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

14 Properties
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$2,095,000
Neighborhood: Lionsgate
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,559
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
147
Days on Site
MDMC2108500
MLS
$1,844,000
Neighborhood: None Available
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,415
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
23
Days on Site
MDMC2118644
MLS
$1,125,000
Neighborhood: Edgemoor
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,600
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
6
Days on Site
MDMC2114416
MLS
$1,050,000
Neighborhood: Bethesda
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,397
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
97
Days on Site
MDMC2113588
MLS
Open 2/24
9717 Whitley Park Place #TH-10 Bethesda,  MD 20814
$1,050,000
Condo: Whitley Park Codm
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,032
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
14
Days on Site
MDMC2116942
MLS
$895,000
Neighborhood: Sumner Village
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,700
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
20
Days on Site
MDMC2119276
MLS
$787,500
Neighborhood: The Kenwood
2
Beds
2
Baths
2,080
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
49
Days on Site
MDMC2116554
MLS
$730,000
Condo: Whitehall Codm
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,520
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
104
Days on Site
MDMC2113020
MLS
$720,000
Neighborhood: Bethesda
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,129
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
31
Days on Site
MDMC2117874
MLS
Open 2/25
5301 Westbard Circle #240 Bethesda,  MD 20816
$550,000
Neighborhood: Westwood
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,681
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
12
Days on Site
MDMC2119520
MLS
$499,000
Neighborhood: Kenwood Place
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,697
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
145
Days on Site
MDMC2108722
MLS
$449,900
Neighborhood: Kenwood Place
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,737
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
119
Days on Site
MDMC2111424
MLS

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