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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Over $1,000,000
2702 Lee Hwy #3b, ARLINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,470 SqFt

2702 Lee Hwy #3b, ARLINGTON

$779,000 ↓ $10,000
508 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 2,586 SqFt

508 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR

$699,990
6812 Sabbarton Pl #93, GAINESVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,775 SqFt

6812 Sabbarton Pl #93, GAINESVILLE

$255,000 ↓ $4,000
1403 Trafalgar Ln, FREDERICK
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,806 SqFt

1403 Trafalgar Ln, FREDERICK

$272,500 ↓ $5,000
New
507 Kennedy St Nw #8, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 795 SqFt

507 Kennedy St Nw #8, WASHINGTON

$425,000
616 E St Nw #311, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,001 SqFt

616 E St Nw #311, WASHINGTON

$975,000 ↓ $24,000
507 Kennedy St Nw #2, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 720 SqFt

507 Kennedy St Nw #2, WASHINGTON

$325,000
9903 Hillandale Way #54, BOWIE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,377 SqFt

9903 Hillandale Way #54, BOWIE

$387,000 ↓ $450
23209 Observation Dr #3279, CLARKSBURG
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,948 SqFt

23209 Observation Dr #3279, CLARKSBURG

$315,500 ↓ $9,500
2410 17th St Nw #305, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,150 SqFt

2410 17th St Nw #305, WASHINGTON

$795,000 ↓ $2,000
6009-e Mersey Oaks Way #4e, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,307 SqFt

6009-e Mersey Oaks Way #4e, ALEXANDRIA

$349,900 ↓ $5,000
525 Montana Ave Ne #b, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 1,900 SqFt

525 Montana Ave Ne #b, WASHINGTON

$774,900
7129 Georgia Ave Nw #6, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 724 SqFt

7129 Georgia Ave Nw #6, WASHINGTON

$424,900
631 D St Se, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 753 SqFt

631 D St Se, WASHINGTON

$594,000
1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,460 SqFt

1454 Belmont St Nw #14, WASHINGTON

$1,175,000 ↓ $74,000
31 Booth St #458, GAITHERSBURG
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 988 SqFt

31 Booth St #458, GAITHERSBURG

$270,000
7023-i Haycock Rd #709, FALLS CHURCH
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,042 SqFt

7023-i Haycock Rd #709, FALLS CHURCH

$645,000
New
1610 N Queen St #231, ARLINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,600 SqFt

1610 N Queen St #231, ARLINGTON

$1,450,000


A flat, on the other hand, is a term for a one-floor apartment-style living unit. The word has traditionally been used in Great Britain and other parts of Europe to mean apartment and comes come expressions like “a flat slice from a tower block.” Recently, there has been a hipster marketing trend in Washington Metro real estate to label apartment-style units “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 July 18th, 2019 at 6:45am EDT.

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