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 workspace, 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.

Loft, Flats and Modern Spaces

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1767 Lanier Pl Nw #2, WASHINGTON

$789,900

1767 Lanier Pl Nw #2, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,115 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013434

MOUNT PLEASANT

New
1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

$1,189,000

1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,460 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2014420

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

New
6041 Curtier Dr #6041f, ALEXANDRIA

$359,900

6041 Curtier Dr #6041f, ALEXANDRIA

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,002 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2021578

TIERS OF MANCHESTER LAKE

New
1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

$1,189,000

1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,460 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013966

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

New
2020 12th St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

$529,900

2020 12th St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 690 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2014082

U STREET CORRIDOR

New
7005 Birkenhead Pl #9d, ALEXANDRIA

$399,900

7005 Birkenhead Pl #9d, ALEXANDRIA

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,292 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2022770

TIERS OF MANCHESTER LAKE

New
2217 Lovedale Ln #j, RESTON

$369,750

2217 Lovedale Ln #j, RESTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,401 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2014812

BRISTOL HOUSE

New
919 Florida Ave Nw #1, WASHINGTON

$449,000

919 Florida Ave Nw #1, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 752 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2014222

U STREET

New
1401 Church St Nw #302, WASHINGTON

$824,302

1401 Church St Nw #302, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2014136

LOGAN CIRCLE

New
1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #204, WASHINGTON

$925,000

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #204, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,489 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013922

ADAMS MORGAN

New
43536 Centergate Dr, ASHBURN

$649,950

43536 Centergate Dr, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,400 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2008492

METRO WALK AT MOOREFIELD STATION

New
11322 Westbrook Mill Ln #304, FAIRFAX

$385,000

11322 Westbrook Mill Ln #304, FAIRFAX

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,501 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2022160

WESTBROOK COURT

New
3523 14th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

$659,000

3523 14th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 973 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2006400

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

New
3523 14th St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

$749,000

3523 14th St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,037 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2006398

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

New
3117 Georgia Ave Nw ## 302, WASHINGTON

$599,900

3117 Georgia Ave Nw ## 302, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 889 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013498

PARK VIEW

New
3117 Georgia Ave Nw #1, WASHINGTON

$499,900

3117 Georgia Ave Nw #1, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 761 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013494

PARK VIEW

New
1133 14th St Nw #ph3, WASHINGTON

$835,000

1133 14th St Nw #ph3, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,155 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013314

NONE AVAILABLE

400 Massachusetts Ave Nw #916, WASHINGTON

$874,999

400 Massachusetts Ave Nw #916, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,369 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013132

CENTRAL

225 20th St Ne #2, WASHINGTON

$675,000

225 20th St Ne #2, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,300 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012100

CAPITOL HILL

4424 Georgia Ave Nw #302, WASHINGTON

$750,000

4424 Georgia Ave Nw #302, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,320 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012856

PETWORTH

2020 12th St Nw #111, WASHINGTON

$684,900

↓ $15,000

2020 12th St Nw #111, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012620

U STREET

3039 16th St Nw #ph2, WASHINGTON

$874,900

3039 16th St Nw #ph2, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2011680

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

839 Kennedy St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

$499,000

839 Kennedy St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 2 Baths 781 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012214

PETWORTH

839 Kennedy St Nw #403, WASHINGTON

$515,000

839 Kennedy St Nw #403, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 823 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012212

PETWORTH

839 Kennedy St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

$599,000

839 Kennedy St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 930 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012208

PETWORTH

839 Kennedy St Nw #104, WASHINGTON

$389,000

839 Kennedy St Nw #104, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 518 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012204

PETWORTH

1201 N Garfield St #114, ARLINGTON

$650,000

1201 N Garfield St #114, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,015 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2004804

STATION SQUARE

1405 Roundhouse Ln #501, ALEXANDRIA

$699,000

1405 Roundhouse Ln #501, ALEXANDRIA

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,657 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAX2003218

OLD TOWN VILLAGE

916 G St Nw #1001, WASHINGTON

$1,450,000

916 G St Nw #1001, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,477 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2011600

PENN QUARTER

123 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

123 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,928 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2020716

NONE AVAILABLE

57 N St Nw #ph 527, WASHINGTON

$789,900

57 N St Nw #ph 527, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,002 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012380

TRUXTON CIRCLE

101 Pleasant St Nw #lot 12, VIENNA

$1,249,990

101 Pleasant St Nw #lot 12, VIENNA

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 2,677 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2002216

NONE AVAILABLE

2020 12th St Nw #116, WASHINGTON

$724,900

2020 12th St Nw #116, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,075 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2012024

OLD CITY #2

4627 36th St S #b1, ARLINGTON

$377,000

↓ $3,000

4627 36th St S #b1, ARLINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,008 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2004598

FAIRLINGTON MEWS

20647 Sibbald Sq, ASHBURN

$450,000

20647 Sibbald Sq, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,620 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2007492

TOWNES AT GOOSE CREEK VILLAGE

9631 Milestone Way #f-2, COLLEGE PARK

$525,000

9631 Milestone Way #f-2, COLLEGE PARK

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 3,870 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2010626

COLLEGE PARK

3211 Wisconsin Ave Nw #102, WASHINGTON

$599,900

3211 Wisconsin Ave Nw #102, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1.5 Baths 770 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2011536

CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS

1133 14th St Nw #402, WASHINGTON

$519,000

↑ $4,000

1133 14th St Nw #402, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 750 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2011446

CENTRAL

4633 36th St S #b2, ARLINGTON

$377,000

4633 36th St S #b2, ARLINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,008 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2004578

FAIRLINGTON MEWS

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w403, ARLINGTON

$849,000

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w403, ARLINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 859 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2003522

WOOSTER AND MERCER LOFTS

2380 Champlain St Nw #303, WASHINGTON

$824,900

2380 Champlain St Nw #303, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2010106

ADAMS MORGAN

1300 N St Nw #817, WASHINGTON

$459,000

1300 N St Nw #817, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 649 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2009188

LOGAN CIRCLE

43559 Charitable St, ASHBURN

$674,950

43559 Charitable St, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,400 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2007012

METRO WALK AT MOOREFIELD STATION

90 Ne Hawthorne Ct Ne #90, WASHINGTON

$375,000

↓ $24,900

90 Ne Hawthorne Ct Ne #90, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,082 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2009302

PARK PLACE

2410 17th St Nw #310, WASHINGTON

$824,900

2410 17th St Nw #310, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,027 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2009194

ADAMS MORGAN

11322 Westbrook Mill Ln #303, FAIRFAX

$395,000

11322 Westbrook Mill Ln #303, FAIRFAX

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,505 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2014362

WESTBROOK COURT

1245 N Pierce St #9, ARLINGTON

$919,000

1245 N Pierce St #9, ARLINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,338 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2003324

ARLINGTON

4424 Georgia Ave Nw #301, WASHINGTON

$775,000

4424 Georgia Ave Nw #301, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,320 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2008158

PETWORTH



A flat, on the other hand, is a term for a one-floor living space. The word has traditionally been used in Great Britain and other parts of Europe to mean apartment, and comes from expressions like "a flat slice from a tower block.: Recently, there has been a hipster marketing trend in Washington Metro real estate circles to label apartment-style units as "flats."

In some cases, however, the “flat” label has really become more than just a catch-phrase. A good example is the Oronoco—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.