Bethesda is nestled inside the beltway, bordered by where the Capital Beltway (495) south turns eastward across the top of DC, in southern Montgomery Country Maryland. It is just to the northwest of Washington DC, just a few metro stops away from downtown. Route 355, or Wisconsin Ave is the commercial corridor that runs through Bethesda, and connects it to Rockville and North Bethesda.
Overview of the Area
Bethesda is a wonderfully active and educated suburb of DC. It made Forbes’ list of most educated small towns, as well as Times’ list of top earning towns in 2014. The Downtown Bethesda area is so extensive and active; it feels like it should almost be two separate city centers. All types of shopping and dining experiences are there at your fingertips. The Downtown area has at least 2 big parking garages, which allow for lots of foot traffic. Walking the streets, window shopping or just grabbing a drink are very common things to do. Downtown Bethesda is the one stop shop for everything. Bethesda is also home to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Walter Reed National Military Center, making it a very popular destination for those in the medical field. The neighborhoods of Bethesda are quiet, and well kept. It is a wonderful place to live.
Since Bethesda is located inside the beltway, metro and bus system are very popular transportation options. Its close proximity to I-270 and 495 make having a car is the most optimal mode of transportation. The Red Line as a Bethesda stop, as well as a Medical Center stop (across from Walter Reed, and next to NIH), the metro is a very common method of transportation for those commuting into DC every day.
Types of Homes
The neighborhoods of Bethesda are just as diverse as the people that live there. Homes range from older, smaller and more modest, to larger gorgeous custom homes. The closer you get to the Downtown area, the more townhome and upscale apartment options you see. There are some newly built, stunning apartment buildings right off the main shopping hubs.
As a part of the Montgomery County School District, the elementary, middle and high schools that are located in Bethesda are some of the best in the nation. Montgomery County has been recognized nationally multiple times, for its outstanding academic and athletics programs.
University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland at Shady Grove, Montgomery College (voted top junior college on the eastern seaboard), Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, are all within an hour’s drive of Gaithersburg.