Our Take on Modern DC Real Estate

When the subject of mid-century modern homes comes up, many people think of the western part of the country, especially California and Arizona. But a contemporary movement also sprung up in the Washington Metro region during the postwar period. It was fueled by not only by architectural adventurism, but a free market manifestation of the American Dream and a transition from a federal workforce buildup to a booming private sector.

These factors, together with the topography of the area and a rich tradition of design, resulted in an unusually varied collection of modern and contemporary home styles. From cubist shoeboxes with glass walls to multilevel structures built into the sides of grassy hills, the choices were plentiful. The passage of time during

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The Residences at CityCenter are the residential component of the new CityCenter community in Downtown Washington, DC. Delivered in 2013, this is one of the city’s newest and most luxurious condominiums. But the sheer size and scope of the project differentiate it from other developments in the area.

Spanning 10 prime acres, CityCenter was the second largest mixed-use urban development project in the entire nation at its delivery. That’s enough to make it unique. But there is so much more—the auspicious new enterprise is more than a place to sleep, with upscale shopping and dining, a 1.5-acre outdoor park, a plaza, a Westin Hotel and more to come, including a Conrad Hilton hotel.

Residences at CityCenter in Washington DC

Centered on the footprint of the old convention center, CityCenter

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Hidden among the trees and fauna of Hybla Valley in the southern part of Alexandria, is a neighborhood far removed from typical Washington Metro norms. You won’t find spacious Colonial homes, luxury condos or antique row houses for sale here. What you will find are riveting examples of bold design—Hollin Hills was the first DC area community comprised exclusively of mid-century modern homes.  More than 450 of these iconic structures were built between 1949 and 1971, set into ungraded lots, surrounded by trees and featuring giant windows with which to gaze out at the natural splendor

It all began when developer Robert Davenport purchased 326 acres of hilly wilderness for a song and set about creating a paradise where homes would be affordable, stylish

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What is a Mid-Century Modern Home?

A half-century after their initial heyday, mid-century modern homes are once again all the rage. Typified by clean angles, bold rooflines, and large windows, these iconic structures blazed a new path through traditional and sometimes staid architectural styles.

The trend had its roots in the European Arts & Crafts era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and Germany's Bauhaus School formed in 1919. The new vogue soon hopped the ocean and was embraced by American architects—most notably Frank Lloyd Wright who led the Prairie Style movement with low-pitched roofs and overhanging eaves.

From the late 1800s to the 1950s, Wright continued evolving his designs as well as influencing numerous other architects.

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Which is more desirable, the East or West Village of Georgetown in Washington DC?

Georgetown Washinton, DC homes for saleThis is a debate that has raged on, seemingly for centuries. It’s not exactly the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, however—this rivalry is certainly more genteel. Still there are some high-society noses that seem to get bent out of joint when arguing which neighborhood has the grandest of the grand mansions, or the loveliest shade trees.

As for boundaries, the West Village is west of Wisconsin Avenue extending to the Georgetown University Campus, while the East Village starts on the other side of the avenue, extending west to the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and north to Dumbarton Oaks Park and Gardens. Both villages lie north of M Street and don’t include the immediate

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Washington DC's Most Expensive Homes For SaleAlthough the luxury Washington DC market has been thriving for awhile now, the past 12 months or so have been extraordinarily hot for some of Washington DC’s most elite properties. And earlier this week, Urban Turf reported DC’s most expensive home on the market just went under contract, which originally hit the market back in March for a cool $22 million.

The home, called the Fessenden House, is a spectacular 22,000 square-foot mansion in Forest Hills that features just about anything you can possibly imagine, from 7 bedroom and 11-and-a-half bathrooms to immaculate grounds that also include sport courts and an outdoor pool and pool house.

Prior to the sale, the most expensive residential sale of 2015 was a $6.3 million home in Cleveland Park, excluding

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Washington DC Real Estate Market Although you might hear or read a lot of chatter about all cash sales in other large markets like New York and Los Angeles, here in Washington DC, where home prices are among the most expensive in the country, all-cash buyers are continuing to decline as home prices continue to rise.

According to a recent report from CoreLogic, the Washington Metro area has one of the lowest all-cash transaction volumes, with just 13.4% of all residential sales in June being all-cash deals. And while over 13% still seems like a pretty substantial number, all-cash sales are actually down 3.1% from that same time last year, and are nearly a third of the national average.

So what gives?

Well, also noted in the report is that investors are still finding great deals down in

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7770 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda

The condo inventory around Washington DC and the surrounding area is definitely lacking right now, which is exactly what makes 7770 Norfolk such an enticing opportunity for home buyers out there looking for a chic and stylish attached living space.

Situated in the heart of downtown Bethesda, condos at 7770 Norfolk are celebrated for their modern elegance and fabulously designed interiors, not to mention an extremely walkable location that puts residents just steps from all the exceptional shopping, dining, and nightlife that fills the downtown Bethesda streets.

The Building

7770 Norfolk was designed by award-winning FXFOWLE Architects, while inside, the gorgeous interiors are from internationally acclaimed Cecconi Simone. The building itself

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Washington DC SuburbsEarlier this month, Livability.com released its third-annual list of Top 100 Best Places to Live and several Washington DC area communities happened to make the cut. Taking home the top spot among DC locations is Rockville, MD, which ranked No. 17 overall.

Situated about 35 minutes from downtown Washington DC, Rockville’s charming ambiance and quaint Town Square undoubtedly helped elevate its position on the list, while the excellent schools, high concentration of shops and restaurants, and thriving local economy were also cited reasons why it happened to crack the top 20.

Along with Rockville, other Washington DC area communities to make the 100 Best Places to Live list include Arlington at No. 49, Alexandria at No. 56, and Bethesda just squeaking in at

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Washington DC Georgian Style Homes For Sale

There’s no doubt Washington DC is known for its classic and historic architecture, and when it comes to residential real estate in the area, few will argue against Georgian style homes being among the most attractive you’ll find anywhere on the local real estate market.  

Dating all the way back to the 18th century, Georgian architecture certainly has a rich history and features a number of unique and identifying characteristics, including chimneys on both sides of the home, side-gabled roofs, 6-paned windows on the upper floors, larger 9 to 12-paned windows on the main floor, paneled front doors, and lots of decorative moldings that help make such properties stand out inside a neighborhood.

Today, Georgian style architecture is widespread

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