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.

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1155 23rd St Nw #ph3e, WASHINGTON

$7,500,000

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® # DCDC2065072

LOGAN CIRCLE

645 Maryland Ave Ne #101, WASHINGTON

$1,899,000

645 Maryland Ave Ne #101, WASHINGTON

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

CAPITOL HILL

1701 16th St N #327, ARLINGTON

$1,750,000

1701 16th St N #327, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,922 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2019698

THE SELECT AT GASLIGHT SQUARE

1612 16th St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

$1,750,000

1612 16th St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

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

DUPONT CIRCLE

1315 Independence Ave Se #22, WASHINGTON

$1,325,000

↓ $64,000

1315 Independence Ave Se #22, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 2,101 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2066846

CAPITOL HILL

131 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,324,900

131 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,928 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2013016

NONE AVAILABLE

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w312, ARLINGTON

$1,299,900

1600 Clarendon Blvd #w312, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 2,038 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2022382

THE WOOSTER AND MERCER LOFTS

1700 Clarendon Blvd #131, ARLINGTON

$1,299,900

↓ $100,000

1700 Clarendon Blvd #131, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2022102

GASLIGHT SQUARE

123 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

123 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,928 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2038778

NONE AVAILABLE

127 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

127 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,928 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2013022

NONE AVAILABLE

125 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

125 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,928 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2006616

NONE AVAILABLE

1615 N Queen St #m401, ARLINGTON

$1,295,000

1615 N Queen St #m401, ARLINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,829 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2020612

NONE AVAILABLE

1445 Church St Nw #42, WASHINGTON

$1,250,000

1445 Church St Nw #42, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,220 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2067360

LOGAN

New
1654 Euclid St Nw #ph3, WASHINGTON

$1,249,900

1654 Euclid St Nw #ph3, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,288 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2069358

ADAMS MORGAN

2117 10th St Nw #302, WASHINGTON

$1,199,900

2117 10th St Nw #302, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,716 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064620

U STREET CORRIDOR

2125 14th St Nw #320w, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

2125 14th St Nw #320w, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,419 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2067348

OLD CITY #2

1715 15th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

$1,050,000

1715 15th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 2,117 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2067636

LOGAN CIRCLE

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

$1,045,000

↓ $30,000

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,351 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2045958

U STREET CORRIDOR

1454 Belmont St Nw #12, WASHINGTON

$1,015,000

↑ $1,013,985

1454 Belmont St Nw #12, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,322 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064338

U STREET CORRIDOR

1324 14th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

$999,000

1324 14th St Nw #5, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,310 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2064520

LOGAN CIRCLE

604 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

$997,709

604 Halsey Way, NATIONAL HARBOR

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

POTOMAC OVERLOOK AT NATIONAL HARBOR

12025 New Dominion Pkwy #301, RESTON

$995,000

12025 New Dominion Pkwy #301, RESTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,236 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2075904

NONE AVAILABLE

1111 W St Nw #06, WASHINGTON

$989,900

↓ $10,000

1111 W St Nw #06, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,513 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2063756

OLD CITY #2



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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