6 Reasons to Rent an Apartment in Bethesda
Oh, Bethesda. What a nice, posh little town.
I like Bethesda a lot and have spent some time here. It’s not only one of the best places to live in the area, it’s one of the best towns in the nation. There’s plenty to do and see here and, consequently, it’s an outstanding place to rent an apartment if you can afford it. Hopefully you can.
Here are six reasons to move here:
1. Location – Bethesda’s only minutes from the city, the I-495 Capital Beltway sits to its north and west (maybe even runs through it, if you go by ZIP codes), and it has its own Metrorail stop, actually, three of them, again, if you go by official addresses (all on the Red Line). What else do you want? You can’t beat this location.
2. Walkability – According to Walk Score, Bethesda scores a 50 in walkability, which is considered “Somewhat Walkable” by the site. While not all of Bethesda is foot-friendly, a lot of it is. I know of where I speak. I used to walk from the Bethesda Metrorail stop to the one at Friendship Heights quite regularly when I was trying to get my hour of walking in for the day. (No, it doesn’t take an hour to cover that distance, but it’s still a good 30- to 40-minute trot, depending on your speed. And no, Friendship Heights isn’t in Bethesda but right on the city/Montgomery County line. So there.) The area considered downtown Bethesda and stretching north to the National Institutes of Health is very walkable.
3. Restaurants – According to the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Bethesda sports “nearly 200 restaurants” that will be “sure to deliver a delectable dining experience.” Their online cuisine finder is pretty impressive, featuring just about any cuisine you can think of. American, Chinese, Italian, Irish, Indian, Thai, French, Mexican, Persian, Belgian, and guess how many Japanese/sushi places Bethesda features? Try 10. Good Lord. Pray for the fish!
4. Arts and Entertainment – When the state of Maryland designated downtown Bethesda an Arts & Entertainment District in 2002, it knew what it was doing. And two years later the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Just check out the Bethesda Urban Partnership arts schedule. They have a film festival, literary festival, fine arts festival, a free outdoor film series and, like Alexandria, Arlington and D.C., a restaurant event: Taste of Bethesda. All in all, this is an arty little place.
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5. Shopping – There are myriad shopping options in Bethesda. In fact, according to, what else, Bethesda Urban Partnership, there are “nearly 700 retailers and businesses” in Bethesda’s downtown area. Bethesda offers some of the best shopping in the region, featuring names like Ginger, Jos. A. Bank, The North Face, Comfort One Shoes and francesca’s (with the lowercase “f”). And I’d be remiss (good Lord I’m maudlin at times) not to mention Westfield Montgomery. Bearing a Bethesda address, Westfield Montgomery is outside the Beltway and not what one typically thinks of when they think “Bethesda.” It sports a Nordstrom, a Macy’s and bunch of other mall stuff.
6. Why Not? – It would be hard to find reasons to not want to live here.
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