Bethesda is one of most sought-after cities in the DC region to live in. It has been ranked by Forbes as one of America’s “most livable cities.” It is steeped in American history beginning with its location, situated on a route that was once an ancient Native American trail that ultimately evolved into a strategic route in times of war and emerging commerce.
Bethesda enjoys that role today, being a conduit of many communities as they commute into the nation’s capital to work and play. But Bethesda boasts intense employment opportunity that parallels DC. It hosts some of the biggest employers in the country, including heavy-hitters like Lockheed Martin, and Coventry Health Care.
Bethesda enjoys both thriving hospitality and medical industries with its restaurant-packed downtown and its hub of hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed. The National Institutes of Health and the National Naval Medical Center are headquartered in Bethesda, as well as, but no way limited to, global companies like Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Completely Metro accessible, Bethesda is a rich mix of culture and lifestyle. It enjoys a bustling downtown replete with a broad array of superb restaurants, shopping and art galleries. Some of the great cultural events include the Taste of Bethesda, the free Summer Concert Series, Imagination Bethesda children’s street festival, and the Bethesda Literary Festival.
Many notable people, including multiple Pulitzer Prize winners, are Bethesda residents. First Lady Nancy Reagan was from Bethesda. For families, it is an excellent place to raise children. Private schools, like Georgetown Prep and Sidwell Friends (for lower grades), find a home in Bethesda, but Montgomery County public schools, including Bethesda Chevy Chase, Walter Johnson, and Whitman, are top-ranking public schools in the nation.
While Bethesda has a reputation for affluence and exclusivity, it is genuinely an accessible place for all. While there are extravagant properties, Bethesda offers a range of housing priced that there is something for everyone, and because of the location, makes for a great investment.
Highlights and Quirky Facts:
- Little Falls Stream Valley Park is a nice and scenic recreational area where one can hike, have picnics and much more.
- Tobacco Farming used to be the primary income source for Bethesda.
- The NIH and National Naval Medical Center were built in Bethesda because of World War II
- Total Beauty ranked Bethesda in the “Top Ten Hottest-Guys Cities”
- Health ranked Bethesda has the “healthiest place for women.”