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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1155 23rd St Nw #ph3e, WASHINGTON

$5,850,000

↓ $400,000

1155 23rd St Nw #ph3e, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 5.5 Baths 5,112 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2059396

CENTRAL

1427 Rhode Island Ave Nw #501, WASHINGTON

$2,200,000

1427 Rhode Island Ave Nw #501, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2080944

LOGAN CIRCLE

1177 22nd St Nw #9h, WASHINGTON

$1,949,000

1177 22nd St Nw #9h, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,869 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2081618

WEST END

645 Maryland Ave Ne #101, WASHINGTON

$1,750,000

↓ $149,000

645 Maryland Ave Ne #101, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,252 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2066838

CAPITOL HILL

1612 16th St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

$1,690,000

↓ $60,000

1612 16th St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,757 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064870

DUPONT CIRCLE

1701 16th St N #347, ARLINGTON

$1,675,000

1701 16th St N #347, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,922 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2026094

THE SELECT AT GASLIGHT SQUARE

New
112 Market Sq Nw #23, VIENNA

$1,199,000

112 Market Sq Nw #23, VIENNA

4 Beds 4.5 Baths 2,676 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2111298

NONE AVAILABLE

2421 18th St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

$1,195,000

2421 18th St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2080504

ADAMS MORGAN

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w206, ARLINGTON

$1,170,000

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w206, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,642 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2025940

THE WOOSTER AND MERCER LOFTS

1413 P St Nw #201, WASHINGTON

$1,149,900

1413 P St Nw #201, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2080006

LOGAN CIRCLE

503 King Farm Blvd #406, ROCKVILLE

$1,099,000

↓ $101,000

503 King Farm Blvd #406, ROCKVILLE

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 3,694 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC2077554

KING FARM

2125 14th St Nw #320w, WASHINGTON

$1,085,000

↓ $10,000

2125 14th St Nw #320w, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,419 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2074684

OLD CITY #2

215 I St Ne #1b, WASHINGTON

$1,045,000

↓ $55,000

215 I St Ne #1b, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2076734

H STREET CORRIDOR

608 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

$1,025,022

608 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,058 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2063294

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

$999,000

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,245 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2073622

U STREET CORRIDOR

604 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

$998,584

↑ $875

604 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,058 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2052502

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

1400 Church St Nw #206, WASHINGTON

$949,900

1400 Church St Nw #206, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 969 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2081308

LOGAN CIRCLE

819 D St Ne #31, WASHINGTON

$935,000

819 D St Ne #31, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,024 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2080928

CAPITOL HILL

627 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

$927,420

627 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 2,580 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2067144

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

New
546 Harborview Dr #382, OXON HILL

$915,000

546 Harborview Dr #382, OXON HILL

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,752 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2068822

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

1234 Euclid St Nw #2, WASHINGTON

$900,000

1234 Euclid St Nw #2, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,298 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2049032

NONE AVAILABLE

1401 Church St Nw #313, WASHINGTON

$899,000

1401 Church St Nw #313, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,218 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2072830

LOGAN CIRCLE

620 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

$891,321

620 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 2,580 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDPG2067122

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

878 Thompson Cres #42, NORTH BETHESDA

$864,900

878 Thompson Cres #42, NORTH BETHESDA

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,554 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC2079314

CHAPMAN ROW AT TWINBROOK METRO



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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