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. 3 beds,  4 baths
    3,150 sqft   lot 1,655 sqft
    MLS AR9974557
  2. 4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR9982574
  3. 5 beds,  3 baths
    lot 10,242 sqft
    MLS AR9980287
  4. 3 beds,  3 baths
    2,426 sqft   lot 10,931 sqft
    MLS AR9980301
  5. Photo of 2218 NOBEHAR DR, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9983927)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,205 sqft   lot 1.00 ac
    MLS FX9983927
  6. Photo of 1700 CLARENDON BLVD #117, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR9983747)
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    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,922 sqft  
    MLS AR9983747
  7. Photo of 3548 NOTTINGHAM ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9976331)
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    6 beds,  5 baths
    5,193 sqft   lot 12,801 sqft
    MLS AR9976331
  8. Photo of 1419 UTAH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9983066)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 7,819 sqft
    MLS AR9983066
  9. 4 beds,  5 baths
    4,008 sqft   lot 11,230 sqft
    MLS FX9979001
  10. Photo of 2015 ARLINGTON RIDGE RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR9982871)
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    6 beds,  7 baths
    7,915 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    MLS AR9982871
  11. Photo of 2754 CEDAR LN, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9982853)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    6,000 sqft   lot 1.11 ac
    MLS FX9982853
  12. Photo of 8404 STONEWALL DR, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9982725)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,545 sqft   lot 11,249 sqft
    MLS FX9982725
  13. Photo of 3625 10TH ST N #305, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9982248)
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    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,751 sqft  
    MLS AR9982248
  14. Photo of 1600 OAK ST N #1619, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR9982238)
    29
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,000 sqft  
    MLS AR9982238
  15. Photo of 310 CHESAPEAKE DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9964196)
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    5 beds,  4 baths
    4,488 sqft   lot 1.86 ac
    MLS FX9964196
  16. Photo of 1519 COLONIAL CT, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR9976578)
    26
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,512 sqft   lot 1,341 sqft
    MLS AR9976578
  17. Photo of 5292 OLD DOMINION DR, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9981101)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    lot 23,495 sqft
    MLS AR9981101
  18. Photo of 10896 WOODLEAF LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9982128)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    6,032 sqft   lot 2.09 ac
    MLS FX9982128
  19. Photo of 9509 LEEMAY ST, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9975175)
    6
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 1.16 ac
    MLS FX9975175
  20. Photo of 8541 ELECTRIC AVE, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9980513)
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    6 beds,  4 baths
    3,455 sqft   lot 12,701 sqft
    MLS FX9980513
  21. Photo of 5732 8TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR9981857)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,472 sqft   lot 7,199 sqft
    MLS AR9981857
  22. Photo of 9400 VERNON DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9981827)
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    5 beds,  8 baths
    8,549 sqft   lot 22,000 sqft
    MLS FX9981827
  23. Photo of 8374 1ST AVENUE, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9981774)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,915 sqft   lot 15,585 sqft
    MLS FX9981774
  24. Photo of 2311 BUCHANAN ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9981757)
    30
    3 beds,  3 baths
    3,618 sqft   lot 10,547 sqft
    MLS AR9981757
  25. Photo of 3411 WOODROW ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9961554)
    2
    6 beds,  8 baths
    6,464 sqft   lot 13,155 sqft
    MLS AR9961554
  26. Photo of 525 PIEDMONT ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR9981134)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    4,915 sqft   lot 5,555 sqft
    MLS AR9981134
  27. Photo of 12621 BUCKLEYS GATE DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX9980961)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,132 sqft   lot 16,015 sqft
    MLS FX9980961
  28. Photo of 2582 PLUM TREE CT, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9979893)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,464 sqft   lot 11,441 sqft
    MLS FX9979893
  29. Photo of 3925 ABINGDON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9980283)
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    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,938 sqft   lot 5,595 sqft
    MLS AR9980283
  30. Photo of 2408 13TH CT N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9980224)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    1,847 sqft   lot 799 sqft
    MLS AR9980224
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