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 #DC9835446

2516 Q St Nw #q303

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,249,900

MLS#: DC9835446
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
2500 Sqft
Residential

2424 18th St Nw #r4

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,999,900

MLS#: DC9919587
2 Bed, 3 Bath
2934 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9901359

645 Maryland Ave Ne #101

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,850,000

MLS#: DC9901359
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
2250 Sqft
Residential

1600 Clarendon Blvd #307

ARLINGTON, VA
$1,699,900

MLS#: AR9929593
3 Bed, 3 Bath
2968 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9857047

4301 Military Rd Nw #ph4

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,695,000

MLS#: DC9857047
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1955 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9945036

645 Maryland Ave Ne #201a

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,595,000

MLS#: DC9945036
3 Bed, 2 Bath
2100 Sqft
Residential

2424 18th St Nw #c-2

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,495,000

MLS#: DC9922707
2 Bed, 1½ Bath
2250 Sqft
Residential

2030 8th St Nw #ph-1

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,495,000

MLS#: DC9953286
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1848 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9901603

916 G St Nw #1004

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,245,000

MLS#: DC9901603
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1454 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9960015

1767 Lanier Pl Nw #7

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,189,000

MLS#: DC9960015
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1648 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9929478

1400 Church St Nw #611

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,149,500

MLS#: DC9929478
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1200 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9936375

1939 12th St Nw #ph501

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,125,000

MLS#: DC9936375
3 Bed, 3 Bath
1492 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #AX9949317

1115 Royal St N

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$1,099,000

MLS#: AX9949317
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2598 Sqft
Residential

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1400 Church St Nw #201

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,049,900

MLS#: DC9868668
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1200 Sqft
Residential

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w208

ARLINGTON, VA
$999,900

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

2425 L St Nw #628

WASHINGTON, DC
$998,000

MLS#: DC9933378
1 Bed, 1 Bath
1000 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9895964

215 I St Ne #304

WASHINGTON, DC
$995,000

MLS#: DC9895964
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1665 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC9952476

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #409

WASHINGTON, DC
$995,000

MLS#: DC9952476
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1563 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 May 29th, 2017 at 9:16pm EDT.