"I think mid-century modern homes convey a sense of perfection and calm," says Michael Shapiro, a local realtor who specializes in Don Draper-style homes.

"Clean lines, flat roofs, open spaces, walls of glass and often surrounded by nature. They were designed to blur the line between inside and outside, bringing the light and natural surroundings into the home."

The D.C. area is fairly rich with mid-century modern homes (unfortunately you have to be fairly rich to afford many of them -- but, hey, that's true for all D.C. real estate, right?).

Shapiro found us a trove of homes currently on the market -- they include a lovely three-bedroom on five acres in a quiet part Maryland for $430,000, a historic $7 million home in Northwest D.C., and a whole range in between.

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  • 1226 Pegram St. N, Alexandria, Va.

    This five-bedroom, four bath Alexandria house sitting on 1.5 acres was designed by architect Charles M. Goodman. It's listed for $1,750,000. Here's the <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">listing</a>.

  • 1226 Pegram St. N., Alexandria, Va.

  • 1226 Pegram St. N., Alexandria, Va.

  • 1226 Pegram St. N., Alexandria, Va.

  • 2801 Rock Creek Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.

    This house, built in 1939, was designed by <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/northeast-region/new-canaan-ct/architects/edward-durell-stone.html" target="_hplink">architect Edward Durrell Stone</a>, who also designed the Kennedy Center. It has a private pool with a pool house. It is listed at $6,995,000. Take <a href="http://www.homevisit.com/tour/mrisTour.asp?id=40352&ver=" target="_hplink">a virtual tour here</a>. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 14710 Poplar Hill Rd., Accokeek, Md.

    This 2,118 square foot house is a relative bargain, listed at $430,000. It's got three bedrooms and two baths, decks galore, and sits on five acres. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">Here's the quite compelling listing</a>.

  • 14710 Poplar Hill Rd., Accokeek, Md.

  • 14710 Poplar Hill Rd., Accokeek, Md.

  • 7507 Elba Rd., Alexandria, Va.

    This is another Charles M. Goodman house -- this one in Alexandria's Goodman-designed Hollin Hills neighborhood. The house is 1600 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths. It's listed for $659,000. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 7507 Elba Rd., Alexandria, Va.

  • 7507 Elba Rd., Alexandria, Va.

  • 6601 Rivercrest Ct., Bethesda, Md.

    Four bedrooms, three baths in Glen Echo Heights -- a neighborhood famous for trees and houses -- are yours for $830,000. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">See the listing here</a>.

  • 6601 Rivercrest Ct., Bethesda, Md.

  • 6601 Rivercrest Ct., Bethesda, Md.

  • 6601 Rivercrest Ct., Bethesda, Md.

  • 2119 Paul Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va.

    This is another Charles M. Goodman house -- this one is a "butterfly" house from 1953. It has three bedrooms, three baths, and would set you back $679,900. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 2119 Paul Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va.

  • 2119 Paul Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va.

  • 9408 Forest Haven Dr., Alexandria, Va

    This three-bedroom, 2.5 bath house with the lovely sloped roof is in Alexandria's Yacht Haven Estates, famous for its waterfront and its 1950s houses. It's listed for $519,000. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">The listing's here</a>.

  • 9408 Forest Haven Dr., Alexandria, Va.

  • 9408 Forest Haven Dr., Alexandria, Va.

  • 24 Wissioming Ct., Bethesda, Md.

    This house was built in 2011, so it's a stretch to call it mid-century modern. But it's got obvious mid-century modern-style features. And it's got that great infinity pool. Just $6,999,000. <a href="http://mrislistings.mris.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=3035332S149&p=DE-168053348-805" target="_hplink">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 24 Wissioming Ct., Bethesda, Md.

Several of the homes were designed by noted architect Charles Goodman, who's responsible for many of the area's clean-lined homes.

"This is more attractive to me than a more traditional design with closed off spaces and few windows," Shapiro says. "I don't see why people should live that way today."

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