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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 10105 DANIELS RUN WAY, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FC9920408)
    11
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,198 sqft   lot 5,658 sqft
    MLS FC9920408
  2. Photo of 9103 WESTERHOLME WAY, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9922360)
    30
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,375 sqft   lot 15,001 sqft
    MLS FX9922360
  3. Photo of 2608 ROOSEVELT ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9920529)
    26
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,450 sqft   lot 6,600 sqft
    MLS AR9920529
  4. Photo of 1614 FREMONT LN, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9919539)
    30
    5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,922 sqft   lot 31,297 sqft
    MLS FX9919539
  5. Photo of 308 JOHN MARSHALL DR NE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9920181)
    30
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,403 sqft   lot 13,096 sqft
    MLS FX9920181
  6. Photo of 9428 MEADOW SHIRE LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9922854)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,968 sqft   lot 23,072 sqft
    MLS FX9922854
  7. Photo of 716 HILLCREST DR SW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9921901)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,213 sqft   lot 24,825 sqft
    MLS FX9921901
  8. Photo of 959 MILLWOOD LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9922388)
    30
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    lot 4.00 ac
    MLS FX9922388
  9. Photo of 226 MOORE AVE SE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9922849)
    30
    6 beds,  6 full baths
    5,200 sqft   lot 14,056 sqft
    MLS FX9922849
  10. Photo of 5026 HUNTWOOD MANOR DR, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FX9922639)
    30
    6 beds,  8 full, 1 half baths
    15,197 sqft   lot 5.01 ac
    MLS FX9922639
  11. Photo of 6743 27TH ST N, Arlington, VA 22213 (MLS # AR9922408)
    24
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,605 sqft   lot 10,672 sqft
    MLS AR9922408
  12. Photo of 2208 FRANK ST, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9922618)
    30
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,525 sqft   lot 33,565 sqft
    MLS FX9922618
  13. Photo of 10110 DANIELS RUN WAY, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FC9921731)
    30
    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,501 sqft   lot 8,903 sqft
    MLS FC9921731
  14. Photo of 9100 GLENBROOK RD, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9919861)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,472 sqft   lot 1.46 ac
    MLS FX9919861
  15. Photo of 10705 HOWERTON AVE, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FC9922573)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,354 sqft   lot 28,423 sqft
    MLS FC9922573
  16. Photo of 2647 BABCOCK RD, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9922524)
    30
    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,756 sqft   lot 20,653 sqft
    MLS FX9922524
  17. Photo of 8882 OLIVE MAE CIR, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9922522)
    30
    4 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,046 sqft   lot 4,067 sqft
    MLS FX9922522
  18. Photo of 811 WOODROW ST N, Arlington, VA 22203 (MLS # AR9922456)
    24
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,052 sqft   lot 846 sqft
    MLS AR9922456
  19. Photo of 2777 CODY RD, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9922253)
    30
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    6,980 sqft   lot 16,070 sqft
    MLS FX9922253
  20. Photo of 9123 BRIARWOOD FARMS CT, Fairfax, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9922163)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,164 sqft   lot 5,002 sqft
    MLS FX9922163
  21. Photo of 10607 ZION DR, Fairfax, VA 22032 (MLS # FX9922147)
    30
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,370 sqft   lot 37,873 sqft
    MLS FX9922147
  22. Photo of 9819 BRIDLERIDGE CT, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9921809)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,348 sqft   lot 22,896 sqft
    MLS FX9921809
  23. Photo of 1011 HARRIMAN ST, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9921748)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 2 half baths
    4,427 sqft   lot 40,511 sqft
    MLS FX9921748
  24. Photo of 10896 WOODLEAF LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9922080)
    30
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    6,032 sqft   lot 2.09 ac
    MLS FX9922080
  25. Photo of 3523 VALLEY ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9922069)
    30
    5 beds,  5 full, 2 half baths
    5,773 sqft   lot 18,126 sqft
    MLS AR9922069
  26. Photo of 5350 SIDEBURN RD, Fairfax, VA 22032 (MLS # FX9920881)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,302 sqft   lot 22,456 sqft
    MLS FX9920881
  27. Photo of 2108 HELMWOOD CT, Vienna, VA 22181 (MLS # FX9921917)
    30
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,459 sqft   lot 36,000 sqft
    MLS FX9921917
  28. Photo of 4913 TYDFIL CT, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FX9921851)
    30
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,320 sqft   lot 36,936 sqft
    MLS FX9921851
  29. Photo of 3329 23RD RD N, Arlington, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9918770)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,510 sqft   lot 6,200 sqft
    MLS AR9918770
  30. Photo of 1111 KIRKWOOD RD, Arlington, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9921695)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 1,225 sqft
    MLS AR9921695
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