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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. 4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,634 sqft   lot 4,473 sqft
    MLS FX9960706
  2. Photo of 7015 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, Arlington, VA 22213 (MLS # AR9960541)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,328 sqft   lot 10,962 sqft
    MLS AR9960541
  3. Photo of 10508 CENTER ST, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FC9960496)
    3
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,813 sqft   lot 13,827 sqft
    MLS FC9960496
  4. 7 beds,  4 full baths
    2,570 sqft   lot 42,155 sqft
    MLS FX9960484
  5. Photo of 11701 VALLEY RD, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9960356)
    29
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    4,140 sqft   lot 43,560 sqft
    MLS FX9960356
  6. Photo of 2800 CEDAR LN, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9960341)
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    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,000 sqft   lot 32,670 sqft
    MLS FX9960341
  7. Photo of 1029 PARK ST SE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9960267)
    4
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    6,543 sqft   lot 22,343 sqft
    MLS FX9960267
  8. Photo of 3425 PRESERVATION DR, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FC9955705)
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    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,282 sqft   lot 6,767 sqft
    MLS FC9955705
  9. Photo of 1001 BOWEN CT, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9960222)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 1.21 ac
    MLS FX9960222
  10. Photo of 10003 OAKTON PLANTATION CT, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9960018)
    8
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,660 sqft   lot 11,518 sqft
    MLS FX9960018
  11. Photo of 503 SENECA RD, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9959857)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    5,388 sqft   lot 22,216 sqft
    MLS FX9959857
  12. Photo of 602 20TH ST S, Arlington, VA 22202 (MLS # AR9958062)
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    5 beds,  4 full baths
    4,495 sqft   lot 6,113 sqft
    MLS AR9958062
  13. Photo of 9125 HORNER CT, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9959943)
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    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,503 sqft   lot 24,388 sqft
    MLS FX9959943
  14. Photo of 1127 KIRKWOOD RD, Arlington, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9959771)
    12
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,130 sqft   lot 1,067 sqft
    MLS AR9959771
  15. Photo of 3114 WHITE DAISY PL, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9959356)
    29
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,389 sqft   lot 5,763 sqft
    MLS FX9959356
  16. Photo of 1 WOOD VIOLET CT, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9959298)
    9
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,152 sqft   lot 2,500 sqft
    MLS FX9959298
  17. Photo of 400 JOHN MARSHALL DR NE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9959113)
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    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,664 sqft   lot 14,761 sqft
    MLS FX9959113
  18. Photo of 434 CREEK CROSSING RD NE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9959048)
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    Open House
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,621 sqft   lot 22,987 sqft
    MLS FX9959048
  19. Photo of 8634 PARK ST, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9958907)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,048 sqft   lot 25,953 sqft
    MLS FX9958907
  20. Photo of 604 BEULAH RD NE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9958764)
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    5 beds,  5 full baths
    5,312 sqft   lot 14,070 sqft
    MLS FX9958764
  21. Photo of 2898 GRETNA PL, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9958472)
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    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,665 sqft   lot 16,240 sqft
    MLS FX9958472
  22. Photo of 10314 YELLOW PINE DR, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9958734)
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    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,996 sqft   lot 27,244 sqft
    MLS FX9958734
  23. Photo of 3406 MILITARY RD N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9958738)
    29
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,640 sqft   lot 11,060 sqft
    MLS AR9958738
  24. 3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 841 sqft
    MLS FX9958499
  25. Photo of 413 YEONAS DR SW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9958452)
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    5 beds,  5 full baths
    lot 10,500 sqft
    MLS FX9958452
  26. Photo of 2332 FILLMORE ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9958228)
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    5 beds,  4 full baths
    2,770 sqft   lot 7,130 sqft
    MLS AR9958228
  27. Photo of 3910 PENDER SPRING DR, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9956258)
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    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,113 sqft   lot 15,766 sqft
    MLS FX9956258
  28. Photo of 5814 ARLINGTON BLVD, Arlington, VA 22204 (MLS # AR9957858)
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    4 beds,  4 full, 2 half baths
    lot 6,194 sqft
    MLS AR9957858
  29. Photo of 10809 CAROL ST, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FC9957647)
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    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,034 sqft   lot 24,404 sqft
    MLS FC9957647
  30. Photo of 9900 RUSTIC RAIL LN, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9957581)
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    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,702 sqft   lot 1.02 ac
    MLS FX9957581
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