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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1538 Church Hill Pl #1538, RESTON

$519,999

1538 Church Hill Pl #1538, RESTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,684 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2180412

HAMPTON POINTE

New
2713 Mount Vernon Ave #a2, ALEXANDRIA

$1,020,000

2713 Mount Vernon Ave #a2, ALEXANDRIA

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,640 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAX2034228

THE LOFTS

New
5721 44th Ave, HYATTSVILLE

$565,000

5721 44th Ave, HYATTSVILLE

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 1,592 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2113198

ARTS DISTRICT HYATTSVILLE

New
42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-201, ASHBURN

$649,990

42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-201, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,152 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2071334

BIRCHWOOD AT BRAMBLETON

New
42729 Eildon Ter, ASHBURN

$540,000

42729 Eildon Ter, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,620 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2071318

TOWNES AT GOOSE CREEK VILLAGE

42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-307, ASHBURN

$564,990

42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-307, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,633 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2071218

BIRCHWOOD AT BRAMBLETON

42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-306, ASHBURN

$599,990

42874 Firefly Sonata Ter #9-306, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,845 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2071216

BIRCHWOOD AT BRAMBLETON

440 R St Nw #203, WASHINGTON

$1,250,000

440 R St Nw #203, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,883 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2141248

SHAW

12025 New Dominion Pkwy #603, RESTON

$500,000

12025 New Dominion Pkwy #603, RESTON

1 Bed 1.5 Baths 1,184 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2178574

MIDTOWN AT RESTON TOWN CENTER

2720 S Arlington Mill Dr #714, ARLINGTON

$710,000

2720 S Arlington Mill Dr #714, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,376 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2043316

NONE AVAILABLE

2612 Neabsco Common Pl, WOODBRIDGE

$688,540

2612 Neabsco Common Pl, WOODBRIDGE

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAPW2068904

NEABSCO

2610 Neabsco Common Pl, WOODBRIDGE

$506,535

2610 Neabsco Common Pl, WOODBRIDGE

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAPW2068668

NEABSCO

2328 Champlain St Nw #310, WASHINGTON

$775,000

2328 Champlain St Nw #310, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 879 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2138994

ADAMS MORGAN

14274 Newbrook Dr, CHANTILLY

$624,990

↓ $5,640

14274 Newbrook Dr, CHANTILLY

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,573 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2177300

WESTFIELD

43517 Old Ryan Rd, ASHBURN

$573,950

43517 Old Ryan Rd, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2070024

METRO WALK AT MOOREFIELD STATION

1401 R St Nw #406, WASHINGTON

$599,999

1401 R St Nw #406, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 705 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2139540

OLD CITY #2

7023 Haycock Rd #h, FALLS CHURCH

$699,900

7023 Haycock Rd #h, FALLS CHURCH

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,042 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2176698

GATES OF WESTFALLS

1515 15th St Nw #222, WASHINGTON

$1,995,500

1515 15th St Nw #222, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,130 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2138850

LOGAN CIRCLE

5116 Donovan Dr #401, ALEXANDRIA

$550,000

5116 Donovan Dr #401, ALEXANDRIA

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,335 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAX2033264

CAMERON STATION

1390 Kenyon St Nw #326, WASHINGTON

$625,000

1390 Kenyon St Nw #326, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,111 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2138260

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

440 12th St Ne #10, WASHINGTON

$555,000

440 12th St Ne #10, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,050 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2134518

OLD CITY #1

43519 Old Ryan Rd, ASHBURN

$709,950

43519 Old Ryan Rd, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2069612

METRO WALK AT MOOREFIELD STATION

3299 K St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

3299 K St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,373 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2138568

GEORGETOWN

1423 Newton St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

$525,000

1423 Newton St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1 Bath 910 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2136278

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS



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.


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Listing information last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 10:46am EDT.