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(Steve Yeater / For the Washington Post)

The house of the future? It’s a Honda.

Car company is driving sustainability research with its experimental homes in Japan and California.

Where We Live | The Palisades

A small-town feel keeps families loyal to the Northwest Washington neighborhood even as prices soar.

    Fairfax County homes that connect with nature

    The Shaker Knolls community in Herndon features nine homes with different floor plans.

    House of the Week

    Federal style townhouse in Old Town Alexandria for $3.995M

    HOUSE OF THE WEEK | Successive owners have put their imprint on this circa 1790 home that served as a Civil War barracks.

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    Housing sale trends in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

    Explore real estate trends from the last 10 years of property sales in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

    Low-cost condominiums in the trendy H Street corridor

    Low-cost condominiums in the trendy H Street corridor

    The building’s 16 units, aimed at first-time buyers, each sell for less than $400,000.

    Where We Live | Worland

    Where We Live | Worland

    Residents say the Potomac, Md., neighborhood offers a sense of community, but also privacy.

    Riding high after 55

    Riding high after 55

    For seniors, staying physically and socially active is easier than ever in these communities.

    Survivalist and eco-friendly underground house in Maryland

    Survivalist and eco-friendly underground house in Maryland

    HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The Clinton, Md., home burrows into a mound of dirt, using the earth as insulation.

    Mortgage rates fall as Treasury yields decline

    Mortgage rates fall as Treasury yields decline

    The 30-year fixed-rate sinks to its lowest level since mid-February, dropping to 3.69 percent.

    A look at the Washington area’s most expensive houses for sale

    A look at the Washington area’s most expensive houses for sale

    The properties range from a $12.7 million former diplomatic residence to a $4.75 million McLean mansion

    Shaping the City | An organic way to meet the housing needs of older adults

    Shaping the City | An organic way to meet the housing needs of older adults

    NORCs -- or naturally occurring retirement communities -- older adults can stay in their homes.

    What to do with the empty nest

    What to do with the empty nest

    There are resources to help you decide whether remaining in your home or downsizing to a smaller place is the best choice for you.

    Rent or buy — running the numbers on a D.C. condo

    Rent or buy — running the numbers on a D.C. condo

    Wisconsin Avenue unit can be purchased for $369,900 or rented for $1,895 a month.

    Real Estate Matters | Can condos for residents 55-plus rent to young people?

    Real Estate Matters | Can condos for residents 55-plus rent to young people?

    Check the association’s governing documents to see if there are any restrictions.

    Where We Live neighborhoods

    Clarks Crossing

    Those wanting to live in the Fairfax County neighborhood near Wolf Trap have to get creative.

    King Farm

    The 430-acre planned community features a diverse mix of people, housing types and transit options.

    Fairlawn

    Some of the 6,000 or so people who live on the streets south of Anacostia Park are hearing from house hunters.

    Aurora Highlands

    Shoppers may not realize there’s a neighborhood of single-family houses just south of all the bustle in Arlington County.