Welcome to Bethesda / Chevy Chase Maryland
Located directly northeast of Washington, DC, the Maryland communities of Bethesda and Chevy Chase are known for their gorgeous homes and relaxed small-town atmosphere. Both rank high among the nation’s most affluent and educated communities, having top-of-the-line amenities and real estate to match.
Bethesda takes its name from a local church built in the 19th century. With a vibrant downtown full of upscale shops and restaurants, Bethesda is a perfectly self-contained community within easy reach of the nation’s capital. Home styles include Cape Cods and Colonials, with many attractively renovated traditional properties.
Chevy Chase is sub-divided into several village-like communities. First founded in the 1890s and blossoming as a streetcar suburb of DC in the 1920s and ‘30s, Chevy Chase offers a diverse selection of exquisite home types. Architecture spans classic Arts & Crafts, Colonial, and Georgian homes to gorgeous modern and contemporary properties.
What to Love
- Calm and refined
- Within easy reach of Washington, DC
- Wonderful and eclectic architecture on tree-lined streets
- Thriving upscale commercial districts
- Several prestigious country clubs
People & Lifestyle
With the commuter rail making the journey into Washington, DC easy, Bethesda and Chevy Chase are home to many important figures from the political scene. Countless politicians, journalists, and lobbyists live within these communities. The vibe is peaceful and refined, providing an oasis of relaxation for those working in high-pressure DC roles.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Chevy Chase Village is located within easy reach of Friendship Heights, known for its upscale designer shopping and restaurants. In addition, Bethesda has several thriving commercial districts of its own.
Bethesda Row is a wonderfully walkable area with high-end retailers and eateries ranging from casual brunch spots to fine dining. Bethesda Row is also home to full-service salons and day spas. Pike & Rose
in North Bethesda is packed with international dining options, fashion stores, coffee shops, and a luxurious movie . Regular events are held at Pike & Rose throughout the year, including weekly farmers markets, craft cocktail evenings, and wilderness workshops.
Things to Do
The Chevy Chase Club
is one of the nation’s most prestigious country clubs, with a challenging golf course designed by William P. Bell in 1925. The Chevy Chase Club also offers exquisite dining spaces and outstanding fitness facilities.
The Congressional Country Club
is a among America’s elite, with presidents from Eisenhower to Obama using its golf course. Along with being one of the few golf courses that have hosted the US Open, the Congressional is one of few country clubs in the DC/Maryland area to have an indoor swimming pool.
Other prestigious country clubs include Bethesda (which has an Arthur Hills-renovated golf course), Kenwood, and Woodmont.
Cultural attractions within Bethesda include the Strathmore
and Round House
Bethesda and Chevy Chase are zoned to the Montgomery County School District, with residents enjoying access to some of the nation’s finest public and private schools.
- Bannockburn Elementary: Grades PK-5, Public (ranked one of the best schools in the county)
- Carderock Spring Elementary: Grades K-5, Public (in top 1% of district schools for test scores)
- Chevy Chase Elementary: Grades 3-5, Magnet
- Thomas W. Pyle Middle: Grades 6-8, Public
- Walter Johnson High: Grades 9-12, Public (ranked one of the best schools in the county)