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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 3806 STAFFORD ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10143087)
    27
    5 beds,  5 baths
    lot 10,890 sqft
    MLS AR10143087
  2. Photo of 4028 WHITACRE RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10143058)
    17
    7 beds,  8 baths
    6,446 sqft   lot 33,311 sqft
    MLS FX10143058
  3. Photo of 1851 ABBOTSFORD DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10142859)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 14,864 sqft
    MLS FX10142859
  4. Photo of 208 OAK ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10142811)
    29
    5 beds,  4 baths
    2,680 sqft   lot 12,108 sqft
    MLS FX10142811
  5. Photo of 225 BARTON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10142764)
    5
    6 beds,  6 baths
    lot 5,599 sqft
    MLS AR10142764
  6. Photo of 1881 NASH ST #1106, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 (MLS # AR10142586)
    9
    1 bed,  2 baths
    1,404 sqft  
    MLS AR10142586
  7. Photo of 9420 ATHENS RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22032 (MLS # FX10142517)
    18
    6 beds,  7 baths
    6,446 sqft   lot 22,503 sqft
    MLS FX10142517
  8. Photo of 6016 1ST ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203 (MLS # AR10141166)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,485 sqft   lot 5,572 sqft
    MLS AR10141166
  9. Photo of 2306 STRYKER AVE, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10140890)
    30
    5 beds,  8 baths
    7,175 sqft   lot 21,799 sqft
    MLS FX10140890
  10. Photo of 4907 OLD DOMINION DR, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10142277)
    26
    3 beds,  2 baths
    lot 7,070 sqft
    MLS AR10142277
  11. Photo of 4214 40TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10141710)
    28
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,882 sqft   lot 10,370 sqft
    MLS AR10141710
  12. Photo of 4870A OLD DOMINION DR, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10140385)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    5,448 sqft   lot 6,426 sqft
    MLS AR10140385
  13. Photo of 1937 EMERSON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10142201)
    24
    Price Drop
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,356 sqft   lot 5,618 sqft
    MLS AR10142201
  14. Photo of 10924 CROSSVIEW DR, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10142061)
    30
    4 beds,  6 baths
    lot 5.43 ac
    MLS FX10142061
  15. Photo of 4019 20TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10142028)
    4
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,832 sqft   lot 8,250 sqft
    MLS AR10142028
  16. Photo of 11426 VALLEY RD, FAIRFAX, VA 22033 (MLS # FX10142038)
    30
    6 beds,  6 baths
    6,105 sqft   lot 1.31 ac
    MLS FX10142038
  17. Photo of 1235 N VERMONT ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10141995)
    5
    5 beds,  6 baths
    4,685 sqft   lot 5,850 sqft
    MLS AR10141995
  18. Photo of 1004 CORALBERRY CT, GREAT FALLS, VA 22066 (MLS # FX10141918)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,154 sqft   lot 41,705 sqft
    MLS FX10141918
  19. Photo of 1005 KENTUCKY DR N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 (MLS # AR10141867)
    4
    5 beds,  5 baths
    3,344 sqft   lot 7,099 sqft
    MLS AR10141867
  20. Photo of 11609 FOREST HILL CT, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FX10141611)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    6,230 sqft   lot 13,060 sqft
    MLS FX10141611
  21. Photo of 2412 QUEBEC ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10141572)
    30
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,210 sqft   lot 9,772 sqft
    MLS AR10141572
  22. Photo of 3418 PERSHING DR N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 (MLS # AR10141489)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    4,115 sqft   lot 9,002 sqft
    MLS AR10141489
  23. Photo of 703 WARE ST SW, VIENNA, VA 22180 (MLS # FX10139941)
    12
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,842 sqft   lot 10,415 sqft
    MLS FX10139941
  24. Photo of 10105 DANIELS RUN WAY, FAIRFAX, VA 22030 (MLS # FC10141397)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,697 sqft   lot 5,658 sqft
    MLS FC10141397
  25. Photo of 10905 HUNTER STATION RD, VIENNA, VA 22181 (MLS # FX10141375)
    30
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,100 sqft   lot 2.21 ac
    MLS FX10141375
  26. Photo of 4802 37TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10140873)
    30
    5 beds,  5 baths
    5,218 sqft   lot 12,228 sqft
    MLS AR10140873
  27. Photo of 3663 MONROE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10141121)
    30
    7 beds,  6 baths
    7,062 sqft   lot 20,057 sqft
    MLS AR10141121
  28. Photo of 3908 GLEBE RD, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10140956)
    30
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,375 sqft   lot 1,582 sqft
    MLS AR10140956
  29. Photo of 2308 VERMONT ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 (MLS # AR10140784)
    30
    5 beds,  4 baths
    lot 9,780 sqft
    MLS AR10140784
  30. Photo of 8210 MADRILLON ESTATES DR, VIENNA, VA 22182 (MLS # FX10138284)
    30
    4 beds,  5 baths
    lot 8,733 sqft
    MLS FX10138284
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