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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 3467 VENICE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10048922)
    30
    6 beds,  4 baths
    lot 18,936 sqft
    MLS AR10048922
  2. Photo of 9613 CINNAMON CREEK DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10059283)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,366 sqft   lot 32,009 sqft
    MLS FX10059283
  3. Photo of 8374 1ST AVE, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10059189)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,915 sqft   lot 15,600 sqft
    MLS FX10059189
  4. Photo of 9421 MEADOW SHIRE LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10058954)
    26
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,764 sqft   lot 25,939 sqft
    MLS FX10058954
  5. Photo of 1491 BROADSTONE PL, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10058648)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,696 sqft   lot 11,374 sqft
    MLS FX10058648
  6. Photo of 1124 CHALLEDON RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10058573)
    20
    5 beds,  6 baths
    4,700 sqft   lot 35,135 sqft
    MLS FX10058573
  7. Photo of 607 JOHN MARSHALL DR NE, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10058544)
    28
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,543 sqft   lot 14,000 sqft
    MLS FX10058544
  8. Photo of 912 RIVA RIDGE DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10058377)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,392 sqft   lot 20,910 sqft
    MLS FX10058377
  9. Photo of 1298 COLVIN FOREST DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10058288)
    28
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,386 sqft   lot 20,122 sqft
    MLS FX10058288
  10. Photo of 2319 JOYCE S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10058237)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,176 sqft   lot 7,086 sqft
    MLS AR10058237
  11. Photo of 4725 SPRUCE AVE, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10058241)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 43,560 sqft
    MLS FX10058241
  12. Photo of 2136 POLLARD ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10058052)
    3
    6 beds,  5 baths
    5,170 sqft   lot 6,310 sqft
    MLS AR10058052
  13. Photo of 3219 GLEBE RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10057944)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,045 sqft   lot 15,348 sqft
    MLS AR10057944
  14. Photo of 979 MILLWOOD LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10057919)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,990 sqft   lot 2.54 ac
    MLS FX10057919
  15. Photo of 925 26TH PL S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10057675)
    30
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,500 sqft   lot 6,588 sqft
    MLS AR10057675
  16. Photo of 901 FALLS BRIDGE LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10057670)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,354 sqft   lot 35,999 sqft
    MLS FX10057670
  17. Photo of 1115 CHALLEDON RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10057365)
    30
    7 beds,  8 baths
    9,162 sqft   lot 37,182 sqft
    MLS FX10057365
  18. Photo of 9410 LAGOVISTA CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10057327)
    30
    6 beds,  6 baths
    6,900 sqft   lot 1.14 ac
    MLS FX10057327
  19. Photo of 2781 CODY RD, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10055296)
    30
    4 beds,  6 baths
    7,425 sqft   lot 22,006 sqft
    MLS FX10055296
  20. Photo of 5217 5TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10056972)
    5
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,654 sqft   lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR10056972
  21. Photo of 3429 KEMPER RD S, ARLINGTON, VA 22206 (MLS # AR10056906)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,496 sqft   lot 1,406 sqft
    MLS AR10056906
  22. Photo of 2001 15TH ST N #1108, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10056826)
    29
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,552 sqft  
    MLS AR10056826
  23. Photo of 2501 LINCOLN ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10056803)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    7,238 sqft   lot 14,311 sqft
    MLS AR10056803
  24. Photo of 1418 RHODES ST #B111, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10056726)
    30
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,760 sqft  
    MLS AR10056726
  25. Photo of 506 PLUM ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10055557)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    4,802 sqft   lot 10,532 sqft
    MLS FX10055557
  26. Photo of 2901 22ND ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10056572)
    30
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,085 sqft   lot 5,500 sqft
    MLS AR10056572
  27. Photo of 1779 CLOVERMEADOW DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10046677)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    5,150 sqft   lot 29,561 sqft
    MLS FX10046677
  28. Photo of 601 FREDERICK ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10055855)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,666 sqft   lot 6,021 sqft
    MLS AR10055855
  29. Photo of 4943 18TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10056373)
    29
    5 beds,  4 baths
    960 sqft   lot 8,939 sqft
    MLS AR10056373
  30. Photo of 5883 14TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10056370)
    16
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 7,065 sqft
    MLS AR10056370
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