Lofts and Flats For Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area

What is the difference between lofts and flats for sale in the Washington metropolitan area? At the simplest level, a loft refers to a living or work space, often open on at least one side, directly under the roof of a building. In other words, a loft could be as simple as a small sleeping space that you climb a ladder to get to in an old log cabin (remember “Little House on the Prairie?”) or as spacious as an artist’s studio in a cavernous warehouse.

A flat on the other hand, is a term for a one-floor apartment-style living unit. The word has traditionally been used in Great Britain and other parts of Europe to mean apartment and comes come expressions like “a flat slice from a tower block.” Recently, there has been a hipster marketing trend in Washington Metro real estate to label apartment-style units “flats.”

Loft, Flats and Modern Spaces

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Photo of Listing #DC10210625

3303 Water St Nw #8c

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,990,000

MLS#: DC10210625
2 Bed, 2 Bath
2202 Sqft
Residential

1375 Maryland Ave Ne #h

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,399,000

MLS#: DC10160745
5 Bed, 4½ Bath
9500 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10184100

1745 N St Nw #213

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,695,000

MLS#: DC10184100
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1781 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10139006

1612 16th St Nw #3

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,685,000

MLS#: DC10139006
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
1897 Sqft
Residential

1700 Clarendon Blvd #127

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,615,000

MLS#: AR10200838
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1922 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AR10127618

1610a Queen St #218

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,550,000

MLS#: AR10127618
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1882 Sqft
Residential

1701 16th St N #338

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,499,900

MLS#: AR10151952
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1882 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AA10216018

10 Chesapeake Lndg #c

ANNAPOLIS, MD
$1,485,000

MLS#: AA10216018
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
2700 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10187785

1753 Willard St Nw #5

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,399,900

MLS#: DC10187785
3 Bed, 3 Bath
1530 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AR10155616

1615 Queen St #m602

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,299,900

MLS#: AR10155616
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1960 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AR10199401

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w304

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,295,000

MLS#: AR10199401
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
2170 Sqft
Residential

2328 Champlain St Nw #412

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,270,000

MLS#: DC10142046
2 Bed, 3 Bath
2005 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AR10143990

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w310

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,249,900

MLS#: AR10143990
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1976 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AR10214916

1600 Clarendon Blvd N #w408

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,225,000

MLS#: AR10214916
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1703 Sqft
Residential

1701 16th St N #321

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,149,900

MLS#: AR10077717
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1630 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10167534

1515 15th St Nw #219

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,130,000

MLS#: DC10167534
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1417 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10211470

1745 N St Nw #308

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,099,900

MLS#: DC10211470
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1210 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10160554

1745 N St Nw #314

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,095,000

MLS#: DC10160554
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1078 Sqft
Residential



In some cases, however, the “flat” label has really become more than just a catch-phrase. A good example is the Oronoco—an adaptive reuse of an old office building in Old Town Alexandria featuring an unusual modernistic series of 60 stacked luxury flats, designed by architect Shalom Barones, These spacious units list from $1.6 to $3 million, and can be as large as 3,500 square feet.

Meanwhile, across the Potomac River in the District are a number of new flat developments, including  The Flats at Il Palazzo—a repurposing of a former Italian Embassy in the Adams Morgan area, or the M Street Flats—a boutique condo building in the Mt. Vernon Triangle.

As for lofts, they are seemingly anywhere and everywhere. The trend began with artist loft “live and work spaces”, often inside converted warehouses and other industrial spaces, decades ago. Once the trend caught on for condos for sale, however, many in the arts community found themselves getting priced out of Washington, DC.

In the late 1990s, four small Maryland communities banded together to do something about the arts exodus. Mount Rainer, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville formed the Gateway Arts District along a two-mile stretch of the Route One Corridor. Residential/workspace developments include the Mount Rainer Artist Lofts—44 affordable units for creative types and their families.

In the broader sense, however, loft condos for sale can be found throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, from Arlington’s trendy Rosslyn/Clarendon/Courthouse corridor to the District itself where more than 100 buildings feature residences with lofts. And then there’s developments such as The Flats and Warehouses at Union Row where you actually get your choice—a luxury flat or a warehouse-style multilevel unit with a loft on the top floor!

Also worth noting is the schoolhouse trend, where onetime institutes of learning now house upscale loft living. Converted school buildings in the District include Bryan School Lofts, Berret School Lofts, Pierce School Lofts and Wormley Row. So whatever your choice—loft, flat or something in-between, condos for sale in Washington Metro have something for everybody, from small to palatial and affordable to ultra-expensive.

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Listing information last updated on April 24th, 2018 at 1:10am EDT.