Lofts, Flats & Unique Spaces in the Washington Metro Area

Lofts, flats and unique spaces are not only terms in today's DC real estate marketplace but areas of growth as well. The term “flats” has become something of a marketing trend, throwing a hipster slant on that boring old apartment label. Flats of course are more commonly associated with the UK and come from the expression “a flat slice from a tower block”. In other words, a one-floor living space.

One of the realities of DC urban living is the lack of square-footage. For years now, it's been about building up rather than building out. There's a myriad of mitigating factors when it comes to how high you can go however. Zoning, permits and acts of congress can be a bear in old city corridors where historic structures, commercial properties and the desire for sustainable growth can tend to collide. The end result is not a bad thing at all – developers and designers are continually evolving innovative ways to turn existing structures into something new and exciting and often in way that combines disparate elements to create lofts, flats and other unique spaces.

Lofts, flats and Unique Spaces

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601 N Fairfax St #405

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$3,200,000

MLS#: VAAX239402
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2779 Sqft
Residential

215 I St Ne #1a

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,100,000

MLS#: DCDC445184
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1313 Sqft, 0.03 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #DCDC446686

1401 Church St Nw #404

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,025,000

MLS#: DCDC446686
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1317 Sqft, 0.01 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAAR151304

1610 N Queen St #243

ARLINGTON, VA
$989,900

MLS#: VAAR151304
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1337 Sqft
Residential

1400 K St Se #2

WASHINGTON, DC
$989,000

MLS#: DCDC441680
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2198 Sqft, 0.03 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAAR155706

1800 Wilson Blvd #128

ARLINGTON, VA
$936,000

MLS#: VAAR155706
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1873 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DCDC309346

3819 14th St Nw #ph4

WASHINGTON, DC
$924,900

MLS#: DCDC309346
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2053 Sqft, 0.05 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #DCDC440736

1454 Belmont St Nw #12

WASHINGTON, DC
$899,900

MLS#: DCDC440736
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1298 Sqft, 0.02 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #DCDC444654

301 Massachusetts Ave Nw #ph-1102

WASHINGTON, DC
$898,750

MLS#: DCDC444654
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1547 Sqft
Residential

57 N St Nw ###225

WASHINGTON, DC
$799,900

MLS#: DCDC445208
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1059 Sqft
Residential

3039 16th St Nw #301

WASHINGTON, DC
$799,000

MLS#: DCDC444806
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1375 Sqft, 0.01 Acres
Residential

1745 N St Nw #605

WASHINGTON, DC
$794,900

MLS#: DCDC425980
2 Bed, 2 Bath
931 Sqft
Residential

1745 N St Nw #601

WASHINGTON, DC
$794,900

MLS#: DCDC428624
2 Bed, 2 Bath
886 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAAR153080

3600 S Glebe Rd #1117w

ARLINGTON, VA
$785,000

MLS#: VAAR153080
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1164 Sqft
Residential

507 Riversail Ln

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
$775,772

MLS#: MDPG546182
3 Bed, 4 Bath
2586 Sqft
Residential

All this is fine you say, but what's it really mean? A typical example would be taking an old warehouse and making it new again, with a combination of one-story flats, and two-story lofts. The term adaptive reuse comes from adapting something old for a new purpose – from warehouse to living space for instance. Or, using a Victorian rowhouse as the cornerstone for a new, multi-unit structure. And then there's the mixed-use creations which simply adds a non-residential component. Put a fun little coffeehouse in the corner of your warehouse and you're starting to cover all the bases.

Finally, there's the concept of unique spaces unto themselves and again, it's often a case of making something new from something traditional. One of the drawbacks to the common rowhouse structure is the narrow interior confines and the along with limited square-footage. For eons, small rooms, cramped floor plans, too little light and not enough imagination have added up to old and boring.

Out with the old and in with the new. From DC itself to Maryland and Virginia, architectural design is changing. Open space floor plans have become the norm with custom kitchens organically integrated into the larger living area. Windows are becoming ever-larger, sometimes comprising entire walls. Elements from old existing commercial structures are put to design use, such as exposed brick or duct work. Floating spiral staircases add another element of style while taking less space and space or the appearance of it is precious.

Lofts, flats and unique spaces are part of a continuing trend that includes the adaptation of old schools, factories, body shops, theaters and yes, brand-new modern creations that begin from the ground up. It's all part of the new landscape of DC Metro during a sustained and forward-thing resurgence that was born out of years of stagnation and even economic blight. It's an exciting time to be part of the community.

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Listing information last updated on October 19th, 2019 at 10:15pm EDT.