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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$600,000 - $700,000 $700,000 - $800,000 $900,000 - $1,000,000
Over $1,000,000
2702 Lee Hwy #3b, ARLINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,470 SqFt

2702 Lee Hwy #3b, ARLINGTON

$769,000 ↓ $10,000
501 Hungerford Dr #319, ROCKVILLE
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,070 SqFt

501 Hungerford Dr #319, ROCKVILLE

$299,900 ↓ $10,000
2020 12th St Nw #218, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 903 SqFt

2020 12th St Nw #218, WASHINGTON

$574,900 ↓ $24,100
1300 N St Nw #411, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 618 SqFt

1300 N St Nw #411, WASHINGTON

$399,000 ↓ $16,900
912 F St Nw #301, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 917 SqFt

912 F St Nw #301, WASHINGTON

$519,000 ↓ $20,000
2425 L St Nw #417, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 804 SqFt

2425 L St Nw #417, WASHINGTON

$599,000 ↓ $20,000
0 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,586 SqFt

0 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR

$642,990
0 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,586 SqFt

0 Halliard Ln, NATIONAL HARBOR

$642,990
12025 New Dominion Pkwy #206, RESTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,000 SqFt

12025 New Dominion Pkwy #206, RESTON

$390,000 ↓ $5,000
301 Massachusetts Ave Nw #702, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 781 SqFt

301 Massachusetts Ave Nw #702, WASHINGTON

$554,900 ↓ $10,100
710 Topmast Dr #127, OXON HILL
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,960 SqFt

710 Topmast Dr #127, OXON HILL

$750,000 ↓ $9,000
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
1400 K St Se #2, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,198 SqFt

1400 K St Se #2, WASHINGTON

$989,000
3810 Lightfoot St #408, CHANTILLY
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 901 SqFt

3810 Lightfoot St #408, CHANTILLY

$242,900 ↓ $4,600
1855 Stratford Park Pl #404, RESTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,398 SqFt

1855 Stratford Park Pl #404, RESTON

$520,000
14403 Macon Grove Ln #182, GAINESVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,775 SqFt

14403 Macon Grove Ln #182, GAINESVILLE

$265,000
20404 Shore Harbour Dr #3-o, GERMANTOWN
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,780 SqFt

20404 Shore Harbour Dr #3-o, GERMANTOWN

$315,000
811 4th St Nw #119, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 936 SqFt

811 4th St Nw #119, WASHINGTON

$547,000 ↓ $8,000


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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