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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 1544 COLONIAL TER, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10101313)
    30
    3 beds,  3 baths
    lot 1,523 sqft
    MLS AR10101313
  2. Photo of 1420 JOHNSON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10100483)
    30
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,861 sqft   lot 9,459 sqft
    MLS AR10100483
  3. Photo of 751 KENTLAND DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10099922)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    4,761 sqft   lot 2.52 ac
    MLS FX10099922
  4. Photo of 1122 22ND ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10099914)
    30
    4 beds,  6 baths
    4,122 sqft   lot 5,707 sqft
    MLS AR10099914
  5. Photo of 2791 QUEBEC ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10099868)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,932 sqft   lot 22,330 sqft
    MLS AR10099868
  6. Photo of 1918 ODE ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10094530)
    28
    3 beds,  4 baths
    2,672 sqft   lot 1,772 sqft
    MLS AR10094530
  7. 5 beds,  5 baths
    4,627 sqft   lot 7,015 sqft
    MLS AR10099081
  8. Photo of 1881 NASH ST #1802, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10098784)
    30
    2 beds,  3 baths
    2,227 sqft  
    MLS AR10098784
  9. Photo of 10718 VIOGNIER TER #0, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10098965)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10098965
  10. Photo of 10714 VIOGNIER TER #0, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10098935)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10098935
  11. Photo of 10722 VIOGNIER TER #0, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10098955)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10098955
  12. Photo of 10724 VIOGNIER TER, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10098920)
    30
    3 beds,  3 baths
    3,001 sqft  
    MLS FC10098920
  13. Photo of 1940 EDISON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10098422)
    25
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,802 sqft   lot 4,859 sqft
    MLS AR10098422
  14. Photo of 8429 HUNT VALLEY DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10097404)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 9,589 sqft
    MLS FX10097404
  15. Photo of 1881 NASH ST #712, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10097791)
    30
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,752 sqft  
    MLS AR10097791
  16. Photo of 10614 ROSEHAVEN ST, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10097787)
    19
    5 beds,  6 baths
    lot 26,614 sqft
    MLS FX10097787
  17. Photo of 2771 OAKTON PLANTATION LN, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10097630)
    29
    5 beds,  4 baths
    4,786 sqft   lot 10,917 sqft
    MLS FX10097630
  18. Photo of 10686 WATER FALLS LN, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10097612)
    30
    5 beds,  7 baths
    8,106 sqft   lot 30,160 sqft
    MLS FX10097612
  19. Photo of 504 ADELMAN CIR SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10097596)
    21
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,730 sqft   lot 11,951 sqft
    MLS FX10097596
  20. Photo of 5021 CARLIN SPRINGS RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10095318)
    5
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 7,419 sqft
    MLS AR10095318
  21. Photo of 9724 MIDDLETON RIDGE RD, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10097322)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,553 sqft   lot 20,138 sqft
    MLS FX10097322
  22. Photo of 2644 SYCAMORE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10096620)
    30
    6 beds,  5 baths
    3,963 sqft   lot 6,021 sqft
    MLS AR10096620
  23. Photo of 3401 PARK HILL PL, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10096540)
    30
    5 beds,  8 baths
    7,326 sqft   lot 14,678 sqft
    MLS FC10096540
  24. Photo of 2611 POWHATAN ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10096548)
    28
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 5,832 sqft
    MLS AR10096548
  25. Photo of 1300 CRYSTAL DR #PH1S, ARLINGTON, VA 22202 (MLS # AR10096547)
    26
    2 beds,  3 baths
    2,377 sqft  
    MLS AR10096547
  26. Photo of 563 MALCOLM RD NW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10096408)
    23
    5 beds,  4 baths
    4,438 sqft   lot 23,399 sqft
    MLS FX10096408
  27. Photo of 1029 CHALLEDON RD, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10093971)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,300 sqft   lot 22,348 sqft
    MLS FX10093971
  28. Photo of 422 GEORGE MASON DR N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10096198)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,309 sqft   lot 935 sqft
    MLS AR10096198
  29. Photo of 4101 RICHMOND ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10096158)
    30
    6 beds,  7 baths
    lot 14,325 sqft
    MLS AR10096158
  30. Photo of 2615 POWHATAN ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10095938)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 5,599 sqft
    MLS AR10095938
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