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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 12001 HOLLY CREST CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10006302)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 22,331 sqft
    MLS FX10006302
  2. Photo of 929 LEIGH MILL RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10006267)
    30
    5 beds,  0 baths
    13,969 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    MLS FX10006267
  3. Photo of 5716 5TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10005656)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,748 sqft   lot 5,271 sqft
    MLS AR10005656
  4. Photo of 1119 19TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10005602)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,164 sqft   lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR10005602
  5. Photo of 1811 14TH ST N #C103, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10005568)
    24
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,800 sqft  
    MLS AR10005568
  6. Photo of 9031 EDGEPARK RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10000961)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 22,036 sqft
    MLS FX10000961
  7. Photo of 11717 CRIPPEN CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10005329)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 1.07 ac
    MLS FX10005329
  8. Photo of 1766 PROFFIT RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10005307)
    29
    6 beds,  6 baths
    6,900 sqft   lot 34,999 sqft
    MLS FX10005307
  9. Photo of 1763 PROFFIT RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10005068)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 34,103 sqft
    MLS FX10005068
  10. 5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 4,672 sqft
    MLS FX10005056
  11. Photo of 3200 N GLEBE RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10004901)
    26
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,919 sqft   lot 12,852 sqft
    MLS AR10004901
  12. Photo of 1201 GARFIELD ST N #PH09, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10004832)
    30
    Price Drop
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,487 sqft  
    MLS AR10004832
  13. Photo of 5077 27TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9996288)
    15
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,850 sqft   lot 6,380 sqft
    MLS AR9996288
  14. Photo of 2509 KENWOOD ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22206 (MLS # AR10004535)
    28
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,100 sqft   lot 2,399 sqft
    MLS AR10004535
  15. Photo of 717 MILLER AVE, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10004502)
    6
    5 beds,  7 baths
    6,092 sqft   lot 23,320 sqft
    MLS FX10004502
  16. Photo of 4029 EAST ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10004304)
    20
    3 beds,  4 baths
    1,899 sqft  
    MLS FC10004304
  17. Photo of 10508 CORNFLOWER CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10003725)
    29
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,344 sqft   lot 25,957 sqft
    MLS FX10003725
  18. Photo of 5106 25TH PL N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9989408)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 5,800 sqft
    MLS AR9989408
  19. Photo of 1100 20TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10003171)
    23
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,650 sqft   lot 5,999 sqft
    MLS AR10003171
  20. Photo of 789 STEPHANIE CIR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10002815)
    29
    4 beds,  6 baths
    lot 32,191 sqft
    MLS FX10002815
  21. Photo of 4731 WILLIAMSBURG BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10002721)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,326 sqft   lot 10,029 sqft
    MLS AR10002721
  22. Photo of 11843 ROBERTSON FARM CIR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10002658)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    6,500 sqft   lot 9,318 sqft
    MLS FX10002658
  23. Photo of 1822 TAYLOR ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10002505)
    28
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 8,000 sqft
    MLS AR10002505
  24. Photo of 3638 VACATION LN, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10002196)
    27
    4 beds,  3 baths
    lot 8,802 sqft
    MLS AR10002196
  25. Photo of 3117 WHITE PEACH PL, FAIRFAX, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9998187)
    28
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,733 sqft   lot 4,993 sqft
    MLS FX9998187
  26. Photo of 4534 25TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR9999795)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,098 sqft   lot 5,500 sqft
    MLS AR9999795
  27. Photo of 9109 WHITE CHIMNEY LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX9999084)
    29
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 40,211 sqft
    MLS FX9999084
  28. Photo of 9190 TOPAZ ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22031 (MLS # FX9992843)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,513 sqft   lot 4,632 sqft
    MLS FX9992843
  29. Photo of 1159 IVANHOE N ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR9996514)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,393 sqft   lot 6,585 sqft
    MLS AR9996514
  30. Photo of 5701 11TH ST N #7, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10001756)
    19
    4 beds,  4 baths
    1,801 sqft   lot 1,600 sqft
    MLS AR10001756
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