Bethesda: Affluent Burg Offers a Full Course of Amenities

Taste of Bethesda

The eat is on: The outdoor Taste of Bethesda festival gets cooking Oct. 2 with fine food from more than 50 area restaurants.

Bethesda, Md., is known as a ritzy, upscale town because, well, it is a ritzy, upscale town. That also means it’s generally safe and thriving, with lots to see and do.

Those of you looking for apartments in Bethesda will appreciate all the city has to offer along with the fact that it’s only a short commute away from Washington, D.C. Making things even easier, Bethesda has three metro stops spread across town to get you there and back.

But, as CNNMoney.com ranked Bethesda fifth on the site’s 2008 list of the “Best Places to Live and Launch” – as in, launch a business – you may not need the big city to be a big success.

According to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate, Bethesda’s population is growing, with an estimated 58,936 calling it home. This might not be a huge number, but when you live in Bethesda, you get big-city accommodations without many big-city problems.

You’ll be surrounded by well-educated neighbors as nearly 80 percent of residents have a four-year degree, and a staggering 48.8 percent hold graduate/professional degrees. And, those who like nature will want to check out the city’s five parks and plazas, plus the Capital Crescent Trail, a well-trafficked hiker/biker route that runs from Georgetown all the way to Silver Spring.

A smart, relatively affluent population warrants smart, relatively swanky festivals, and Bethesda’s no exception. The town boasts both the annual Bethesda Literary Festival and Taste of Bethesda.

There’s even a festival for kids, who get Imagination Bethesda.

Look, I could go on and list Bethesda’s nearly 200 restaurants, pontificate on its farmers’ market or even sing a song of praise to its 500-plus retailers (twice a year, they even have the Bethesda Artist Market), but I don’t need to. Because you probably already know by now that this place is one of a kind. For more information, check out Apartment Showcase.

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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