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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 10595 BROOKEVILLE CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10135623)
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    5 beds,  7 baths
    6,030 sqft   lot 36,921 sqft
    MLS FX10135623
  2. Photo of 1714 LANDON HILL RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10130125)
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    6 beds,  5 baths
    3,976 sqft   lot 28,307 sqft
    MLS FX10130125
  3. Photo of 3726 18TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10135086)
    21
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,947 sqft   lot 6,298 sqft
    MLS AR10135086
  4. Photo of 10122 BALLYNAHOWN CIR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10135070)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    2,818 sqft   lot 3,106 sqft
    MLS FC10135070
  5. Photo of 2993 ESKRIDGE RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22031 (MLS # FX10135050)
    26
    3 beds,  4 baths
    1,906 sqft   lot 937 sqft
    MLS FX10135050
  6. Photo of 2859 11TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10134812)
    30
    3 beds,  5 baths
    3,100 sqft   lot 1,408 sqft
    MLS AR10134812
  7. Photo of 2313 POWHATAN ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10134788)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,018 sqft   lot 6,813 sqft
    MLS AR10134788
  8. Photo of 209 AUDREYS CT SE, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10134760)
    21
    6 beds,  5 baths
    4,935 sqft   lot 13,007 sqft
    MLS FX10134760
  9. Photo of 10913 BELGRAVIA CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10129704)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,474 sqft   lot 1.84 ac
    MLS FX10129704
  10. Photo of 3431 Powhatan ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10134626)
    24
    6 beds,  7 baths
    lot 9,984 sqft
    MLS AR10134626
  11. Photo of 1881 NASH ST N #1601, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10132920)
    30
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,754 sqft  
    MLS AR10132920
  12. Photo of 5712 27TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10132232)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,224 sqft   lot 8,039 sqft
    MLS AR10132232
  13. Photo of 2021 EMERSON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10134051)
    18
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,356 sqft   lot 5,618 sqft
    MLS AR10134051
  14. Photo of 2017 EMERSON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10134048)
    18
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,356 sqft   lot 5,618 sqft
    MLS AR10134048
  15. Photo of 2004 EMERSON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10133940)
    25
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 4,999 sqft
    MLS AR10133940
  16. Photo of 3830 N. ABINGDON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10133402)
    26
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 8,100 sqft
    MLS AR10133402
  17. Photo of 631 29TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10133362)
    21
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,691 sqft   lot 3,480 sqft
    MLS AR10133362
  18. Photo of 310 CABIN RD SE, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10125909)
    25
    5 beds,  3 baths
    lot 10,124 sqft
    MLS FX10125909
  19. Photo of 4845 25TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10127994)
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    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,246 sqft   lot 6,898 sqft
    MLS AR10127994
  20. Photo of 4634 20TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10124251)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,000 sqft   lot 7,850 sqft
    MLS AR10124251
  21. Photo of 5284 MEADOW ESTATES DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10129450)
    30
    5 beds,  7 baths
    7,715 sqft   lot 19,169 sqft
    MLS FX10129450
  22. Photo of 414 OLE DIRT RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10133204)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    5,245 sqft   lot 1.72 ac
    MLS FX10133204
  23. Photo of 1138 HARRISON ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # FX10133133)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,361 sqft   lot 7,198 sqft
    MLS FX10133133
  24. Photo of 5619 4TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # AR10130908)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,751 sqft   lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR10130908
  25. Photo of 3909 WASHINGTON BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10132950)
    8
    0 beds,  0 bath
    lot 5,511 sqft
    MLS AR10132950
  26. Photo of 116 GARFIELD ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10132895)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,463 sqft   lot 6,405 sqft
    MLS AR10132895
  27. Photo of 10718 SPRUCE ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10132744)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,784 sqft   lot 22,000 sqft
    MLS FX10132744
  28. Photo of 1218 KELLEY ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10132606)
    27
    6 beds,  6 baths
    6,205 sqft   lot 12,239 sqft
    MLS FX10132606
  29. Photo of 5219 22ND ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10132555)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,033 sqft   lot 6,271 sqft
    MLS AR10132555
  30. Photo of 8404 TYSONS TRACE CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10132473)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,452 sqft   lot 4,148 sqft
    MLS FX10132473
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