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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. 2 beds,  3 baths
    1,814 sqft  
    MLS AR10013925
  2. Photo of 3961 OAK ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22031 (MLS # FC10013662)
    13
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,699 sqft  
    MLS FC10013662
  3. 3 beds,  2 baths
    lot 5,919 sqft
    MLS AR10012607
  4. Photo of 10527 SCHOOL STREET, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10012517)
    8
    5 beds,  4 baths
    lot 3,000 sqft
    MLS FC10012517
  5. Photo of 3625 10TH ST N #803, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10006113)
    28
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,539 sqft  
    MLS AR10006113
  6. Photo of 9874 PALACE GREEN WAY, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10008292)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    6,087 sqft   lot 6,110 sqft
    MLS FX10008292
  7. Photo of 214 DONMORE DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10012331)
    30
    6 beds,  9 baths
    8,428 sqft   lot 5.16 ac
    MLS FX10012331
  8. Photo of 4842 26TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10008811)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,930 sqft   lot 4,955 sqft
    MLS AR10008811
  9. Photo of 12524 CHRONICAL DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10012096)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    5,095 sqft   lot 39,789 sqft
    MLS FX10012096
  10. Photo of 1102 TROTTING HORSE LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10012104)
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    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,861 sqft   lot 20,004 sqft
    MLS FX10012104
  11. 4 beds,  3 baths
    3,032 sqft   lot 8,586 sqft
    MLS FX10011983
  12. Photo of JAMES YOUNG WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10011980)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,730 sqft   lot 8,756 sqft
    MLS FX10011980
  13. Photo of 958 CARYA CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10012028)
    30
    5 beds,  9 baths
    lot 5.13 ac
    MLS FX10012028
  14. Photo of JAMES YOUNG WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10011987)
    3
    5 beds,  6 baths
    4,244 sqft   lot 8,756 sqft
    MLS FX10011987
  15. 4 beds,  4 baths
    4,700 sqft   lot 8,586 sqft
    MLS FX10011954
  16. Photo of JAMES YOUNG WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10012000)
    27
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,659 sqft   lot 8,756 sqft
    MLS FX10012000
  17. Photo of JAMES YOUNG WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10011993)
    3
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,625 sqft   lot 8,756 sqft
    MLS FX10011993
  18. Photo of JAMES YOUNG WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10011971)
    3
    1 bed,  4 baths
    3,372 sqft   lot 8,575 sqft
    MLS FX10011971
  19. 1 bed,  1 bath
    lot 15,999 sqft
    MLS FX10011666
  20. Photo of 903 FALLS MANORS CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10011685)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    6,620 sqft   lot 36,008 sqft
    MLS FX10011685
  21. Photo of 10102 HAREWOOD CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10011649)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    6,015 sqft   lot 1.72 ac
    MLS FX10011649
  22. 1 bed,  1 bath
    lot 16,539 sqft
    MLS FX10011639
  23. Photo of 315 UPTON CT N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10011382)
    24
    3 beds,  4 baths
    1,631 sqft   lot 1,306 sqft
    MLS AR10011382
  24. Photo of 3207 19TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10011345)
    29
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,235 sqft   lot 4,467 sqft
    MLS AR10011345
  25. Photo of 2150 BONAVENTURE DR, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10011223)
    29
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,190 sqft   lot 16,612 sqft
    MLS FX10011223
  26. Photo of 3374 DICKERSON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10011146)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,073 sqft   lot 8,749 sqft
    MLS AR10011146
  27. Photo of 2602 AMANDA CT, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9994289)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    5,018 sqft   lot 5,622 sqft
    MLS FX9994289
  28. Photo of 5436 20TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10008683)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 9,310 sqft
    MLS AR10008683
  29. Photo of 1070 HARRIMAN ST, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10011054)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    4,091 sqft   lot 30,008 sqft
    MLS FX10011054
  30. Photo of 5656 5TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10010018)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,964 sqft   lot 7,499 sqft
    MLS AR10010018
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