Bethesda Thinking Big

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Planners in Bethesda are thinking big, with grand plans to remake the downtown area with enhanced commercial, retail and residential space. While leaders are focused on the future it’s important to consider that it’s been a decades-long process to get the community even to the point where it is now. At one time Downtown Bethesda was supplemented by only a few restaurants, a toy store and a hardware store.

When the Metro Red Line extended to Bethesda in the mid 1980s, the city really began to take shape, bringing a number of high-rise buildings to the area. These were later joined by new restaurants, movie theaters and hotels, with a pedestrian-friendly vibe.

Now, years later, county planners have their eye on the future again, this time with a brand new plan to develop Bethesda. For three years planners have been busy designing what it will look like, extending housing, retail and commercial space downtown, and even allowing for taller buildings. As well, plans call for constructing a Purple Line light rail station in the area.

Marriott International is one of the first to announce it hopes to join in with county planners by moving thousands of employees from their current location near the Capital Beltway to a future 22-story office building close to the Metro in Downtown Bethesda. In addition, the company also plans to replace a low-rise commercial building in the area with a new hotel.

It’s hoped that more large companies will follow Marriott’s lead. While right now about 10,000 people live in Downtown Bethesda, about 37,000 people work there. It’s hoped new changes will bring 14,000 more jobs over the next two decades.

In addition, plans call for more walkways, bike lanes and small parks, as well as the encouragement of more affordable housing. Already, several condos in the area top $1 million.

Bethesda Condos For Sale

Bethesda Condos For Sale

15 Properties
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$3,650,000
Neighborhood: Edgemoor
3
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,565
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
101
Days on Site
MDMC2126766
MLS
$2,795,000
Neighborhood: Cheval
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,530
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
8
Days on Site
MDMC2139742
MLS
$1,400,000
Neighborhood: Edgemoor
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,757
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
55
Days on Site
MDMC2134152
MLS
$1,275,000
Neighborhood: Adagio
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,682
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
54
Days on Site
MDMC2134274
MLS
$985,000
Condo: Whitley Park Codm
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,792
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
14
Days on Site
MDMC2139792
MLS
$775,000
Neighborhood: None Available
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,015
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
22
Days on Site
MDMC2137920
MLS
$739,000
Neighborhood: Edgemoor
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,127
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
27
Days on Site
MDMC2137720
MLS
$699,000
Neighborhood: Bethesda
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,129
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
185
Days on Site
MDMC2117874
MLS
$679,000
Neighborhood: The Chase At Bethesda
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,129
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
10
Days on Site
MDMC2140204
MLS
$580,000
Neighborhood: Lakeshore
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,491
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
35
Days on Site
MDMC2132946
MLS
$535,000
Neighborhood: Whitley Park Condominium
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,800
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
36
Days on Site
MDMC2136202
MLS
$498,000
Neighborhood: Madison Park Condominiums
1
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,077
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
56
Days on Site
MDMC2133956
MLS

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