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

All Listings $100,000 - $200,000 $200,000 - $300,000
$300,000 - $400,000 $400,000 - $500,000 $500,000 - $600,000
$600,000 - $700,000 $700,000 - $800,000 $900,000 - $1,000,000
Over $1,000,000
14006 Justin Way #7e, LAUREL
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 841 SqFt

14006 Justin Way #7e, LAUREL

$169,900
3810 Lightfoot St #408, CHANTILLY
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 901 SqFt

3810 Lightfoot St #408, CHANTILLY

$242,900 ↓ $4,600
6797 Hampton Bay Ln #314, GAINESVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,825 SqFt

6797 Hampton Bay Ln #314, GAINESVILLE

$259,900 ↓ $5,100
14403 Macon Grove Ln #182, GAINESVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,775 SqFt

14403 Macon Grove Ln #182, GAINESVILLE

$265,000
12414 Rollys Ridge Ave #1507, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,771 SqFt

12414 Rollys Ridge Ave #1507, UPPER MARLBORO

$265,000
5856 Orchard Hill Ct, CLIFTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,043 SqFt

5856 Orchard Hill Ct, CLIFTON

$268,000
501 Hungerford Dr #319, ROCKVILLE
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,070 SqFt

501 Hungerford Dr #319, ROCKVILLE

$299,900 ↓ $10,000
51 Randolph Pl Nw #101, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 508 SqFt

51 Randolph Pl Nw #101, WASHINGTON

$299,900 ↓ $38,100
20404 Shore Harbour Dr #3-o, GERMANTOWN
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,780 SqFt

20404 Shore Harbour Dr #3-o, GERMANTOWN

$315,000
New
78 Hawthorne Ct Ne #78, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 720 SqFt

78 Hawthorne Ct Ne #78, WASHINGTON

$315,000
20396 Brightcrest Ter, ASHBURN
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,490 SqFt

20396 Brightcrest Ter, ASHBURN

$325,000
1656 Chimney House Rd #1656, RESTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,138 SqFt

1656 Chimney House Rd #1656, RESTON

$333,500
15306 Diamond Cove Ter #2a, ROCKVILLE
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,619 SqFt

15306 Diamond Cove Ter #2a, ROCKVILLE

$339,000
New
12209 Fairfield House Dr #512a, FAIRFAX
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,580 SqFt

12209 Fairfield House Dr #512a, FAIRFAX

$369,000
1621 Ladue Ct #404, WOODBRIDGE
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,072 SqFt

1621 Ladue Ct #404, WOODBRIDGE

$375,000
17 Granite Pl #493, GAITHERSBURG
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,434 SqFt

17 Granite Pl #493, GAITHERSBURG

$375,000
New
1201 East West Hwy #433, SILVER SPRING
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 935 SqFt

1201 East West Hwy #433, SILVER SPRING

$379,000
New
6549 Grange Ln #401, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,452 SqFt

6549 Grange Ln #401, ALEXANDRIA

$379,900


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 November 15th, 2019 at 8:15pm EST.

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