The Rise of the Modern Farmhouse

Housing trends, like anything else, seem to come and go, but there’s one particular trend that seems to be taking over some of DC’s most popular suburbs. The Modern Farmhouse first emerged about a decade ago, but the trend certainly seems to be on the rise in parts of DC.

Typically, you might find this type of housing style in a planned community, but you also might find them as new builds that replaced teardowns. Generally, you can spot this type of architecture because a Modern Farmhouse oftentimes has a white board-and-batten siding, as well as sometimes a metal roof, a front porch, and black window frames.

On the inside, you may find sliding barn doors in place of traditional doors, a farmhouse sink, and stained wood beams. It’s likely a Modern Farmhouse in the DC area will have an open-concept floorplan. 

So, why is this type of architecture gaining so much attention right now, especially in an area known for its Colonials and more traditional home styles? Some say it’s because a Modern Farmhouse is still comfortable enough for buyers, its traditional in its own way, plus it offers a contemporary twist and simplicity that buyers are searching for.

Some real estate experts say describing a home for sale as a Modern Farmhouse can typically result in a higher sell price than original list price. Other things that sometimes enhance a home’s sell price including a listing that features exposed brick or a waterfall countertop.

If you find the style of a Modern Farmhouse appealing, you’ll likely find it in places such as the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Northwest DC and in Arlington. In Arlington, there are some brand-new construction, Modern Farmhouses on the market right now in communities such as The Grove at Dominion Hills. 

Others have recently been constructed. The same goes for Chevy Chase, where brand new homes are going up, filled with many of the features and finishes that modern buyers are searching for.

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