You’ve probably driven by East Bethesda on one of your many trips up and down Wisconsin Avenue, and wondered to yourself “what lucky souls live in this incredibly convenient neighborhood- so close to everything in Bethesda, and yet, so charming and suburban at the same time?" Well, I’m here to tell you 10 fabulous reasons why 1,200 households call East Bethesda home:
1. Walk to Metro
Walk to two metros! East Bethesda is snuggled between Bethesda Metro and NIH Medical Center Metro. For most, the walk takes under 15 minutes. And for those really dreading the walk, there is a Ride-On bus that operates through the neighborhood.
The average price for an East Bethesda home in 2009 was $851,602 (down from a high of $933,825 in 2007). East Bethesda offers a variety of homes, from modest bungalows starting in the high $400,000s to 6&7 bedroom new-builds topping $1,999,000.
3. Lynbrook Park
Ground Zero for East Bethesda. Wide open fields, playgrounds, Recreation Center, soccer field, baseball diamond, unofficial dog park, basketball court, Day Care center, blacktop, tennis courts, morning outdoor exercise class, sledding in the winter, etc…
4. Halloween Parade!
Yup, every year. Generally held on the Sunday before Halloween. Start at Chase Park and walk your way up to Lynbrook Park where cookies and cider await. Attire: your most awesome costume.
5. Dog Park
It’s unofficial. Not even sanctioned (you might even get yelled at, and occasionally the police stop by… there I go promoting illegal activities again). But come 5pm or so the neighborhood gathers up at Lynbrook Park with their dogs, tennis balls, tall stories, and plastic baggies. Happens in the morning as well, but I haven’t been able to pin down the exact time. (Update: have heard of a few $100 tickets being handed out recently… so perhaps our doggy days are numbered? Will try to keep you posted)
Columbia Country Club, our “neighbor”, throws a fireworks party about 4-7 days before the 4th of July. The neighborhood gathers up at Lynbrook Park to gawk. Not exactly ringside seating, but beautiful and fun. The kids run around with glow sticks. Adults stake their claim on picnic blankets and fold out chairs. Magical!
7. Walk to Everything…
Metro is a 5-15 minute walk depending on where you live in East Bethesda. Don’t want your teenager drag racing to school? They don’t have to. Bethesda Chevy Chase (BCC) High School is in the neighborhood. Make ‘em walk! Just how close is it? Downtown Bethesda is just across Wisconsin Avenue. Roundhouse Theatre is even closer. Who needs all those quarters for the parking meters? Not you!
8. Capital Crescent Trail
You can bike, walk or run all the way to Georgetown on this wonderful trailway and hit only one stoplight. It’s also a wonderful way to wander into Downtown Bethesda. Head through the tunnel at Wisconsin and emerge onto the new Landmark Theatre, Barnes & Noble, etc… There are a couple of entrances to the trail in our very own neighborhood.
9. Bethesda-Chevy-Chase High School
Award winning, high-scoring, International Baccalaureate and AP-toting high school. Serves the Bethesda Elementary, Westbrook Elementary, Chevy Chase Elementary, North Chevy Chase Elementary and Somerset Elementary school cluster. Located on the East-West Highway between Chelton and Pearl. Check out the BCC H.S. website. Hear the crowds roar at home games.
10. Labor Day Party/Races
Ever won a sack race? Now is your chance. In the past there have been bouncy tents, arts and crafts, pizza, soda, face painting and more. Great neighborhood gathering.
If you’ve got your own ideas about what makes East Bethesda great, I’d love to hear from you. Please add your comments below.
And if you would like some information on homes for sale within East Bethesda, I’d be happy to oblige. Give me a call, send me an e-mail, whatever works. I look forward to hearing from you.