Washington DC Metro Traditional Homes for Sale

The Washington DC metro region dates back to early Colonial days so it stands to reason that there's a strong sense of history and an abundance of traditional homes. There's more to it than simple continuity. From the District of Columbia to Virginia and Washington, the greatest periods of residential development happened within a fairly narrow window – from the post-Civil War era to the start of World War II.

When it comes to architectural movements, the past invariably influences the present and in the case of DC metro, the future as well. Remember that the area's first settlers weren't long removed from Europe. The earliest homes were farmhouses and as time passed, distinctive styles began to emerge for new residential development, including Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Queen Anne Revival, Victorian and Greek Revival. The waves of row houses began arriving in the late 1800's, patterned after Europe's industrial age mass housing. Residential development was still in the early boom years but templates for DC's traditional homes were firmly in place.

Washington DC Traditional HOMES FOR SALE

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2211 Massachusetts Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$8,500,000

MLS#: DCDC403172
6 Bed, 6 Bath
9400 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

2230 Massachusetts Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$7,999,999

MLS#: 1000257980
5 Bed, 7 Bath
9500 Sqft, 0.07 Acres
Residential

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218 7th Street Se

WASHINGTON, DC
$5,950,000

MLS#: 1004411359
2 Bed, 4½ Bath
9939 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

2023-2025 Benning Rd Ne

WASHINGTON, DC
$5,000,000

MLS#: 1000255022
3 Bed, 1 Bath
1 Sqft, 0.09 Acres
Residential

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3319 Prospect St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$4,700,000

MLS#: DCDC437636
5 Bed, 4½ Bath
4385 Sqft, 0.05 Acres
Residential

1834 Connecticut Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,995,000

MLS#: DCDC441394
10 Bed, 5½ Bath
6443 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

2019 R St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,795,000

MLS#: DCDC441650
5 Bed, 6 Bath
6140 Sqft, 0.07 Acres
Residential

1832 Connecticut Ave Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,195,000

MLS#: DCDC441488
7 Bed, 5 Bath
5229 Sqft, 0.05 Acres
Residential

2127 Leroy Pl Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,100,000

MLS#: DCDC442472
4 Bed, 5 Bath
4368 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

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3405 O St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,000,000

MLS#: DCDC446660
4 Bed, 3½ Bath
2642 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

1355 28th St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,000,000

MLS#: DCDC447950
4 Bed, 3½ Bath
3234 Sqft, 0.07 Acres
Residential

3087 Ordway St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,879,000

MLS#: DCDC450416
4 Bed, 5 Bath
4900 Sqft, 0.08 Acres
Residential

935 26th St Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,799,000

MLS#: DCDC448632
4 Bed, 4½ Bath
3720 Sqft, 0.05 Acres
Residential

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2015 Hillyer Pl Nw

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,795,000

MLS#: DCDC440016
4 Bed, 3½ Bath
3950 Sqft, 0.04 Acres
Residential

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638 E Capitol St Ne

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,750,000

MLS#: DCDC403272
6 Bed, 4 Bath
3778 Sqft, 0.06 Acres
Residential

The latter part of the 19th century also brought a heavy Victorian influence to DC architecture, applied liberally to single-family homes, row houses and larger buildings. Among the numerous variations were Gothic and Richardsonian. The neo-classical Beaux Arts movement also made its presence known via grand apartment buildings and row houses. Other traditional home styles to emerge included Tudor, Dutch Revival, Mediterranean, Cape Cod and the common bungalow.

Cottages and bungalows in DC metro have often been synonymous with Craftsman homes, named for the American Craftsman movement which was inspired by British Arts & Crafts from the late 1800's. In the US, the style caught on through ready-to-assemble homes. Sears Roebuck shipped about 75,000 of these kits to various parts of the country by rail, many of which went up in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Montgomery Ward and other retailers also took part in the trend.

New housing trends arrived in the 1950's, including Ramblers and split-levels. There's also modern and contemporary styles of course which are not as common in the area but can be found nonetheless. A number of small apartment buildings cropped up from the 1920's through the early 1950's in parts of DC, combining a sense of Deco and modernism, with clean lines and cubist elements. For the most part however, traditional home styles have ruled the roost in the DC area and will continue to do so.

Throughout DC metro, new home construction continues to skew toward traditional elements. New Colonial, Cape and Craftsman-inspired homes are popular, as well as master-planned townhouse communities that draw heavily from traditional row house design, albeit with open-space floor plans and all the amenities. Whether it's a nod to history or the comfort of something familiar, traditional homes are here to stay.

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Listing information last updated on December 6th, 2019 at 8:45pm EST.