Bethesda Maryland Neighborhood Real Estate Analysis

History

Bethesda is situated along a major thoroughfare that was originally the route of an ancient Native American trail. Between 1805 and 1821, it was developed into a toll road called the Washington and Rockville Turnpike, which carried tobacco and other products between Georgetown and Rockville, and north to Frederick. A small settlement grew around a store and tollhouse along the turnpike. By 1862, the community was known as “Darcy’s Store” after the owner of a local establishment, William E. Darcy. The settlement was renamed in 1871 by the new postmaster, Robert Franck, after the Bethesda Meeting House, a Presbyterian church built in 1820 on the present site of the Cemetery of the Bethesda Meeting House. The church burnt in 1849 and was rebuilt the same year about 100 yards south at its present site.[6]

Throughout most of the 19th century, Bethesda was a small crossroads village, consisting of a post office, a blacksmith shop, a church and school, and a few houses and stores. It was not until the installation of a streetcar line in 1890 and the beginnings of suburbanization in the early 1900s that Bethesda began to grow in population. Subdivisions began to appear on old farmland, becoming the neighborhoods of Drummond, Woodmont, Edgemoor, and Battery Park. Further north, several wealthy men made Rockville Pike famous for its mansions. These included Brainard W. Parker (“Cedarcroft”, 1892), James Oyster (“Strathmore”, 1899), George E. Hamilton (“Hamilton House”, 1904; now the Stone Ridge School), Luke I. Wilson (“Tree Tops”, 1926), Gilbert Grosvenor (“Wild Acres”, 1928–29), and George Freeland Peter (“Stone House”, 1930). In 1930, Dr Armistead Peter‘s pioneering manor house “Winona” (1873) became the clubhouse of the original Woodmont Country Club (on land that is now part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus). Merle Thorpe‘s mansion, “Pook’s Hill” (1927, razed 1948) — on the site of the current neighborhood of the same name — became the home-in-exile of the Norwegian Royal Family during World War II.[6]

That war, and the expansion of government that it created, further fed the rapid expansion of Bethesda. Both the National Naval Medical Center (1940–42) and the NIH complex (1948) were built just to the north of the developing downtown. This, in turn, drew further government contractors, medical professionals, and other businesses to the area. In recent years, Bethesda has consolidated as the major urban core and employment center of southwestern Montgomery County.[6] This recent growth has been significantly vigorous following the expansion of Metrorail with a station in Bethesda in 1984. Alan Kay built the Bethesda Metro Center over the Red line metro rail which opened up further commercial and residential development around the surrounding vicinity.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34 km2). 13.1 square miles (34 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.38%) is water.

The main commercial corridor that runs through Bethesda is Maryland Route 355 (known as Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda and as Rockville Pike and Hungerford Drive in more northern communities), which, to the north, connects Bethesda with the communities of North Bethesda and Rockville, ending, after several name changes, in Frederick, Maryland. Toward the South, Rockville Pike becomes Wisconsin Avenue near the NIH Campus and continues beyond Bethesda through Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Maryland and into Washington, DC, ending in Georgetown.

The area commonly known as “Downtown Bethesda” is centered at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. Other focal points of downtown Bethesda include the Woodmont Triangle, bordered by Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187), Woodmont and Rugby Avenues, and the Bethesda Row, centered at the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. Much of the dense construction in that area followed the opening of the Bethesda station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro rapid transit system, also located at this intersection and the centerpiece of the Bethesda Metro Center development. The Medical Center Metro stop lies about 0.7 miles north of the Bethesda stop, Medical Center, which serves the NIH Campus, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 56,527
1970 71,621 26.7%
1980 62,736 −12.4%
1990 62,936 0.3%
2000 55,277 −12.2%
2010 60,858 10.1%
source:[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 55,277 people, 23,659 households, and 14,455 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,205.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,624.2/km²). There were 24,368 housing units at an average density of 1,854.1 per square mile (716.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.86% White, 2.67% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 7.92% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 5.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,659 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

Bethesda is a very wealthy and well-educated area. According to the 2000 Census, Bethesda was the best-educated city in the United States of America with a population of 50,000 or more. 79% of residents 25 or older have bachelor’s degrees and 49% have graduate or professional degrees. According to a 2007 estimate,[9] the median income for a household in the CDP was $117,723, and the median income for a family was $168,385. Males had a median income of $84,797 versus $57,569 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $58,479. About 1.7% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over. Many commute to Washington D.C. for work. The average price of a four bedroom, two bath home in Bethesda in 2010 was $806,817 (which ranks it as the twentieth most expensive community in America).[10]

Bethesda is often associated with its neighboring communities, Potomac, Maryland, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Great Falls, Virginia, and McLean, Virginia for their similar demographics. In 2009, Self magazine ranked Bethesda as the second healthiest place for women in the country, a year after being ranked number one.[11] As of 2009, 8 Pulitzer Prize winners live in Bethesda, as do several well-known political commentators (including George Will, David Brooks, and Tom Friedman).[12]

Landmarks

Building 50 at NIH.

Important institutions located in Bethesda include the National Institutes of Health campus, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. Bethesda is also home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, formerly referred to as Bethesda Naval Hospital (National Naval Medical Center, NNMC). The Medical Center is also the place where the President goes to get his yearly check-up. Adjoining the hospital to the east is the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as well as a number of other military medical and research institutions.

The headquarters of defense conglomerate Lockheed Martin, managed health care company Coventry Health Care and hotel and resort chains Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. are located in Bethesda. Software company Bethesda Softworks were originally located in Bethesda, but moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1990. The Discovery Channel also had its headquarters in Bethesda before relocating to Silver Spring in 2004. On the professional services side, numerous banks (PNC, Capital One Bank) brokerage firms (SmithBarney, Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, Fidelity) and law firms (Ballard Spahr, JDKatz, Paley Rothman, Lerch Early & Brewer) maintain offices in Bethesda. Bethesda has two farmers markets, the Montgomery Farm Woman’s Cooperative Market and the Bethesda Farmer’s Market

Bethesda Avenue at night

Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) has developed much of the west side of downtown Bethesda into an area called Bethesda Row. The vibrant district includes Barnes and Noble, an Apple Store, a cinema, and dozens of shops and restaurants. Also located in downtown Bethesda is one of the Madonna of the Trail monuments, erected by the National Old Trails Association working in concert with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Judge Harry S. Truman, presided over the dedication of the Bethesda monument, on April 19, 1929. Nearby is the Bethesda Post Office. Also starting in the heart of downtown Bethesda, is the Capital Crescent Trail which follows the old tracks of the B&O Railroad stretching from Georgetown, Washington, D.C., to Silver Spring, MD. Walter Reed Medical Center and the Bethesda Theater are two important Art Deco architectural structures in the suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C.

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda publishes Poet Lore, the longest continuously running poetry journal in the United States.

Bethesda Lane opened in 2008. This extension of the Bethesda Row development, located near the corner of Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road, includes many new retail shops and restaurants underneath luxury apartments.[13]

Bethesda is the home of Congressional Country Club, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious country clubs in the world. Congressional has hosted four major golf championships, including the 2011 U.S. Open, won by Rory McIlroy. The AT&T National, hosted by Tiger Woods, has been played at Congressional four times.

Bethesda is also home of the exclusive Burning Tree Club, the Bethesda Country Club, and the Bethesda Community Baseball Club, which operates the Bethesda Big Train, a summer collegiate baseball team.

For more information about Bethesda Maryland Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethesda,_Maryland

Bethesda Real Estate Market Stats

Average Home Values

Price Distribution


Home Averages

$796,000 Average Price
1,823Avg Home Size
1959Avg Year Built

Owners vs Renters

Local vs National Home Values

 LocalNational
Zillow Home Value Index $815,700 $177,600
Median Single Family Home Value $926,000 $177,200
Median Condo Value $369,600 $182,400
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $494,800 $136,800
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $818,000 $170,800
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $915,400 $287,300
Percent Homes Decreasing 26.6% 30.4%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 0 0
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $442 $113
Median List Price $1,000,000 $211,400
Median Sale Price $796,000 $201,200
Homes For Sale 0 0
Homes Recently Sold 0 0
Property Tax $7,272 $2,094
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 3.9% 4%
Median Value Per Sq Ft $429 $119
1-Yr. Change 4.1% 6%
Homes For Sale By Owner Array Array
New Construction Array Array
Foreclosures Array Array

Local vs National Demographics

 LocalNational
Median Household Income 99,102 44,512
Single Males 12.1% 14.6%
Single Females 13.2% 12.5%
Median Age 40 36
Homes With Kids 28.4% 31.4%
Average Household Size 2 2
Average Commute Time (Minutes) 29 26

Bethesda Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Bethesda

5214 WAPAKONETA RD Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5214 WAPAKONETA RD, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8520440)
7 beds 4 baths $800,000
5402 WEHAWKEN RD Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5402 WEHAWKEN RD, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8519102)
4 beds 2 baths 1,818 sqft $949,000
5605 JOHNSON AVE Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 5605 JOHNSON AVE, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8518932)
5 beds 5 baths 5,673 sqft $1,475,000
6101 SWANSEA ST Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 6101 SWANSEA ST, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8517752)
3 beds 2 baths $787,000
9835 SINGLETON DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 9835 SINGLETON DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8517713)
5 beds 3 baths 3,180 sqft $680,000
6204 ADELAIDE DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 6204 ADELAIDE DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8515589)
4 beds 2 baths $799,000
8038 PARK OVERLOOK Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8038 PARK OVERLOOK, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8516694)
4 beds 3 baths $889,000
8307 COMANCHE CT Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8307 COMANCHE CT, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8516467)
5 beds 5 baths $1,399,900
10300 SAINT ALBANS DR Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 10300 SAINT ALBANS DR, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8516001)
5 beds 6 baths 6,117 sqft $1,525,000
5231 KING CHARLES WAY, Unit 1-7 Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5231 KING CHARLES WAY, Unit 1-7, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8515826)
2 beds 3 baths 1,853 sqft $524,900
8911 EWING DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8911 EWING DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8514682)
4 beds 3 baths $749,000
8902 RIDGE PL Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8902 RIDGE PL, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8514581)
3 beds 2 baths $664,900
8912 CHARRED OAK DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8912 CHARRED OAK DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8514473)
6 beds 6 baths 7,550 sqft $1,775,000
8010 GLENBROOK RD Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 8010 GLENBROOK RD, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8514370)
5 beds 6 baths 5,250 sqft $1,895,000
7901 KENTUCKY AVE Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 7901 KENTUCKY AVE, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8514227)
4 beds 3 baths $799,900
6114 LONE OAK DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 6114 LONE OAK DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8513818)
4 beds 2 baths $650,000
6411 MACARTHUR BLVD Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 6411 MACARTHUR BLVD, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8513808)
6 beds 6 baths $1,625,000
7508 PEPPERELL DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 7508 PEPPERELL DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8513799)
4 beds 3 baths $700,000
5702 TRAFTON PL Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 5702 TRAFTON PL, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8513711)
4 beds 3 baths 2,838 sqft $1,185,000
5205 RAYLAND DR Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5205 RAYLAND DR, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8513532)
5 beds 4 baths 2,200 sqft $979,000
6005 RUDYARD DR Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 6005 RUDYARD DR, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8513676)
4 beds 3 baths 2,050 sqft $739,000
5210 WAPAKONETA RD Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5210 WAPAKONETA RD, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8512582)
4 beds 3 baths $918,000
5219 GODDARD RD Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5219 GODDARD RD, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8512269)
5 beds 4 baths $1,050,000
9202 TOWN GATE LN Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 9202 TOWN GATE LN, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8512769)
4 beds 4 baths $1,289,000
5128 WILLET BRIDGE RD, Unit BERKLEY Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5128 WILLET BRIDGE RD, Unit BERKLEY, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8511647)
3 beds 4 baths 2,430 sqft $1,514,390
5918 MELVERN DR Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 5918 MELVERN DR, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8511391)
4 beds 3 baths $739,900
7917 JENSEN PL Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 7917 JENSEN PL, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8509503)
3 beds 4 baths 1,452 sqft $674,900
5915 KINGSWOOD RD Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5915 KINGSWOOD RD, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8510022)
5 beds 5 baths $1,399,900
5810 Melvern Dr Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 5810 Melvern Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8509821)
4 beds 2 baths 1,260 sqft $0
5102 BALTIMORE AVE Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5102 BALTIMORE AVE, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8505462)
3 beds 3 baths 1,745 sqft $750,000

Sold Listings in Bethesda

5810 Melvern Dr Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 5810 Melvern Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8509821)
4 beds 2 baths 1,260 sqft $0
7500 Woodmont Ave #S318 Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 7500 Woodmont Ave #S318, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8502348)
2 beds 2 baths 1,157 sqft $0
5522 Mckinley St Bethesda, MD 20817
3 beds 2 baths $0
4960 Sentinel Dr #10-402 Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 4960 Sentinel Dr #10-402, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8500728)
2 beds 2 baths 1,768 sqft $0
7500 Woodmont Ave #S719 Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 7500 Woodmont Ave #S719, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8496448)
1 bed 1 bath $0
6705 Tusculum Rd Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 6705 Tusculum Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8495240)
5 beds 3 baths $0
9929 Mayfield Dr Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 9929 Mayfield Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8493330)
3 beds 2 baths $0
5420 Mohican Rd Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5420 Mohican Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8493307)
4 beds 3 baths 2,552 sqft $0
4920 Redford Rd Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 4920 Redford Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8492758)
2 beds 1 bath $0
10324 Dickens Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 10324 Dickens Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8491736)
4 beds 3 baths 2,934 sqft $0
5929 Searl Ter Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5929 Searl Ter, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8490663)
5 beds 4 baths $0
4 Park Overlook Ct Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 4 Park Overlook Ct, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8488675)
4 beds 3 baths $0
4514 Avamere St Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 4514 Avamere St, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8487419)
4 beds 3 baths 2,333 sqft $0
8606 Ridge Rd Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 8606 Ridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8487672)
3 beds 2 baths $0
5146 Newport Ave Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5146 Newport Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8484093)
5 beds 5 baths 5,059 sqft $0
5613 Namakagan Rd Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5613 Namakagan Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8483360)
4 beds 2 baths $0
4918 Westway Dr Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 4918 Westway Dr, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8482410)
3 beds 2 baths $0
4623 Edgefield Rd Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 4623 Edgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8482042)
3 beds 3 baths $0
7917 Quarry Ridge Way Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 7917 Quarry Ridge Way, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8481791)
4 beds 4 baths 2,783 sqft $0
4507 Delmont Ln Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 4507 Delmont Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8481862)
4 beds 4 baths 4,000 sqft $0
10104 Fleming Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 10104 Fleming Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8481702)
4 beds 2 baths 1,700 sqft $0
7218 Swansong Way Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 7218 Swansong Way, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8479609)
3 beds 4 baths $0
5109 Marlyn Dr Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 5109 Marlyn Dr, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8479598)
5 beds 3 baths $0
6307 Halbert Rd Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 6307 Halbert Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8478388)
4 beds 2 baths $0
5918 Maplewood Park Pl Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5918 Maplewood Park Pl, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8476398)
3 beds 4 baths $0
5014 Acacia Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
Photo of 5014 Acacia Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (MLS # MC8475359)
4 beds 3 baths $0
10102 Crestberry Pl Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 10102 Crestberry Pl, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8473492)
4 beds 4 baths $0
6820 Wisconsin Ave #5006 Bethesda, MD 20815
Photo of 6820 Wisconsin Ave #5006, Bethesda, MD 20815 (MLS # MC8473054)
3 beds 3 baths 1,682 sqft $0
4928 Sentinel Dr #1-203 Bethesda, MD 20816
Photo of 4928 Sentinel Dr #1-203, Bethesda, MD 20816 (MLS # MC8472249)
2 beds 2 baths 1,686 sqft $0
7920 Jensen Pl Bethesda, MD 20817
Photo of 7920 Jensen Pl, Bethesda, MD 20817 (MLS # MC8471795)
3 beds 4 baths $0

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Bethesda School Data

Bethesda School Districts

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Bethesda Schools

Ashburton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Bannockburn Elementary School
K-5, public
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
9-12, public
Bethesda Elementary School
K-5, public
Bradley Hills Elementary School
K-5, public
Burning Tree Elementary School
K-5, public
Carderock Springs Elementary School
K-5, public
Seven Locks Elementary School
K-5, public
Walt Whitman High School
9-12, public
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/whitmanhs/
Walter Johnson High School
9-12, public
Weller Road Elementary School
PK-5, public
Westbrook Elementary School
K-5, public
Westland Middle School
6-8, public
Wood Acres Elementary School
PK-5, public
Wyngate Elementary School
K-5, public
Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
6-8, public
The Primary Day School
PK-2, private
http://www.theprimarydayschool.org
Holton-Arms School
3-12, private
Landon School
3-12, private
http://www.landon.net/
Norwood School
K-8, private
Harbor School
PK-2, private
http://www.theharborschool.org/index.htm
French International School
PK-12, private
Connelly School of the Holy Child
6-12, private
http://www.holychild.org
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
PK-8, private
The Woods Academy
PK-8, private
http://www.woodsacademy.org