Bethesda borders the far reaches of Upper Northwest DC and was until recently considered a bedroom community (where people would live but still make the commute to the District for work). But over the last decade Bethesda has exploded and become a destination unto itself with renowned shopping and dining, a vibrant downtown, and affluent neighborhoods replete with grand homes and country clubs.

Downtown Bethesda includes the retail epicenters of Woodmont Triangle (funky, off-beat shops) and Bethesda Row (high-end luxury). There are many old and new condo and apartment developments to choose from, ranging from expensive to uber-luxe. Away from downtown you’ll see some of the area’s most impressive (and pricey) homes.

Bethesda is home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as the corporate headquarters for some of the country’s biggest names in retail, hospitality, non-profits, and government agencies.


Bethesda is one of the most educated and affluent cities in the country. There are many government workers who trek into DC, successful attorneys, doctors, and business professionals. You may bump into some high ranking military officers, but we would wager that even they are a dual income family. Residents are also extremely health-conscious, active, and outdoorsy. Everywhere you look there are businesses that cater to fitness and health, as well as an abundance of trails and green spaces.

Neighborhood Feel

The single family homes in the residential outskirts of Bethesda date back to the 1940s through the 1960s. These Cape Cods, colonials, and split-levels have either been remodeled or torn down to make way for more modern and extravagant designs. Streets are wide, and expansive yards and gardens are meticulously manicured. There are also a number of townhomes lining busy streets close to downtown.

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Points of Interest

Capital Crescent trail linking to Georgetown and Silver Spring

Cabin John Regional Park

Imagination Stage


Roundhouse Theatre

Ratner Museum

Bethesda Row and Woodmont Triangle Shopping


Big Plus

Commuting to Walter Reed is ideal, but getting to many other DC area installations is feasible, especially if you plan to use public transit.

The schools in Bethesda are a part of Montgomery County Public School System and are considered to be some of the best in the country.

There is a plethora of employment opportunities for spouses located right in Bethesda — and you’ll probably need that second income to afford living here.

The last decade has seen a boom in new development, bringing in retail and restaurants to suit every style and desire.

Things to Consider

Parking can be scarce, but there are several public garages and surface lots.

Traffic, as always, is a consideration if you plan to drive yourself to and from work. However, the public transportation system is efficient and robust.  

Bethesda is pricey and you’ll have to really dig to find something even remotely close to an average BAH rate, or be prepared to sacrifice drastically on space.

How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Bethesda is $906,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 1.8% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Bethesda is $3,600.

School Scoop

Bethesda contains 20 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Bradley Hills Elementary School, which is rated 10, according to

Bethesda schools are a part of the Montgomery County Public School system, which is the 15th largest school system in the entire United States. They reside in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster, which is just a way to break down this massive school system into more manageable sections. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has an International Baccalaureate program which offers a more global approach to education and emphasizes an internationally recognized program of study.  

Students are assigned to a school based on their home address, if you reside outside of the Montgomery County public school system and choose to attend a school in this district, you will incur tuition costs.

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