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Serene residential living, world-class golfing, and a thriving downtown.

Welcome to Bethesda

With its serene residential streets, luxury homes, bustling downtown, and a quick commute to Washington, D.C., Bethesda is home to some of the region’s most affluent figures.


Bethesda is located in Montgomery County, Maryland, about a 30-minute drive northwest of D.C. It’s also about 30 minutes by car from Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, making Bethesda a convenient home base for frequent travelers.
Communities neighboring Bethesda include Chevy Chase; Potomac; Great Falls, Virginia; and McLean, Virginia. Maryland Route 355 (known locally as Wisconsin Avenue) runs through Bethesda; Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 are also easily accessible here.
Bethesda is connected to the Washington Metro Red Line via Bethesda Station downtown and Medical Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The Maryland Transit Administration’s light rail Purple Line, currently under construction, will connect Bethesda directly to Amtrak trains, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton via the Washington Metro.

Bethesda’s Fine Public and Private Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools administers Bethesda’s schools. Public elementary schools in Bethesda include:
Public middle schools in Bethesda:
Public high schools in Bethesda:
Private schools in Bethesda include:
Independent religious schools in Bethesda include: 
Lastly, Bethesda is home to two specialized institutions of higher learning: 
There are many sites in Bethesda dedicated to fine arts and culture, including:
  • The Strathmore, an arts hub with a music center, art galleries, outdoor performing spaces, and community events in Bethesda
  • The Writer’s Center, “An independent home for the literary arts in the D.C metro area”

Golf, Scenic Trails, Fine Dining, and More

Bethesda is home to the renowned Congressional Country Club, which has hosted the U.S. Open and the PGA National Championship, among other prestigious events. Other excellent golf clubs in Bethesda include Kenwood Country Club and Bethesda Country Club.
The scenic Capital Crescent Trail runs through Bethesda, connecting to Silver Spring, Maryland, and Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The spectacular monument views found along sections of this naturally wooded rail trail make it a local favorite for walking, jogging, and biking.
In 2022, Bethesda has seen a wave of new restaurants, including authentic Mexican restaurant Tacombi, a French bakery, and cafe Paris in Town, bagel shop and deli Call Your Mother, and premier plant-based restaurant Planta.
Farmers' markets in Bethesda include the year-round Bethesda Central Farm Market and Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market.
Bethesda Row brings together condos, apartments, office space, fine art events, retail stores, and more; Anthropologie, Madewell, Apple, and Lululemon are among the stores found there. Westfield Montgomery Mall is less than 15 minutes away by car with its many shopping options, including Nordstrom and the Lego store.

Bethesda’s Economy at a Glance

Bethesda’s prosperous local economy is driven by the technology, defense, hospitality, healthcare, and media industries. Prestigious employers in Bethesda include:
  • The main National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NBC Sports Washington
With a population of about 68,056 in 2020 (according to the U.S. Census Bureau), Bethesda is extremely well-educated, with high rates of both bachelor’s degrees and higher degrees (86.7%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau). The median household income in Bethesda is about $172,873.

Housing in Bethesda

You’ll find a variety of homes in Bethesda, from luxury condos downtown to large manors on spacious, private lots. Many of Bethesda’s stately older homes have been remodeled and updated, and you’ll find many new construction homes here as well.
In Bethesda you’ll find beautifully private, green neighborhoods like Fort Sumner and Washington Grove; the sleek modern homes of Drumaldry; and the ideally located Wildwood Manor, found where Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 meet.

Looking To Buy or Sell a Home in Bethesda, Maryland?

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