Our Take on Modern DC Real Estate

When it comes to modern homes in the Washington DC area, there may have been no bigger impact than that of Charles M. Goodman—an American architect whose heyday was a half-century ago.

Born in New York City in 1906, Goodman grew up in Chicago as a child and received his training as an architect at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Influenced by modernist pioneers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, Goodman moved to Washington, DC in 1934 and became an architect for FDR’s Public Buildings Administration, the Treasury Department and the Army Air Forces Airport Transport Command during World War II.

While government buildings can seem monolithic and staid, Goodman sought to instill a contemporary sense of style, including the U.S. Federal…

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Penthouses have long represented a certain big city ideal, and that is certainly true in Washington, DC as well as other parts of the DC Metro area such as Arlington, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. The sky-high luxury residences are found at the upper levels of buildings, and often include private outdoor spaces that provide the perfect place to lounge and take in the surrounding cityscapes below. These elite abodes come at a cost, and indeed, each of our showcase penthouse condos for sale in October have a list price in access of a million dollars.

Our spotlight journey begins in Washington’s super trendy U Street Corridor, with Unit #PH03 at the 2020 Lofts building. Listed at $1,325,000, this two-story penthouse has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,832…

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Representing the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to upscale condos for sale is Turnberry Tower. Perched near the Potomac River in Arlington’s Rosslyn waterfront neighborhood, the 26-story glass and steel was designed by Robert Swerdroe, together with ACG Architects. It remains the tallest residential building in the Washington Metro region, and is known for its superb views of the river and the DC skyline on the other side. There’s also tons of amenities to enjoy, including a heated indoor swimming pool, 24/7 front desk and concierge service, a screening room with catering kitchen, valet service and more. The Rosslyn community has long been known as the Gateway to Arlington, due to its location on the banks of the Potomac. The Rosslyn Metro Station is an…

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Luxury homes for sale come in many sizes and styles in the Washington Metro area. The region includes the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland, and is sometimes cheekily referred to as “the DMV.” It’s a place where densely populated urban neighborhoods comingle with quiet suburbs, all within a conveniently commutable distance. For our October spotlight on fancy properties, we have selected an intriguing variety, ranging from a 10,450 square foot mansion on an acre of lush green land in McLean to a revamped 3.325 square foot Washington, DC townhouse originally built in 1885.

You can read about four of our favorites below. You can also click right here to see the entire October Curated Collection.

It is not that often that…

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Mid-century modern and contemporary architecture has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, and the trend seems to be continuing unabated. The period of construction for these iconic dwellings began after the end of World War II and continued until the early 1970s. Styles morphed during that period, not only as time progressed but also depending on the geographic region. After all, modern architecture has often embraced its surroundings.

While mid-century modernism has often been associated with the west coast and southwest in this country, the Washington Metro area has its own rich history with the genre. There are numerous neighborhoods and subdivisions throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and even D.C. itself that are lasting testimony to a design…

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One of the most scenic mid-century modern neighborhoods in the Washington Metro area has roots that preclude modernist design by more than two centuries. Wessynton is associated with the Mount Vernon community in southern Alexandria. The neighborhood’s first mention can be found in George Washington’s own diary, in an entry dated April 6, 1785. The president sowed the land, which was one of several large properties within his massive riverfront estate, with holly berries. As it turns out, the name Wessynton is Old English for Washington, the family ancestors having changed the spelling of their surname years before arriving in this country in the 1650s. 

Prior to the colonization of America, the Wessynton area belonged to the Doeg tribe, coastal Native…

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Old Town Alexandria is the crown jewel of the City of Alexandria. Both a mecca for visitors and a highly popular place to live, the waterfront community is ideally located on the western banks of the Potomac River. The history here is long and involved; home to tobacco warehouses during the colonial era, raided by the British during the War of 1812 and known for its beer breweries in the pre-prohibition era! These days, the highly walkable Old Town offers the best of old and new, from original cobblestone streets to upscale shopping boutiques and top restaurants along King Street.

When it comes to red-hot real estate markets, Old Town has that covered as well. Properties don’t tend to be available for long before going under contract. As for…

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For those who desire bird nest views, only a penthouse will suffice. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices throughout parts of the Washington Metro area, especially in upscale urban neighborhoods where cityscapes are plentiful. Usually described as a residence on an upper floor of a tall building, these desirable dwellings have come to define a certain exclusive lifestyle. Naturally, the sky-high abodes typically come with some sticker shock. Then again, that’s the price of business when you really, truly crave a life at the top.

Watergate Condos for Sale Topping this month’s list is Unit #1409N at the venerable Watergate complex in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The Watergate is a mixed-use community that is not only known for its place in…

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Sales and open houses are underway at the Pierce condominium in Arlington. The 27-story luxury tower is still under construction, and is just one of three planned high-rise housing buildings in the ongoing Highlands development. The other two glass towers will be named Audrey and Evo. When completed in 2121, there will be approximately 884 residential units along with 40,000 square feet of retail space.

For now, one, two and three-bedroom units at Pierce are available for purchase, measuring between 1,266 to 2,403 square feet in size, with current prices ranging from the $900s up to nearly $3 million. There will be around 104 condos in the Pierce tower, with an anticipated delivery in Fall 2021. Interiors will feature wide-plank hickory hardwood…

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From sprawling country estates to lofty penthouses in the city, luxury homes in the Washington Metropolitan area can represent many things to many people. This is, after all, a diverse region that is rich in history, yet continuing to evolve over time. Those desiring lap of luxury accommodations may wish to be close to the halls of political power in Washington, DC itself, or alternatively, may prefer getting away from the madding crowds while still maintaining a reasonably close proximity when it comes to daily commutes.Luxury Condos for Sale in Washington DC

Whatever the geographical case may be, there’s plenty to consider when it comes to upscale living. That includes architectural styles, with a rich smorgasbord of design, from traditional to modern. Do you want lush gardens or carefree…

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