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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$900,000 - $1,000,000 Over $1,000,000
10708 Old Annapolis Rd, FREDERICK
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,460 SqFt

10708 Old Annapolis Rd, FREDERICK

$175,000
5708 Linda Ln, TEMPLE HILLS
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,590 SqFt

5708 Linda Ln, TEMPLE HILLS

$240,000
New
11338 Cross Road Trl, BRANDYWINE
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

11338 Cross Road Trl, BRANDYWINE

$248,950
38158 Nixon Rd, PURCELLVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,112 SqFt

38158 Nixon Rd, PURCELLVILLE

$249,900
12200 Wheeling Ave, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,013 SqFt

12200 Wheeling Ave, UPPER MARLBORO

$264,000
23700 Old Hundred Rd, DICKERSON
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

23700 Old Hundred Rd, DICKERSON

$269,999 ↓ $70,001
620 Cedar Blvd, ACCOKEEK
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,276 SqFt

620 Cedar Blvd, ACCOKEEK

$279,000
5412 Keppler Rd, TEMPLE HILLS
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,233 SqFt

5412 Keppler Rd, TEMPLE HILLS

$295,000
1308 Wembley Dr, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,396 SqFt

1308 Wembley Dr, UPPER MARLBORO

$309,900 ↓ $100
5004 56th Ave, HYATTSVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 902 SqFt

5004 56th Ave, HYATTSVILLE

$309,900
10745 Edgewood Ct, NEW MARKET
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,764 SqFt

10745 Edgewood Ct, NEW MARKET

$325,000
15107 Cedar Tree Dr, BURTONSVILLE
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 1,898 SqFt

15107 Cedar Tree Dr, BURTONSVILLE

$350,000 ↓ $125,000
5813 Burgundy St, CAPITOL HEIGHTS
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,268 SqFt

5813 Burgundy St, CAPITOL HEIGHTS

$359,900
New
2204 Pecan Ln, BOWIE
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,872 SqFt

2204 Pecan Ln, BOWIE

$362,500
8707 Baskerville Pl, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,918 SqFt

8707 Baskerville Pl, UPPER MARLBORO

$365,000
7221 Ridgeway Dr, MANASSAS
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,301 SqFt

7221 Ridgeway Dr, MANASSAS

$370,000
14304 Colonel Addison Ct, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,462 SqFt

14304 Colonel Addison Ct, UPPER MARLBORO

$370,000
7702 Brandon Way, MANASSAS
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,058 SqFt

7702 Brandon Way, MANASSAS

$379,990 ↓ $5,000

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 July 10th, 2020 at 6:01am EDT.

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