Washington Metropolitan area Modern, Mid-Century and Contemporary Homes For Sale

The Washington DC Metro area is known for history and tradition. It's true for culture and politics and it's certainly true for the region's architecture. With neighborhoods and residential development dating back centuries, there's a cherished commonality and even sense of comfort. Antique Colonials and brownstones are as much a part of the landscape as anything else. How often do we see truly exciting modern or contemporary design in this neck of the woods? Not as often as other parts of the country such as California but examples do exist. For more information about Washington DC's Modern, Mid-Century or Contemporary homes for sale, start browsing the available home listings below:

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Photo of Listing #DCDC446492

2666 Chain Bridge Rd Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$9,825,000

MLS#: DCDC446492
8 Bed, 9 Bath
6837 Sqft, 1.86 Acres
Residential

12820 River Rd

POTOMAC, MD
$7,500,000

MLS#: MDMC671682
7 Bed, 8½ Bath
10055 Sqft, 6.02 Acres
Residential

5713 Potomac Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$7,500,000

MLS#: DCDC440882
6 Bed, 7 Bath
7977 Sqft, 0.39 Acres
Residential

5630 Wisconsin Ave Ave #1403

CHEVY CHASE, MD
$6,700,000

MLS#: MDMC100243
3 Bed, 4½ Bath
5086 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAFX100160

701 Bulls Neck Rd

MCLEAN, VA
$6,450,000

MLS#: VAFX100160
5 Bed, 3½ Bath
2349 Sqft, 5.17 Acres
Residential

2610 30th St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$5,700,000

MLS#: DCDC444074
6 Bed, 7 Bath
6194 Sqft, 0.27 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #1005610680

300 South Union St #residence 1-501

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$5,095,000

MLS#: 1005610680
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2769 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAAR149272

1881 N Nash St #ts01

ARLINGTON, VA
$4,995,000

MLS#: VAAR149272
3 Bed, 4½ Bath
4447 Sqft
Residential

7710 Georgetown Pike

MCLEAN, VA
$4,800,000

MLS#: VAFX1052168
7 Bed, 5 Bath
4377 Sqft, 9.86 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #DCDC423230

1055 Wisconsin Ave Nw #2w

WASHINGTON, DC
$4,750,000

MLS#: DCDC423230
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
3446 Sqft, 0.03 Acres
Residential

4101 Linnean Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$4,495,000

MLS#: DCDC423898
7 Bed, 8 Bath
9800 Sqft, 0.53 Acres
Residential

300 South Union St #residence 1-303

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$4,495,000

MLS#: VAAX239698
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2885 Sqft
Residential

1335 Ballantrae Ln

MCLEAN, VA
$4,310,000

MLS#: VAFX1068150
6 Bed, 5½ Bath
12024 Sqft, 2.42 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #1001889246

1111 24th St Nw #7c

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,995,000

MLS#: 1001889246
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
2857 Sqft
Residential

300 South Union St #residence 1-302

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$3,995,000

MLS#: VAAX239702
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2885 Sqft
Residential

1155 23rd St Nw #ph2e

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,995,000

MLS#: DCDC443660
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
4008 Sqft, 0.01 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #VAFX745980

9421 Cornwell Farm Dr

GREAT FALLS, VA
$3,750,000

MLS#: VAFX745980
4 Bed, 2½ Bath
3452 Sqft, 11.54 Acres
Residential

Photo of Listing #1007519720

300 South Union St #residence 2-506

ALEXANDRIA, VA
$3,695,000

MLS#: 1007519720
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
2125 Sqft
Residential

 

Washington DC Contemporary Homes For SaleModernism goes back to the turn of the 20th Century and was a reaction to new technology and the industrial age. Ironically, it was the same time that one of DC's staples was being firmly set in stone – the Victorian-style rowhouse. The differences in terminology between modern and contemporary can also be seen as specific style elements versus that which is currently of the moment. Most commonly, the word contemporary is used to convey the idea of architecture that is new and fresh.

Contemporary design became more prevalent during the post-World War II era but DC's formative residential development was already firmly entrenched by that point – Federal, Queen Anne, Beaux-Arts, Richardsonian Romanesque, Tudor, Gothic, Greek Revival, Cape Cod, Craftsman and more had been the rule of thumb for years - the decreasing new housing stats would favor new trends like Ramblers and split-levels or retain elements from the past.

For today's construction market there are also mitigating factors. Historic districts in DC, Maryland and Virginia along with permitting requirements, can result in something of a backdoor approach to modern and contemporary design with the facades or shells of historic structures remaining while the interiors are recreated from scratch.

None of this is to say that modern or contemporary landmarks are absent in DC Metro. Noted architect Luigi Moretti was the driving force behind the curvilinear Watergate complex while the National Gallery's East Wing was designed by the famed I.M. Pei. Still, the exception proves the rule, you're more apt to associate unique design with Frank Gehry's iconic deconstructionism in Minnesota and California, or the homes built in the Boston area by Walter Gropius, the founder of Bauhaus. And of course, there's the wonderfully abstract Frank Lloyd Wright creations, all across the country but so often associated with Southern California.

So where does one look for new and exciting designs? There's no one place, really. It can be multi-unit structures such as the Ventana on DC's F Street, designed by Shalom Baranes, or Lot 33 in Adams Morgan from Eric Colbert & Associates. As for single-family fare, there's plenty of local award-winning architects. David Jameson designed the phenomenal cubist House on Hoppers Island while Mark McInturff recently built his own contemporary waterfront getaway. And then there's Robert Gurney whose sleek glass and steel designs include homes throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Whether its an homage to something from the past like new luxury Craftsman-style homes in Alexandria, industrial chic lofts in DC's U-Street Corridor or Rock Creek tree houses, contemporary design is alive and well in the metro area. You just have to dig a little.

 

 

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Listing information last updated on October 16th, 2019 at 2:45am EDT.