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
2650 Park Mills Rd, ADAMSTOWN
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,611 SqFt

2650 Park Mills Rd, ADAMSTOWN

$669,000
310 Quaker Ln, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,460 SqFt

310 Quaker Ln, ALEXANDRIA

$1,799,981
302 Bottsford Ave, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,510 SqFt

302 Bottsford Ave, UPPER MARLBORO

$562,000 ↑ $8,000
37858 Legard Farm Rd, PURCELLVILLE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,167 SqFt

37858 Legard Farm Rd, PURCELLVILLE

$549,999
1055 Swinks Mill Rd, MCLEAN
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,022 SqFt

1055 Swinks Mill Rd, MCLEAN

$1,350,000 ↓ $40,000
10807 Highwood Pl, NEW MARKET
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,900 SqFt

10807 Highwood Pl, NEW MARKET

$449,900 ↑ $10,000
9734 Woodcliff Ct, NEW MARKET
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,665 SqFt

9734 Woodcliff Ct, NEW MARKET

$474,900
2504 Saint Josephs Dr, MITCHELLVILLE
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 16,264 SqFt

2504 Saint Josephs Dr, MITCHELLVILLE

$514,900 ↓ $15,100
20629 Boland Farm Rd, GERMANTOWN
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 7,907 SqFt

20629 Boland Farm Rd, GERMANTOWN

$1,650,000 ↑ $251,000
15107 Cedar Tree Dr, BURTONSVILLE
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 1,898 SqFt

15107 Cedar Tree Dr, BURTONSVILLE

$350,000 ↓ $125,000
10900 Lake Windermere Dr, GREAT FALLS
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 6,050 SqFt

10900 Lake Windermere Dr, GREAT FALLS

$1,499,000 ↓ $50,000
608 Utterback Store Rd, GREAT FALLS
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 9,846 SqFt

608 Utterback Store Rd, GREAT FALLS

$2,375,000 ↓ $20,000
504 Kingsley Rd Sw, VIENNA
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 5,000 SqFt

504 Kingsley Rd Sw, VIENNA

$1,499,900
5145 38th St N, ARLINGTON
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,502 SqFt

5145 38th St N, ARLINGTON

$1,435,000 ↓ $64,000
2006 Lorraine Ave, MCLEAN
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 7,100 SqFt

2006 Lorraine Ave, MCLEAN

$3,450,000
204 Fletcher Rd, STERLING
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,390 SqFt

204 Fletcher Rd, STERLING

$419,900
1207 Corbin Ct, MCLEAN
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 8,198 SqFt

1207 Corbin Ct, MCLEAN

$3,695,000 ↑ $100,000
701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,349 SqFt

701 Bulls Neck Rd, MCLEAN

$6,450,000 ↓ $500,000

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 October 20th, 2019 at 4:20am EDT.

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