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Bethesda Features & Amenities

The most significant points in the development of Bethesda were the introduction of the electric railway and subsequently the automobile, which renewed the ability of farmers to move their produce, as well as the platting of Chevy Chase, MD; which was to be a haven for The District's political and social elite. Chevy Chase building covenants forbade any retail establishments, opening the door to Bethesda to provide for the new suburb, while gaining economic strength.

With a history as a retail magnet, Bethesda's eateries and shops are always abuzz with activity. Black's Bar & Kitchen, Hinata Sushi Carryout, and Silver are all great picks and can be followed by drinks and entertainment at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Round House Theatre, or Villain and Saint. On weekends, residents can enjoy Bethesda Central Farm Market and a ride on Capital Crescent Trail.

Bethesda Property Values

Bethesda is certainly considered an expensive place to live as far as the DC Metro area is concerned, but the vibe and sense of community are well worth it. Housing options vary greatly and run the gamut from Mansions to Cape Cods. With a thriving business district, it is no surprise that condominiums are also very popular.

Bethesda History

In the 16th Century, Bethesda was simply a point on a road that was no more than a ridgeline trail through the gorgeous, unblemished forest that once covered the area. By the end of the 1600's a number of Europeans had been granted land in and around what is now the District of Columbia and crossed the Atlantic to establish plantations and see what the new world had to offer. The rough-hewn road brought these planters to and from the port of Georgetown, which was once Montgomery County's economic engine, bringing many crops and livestock, but chiefly tobacco.

Bethesda derives its name from the Bethesda Meeting House, but the word itself means House of Kindness. While the meeting house was one of the most prominent landmarks, The Old Stone Tavern built in the 18th Century provided rest and nourishment for traders and travelers along the road and would become the beginning and center of Downtown Bethesda. Also in the mix was a general store owned by William Darcy and for a time, the locality of Bethesda had been called simply Darcy's Store.

Bethesda Transportation & Location

Bethesda is serviced by the Red Line at Bethesda Metro Station and Medical Center Station. To the west Capital Beltway (I-495) provides access over the Potomac into Northern Virginia, and to the east it cuts across Silver Spring into Eastern Maryland. Wisconsin Ave NW is the main thoroughfare to the District.

Bethesda is unincorporated and as such, it has unofficial boundaries: Capital Beltway to the north, Cabin John Parkway to the west, Western Avenue to the south, and Wisconsin Avenue NW to the east.

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