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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 900 STAFFORD ST N #2623, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10106964)
    10
    3 beds,  4 baths
    2,150 sqft  
    MLS AR10106964
  2. Photo of 10002 HIGH HILL PL, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10100203)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    7,495 sqft   lot 1.72 ac
    MLS FX10100203
  3. Photo of 511 UTTERBACK STORE RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10106487)
    22
    4 beds,  2 baths
    lot 2.71 ac
    MLS FX10106487
  4. Photo of 130 KINGSLEY RD SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10106435)
    14
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,397 sqft   lot 10,150 sqft
    MLS FX10106435
  5. Photo of 6501 36TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22213 (MLS # FX10106358)
    23
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,679 sqft   lot 10,697 sqft
    MLS FX10106358
  6. Photo of 511 UTTERBACK STORE RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10106300)
    22
    4 beds,  2 baths
    lot 5.41 ac
    MLS FX10106300
  7. Photo of 6255 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10106173)
    24
    6 beds,  7 baths
    lot 9,984 sqft
    MLS AR10106173
  8. Photo of 9375 ROBNEL PL, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10106083)
    16
    5 beds,  3 baths
    lot 13,000 sqft
    MLS FX10106083
  9. Photo of 5512 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10105934)
    30
    4 beds,  2 baths
    lot 9,999 sqft
    MLS AR10105934
  10. Photo of 1291 TWEED CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10105933)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,943 sqft   lot 24,230 sqft
    MLS FX10105933
  11. Photo of 9611 CHATHAMS FORD DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10105932)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,049 sqft   lot 1.58 ac
    MLS FX10105932
  12. Photo of 4515 25TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10105808)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    5,633 sqft   lot 5,500 sqft
    MLS AR10105808
  13. Photo of 903 FALLS MANORS CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10105154)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    6,620 sqft   lot 36,008 sqft
    MLS FX10105154
  14. Photo of 1813 QUANTICO ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10105135)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    lot 7,100 sqft
    MLS AR10105135
  15. Photo of 3117 1ST ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10105076)
    30
    7 beds,  7 baths
    4,712 sqft   lot 5,084 sqft
    MLS AR10105076
  16. 6 beds,  7 baths
    7,370 sqft   lot 23,615 sqft
    MLS AR10104798
  17. 5 beds,  5 baths
    4,934 sqft   lot 5,750 sqft
    MLS AR10104511
  18. Photo of 4628 4TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10103186)
    29
    3 beds,  4 baths
    1,716 sqft   lot 2,438 sqft
    MLS AR10103186
  19. Photo of 1st ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # AR10103741)
    7
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,185 sqft   lot 4,900 sqft
    MLS AR10103741
  20. Photo of 1ST ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # AR10103745)
    7
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,185 sqft   lot 4,900 sqft
    MLS AR10103745
  21. Photo of 2136 POLLARD ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10103620)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,105 sqft   lot 6,310 sqft
    MLS AR10103620
  22. Photo of 901 GLYNDON ST SE #301, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10102514)
    3
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,870 sqft  
    MLS FX10102514
  23. Photo of 2809 GLADE VALE WAY, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10102327)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,253 sqft   lot 27,811 sqft
    MLS FX10102327
  24. Photo of 11311 BELLMONT DR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10102270)
    29
    5 beds,  7 baths
    7,000 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    MLS FX10102270
  25. Photo of 2314 KENMORE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10102141)
    13
    6 beds,  3 baths
    3,072 sqft   lot 10,026 sqft
    MLS AR10102141
  26. Photo of 3625 10TH ST N #209, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10101940)
    26
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,702 sqft  
    MLS AR10101940
  27. 6 beds,  6 baths
    6,758 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    MLS FX10101833
  28. Photo of 2325 GLEBE RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10101830)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    lot 3,693 sqft
    MLS AR10101830
  29. Photo of 9505 LAURLIN CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10101523)
    30
    6 beds,  4 baths
    3,525 sqft   lot 28,935 sqft
    MLS FX10101523
  30. Photo of 2526 SHIRLINGTON RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22206 (MLS # AR10100963)
    12
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,670 sqft   lot 11,159 sqft
    MLS AR10100963
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