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
New
14112 William St #18-e, LAUREL
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 841 SqFt

14112 William St #18-e, LAUREL

$182,000
New
1300 N St Nw #411, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 618 SqFt

1300 N St Nw #411, WASHINGTON

$415,900
New
1390 V St Nw #307, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 594 SqFt

1390 V St Nw #307, WASHINGTON

$459,000
618 Parkside Pl Ne, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,230 SqFt

618 Parkside Pl Ne, WASHINGTON

$325,000
New
5128 Cambria Way #102, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,662 SqFt

5128 Cambria Way #102, ALEXANDRIA

$760,000
20547 Shadyside Way #19-2, GERMANTOWN
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,299 SqFt

20547 Shadyside Way #19-2, GERMANTOWN

$227,888
New
3851 Aristotle Ct #1-412, FAIRFAX
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 877 SqFt

3851 Aristotle Ct #1-412, FAIRFAX

$280,000
New
10016 Vanderbilt Cir #9-11, ROCKVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,486 SqFt

10016 Vanderbilt Cir #9-11, ROCKVILLE

$315,000
115 N Lee St #bh501, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,301 SqFt

115 N Lee St #bh501, ALEXANDRIA

$759,500
2020 12th St Nw #707, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 985 SqFt

2020 12th St Nw #707, WASHINGTON

$799,900
6027 Curtier Dr #b, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,095 SqFt

6027 Curtier Dr #b, ALEXANDRIA

$330,000
6065 Essex House Sq #b, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,183 SqFt

6065 Essex House Sq #b, ALEXANDRIA

$315,000
704 Quayside Ct #99, OXON HILL
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 2,508 SqFt

704 Quayside Ct #99, OXON HILL

$688,000
2425 L St Nw #420, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 809 SqFt

2425 L St Nw #420, WASHINGTON

$639,000
2020 12th St Nw #218, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 858 SqFt

2020 12th St Nw #218, WASHINGTON

$599,000
126 N Union St, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,600 SqFt

126 N Union St, ALEXANDRIA

$795,000 ↓ $24,900
14016 Justin Way #25-b, LAUREL
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 839 SqFt

14016 Justin Way #25-b, LAUREL

$190,000
57 N St Nw #ph-525, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,380 SqFt

57 N St Nw #ph-525, WASHINGTON

$1,149,900


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 7:45am EDT.

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