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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43217 Barnstead Dr, ASHBURN
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,324 SqFt

43217 Barnstead Dr, ASHBURN

$759,990
New
207 River Park Dr, GREAT FALLS
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,778 SqFt

207 River Park Dr, GREAT FALLS

$1,450,000
New
9723 Thorn Bush Dr, FAIRFAX STATION
  • Residential
  • 7 Beds
  • 6.5 Baths
  • 8,844 SqFt

9723 Thorn Bush Dr, FAIRFAX STATION

$1,499,000
New
2895 Glenora Ln, ROCKVILLE
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 3,077 SqFt

2895 Glenora Ln, ROCKVILLE

$735,000
New
1419-b Trap Rd, VIENNA
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,045 SqFt

1419-b Trap Rd, VIENNA

$1,299,888
New
1031 N Edgewood St, ARLINGTON
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 5,080 SqFt

1031 N Edgewood St, ARLINGTON

$2,675,000
New
3505 Kent St, KENSINGTON
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,136 SqFt

3505 Kent St, KENSINGTON

$1,200,000
New
4512 Dolphin Ln, ALEXANDRIA
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,057 SqFt

4512 Dolphin Ln, ALEXANDRIA

$1,397,000
New
13603 Paramus Court #qa38, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,647 SqFt

13603 Paramus Court #qa38, UPPER MARLBORO

$553,670
New
13504 Hebron Ln #qa16, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,606 SqFt

13504 Hebron Ln #qa16, UPPER MARLBORO

$670,947
New
607 Rexford Way #qa05, UPPER MARLBORO
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,315 SqFt

607 Rexford Way #qa05, UPPER MARLBORO

$650,442
New
23029 Bryndon Hall Pl, ASHBURN
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 8,175 SqFt

23029 Bryndon Hall Pl, ASHBURN

$1,799,000
New
3007 Courtside Rd, BOWIE
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,982 SqFt

3007 Courtside Rd, BOWIE

$399,000
New
8421 Cottage St, VIENNA
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,547 SqFt

8421 Cottage St, VIENNA

$849,000
New
11338 Cross Road Trl, BRANDYWINE
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

11338 Cross Road Trl, BRANDYWINE

$248,950
New
9608 Stony Hill Dr, FORT WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,952 SqFt

9608 Stony Hill Dr, FORT WASHINGTON

$539,900
New
3206 Fox Mill Rd, OAKTON
  • Residential
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,566 SqFt

3206 Fox Mill Rd, OAKTON

$879,000
New
2204 Pecan Ln, BOWIE
  • Residential
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,872 SqFt

2204 Pecan Ln, BOWIE

$362,500

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 8th, 2020 at 10:37am EDT.

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