The majority of homes were built in the
1980s, making Avenel—nearly 900 luxury
homes and townhomes—one of the newest
communities in Potomac and Bethesda.
It’s also one of the most exclusive (and
expensive) neighborhoods in the county.
Avenel is more than 1,000 acres altogether,
with yards ranging from under a half-acre
to 2 acres. The properties surround the
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, a country
club; and ball ;elds, biking trails, children’s
playgrounds and wooded trails abound.
There is no easy Metro access available,
but Avenel is convenient to the Beltway.
Nestled between Falls and Glen roads,
Bedfordshire includes more than 560
homes, with a mix of colonials, California-
style contemporary homes and townhomes
(in the Fallswick section). Built between
1970 and 1988, the single-family homes
average 2,700 square feet and sit on lots
that are mostly between a quarter-acre and
three-quarters of an acre. Bedfordshire,
which has its own park with a creek running
through it, is a short drive to West;eld
Montgomery mall and other shops.
Potomac is known for its large lots and
luxury homes, and this neighborhood east
of River and Falls roads epitomizes both.
The main drag of this tony subdivision
is Bentcross Drive, home to several
prominent CEOs, professional athletes
and other public ;gures. The architectural
styles of Falconhurst’s nearly 200 homes
vary, but grand columns, large swimming
pools and circular driveways abound.
BY MEREDITH C. DALY, LOUISA JAGGAR AND AMY REININK
our towns | POTOMAC
The family-friendly River Falls
neighborhood has swim and