As an unincorporated area, Bethesda has no official boundaries and no city council or mayor, but it is a great community that everyone loves!
You will love living in Bethesda, a small town that has been recognized as one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States, placing first in Forbes list of America's most educated small towns. Forbes clearly loves Bethesda! In April 2009, Forbes ranked Bethesda second on its list of "America's Most Livable Cities." Bethesda also ranked first on CNNMoney.com's list of top-earning American towns in 2012. In October 2009, based on education, income, health, and fitness, Total Beauty ranked Bethesda first on its list of the U.S.'s "Top 10 Hottest-Guy Cities." Now that we have your attention, let us tell you a little more about Bethesda!
The focal point of Bethesda may well be at the intersection of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues, an area called Bethesda Row. This commercial district includes Barnes & Noble, an Apple Store, a cinema playing independent films, 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.
Also starting in the heart of downtown Bethesda, across from the Barnes and Noble, 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. The Capital Crescent Trail is very popular with joggers, bikers, dog walkers, and in line skaters. Give it a try! It is a great way to spend an afternoon!
Historically, Bethesda takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House (1820, rebuilt 1849), which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda.(In Aramaic, בית חסדא beth ḥesda means "House of Mercy" and in Hebrew, בית חסד "beit ḥesed" means "House of Kindness".)
The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, as are a number of corporate and government headquarters, including Marriott, Lockheed Martin, and Coventry Health Care, plus the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Companies based in Bethesda include:
Where to Live In Bethesda?
Bethesda has lots of different housing styles and lifestyle choices, so whether you are a single workaholic or a young couple celebrating your first anniversary or an empty nester couple, there is a home for you in Bethesda! Prices for single family homes range from the mid $500,000s for a rambler or cape cod in a traditional community like Georgetown Village up to million dollar plus homes in communities like Avenel or Edgemoor.
Condos range in price from the high 100s for studios and one bedrooms in buildings such as Westlake or Parkside up to million dollar plus condos in newer buildings like Lionsgate in downtown Bethesda. Whether you want a grand penthouse overlooking the Crescent Trail or a pied a terre overlooking the lake by Montgomery Mall, close to I270 and the Beltway, there is a home for you!
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