 KINGSLEY RD SW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9929547)
    28
    6 beds,  6 full, 1 half baths
    6,742 sqft   lot 12,960 sqft
    MLS FX9929547
  12. Photo of 2114 POLLARD ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9929531)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,474 sqft   lot 12,923 sqft
    MLS AR9929531
  13. Photo of 4427 26TH RD N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9929449)
    30
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,728 sqft   lot 12,558 sqft
    MLS AR9929449
  14. Photo of 206 CERET CT SW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9928979)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,920 sqft   lot 11,690 sqft
    MLS FX9928979
  15. Photo of 2239 12TH CT N, Arlington, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9929422)
    30
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,767 sqft  
    MLS AR9929422
  16. Photo of 3222 WYNFORD DR, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9929077)
    30
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,332 sqft   lot 1.04 ac
    MLS FX9929077
  17. Photo of 4610 22ND ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9929240)
    28
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full, 2 half baths
    1,950 sqft   lot 6,365 sqft
    MLS AR9929240
  18. Photo of 5161 38TH ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # FX9929181)
    30
    Open House
    6 beds,  8 full, 3 half baths
    10,172 sqft   lot 21,809 sqft
    MLS FX9929181
  19. Photo of 408 ONONDIO CIR SE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9929159)
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    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,053 sqft   lot 14,171 sqft
    MLS FX9929159
  20. Photo of 10205 LAWYERS RD, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9929037)
    29
    4 beds,  3 full, 2 half baths
    lot 40,086 sqft
    MLS FX9929037
  21. Photo of 11694 HOLLYVIEW DR, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9926992)
    17
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 25,000 sqft
    MLS FX9926992
  22. Photo of 10917 GEORGETOWN PIKE, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9928972)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    lot 1.49 ac
    MLS FX9928972
  23. Photo of 8763 CEDAR MEADOW CT, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9928448)
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    6 beds,  4 full, 4 half baths
    6,370 sqft   lot 12,247 sqft
    MLS FX9928448
  24. Photo of 4347 4TH ST N, Arlington, VA 22203 (MLS # AR9928882)
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    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full, 2 half baths
    2,268 sqft   lot 937 sqft
    MLS AR9928882
  25. Photo of 946 SENECA RD, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9928610)
    30
    6 beds,  6 full, 2 half baths
    lot 1.18 ac
    MLS FX9928610
  26. Photo of 1805 CAMERON ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9928492)
    30
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    lot 10,000 sqft
    MLS AR9928492
  27. Photo of 2317 COLUMBUS ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9928446)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,021 sqft   lot 5,325 sqft
    MLS AR9928446
  28. Photo of 2017 BRANDYWINE ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9928403)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,784 sqft   lot 1,647 sqft
    MLS AR9928403
  29. Photo of 828 UTAH ST S, Arlington, VA 22204 (MLS # AR9928339)
    27
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    lot 7,362 sqft
    MLS AR9928339
  30. Photo of 4278 VACATION LN, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9928306)
    30
    Open House
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    4,854 sqft   lot 10,150 sqft
    MLS AR9928306
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