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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3251 Prospect St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

$1,995,000

↓ $255,000

3251 Prospect St Nw #404, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,622 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2041634

GEORGETOWN

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

Lot 5 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

Lot 5 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

129 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

$1,295,900

129 Market Sq Nw, VIENNA

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

NONE AVAILABLE

770 Girard St Nw #7e, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

770 Girard St Nw #7e, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,706 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2047162

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

2020 12th St Nw #ph-06, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,245 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2045958

U STREET CORRIDOR

5401 8th St Nw #ph-a, WASHINGTON

$1,050,000

5401 8th St Nw #ph-a, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,300 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2046218

PETWORTH

801 Pennsylvania Ave Nw #1026, WASHINGTON

$1,050,000

801 Pennsylvania Ave Nw #1026, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 888 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2039122

PENN QUARTER

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #304, WASHINGTON

$998,500

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #304, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,489 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2047612

MOUNT PLEASANT

616 E St Nw #1151, WASHINGTON

$995,000

616 E St Nw #1151, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 1,623 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043860

PENN QUARTER

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #308, WASHINGTON

$950,000

1700 Kalorama Rd Nw #308, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,407 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043416

MOUNT PLEASANT

5401 8th St Nw #b, WASHINGTON

$925,000

↓ $25,000

5401 8th St Nw #b, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,300 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2031082

PETWORTH

1830 Fountain Dr #408, RESTON

$869,900

1830 Fountain Dr #408, RESTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,891 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2060184

PARAMOUNT

2125 14th St Nw #224, WASHINGTON

$859,000

2125 14th St Nw #224, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2046668

14TH STREET CORRIDOR

3039 16th St Nw #ph2, WASHINGTON

$824,900

↓ $10,000

3039 16th St Nw #ph2, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2044802

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

1871 Michael Faraday Dr, RESTON

$799,900

↓ $90

1871 Michael Faraday Dr, RESTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,210 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2063178

LOFTS AT RESTON STATION

1125 11th St Nw #501, WASHINGTON

$799,900

1125 11th St Nw #501, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,360 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2042922

MT VERNON SQUARE

1444 Church St Nw #104, WASHINGTON

$799,000

1444 Church St Nw #104, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,037 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2047736

LOGAN CIRCLE

1445 Church St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

$775,000

1445 Church St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1.5 Baths 1,057 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2046778

LOGAN CIRCLE

929 Florida Ave Nw #8007, WASHINGTON

$774,900

↓ $24,100

929 Florida Ave Nw #8007, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,103 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2043446

SHAW

2020 12th St Nw #507, WASHINGTON

$770,000

2020 12th St Nw #507, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 985 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2046806

U STREET CORRIDOR

1402 H St Ne #503, WASHINGTON

$750,000

↓ $24,900

1402 H St Ne #503, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,227 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2041406

H STREET CORRIDOR

22357 Roanoke Rise Ter, ASHBURN

$733,950

↑ $23,000

22357 Roanoke Rise Ter, ASHBURN

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,450 SqFt Residential MLS® # VALO2019580

METRO WALK AT MOOREFIELD STATION



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.