While the D.C. area may be overlooked when speaking of major concentrations of mid-century modern architecture, the area definitely has its share of this style of real estate.
The major expansion in the federal government during and after World War II led to explosion of housing in the area. With a more contemporary-style architecture coming into vogue, Washington—long seen as a more traditional town—was not immune from this trend.
I like to say that Washington has three categories of mid-century architecture.
Many other neighborhoods have high concentrations of mid-century modern homes that were done by various architects and builders, providing a larger spectrum of styles. To name a few: Kenwood Park, Mohican Hills, Rollingwood, Dunlop Hills and Hollinridge in Maryland; Lake Barcroft, Mantua and Braewood in Virginia; and Hawthorne and Crestwood in DC.
Neighborhoods stretching from Kemp Mill in Silver Spring to Michigan Park in DC to Stratford Landing south of Alexandria that have homes that are not classic mid-century modern but do feature “atomic ranch”-style houses that are more open and more modern than your traditional architectural styles.
The good news is that if you are obsessed with mid-century design, you are not doomed to live in a traditional abode. There are so many kinds of homes in our area to suit your modernist tastes and your budget.
Michael brings a personal passion for mid-century modern design and architecture and markets his listings directly to buyers seeking modern and contemporary homes. Contact him today!