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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1175 Crest Ln, MCLEAN

$21,000,000

1175 Crest Ln, MCLEAN

4 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2028910

LANGLEY OAKS

3131 Chain Bridge Rd Nw, WASHINGTON

$10,995,000

3131 Chain Bridge Rd Nw, WASHINGTON

6 Beds 8 Baths 12,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2036930

KENT

3304 R St Nw, WASHINGTON

$10,800,000

3304 R St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 6.5 Baths 9,070 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2048410

GEORGETOWN

620 Rivercrest Dr, MCLEAN

$10,497,000

620 Rivercrest Dr, MCLEAN

6 Beds 5.5 Baths 12,606 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2053366

RIVER OAKS

7441 Dulany Dr, MCLEAN

$9,500,000

7441 Dulany Dr, MCLEAN

7 Beds 9 Baths 12,354 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2023418

ELMWOOD ESTATES

2891 Audubon Ter Nw, WASHINGTON

$6,750,000

2891 Audubon Ter Nw, WASHINGTON

6 Beds 8 Baths 9,288 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2048810

FOREST HILLS

6500 Bradley Blvd, BETHESDA

$5,999,999

6500 Bradley Blvd, BETHESDA

4 Beds 6 Baths 6,858 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC2044404

LYBROOK

7022 Green Oak Dr, MCLEAN

$5,900,000

↓ $599,999

7022 Green Oak Dr, MCLEAN

4 Beds 6.5 Baths 11,508 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2014204

NONE AVAILABLE

4615 Dexter St Nw, WASHINGTON

$5,850,000

4615 Dexter St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 7 Baths 7,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2044456

WESLEY HEIGHTS

7012 Holyrood Drive, MCLEAN

$5,500,000

7012 Holyrood Drive, MCLEAN

7 Beds 8 Baths 8,700 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2000831

COUNTRYSIDE

536 Springvale Rd, GREAT FALLS

$5,160,000

536 Springvale Rd, GREAT FALLS

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

SPRINGVALE

3612 Massachusetts Ave Nw, WASHINGTON

$4,995,000

3612 Massachusetts Ave Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 7.5 Baths 6,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2018492

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE

701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN

$4,950,000

701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,349 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2043106

BULLS NECK HUNDRED

6704 Arroyo Ct, NORTH BETHESDA

$4,800,000

6704 Arroyo Ct, NORTH BETHESDA

7 Beds 8 Baths 10,400 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC2040978

PT ROCKVILLE OUT RES

6122 Franklin Park Rd, MCLEAN

$4,799,990

↓ $50,000

6122 Franklin Park Rd, MCLEAN

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

FRANKLIN PARK

1849 Massachusetts Ave, MCLEAN

$4,300,000

1849 Massachusetts Ave, MCLEAN

7 Beds 8 Baths 8,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2029672

FRANKLIN PARK

3950 Dumbarton, MCLEAN

$4,249,900

3950 Dumbarton, MCLEAN

8 Beds 8.5 Baths 10,450 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2066948

COUNTRY ACRES

4913 Upton St Nw, WASHINGTON

$4,195,000

4913 Upton St Nw, WASHINGTON

6 Beds 7 Baths 7,407 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2013542

SPRING VALLEY

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.