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If there is anything that strikes a more adventurous sense of style in Washington Metro’s often traditional luxury real estate market, it is modern and contemporary homes. These sleek abodes with their clean geometric shapes run contrary to centuries of more widely accepted design norms. But they are a breath of fresh air, and not nearly as uncommon in the region as you might think. 

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Modern & Contemporary Real Estate Stats

Average Price $949K
Lowest Price $100K
Highest Price $60M
Total Listings 16,130
Avg. Price/SQFT $803

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In fact, modernism itself has been around since the 1920s, with the celebrated mid-century modern movement commencing in the 1950s. These days, notable modern and contemporary architects continue to create and innovate, and the style is more popularly embraced than ever before.

Home shoppers sometimes query about the difference between two terms that can be used interchangeably, those being modern and contemporary. In a nutshell, modernism is generally accepted as a design form that began with European avant-garde including the Bauhaus movement in Germany, before migrating to America through trailblazing architects such as Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra.

Contemporary design is a more generic description for that which is of the current moment. In other words, a contemporary home may not always display the more obvious earmarks of modernism, but it typically is one that expands on previous, more traditional classic designs.

Washington Metro is a large metropolitan area that is also known as the National Capital Region, and includes the District of Columbia and parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland. Modern and contemporary architecture is not new to this part of the country. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Falls Church, the Pope-Leighey House is one of the earliest modernist single-family homes in the area.

There were also notable instances of neoclassicism in Federal government buildings during the 1930s. Charles M. Goodman, one of the government’s mainstay architects for the Public Buildings Commission during this period ultimately became much more celebrated for his role in what is now known as mid-century modern design. Goodman was the guiding force behind Hollin Hills in southern Alexandria, perhaps the region’s most famous mid-century modern neighborhoods with some 468 iconic houses sporting low-slung roofs, wide overhangs, and enormous walls of windows.

Hollin Hills is hardly the only community in Washington Metro devoted to modernist ideals. During a heady post-World War II period from about 1950 to the late 1960s, numerous groundbreaking developments took shape. A sampling of mid-century modern neighborhoods from this period would include Wessynton near Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church, Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County, Carderock Springs in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as Hammond Wood, Hammond Hill, and Rock Creek Woods in Montgomery County.

Moving ahead to the present day, modern and contemporary luxury homes are very much in vogue in the Washington Metro area. Modernism has always emphasized a connection to nature, and the region’s plentiful greenspaces provide organic settings for new or rebuilt homes. It is not uncommon to find cutting edge designs in neighborhoods bordering Rock Creek Park in DC, for instance. Architects that are in high demand in the Washington area include Robert Gurney, Travis Pierce, Mark McInturff, David Jameson, Hugh Jacobsen, Douglas Soe Lin, and Alan Dynerman to name just a handful.

To learn more about modern, contemporary, and mid-century modern luxury homes, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Luxury Modern and Contemporary Homes, DC Metro FAQS

Q: What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture?

A: Modernism is a design movement that breaks away from traditional styles, emphasizing clean geometric shapes. Contemporary architecture is of a current era, blending and expanding upon previous classic styles.

Q: Are there any neighborhoods in the DC area where new modern homes are more common?

A: You’ll find new or recent modernist designs throughout the region. But McLean in Fairfax County, Bethesda in Montgomery County, and Forest Hills in Washington, DC, are among the communities with a number of newer modern homes.

Q: Where would I find the largest concentration of mid-century modern homes?

A: Hollin Hills in Alexandria, Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church, and Lake Barcroft in Falls Church, all have an extensive number of mid-century modern homes.

Q: What is a typical price range for modern and contemporary luxury homes in the Washington, DC area?

A: The range for modern and contemporary luxury homes is quite wide and can be from the low seven figures all the way to eight figures.

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