Coming from Chicago, we
love cities. Bethesda was the
best of both worlds because
you can have the benefits of
living in a city, but also enjoy
a neighborhood feel with a
backyard. What I love about
the neighborhood is the people
and the culture in Bethesda.
It has a very tech-savvy young
demographic that loves local,
whether it’s a local coffee shop,
a local restaurant, a local diner.
CEO at restaurant app Spotluck
updated since then, but theneighborhood retains itsstately appearance and old-linereputation. An added benefit:Much of it is a short walkor bike ride away from theCapital Crescent Trail and torestaurants, a pharmacy and aSafeway in the nearby Shopsat Sumner Place.
Westbrook Elementary Schoolserves as the geographic andsocial center of this quietresidential neighborhood. Eventshosted by the school are well-attended by residents—nearly
2,000 turn out for its annualcarnival. Located north of theintersection of Massachusettsand Western avenues, thecommunity is characterizedby tree-lined streets and tidycolonials. Residents enjoy theconvenience of being closeto Washington, D.C., and thepopular Capital Crescent Trail,which runs along the west sideof the neighborhood.
Just south of WestfieldMontgomery mall, WildwoodHills is a small communityof 181 homes bordered byDemocracy Boulevard, I-270
and Bells Mill Road. The
neighborhood is primarily
comprised of colonial-style
townhouses built in the
1980s, but there are also
some large single-family
homes on quarter-acre lots.
The average sale price in
2017 was about $700,000.
Residents can enjoy thenearby Locust Grove NatureCenter, the Cabin John IceRink, and the miniature train,playground, and hiking trailsin Cabin John Regional Park,along with Big Train Baseballat nearby Shirley Povich Field.
Anchored by the WildwoodShopping Center, the neighbor-hood offers easy access tothe Beltway and I-270 via OldGeorgetown Road, and it isalso close to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.
Many of the 381 houses werebuilt in the 1950s and are inthe midcentury modern or split-level styles, though teardownsare now common. Residentsenjoy the annual Fourth of Julyparade that winds throughWildwood Manor’s streets, andthen head to Wildwood ManorPool for an afternoon party.
With many homes dating back
to the 1940s and canopy trees
lining front yards, Wood Acres
exudes a small-town charm.
Neighborhood children walk toWood Acres Elementary School,and the local Wood AcresPark boasts tennis courts, abasketball court, several fieldsand a playground that wasfully renovated in 2001, witha bike-friendly “highway” thatcircles the park. The housesand yards tend to be small, butthe neighborhood rests betweenMassachusetts Avenue andRiver Road, making this a primelocation for commuters.
Wyngate is a quaint, well-settled neighborhood, thoughmany of its 1950s colonial andCape Cod-style homes havebeen torn down and replacedwith bigger homes. The popularWyngate Elementary School is abig draw for families. Lemonadestands are common in thewarm weather and AyrlawnPark offers dog walkers a placeto gather. The neighborhoodis nestled inside the Beltwaybetween Old Georgetown Roadand Fernwood Road.