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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1975 Biltmore St Nw #1-4

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,799,999

MLS#: DC10105367
2 Bed, 3½ Bath
4124 Sqft
Residential

1612 16th St Nw #3

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,850,000

MLS#: DC10079182
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
1897 Sqft
Residential

774 Girard St Nw #8e

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,669,900

MLS#: DC10091869
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
2825 Sqft
Residential

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2516 Q St Nw #q301

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,480,000

MLS#: DC10062490
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1677 Sqft
Residential

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1615 Queen St N #m602

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,435,000

MLS#: AR10018046
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1960 Sqft
Residential

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2001 15th St N #1610

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,299,000

MLS#: AR9993381
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
1950 Sqft
Residential

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2328 Champlain St Nw #412

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,275,000

MLS#: DC10061363
2 Bed, 3 Bath
2005 Sqft
Residential

725 5th St Se #23

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,250,000

MLS#: DC10060324
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1793 Sqft
Residential

1701 16th St N #321

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,149,900

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

Photo of Listing #AR10083217

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w312

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,055,000

MLS#: AR10083217
2 Bed, 2 Bath
2038 Sqft
Residential

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1200 Steuart St #1914

BALTIMORE, MD
$1,050,000

MLS#: BA10042654
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
2666 Sqft
Residential

1401 Church St Nw #418

WASHINGTON, DC
$950,000

MLS#: DC10083224
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1021 Sqft
Residential

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1600 Clarendon Blvd #w208

ARLINGTON, VA
$949,900

MLS#: AR9922730
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1703 Sqft
Residential

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1363 Powhatan St

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$925,990

MLS#: AX9976154
3 Bed, 4 Bath
1900 Sqft
Residential

1353 Powhatan St #10

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$925,990

MLS#: AX10099322
3 Bed, 4 Bath
1900 Sqft
Residential

1337 Powhatan St #16

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$899,990

MLS#: AX10103981
3 Bed, 4 Bath
2497 Sqft
Residential

1355 Powhatan St #9

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$899,990

MLS#: AX10099281
3 Bed, 4 Bath
2097 Sqft
Residential

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1213 N St Nw #unit B

WASHINGTON, DC
$869,000

MLS#: DC9997945
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1700 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 November 24th, 2017 at 3:55am EST.