Washington DC, Modern & Contemporary Homes For Sale

The terms modern and contemporary homes are often used synonymously, although there are distinctions. Modern architecture most commonly refers back to the modernism movement that came into being during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as a reaction to the industrial age. Think, for instance, of simple shapes and cubism. Contemporary simply means that which is current. Contemporary design is also often thought of as a trend that gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Mid-Century Modern era has also become a very hot trend in recent years, generally covering the period from the early 1940s to late 1960s,

That's a lot of information and sometimes it is better just to think visually—modern and contemporary homes evoke a sense of intriguing style, from abstract concepts to clean, sophisticated lines imbued with an innate sense of cool. And yes, there are some striking examples in the Washington metropolitan area.

Modern and Contemporary Homes for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area

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Photo of Listing #DCDC308826

2815 Woodland Dr Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$9,500,000

MLS#: DCDC308826
4 Bed, 6 Bath
10900 Sqft, 0.41 Acres
Residential

701 Bulls Neck Rd

MCLEAN, VA
$7,950,000

MLS#: VAFX100160
5 Bed, 3½ Bath
5.17 Acres
Residential

10111 Iron Gate Rd

POTOMAC, MD
$4,995,000

MLS#: MDMC621638
7 Bed, 10 Bath
15022 Sqft, 2.08 Acres
Residential

9421 Cornwell Farm Dr

GREAT FALLS, VA
$3,750,000

MLS#: VAFX745980
4 Bed, 2½ Bath
3452 Sqft, 11.54 Acres
Residential

1432 Kirby Rd

MCLEAN, VA
$3,750,000

MLS#: VAFX748166
5 Bed, 5 Bath
7000 Sqft, 5 Acres
Residential

1207 Corbin Ct

MCLEAN, VA
$3,695,000

MLS#: 1009921368
6 Bed, 7 Bath
8198 Sqft, 1.63 Acres
Residential

6333 Old Chesterbrook Rd

MCLEAN, VA
$3,499,000

MLS#: VAFX1001092
5 Bed, 6½ Bath
8727 Sqft, 1.22 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #1007541502

2006 Lorraine Ave

MCLEAN, VA
$3,450,000

MLS#: 1007541502
6 Bed, 6 Bath
7100 Sqft, 0.65 Acres
Residential

3513 N Jefferson St

ARLINGTON, VA
$2,900,000

MLS#: VAAR138926
6 Bed, 6 Bath
7000 Sqft, 0.23 Acres
Residential

5624 Sherier Pl Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,850,000

MLS#: DCDC310504
6 Bed, 5½ Bath
5150 Sqft, 0.15 Acres
Residential

8920 Burdette Rd

BETHESDA, MD
$2,750,000

MLS#: MDMC488056
6 Bed, 8½ Bath
9920 Sqft, 0.87 Acres
Residential

2908 Ellicott St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,695,000

MLS#: DCDC400432
5 Bed, 4½ Bath
4100 Sqft, 0.2 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #1009997318

3722 R St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,595,000

MLS#: 1009997318
6 Bed, 4½ Bath
4470 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #MDMC622754

10705 Riverwood Dr

POTOMAC, MD
$2,595,000

MLS#: MDMC622754
9 Bed, 10½ Bath
13270 Sqft, 3.07 Acres
Residential

4731 34th St N

ARLINGTON, VA
$2,499,000

MLS#: 1009998694
6 Bed, 5½ Bath
6185 Sqft, 0.22 Acres
Residential

147 Waterfront St #402

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
$2,488,800

MLS#: 1000712872
3 Bed, 3 Bath
3610 Sqft, 0.02 Acres
Residential

15 Pioneer Mill Way #bryan Lot 505

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$2,452,970

MLS#: VAAX193256
4 Bed, 4½ Bath
2725 Sqft, 0.21 Acres
Residential

9024 Belcourt Castle Pl

GREAT FALLS, VA
$2,395,000

MLS#: 1000062153
5 Bed, 4 Bath
8200 Sqft, 6.8 Acres
Residential

Think of low-slung homes with overhanging roofs, tucked away in the woodsy park regions of upscale DC neighborhoods. Or, an entire community in Alexandria, Virginia known as Hollin Hills—an award-winning midcentury modern enclave of 450 homes built by architect Charles Goodman between 1949 and 1971. These relatively modest wooden structures set into natural surroundings have attracted worldwide attention with their cubist modernity and window walls.

Modern and contemporary dwellings in the Metro area can also be multifamily affairs—such as sweeping curvilinear structures like the I.M. Pei-designed Watergate, or new mixed-use structures with hard angles that spring directly out of historic buildings in the recent trend of adaptive reuse principles.

But more than anything, these adventuress designs represent something different in a region so identified by traditional norms. And while they are not your typical designs, some can be associated with an off-shoot of Arts & Crafts architecture known as the Prairie School which is integrally linked with Frank Lloyd Wright. These homes with horizontal lines and overhanding eaves were compared to the wide-open plains and prairie geography.

These days, modern and contemporary homes in the Washington Metro area are enjoying a resurgence, designed by such notable architects as Robert Gurney, David Jameson, Hugh Jacobsen and Alan Dynerman, among many others. Builders of these thoughtfully crafted residences in upscale neighborhoods such as McLean, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland often share common principles beyond angular aesthetics, employing eco-friendly materials and integrating the structures to their natural surroundings, rather than the traditional lot-leveling norms.

To learn more about modern and contemporary properties, call District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.

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Listing information last updated on March 24th, 2019 at 9:30pm EDT.