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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 409 OAKLAND ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10215210)
    2
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,471 sqft   lot 6,549 sqft
    MLS AR10215210
  2. Photo of 10016 BRADDOCK RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10215069)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    lot 43,560 sqft
    MLS FX10215069
  3. Photo of 1801 BRYAN ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10204676)
    30
    5 beds,  6 baths
    4,853 sqft   lot 5,500 sqft
    MLS AR10204676
  4. Photo of 800 FILLMORE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10214822)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,750 sqft   lot 5,970 sqft
    MLS AR10214822
  5. Photo of 2025 N MADISON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10213017)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,918 sqft   lot 4,999 sqft
    MLS AR10213017
  6. Photo of 12041 THOMAS AVE, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10210764)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,326 sqft   lot 41,224 sqft
    MLS FX10210764
  7. Photo of 2009 WOLFTRAP OAKS CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10212683)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,966 sqft   lot 8,890 sqft
    MLS FX10212683
  8. Photo of 605 HILLCREST DR SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10212546)
    30
    6 beds,  8 baths
    6,402 sqft   lot 21,961 sqft
    MLS FX10212546
  9. Photo of 5346 26TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10214964)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 7,329 sqft
    MLS AR10214964
  10. Photo of 2760 OAKTON PLANTATION LN, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10214949)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    4,649 sqft   lot 10,545 sqft
    MLS FX10214949
  11. Photo of 12816 HAMLET HILL WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10214946)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    5,102 sqft   lot 14,112 sqft
    MLS FX10214946
  12. Photo of 1600 CLARENDON BLVD N #W408, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10214916)
    28
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,703 sqft  
    MLS AR10214916
  13. Photo of 104 YEONAS DR SE, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10214849)
    12
    5 beds,  6 baths
    lot 10,150 sqft
    MLS FX10214849
  14. Photo of 10502 CORNFLOWER CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10214700)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,044 sqft   lot 25,051 sqft
    MLS FX10214700
  15. Photo of 11480 Pineleaf CIR, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10214606)
    17
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,087 sqft   lot 4,557 sqft
    MLS FX10214606
  16. Photo of 106 ELM ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10214601)
    30
    5 beds,  7 baths
    5,792 sqft   lot 10,394 sqft
    MLS FX10214601
  17. Photo of 3400 GLEBE RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10214463)
    24
    3 beds,  3 baths
    lot 10,883 sqft
    MLS AR10214463
  18. Photo of 4402 NUTTALL RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10214254)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,504 sqft   lot 18,405 sqft
    MLS FX10214254
  19. Photo of 10128 HILLINGTON CT, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10214260)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,000 sqft   lot 23,343 sqft
    MLS FX10214260
  20. 6 beds,  7 baths
    6,122 sqft   lot 30,874 sqft
    MLS FX10214212
  21. Photo of 8595 CORAL GABLES LN, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10214203)
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    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,605 sqft   lot 8,763 sqft
    MLS FX10214203
  22. Photo of 4533 32ND RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10214019)
    28
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,055 sqft   lot 8,275 sqft
    MLS AR10214019
  23. Photo of 3300 GEORGE MASON DR, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10213937)
    27
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,720 sqft   lot 12,108 sqft
    MLS AR10213937
  24. Photo of 1607 11TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 (MLS # AR10210633)
    5
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,951 sqft   lot 4,437 sqft
    MLS AR10210633
  25. Photo of 2133 SILENTREE DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10213801)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 8,398 sqft
    MLS FX10213801
  26. Photo of 9706 BUNCHBERRY PL, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10213784)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,950 sqft   lot 12,292 sqft
    MLS FX10213784
  27. Photo of 950 HICKORY RUN LN, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10213704)
    24
    6 beds,  8 baths
    13,049 sqft   lot 5.99 ac
    MLS FX10213704
  28. Photo of 511 LOMBARDY ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10213649)
    30
    4 beds,  6 baths
    4,561 sqft   lot 8,032 sqft
    MLS AR10213649
  29. Photo of 602 EDGEWOOD ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10213575)
    27
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,320 sqft   lot 5,363 sqft
    MLS AR10213575
  30. Photo of 2223 MCCHESNEY CT, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10208884)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,521 sqft   lot 22,691 sqft
    MLS FX10208884
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