North Bethesda: Trendy Shopping and a Short Commute

Two girls out shopping.

It’s a deal: North Bethesda offers scores of shopping options along Rockville Pike.

According to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate, North Bethesda in Montgomery County, Md., has 38,308 residents, and the town has a lot to offer those searching to find apartments for rent in North Bethesda, including, of course, its location. And what a location it is.

Sitting five miles north of its big sister, Bethesda, by way of either Old Georgetown Road or Rockville Pike, North Bethesda offers apartment renters commuting to Washington, D.C., a short, 15-mile drive to the city. Better yet, the town straddles three WMATA Metrorail stops on the Red Line, even though none of them have a North Bethesda address. In fact, a little intrepid research by yours truly reveals that there actually is no North Bethesda! Well, it’s not a figment of my imagination; it just doesn’t have a post office. And I’m willing to start the petition to fix that. Any signers?

North Bethesda is More than Just a Great Location

To tell you the truth, there’s a lot going on here, and hopefully you can find a job in or around this unincorporated town. North Bethesda Market is a mixed-use edifice that houses 400 residences, and assorted retail shops and restaurants. Food snobs will dig the Whole Foods Market, and those with the urge to sweat will make their way to LA Fitness. And it’s right next to the White Flint metro stop.

I’m dubbing this makeshift town’s center “Planet Plaza,” and I’m getting it trademarked (oops, I let the cat out of the bag on that one):

  • You’ve got Federal Plaza Shopping Center with Trader Joe’s, Lane Bryant and T.J. Maxx
  • Montrose Crossing with Barnes & Noble, Hudson Trail Outfitters and Giant Food
  • Mid-Pike Plaza, which features a Toys “R” Us, Silver Diner and Bally Total Fitness among others
  • And, finally, Congressional Plaza with Chico’s, Harry & David, and a Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus to come

There are other stores in the area, but I’ll leave it up to you to search them out when you move here. Or, you can check out Neighborhood profile for North Bethesda restaurants and shopping.

North Bethesda offers the renter more than retail and food; it’s also home to the Strathmore arts institution, which features multidisciplinary arts programming at the Mansion at Strathmore and Music Center at Strathmore, all on an 11-acre site. There are performances in blues, folk, pop, jazz, even show tunes, as well as classes in the Education Center. There is also a café.

Golfers may want to join Woodmont Country Club, which is private and member-owned, while more versatile outdoor-lovers will delight in Rock Creek Regional Park, where you can hike on 13 miles of trails, go fishing or boating in two lakes, and even take a shot at the archery range.

Just one last reminder, Apartment Showcase is a very useful tool when searching for apartments and neighborhood profiles.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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