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. Photo of 3625 10TH ST N, Unit 305, Arlington, VA 22201 (MLS # AR9955661)
    21
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,751 sqft  
    MLS AR9955661
  2. Photo of 9359 MILDRED CT, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9954950)
    30
    Price Drop
    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    lot 19,009 sqft
    MLS FX9954950
  3. Photo of 1209 TROTTING HORSE LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9954853)
    30
    Open House
    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    4,753 sqft   lot 21,248 sqft
    MLS FX9954853
  4. Photo of 4308 LORCOM LN, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9950176)
    19
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    6,314 sqft   lot 9,573 sqft
    MLS AR9950176
  5. Photo of 11185 BRANTON LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9954741)
    5
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,615 sqft   lot 1.34 ac
    MLS FX9954741
  6. Photo of 11191 BRANTON LN, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9954716)
    8
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    lot 43,467 sqft
    MLS FX9954716
  7. Photo of 2021 EMERSON ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9954710)
    18
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    lot 5,619 sqft
    MLS AR9954710
  8. Photo of 2017 EMERSON ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9954668)
    18
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    lot 5,619 sqft
    MLS AR9954668
  9. Photo of 938 MILLWOOD RD, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9954415)
    30
    7 beds,  6 full, 1 half baths
    10,000 sqft   lot 2.52 ac
    MLS FX9954415
  10. Photo of 618 IRVING ST, Arlington, VA 22204 (MLS # AR9954402)
    2
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    lot 7,901 sqft
    MLS AR9954402
  11. Photo of 823 THOMAS RUN DR, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9954302)
    30
    6 beds,  7 full, 1 half baths
    10,789 sqft   lot 1.75 ac
    MLS FX9954302
  12. Photo of 12464 MEADOW HUNT DR, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9954143)
    29
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,597 sqft   lot 10,569 sqft
    MLS FX9954143
  13. Photo of 3101 POLLARD ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9940959)
    20
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,160 sqft   lot 10,117 sqft
    MLS AR9940959
  14. Photo of 4220 25TH ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9954096)
    30
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    lot 11,292 sqft
    MLS AR9954096
  15. Photo of 618 GIBSON DR SW, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9954081)
    25
    6 beds,  6 full, 1 half baths
    6,411 sqft   lot 12,689 sqft
    MLS FX9954081
  16. Photo of 5003 PINEY BRANCH RD, Fairfax, VA 22030 (MLS # FX9953962)
    30
    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    lot 5.48 ac
    MLS FX9953962
  17. Photo of 209 AUDREYS CT SE, Vienna, VA 22180 (MLS # FX9953744)
    17
    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,908 sqft   lot 13,007 sqft
    MLS FX9953744
  18. Photo of 502 ABINGDON ST N, Arlington, VA 22203 (MLS # AR9949556)
    30
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,715 sqft   lot 13,582 sqft
    MLS AR9949556
  19. Photo of 8106 MAYA CT, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9953523)
    30
    6 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    3,922 sqft   lot 10,882 sqft
    MLS FX9953523
  20. Photo of 2721 HAYES ST, Arlington, VA 22202 (MLS # AR9929986)
    28
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,585 sqft   lot 9,056 sqft
    MLS AR9929986
  21. Photo of 8229 MADRILLON ESTATES DR, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9953359)
    30
    Price Drop
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,425 sqft   lot 8,543 sqft
    MLS FX9953359
  22. Photo of 4024 N STUART ST, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # FX9953277)
    28
    Open House
    7 beds,  7 full, 3 half baths
    8,364 sqft   lot 13,151 sqft
    MLS FX9953277
  23. Photo of 3601 PARAMOUNT RD, Fairfax, VA 22033 (MLS # FX9952765)
    30
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,614 sqft   lot 10,398 sqft
    MLS FX9952765
  24. Photo of 806 CREWS RD, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9952770)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,812 sqft   lot 39,403 sqft
    MLS FX9952770
  25. Photo of 4781 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9952799)
    30
    Price Drop
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,452 sqft   lot 10,030 sqft
    MLS AR9952799
  26. Photo of 6507 36TH ST N, Arlington, VA 22213 (MLS # AR9952738)
    29
    5 beds,  5 full, 2 half baths
    8,260 sqft   lot 10,634 sqft
    MLS AR9952738
  27. Photo of 1436 CROWELL RD, Vienna, VA 22182 (MLS # FX9952711)
    30
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,650 sqft   lot 2.21 ac
    MLS FX9952711
  28. Photo of 1881 NASH ST N, Unit 1707, Arlington, VA 22209 (MLS # AR9952667)
    25
    1 bed,  2 full baths
    1,404 sqft  
    MLS AR9952667
  29. Photo of 3505 JEFFERSON ST N, Arlington, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9952606)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,073 sqft   lot 11,300 sqft
    MLS AR9952606
  30. Photo of 10023 COLVIN MANOR CT, Great Falls, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9952466)
    29
    5 beds,  5 full, 2 half baths
    8,770 sqft   lot 36,315 sqft
    MLS FX9952466
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