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. 6 beds,  5 baths
    5,976 sqft   lot 1.05 ac
    MLS FX10065208
  2. 6 beds,  5 baths
    lot 9,854 sqft
    MLS AR10065096
  3. 6 beds,  6 baths
    lot 8,118 sqft
    MLS AR10065094
  4. Photo of 2311 ALBEMARLE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10064749)
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    5 beds,  7 baths
    6,012 sqft   lot 9,616 sqft
    MLS AR10064749
  5. Photo of 11692 HOLLYVIEW DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10064683)
    28
    5 beds,  4 baths
    lot 26,474 sqft
    MLS FX10064683
  6. Photo of 9660 BOYETT CT, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10064604)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    4,912 sqft   lot 10,628 sqft
    MLS FX10064604
  7. Photo of 11709 CRIPPEN CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10064564)
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    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,125 sqft   lot 36,375 sqft
    MLS FX10064564
  8. Photo of 2304 ROOSEVELT ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10064342)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 15,507 sqft
    MLS AR10064342
  9. Photo of 6827 28TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22213 (MLS # AR10061066)
    2
    6 beds,  7 baths
    5,345 sqft   lot 12,412 sqft
    MLS AR10061066
  10. Photo of 8284 SPRING LEAF CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10064255)
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    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,478 sqft   lot 8,321 sqft
    MLS FX10064255
  11. Photo of 10830 FIELDWOOD DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10056139)
    27
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,310 sqft   lot 22,583 sqft
    MLS FX10056139
  12. Photo of 309 FILLMORE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10064173)
    12
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,508 sqft   lot 6,153 sqft
    MLS AR10064173
  13. Photo of 9801 ORCHID CIR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10064138)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,202 sqft   lot 1.30 ac
    MLS FX10064138
  14. Photo of 1530 KEY BLVD #518, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10063623)
    30
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,044 sqft  
    MLS AR10063623
  15. Photo of 618 GIBSON DR SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10063595)
    30
    6 beds,  7 baths
    lot 12,688 sqft
    MLS FX10063595
  16. Photo of 514 WALKER ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10063486)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,556 sqft   lot 14,283 sqft
    MLS FX10063486
  17. Photo of 3645 38TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10063455)
    29
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,886 sqft   lot 20,347 sqft
    MLS AR10063455
  18. Photo of 10401 DUNN MEADOW RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10063419)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    4,245 sqft   lot 25,429 sqft
    MLS FX10063419
  19. Photo of 10604 SPRINGVALE CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10063389)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,682 sqft   lot 26,505 sqft
    MLS FX10063389
  20. Photo of 6248 23RD ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10063398)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    5,800 sqft   lot 9,017 sqft
    MLS AR10063398
  21. Photo of 1024 HILLCREST DR SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10063347)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 13,583 sqft
    MLS FX10063347
  22. Photo of 201 PLEASANT ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10061255)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,661 sqft   lot 1.23 ac
    MLS FX10061255
  23. Photo of 3612 PARAMOUNT RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22033 (MLS # FX10063293)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    5,239 sqft   lot 11,620 sqft
    MLS FX10063293
  24. Photo of 3574 SHARPES MEADOW LN, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10063249)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,854 sqft   lot 15,973 sqft
    MLS FC10063249
  25. Photo of 1801 HARTFORD ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10063217)
    28
    5 beds,  7 baths
    5,878 sqft   lot 9,449 sqft
    MLS AR10063217
  26. Photo of 5656 5TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10063197)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,964 sqft   lot 7,499 sqft
    MLS AR10063197
  27. Photo of 10207 COUNTRY VIEW CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10061515)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,141 sqft   lot 2.53 ac
    MLS FX10061515
  28. Photo of 2807 NOTTINGHAM ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10062947)
    30
    6 beds,  6 baths
    5,207 sqft   lot 8,026 sqft
    MLS AR10062947
  29. Photo of 4866 LITTLE FALLS RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10062403)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,613 sqft   lot 7,835 sqft
    MLS AR10062403
  30. Photo of 3075 POLLARD ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10061394)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,338 sqft   lot 10,800 sqft
    MLS AR10061394
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