Detached Only Homes in the Washington Metropolitan Area
Real estate advertisements in the Washington DC Metropolitan area often refer to “homes for sale.” But not all properties are created equal and a home can be many things—a traditional standalone structure, a duplex, triplex, four-plex, historic row-house or fancy townhome. Hence, the very specific discussion here of abodes that are detached only.
What does “detached” mean? Think of it this way—an historic row-house may be home to a single family or multiple owners. But it’s usually not considered to be detached, due to the fact that multiple structures are placed side-by-side in a row.
Detached Homes for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area
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There are those literalists who love to debate, however, and will point out that row-houses actually have four walls all of their own. It’s just that the outer side wall for Home A is placed directly next to the side wall for Home B. Are the two structures actually attached or are they simply touching each other?
It is an arcane argument that won’t be solved here. Except to say that if we can’t see any space between the two, then they sure LOOK attached!
All this is to say, that for the sake of this post, we are only going to consider detached single-family homes for sale to be residences that clearly belong in the middle of a lot and surrounded by some earth, grass or concrete. Additionally, there shall be no other attached structure except for a garage, barn, tool shed or deck.
But what about a little guest house? Could that be attached? We will leave that up to you for the moment.
Now that we have waded through a lengthy explanation, it’s time to consider the various styles of detached-only homes for sale, and the many wonderful areas and neighborhoods in the Washington DC Metro area.
You’ll first want to think about where you want to live and perhaps set your search engine settings accordingly. That is unless you’d prefer to see the big DC Metro picture. You could also set settings to indicate price, size or age.
In other words, maybe you’d like a four-bedroom house built within the last decade for under $700,000. Specifying that criteria would tend to produce a larger number of listings in areas like suburban Maryland and fewer in Old Town Alexandria.
On the other hand, setting the criteria for older homes for sale—built before 1940 for example—and targeting specific areas like Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County and Washington, would produce a different set of results. Get ready for a smorgasbord of charming antique properties that are close to the nation’s capital!
And so, our detached only single-family homes for sale in the DC area may seem like a very specific category, but these properties actually account a large portion of the overall pie and can be found throughout the region in various shapes and sizes—such as awesome Sears Roebuck Craftsman bungalows in the popular Alexandria community of Del Ray and large newer homes in Kingstowne with all its many amenities.
There’s numerous architectural types present in the region, including the ever-present Colonial style in all its various subsets. Older traditional forms also include 18th and 19th century Georgian and Federal designs, as well as those classic Victorians built from the late 1800s through the early 1900s.
You’ll find the aforementioned Craftsman kit homes along with the related Arts & Crafts form, as well as Dutch Revivals and Cape Cods. Aficionados of modern mid-century homes for sale might want to check out Hollin Hills in the southern part of Alexandria. This unique award-winning community was developed from 1949 to 1970 and is comprised entirely of stylish modernist pads set in a naturalistic woodsy setting.
There’s also a host of other contemporary styles, from post-World War II Ramblers and Split-levels to new custom construction that apes earlier traditions (new “Craftsman-type” for instance).
And not to forget some of the biggest and splashiest new French Country, French Provincial, Mediterranean, Spanish and English Tudor-style estates.
There’s many other things to consider as well. Do you want to live close to a Metro Rail station or within shouting distance of the Capital Beltway? Are nearby shops and restaurants important, or do you like being within walking distance of a park? What about schools in the area?
Or perhaps your ideal living situation is a waterfront property or a home with a swimming pool? Luckily, there’s tons of choices in Washington Metro. So go forth on a treasure hunt for detached homes!
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Listing information last updated on April 21st, 2019 at 12:15am EDT.