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

All Listings $200,000 - $300,000 $300,000 - $400,000
$400,000 - $500,000 $500,000 - $600,000 $600,000 - $700,000
$700,000 - $800,000 $800,000 - $900,000 $900,000 - $1,000,000
Over $1,000,000
4 Sunny Ct, THURMONT
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,466 SqFt

4 Sunny Ct, THURMONT

$229,900 ↓ $10,000
New
38158 Nixon Rd, PURCELLVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,112 SqFt

38158 Nixon Rd, PURCELLVILLE

$249,900
6806 Randolph St, HYATTSVILLE
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 985 SqFt

6806 Randolph St, HYATTSVILLE

$250,000
13110 6th St, GLENN DALE
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,056 SqFt

13110 6th St, GLENN DALE

$259,900 ↓ $10,000
9704 Penguin Pl, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,998 SqFt

9704 Penguin Pl, UPPER MARLBORO

$274,900 ↓ $8,000
12119 Wheeling Ave, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,976 SqFt

12119 Wheeling Ave, UPPER MARLBORO

$275,000
1012 Centennial Dr, FORT WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,198 SqFt

1012 Centennial Dr, FORT WASHINGTON

$275,000
4000 Clark St, CAPITOL HEIGHTS
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,900 SqFt

4000 Clark St, CAPITOL HEIGHTS

$285,000 ↓ $14,900
15802 Crocus Ln, DUMFRIES
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,392 SqFt

15802 Crocus Ln, DUMFRIES

$299,900
12300 Percil Ln, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,007 SqFt

12300 Percil Ln, UPPER MARLBORO

$316,000 ↑ $2,000
16206 Sunny Knoll Dr, DUMFRIES
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,358 SqFt

16206 Sunny Knoll Dr, DUMFRIES

$319,900 ↓ $20,000
7710 Brandon Way, MANASSAS
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,954 SqFt

7710 Brandon Way, MANASSAS

$324,900 ↓ $20,000
New
10425 Oakhill Ct, ADELPHI
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,248 SqFt

10425 Oakhill Ct, ADELPHI

$339,000
New
11314 Tippett Rd, CLINTON
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,616 SqFt

11314 Tippett Rd, CLINTON

$349,000
13401 Kris Ran Ct, FORT WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,728 SqFt

13401 Kris Ran Ct, FORT WASHINGTON

$349,900
8403 Tahona Dr, SILVER SPRING
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,056 SqFt

8403 Tahona Dr, SILVER SPRING

$349,900
1702 S Main St, MOUNT AIRY
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,699 SqFt

1702 S Main St, MOUNT AIRY

$349,995 ↓ $5
213 Braeburn Dr, WALKERSVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,365 SqFt

213 Braeburn Dr, WALKERSVILLE

$349,999

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.

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Listing information last updated on October 20th, 2019 at 5:17am EDT.

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