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. 5 beds,  5 baths
    5,427 sqft   lot 1.10 ac
    MLS FX10033804
  2. 4 beds,  6 baths
    lot 3,993 sqft
    MLS FC10033645
  3. 6 beds,  7 baths
    8,160 sqft   lot 10,823 sqft
    MLS AR10033126
  4. 4 beds,  4 baths
    3,849 sqft   lot 42,297 sqft
    MLS FX10033435
  5. 4 beds,  4 baths
    3,611 sqft   lot 11,366 sqft
    MLS FX10033184
  6. 5 beds,  3 baths
    lot 8,160 sqft
    MLS AR10032956
  7. 6 beds,  5 baths
    9,136 sqft   lot 1.86 ac
    MLS FX10032924
  8. Photo of 7015 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22213 (MLS # AR10032810)
    23
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,328 sqft   lot 10,962 sqft
    MLS AR10032810
  9. Photo of 322 CLUB VIEW DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10032729)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,484 sqft   lot 41,014 sqft
    MLS FX10032729
  10. Photo of 2320 FLORIDA ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10032169)
    27
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,030 sqft   lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR10032169
  11. Photo of 222 DONMORE DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10031688)
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    5 beds,  8 baths
    8,277 sqft   lot 5.25 ac
    MLS FX10031688
  12. Photo of 1200 NASH ST #523, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10031700)
    29
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,468 sqft  
    MLS AR10031700
  13. Photo of 612 COTTAGE ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10031604)
    26
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,300 sqft   lot 13,866 sqft
    MLS FX10031604
  14. Photo of 10718 VIOGNIER TER, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10031526)
    7
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10031526
  15. Photo of 10722 VIOGNIER TER, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10031524)
    7
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10031524
  16. Photo of 10714 VIOGNIER TER, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10031519)
    7
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10031519
  17. Photo of 222 CHERRY SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10031130)
    5
    6 beds,  5 baths
    5,100 sqft   lot 10,824 sqft
    MLS FX10031130
  18. Photo of 1032 DANVILLE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10030698)
    30
    3 beds,  5 baths
    3,570 sqft   lot 6,600 sqft
    MLS AR10030698
  19. Photo of 1662 QUINN ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10030683)
    24
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,775 sqft   lot 1,150 sqft
    MLS AR10030683
  20. Photo of 1136 S. GLEBE RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # AR10030578)
    28
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,487 sqft   lot 1,449 sqft
    MLS AR10030578
  21. Photo of 2355 LINCOLN ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10024506)
    29
    5 beds,  6 baths
    6,496 sqft   lot 8,872 sqft
    MLS AR10024506
  22. Photo of 9808 BRIDLERIDGE CT, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10030359)
    4
    5 beds,  3 baths
    3,348 sqft   lot 21,413 sqft
    MLS FX10030359
  23. Photo of 4619 CAMBRYAR ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10030337)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    4,322 sqft   lot 7,135 sqft
    MLS FX10030337
  24. Photo of 1607 LOZANO DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10030317)
    30
    5 beds,  3 baths
    3,600 sqft   lot 24,983 sqft
    MLS FX10030317
  25. Photo of 9900 TIMMARK CT, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10030264)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 19,839 sqft
    MLS FX10030264
  26. Photo of 1658 TRAP RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10030110)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    6,538 sqft   lot 1.05 ac
    MLS FX10030110
  27. Photo of 109 ELM ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10029827)
    6
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,688 sqft   lot 10,080 sqft
    MLS FX10029827
  28. Photo of 1916 WAYNE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10029707)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 5,053 sqft
    MLS AR10029707
  29. Photo of 8622 CHERRY DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22031 (MLS # FX10029510)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    lot 11,242 sqft
    MLS FX10029510
  30. Photo of 4111 40TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10024923)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    5,513 sqft   lot 20,000 sqft
    MLS AR10024923
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