Split Level Style Homes in Washington DC Metro Area

Split Level homes in Washington Metro rode a wave of popularity from the 1950's through the early 80's and have recently begun to find favor again. These homes are sometimes referred to as bi-level or tri-level homes and can also get lumped together with split-foyer homes. The most obvious commonality is the entry way – the front door can lead to a foyer or landing with a short set of stairs leading up to the next floor and an equally short set of stairs leading down to a finished basement. There are also many cases of the entrance leading into one part of a home with remainder stacking a half-story up or down. In the case of tri-level homes, the entry opens onto a main floor with stairs leading up to bedrooms as well as stairs leading down to a finished basement. For more information about split level style homes in Washington DC Metro area, call us today!

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2605 31st St Nw


MLS#: 1002490288
5 Bed, 5½ Bath
0.16 Acres

9211 Harrington Dr N


MLS#: 1000112220
6 Bed, 6 Bath
4273 Sqft, 2.8 Acres

5417 Surrey St


MLS#: MDMC126172
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
3238 Sqft, 0.2 Acres

Photo of Listing #DCDC101010

2933 Garfield Ter Nw


MLS#: DCDC101010
5 Bed, 3½ Bath
3021 Sqft, 0.18 Acres

1230 Perry William Dr


MLS#: 1007463946
5 Bed, 3½ Bath
0.48 Acres

Photo of Listing #MDMC101334

7012 Winslow St


MLS#: MDMC101334
4 Bed, 3½ Bath
3450 Sqft, 0.23 Acres

5513 Greystone St


MLS#: 1003663526
4 Bed, 3 Bath
3111 Sqft, 0.21 Acres

Photo of Listing #VAFX535326

5844 Bermuda Ct


MLS#: VAFX535326
4 Bed, 3 Bath
2552 Sqft, 0.36 Acres

Photo of Listing #MDMC455436

5405 Christy Dr


MLS#: MDMC455436
3 Bed, 2 Bath
2020 Sqft, 0.2 Acres

914 Warwickshire Ct


MLS#: 1007738660
7 Bed, 4 Bath
4281 Sqft, 0.97 Acres

8003 Lewinsville Rd


MLS#: 1007545542
5 Bed, 3 Bath
3615 Sqft, 0.36 Acres

4500 Gretna St


MLS#: MDMC388974
4 Bed, 2½ Bath
1833 Sqft, 0.19 Acres

Photo of Listing #1001996544

7227 Westerly Ln


MLS#: 1001996544
5 Bed, 4 Bath
2363 Sqft, 1 Acre

Photo of Listing #1001808252

2708 Calkins Rd


MLS#: 1001808252
6 Bed, 4 Bath
4402 Sqft, 0.93 Acres


Split Level Style Homes in Washington DC Metro AreaCompared to longstanding traditional Washington metropolitan styles, split level homes represent a fairly short-lived modern phenomenon. Yet, they account for a large percentage of the real estate inventory. On any given day for example, you'll find as many split level home listings spread out over the greater Metro area as Federal, Victorian and Craftsman combined. They can't stand up to Colonial of course – nothing can. Still, the numbers are a bit staggering and it begs the question why? The answer lies in the post-war boom – the 1950's ushered in a growing economy, a population explosion and a move from urban centers to the suburbs including a commuter-driven lifestyle. Split level homes came at just the right time, catching a wave of popularity and offering more square footage than their contemporaries, the Rambler homes.

So are all split level homes specific to Washington Metro's outlying suburbs? Not exactly but you will find the bulk of them in areas of post-war growth. Split levels show up in DC listings but are much more prevalent in Maryland and Northern Virginia. They tend to be among the more affordable homes in the area but there's certainly a high end to the style as well. Browse the current listings and you'll find pricey split level homes in affluent neighborhoods such as Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Maryland, Great Falls and McLean in Virginia, and American University Park and Forest Hills in Washington DC. Still, the bread and butter split levels are often found in the low-to-mid six figure range, throughout popular communities such as Rockville, Gaithersburg and Silver Dollar in Maryland and numerous neighborhoods throughout Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia. 

Do all split level homes look the same? Not at all. There are basic categories such front-split, side-split, stacked-split and split-ranch, as well as variations melding other architectural influences including Colonial or Dutch. Many of the split foyer homes are built on a slope, presenting one floor to the front and two levels at the back. There are a number of different window designs and garages can often include second story living space. Interior design is another of the genre's much-debated topics with many new owners seeking to open up floor plans for a better flow, especially from rear corner kitchens into larger living areas. Once dated reminders of a short-lived era in American pop culture, split level homes are once again being talked about as part of a new revival trend of mid-20th century design. Or to put it another way, Brady Bunch homes are hip again.


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Listing information last updated on December 19th, 2018 at 9:32am EST.