Welcome to Bethesda
A posh suburban community steeped in culture and history
Bethesda is a walkable suburban community just a few miles from the District. It is full of culture and history, making it a favorite of Maryland residents seeking a posh neighborhood to call home. It’s also home to many parks, with miles of biking and running trails throughout the city, and an eclectic mix of boutiques and restaurants. Bethesda offers an extraordinary quality of life close to the heart of the city.
The first land grant in Bethesda was given in 1694. It was turned into a tobacco farm, which became the primary way of life for decades. In 1890, a streetcar connected Bethesda to the rest of D.C. and it became a more established suburb. In the 21st Century, it has grown to be a more urban center for business on the outskirts of the city.
From cozy bungalows to stunning Craftsmans and even condos closer to the heart of Bethesda, there is a wide variety of upscale homes to be found here. There’s also a mix of homes built all throughout the 20th Century as well as new constructions. No matter what style or decade you’re looking for, the green neighborhood streets of Bethesda can offer it to you.
What to Love
- Full of parks and outdoor trails
- Extremely accessible and close to the D.C. metro
- A thriving job market in the tech and healthcare sectors
Bethesda is a highly sought-after community for those who want access to the city while enjoying the gorgeous views and luxurious lifestyle here. It has a thriving job market, incredible schools, and an arts scene that would rival any of the major metropolitan hubs. It’s popular among families who want more space as well as hip young professionals who want to be close to the city while enjoying the perks of a posh suburban lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Bethesda is a foodie’s dream, with chef-driven kitchens and a wide variety of cuisine. Not to be outdone, there are a number of upscale shopping centers here with everything from sought-after brands to local boutiques.
Black’s Bar & Kitchen
is a neighborhood hotspot with a great happy hour and delicious bar bites. Enjoy the simplicity of modern American comfort food paired with delicious cocktails at Woodmont Grill
. Meanwhile, Mon Ami Gabi
brings classic French fare to a cozy bistro setting in the heart of Bethesda Row. And in the Pike & Rose
shopping center, Summer House
serves up the bright, airy flavors of the California coast.
For shopping, Pike & Rose
is the perfect mix of smaller boutiques and larger establishments like L.L. Bean, REI, West Elm, and Sur La Table. Bethesda is also home to both Shops at Wildwood
and the Westfield Montgomery Mall
. No matter what store or style you are looking for, one of Bethesda’s shopping centers is sure to have it.
Things to Do
The community in Bethesda is a huge supporter of the arts, giving residents a wide variety of entertainment and inspiration. There are also ample opportunities to get outside, and its parks are full of walking trails and spots to host community events.
At Cabin John Park
, Bethesda residents can ice skate year-round, gather by a campfire, hike on one of the park’s five miles of trails, or enjoy their sports facilities. Another draw is the adventure playground for the kids. Another way to get outside is with the 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail
that runs from Rock Creek Park to Georgetown. Bethesda is also home to the lush fairway and amenities at Congressional Country Club
Enjoy a concert in the stunning Strathmore Music Center
. They have classical concerts mixed in with major national artists of all genres. Round House Theatre
has a full docket of live literary adaptations, nail-biting political thrillers, and new rom-coms, all live on stage. Every October, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival
welcomes over 100 artists from around the country to showcase their creations.