Washington DC, Modern & Contemporary Homes For Sale

The terms modern and contemporary homes are often used synonymously, although there are distinctions. Modern architecture most commonly refers back to the modernism movement that came into being during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as a reaction to the industrial age. Think, for instance, of simple shapes and cubism. Contemporary simply means that which is current. Contemporary design is also often thought of as a trend that gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s.

Contemporary Homes for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area

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749 Chain Bridge Rd, MCLEAN

$8,500,000

749 Chain Bridge Rd, MCLEAN

5 Beds 7 Baths 10,744 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1189226

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1004 Dogue Hill Ln, MCLEAN

$8,295,000

↑ $345,000

1004 Dogue Hill Ln, MCLEAN

5 Beds 7 Baths 9,890 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1167760

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

681 Chain Bridge Rd, MCLEAN

$7,900,000

681 Chain Bridge Rd, MCLEAN

6 Beds 8.5 Baths 11,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1192550

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1217 Crest Ln, MCLEAN

$6,750,000

1217 Crest Ln, MCLEAN

5 Beds 5.5 Baths 6,340 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1202274

Compass

6500 Bradley Blvd, BETHESDA

$6,550,000

6500 Bradley Blvd, BETHESDA

4 Beds 6 Baths 6,858 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC758572

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

4615 Dexter St Nw, WASHINGTON

$6,400,000

4615 Dexter St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 7 Baths 7,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC522758

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN

$5,500,000

701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,349 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1199776

Washington Fine Properties, LLC

New
536 Springvale Rd, GREAT FALLS

$5,160,000

536 Springvale Rd, GREAT FALLS

6 Beds 8 Baths 12,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2009550

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

6122 Franklin Park Rd, MCLEAN

$5,139,990

↓ $250,000

6122 Franklin Park Rd, MCLEAN

7 Beds 7 Baths 11,797 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1093736

Flannagan Associates, LLC

1177 22nd St Nw #9g, WASHINGTON

$4,995,000

1177 22nd St Nw #9g, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 3,629 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC524930

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

7710 Georgetown Pike, MCLEAN

$4,495,000

↓ $305,000

7710 Georgetown Pike, MCLEAN

7 Beds 5 Baths 4,377 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1052168

TTR Sothebys International Realty

11801 Stoney Creek Rd, POTOMAC

$4,200,000

11801 Stoney Creek Rd, POTOMAC

4 Beds 3 Baths 4,308 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC756658

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

5075 Polk Ave, ALEXANDRIA

$3,950,000

5075 Polk Ave, ALEXANDRIA

7 Beds 8 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAX260246

Compass

119 Kennedy St Nw, WASHINGTON

$3,900,000

119 Kennedy St Nw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC517394

Keller Williams Capital Properties

New
925 Saigon Rd, MCLEAN

$3,879,500

925 Saigon Rd, MCLEAN

7 Beds 7.5 Baths 10,588 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1190822

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

3564 Alton Pl Nw, WASHINGTON

$3,290,000

↑ $294,100

3564 Alton Pl Nw, WASHINGTON

7 Beds 6.5 Baths 8,182 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC436654

Optime Realty

2760 32nd St Nw, WASHINGTON

$3,195,000

2760 32nd St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 5.5 Baths 4,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002008

Washington Fine Properties, LLC

1215 Raymond Ave, MCLEAN

$3,149,000

1215 Raymond Ave, MCLEAN

6 Beds 6.5 Baths 7,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1102830

Keller Williams Realty

The Mid-Century Modern era has also become a very hot trend in recent years, generally covering the period from the early 1940s to late 1960s,

That's a lot of information and sometimes it is better just to think visually—modern and contemporary homes evoke a sense of intriguing style, from abstract concepts to clean, sophisticated lines imbued with an innate sense of cool. And yes, there are some striking examples in the Washington metropolitan area.

Think of low-slung homes with overhanging roofs, tucked away in the woodsy park regions of upscale DC neighborhoods. Or, an entire community in Alexandria, Virginia known as Hollin Hills—an award-winning midcentury modern enclave of 450 homes built by architect Charles Goodman between 1949 and 1971. These relatively modest wooden structures set into natural surroundings have attracted worldwide attention with their cubist modernity and window walls.

Modern and contemporary dwellings in the Metro area can also be multifamily affairs—such as sweeping curvilinear structures like the I.M. Pei-designed Watergate, or new mixed-use structures with hard angles that spring directly out of historic buildings in the recent trend of adaptive reuse principles.

But more than anything, these adventuress designs represent something different in a region so identified by traditional norms. And while they are not your typical designs, some can be associated with an off-shoot of Arts & Crafts architecture known as the Prairie School which is integrally linked with Frank Lloyd Wright. These homes with horizontal lines and overhanging eaves were compared to the wide-open plains and prairie geography.

These days, modern and contemporary homes in the Washington Metro area are enjoying a resurgence, designed by such notable architects as Robert Gurney, David Jameson, Hugh Jacobsen and Alan Dynerman, among many others. Builders of these thoughtfully crafted residences in upscale neighborhoods such as McLean, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland often share common principles beyond angular aesthetics, employing eco-friendly materials and integrating the structures to their natural surroundings, rather than the traditional lot-leveling norms.

To learn more about modern and contemporary properties, call District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.