Cape Cod Style Homes in Washington DC Metro Area
One of the more popular architectural designs throughout Washington Metro is the Cape Cod house, often simply referred to as a Cape. There's a number of variations on the style although the most common in this part of the country is the full Cape with a centered front door and two sets of windows to either side. The design isn't nearly as common as Colonial or Victorian but it's certainly prevalent – you'll find Cape Cod homes for sale in many communities across the greater metropolitan area.
Just as Colonial-style architecture goes all the way back to early settler days, so does the Cape style. Pilgrims from the Mayflower landed at First Encounter Beach in Eastham on the Cape in 1621 before retreating in the face of hostile Nauset Indians The pilgrims continued north and ultimately landed at Plymouth Rock. Settlers began migrating south again in the coming years – townships like Barnstable, Yarmouth and Sandwich were settled in the 1630's. The earliest Cape Cod homes were often quarter-Capes with a front entrance to one side and a window next to it. This was followed by the half-Cape, three-quarter Cape and full-Cape styles. Meanwhile the Saltbox is a two-story variation with a long pitched roof that slopes down to one side. For more information about Cape Cod style homes in Washington DC metro area, contact District Partners at Compass today at (202) 798-3600.
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One of the hallmarks of Cape Cod homes is their adaptability. They're easy to expand by adding wings and can also be expanded on top. Some Cape homes start with attics that can be converted to living space while others are built with one or more upstairs bedrooms. The two-up, one-down bedroom layout is especially common. One of the most typical ways to add extra second-story space is with the addition of full dormers – essentially merging the individual front dormers to create a larger room, as well as expanding through full rear dormers. Cape Cod homes began coming into prominence in the Washington metropolitan area during the 1930's and have been a staple ever since.
Cape Cod homes are traditionally wood-shingled but you'll more often find clapboard siding in the Washington Metro area. There are also a number of hybrid variations, often built during the mid-century era. These were especially popular in parts of Alexandria and Arlington with features such as brick facades and a blend of architecture, such as Cape-Rambler combos or large Tudor Capes.
Prices for Cape Cod houses are as varied as any other style, ranging from the very low six-figures well up into seven-figure territory. From Capitol Heights in Maryland to the city of DC itself, from master-planned communities in the Arlington and Alexandria suburbs to affluent neighborhoods like Bethesda, Potomac and McLean – Cape Cod homes have established a presence as one of Washington Metro's enduring styles.
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Listing information last updated on April 18th, 2019 at 12:04pm EDT.