Hot Hoods: North Bethesda

The Strathmore draws music and arts fans from throughout the metro area.

The Strathmore draws music and arts fans from throughout the metro area.

Home to both the Strathmore arts center and White Flint Mall, this unincorporated area outside the Beltway lies along Rockville Pike to the south of Rockville and — as its name implies — to the north of Bethesda. A surge of new development in the area could soon transform this traditionally car-centric suburb into a walkable neighborhood with an urban center.

Planning for the Future

The main thoroughfare through North Bethesda, Rockville Pike could look very different in a few years. In 2010, the Montgomery County Council passed an outline for the area’s development known as The White Flint Sector Plan. It aims to turn Rockville Pike from a strip mall-dotted roadway into a walkable, tree-lined boulevard.

Leading this “RePikeAlization” is a mixed-use development near the White Fl

int Metro called Pike and Rose (pikeandrose.com), which plans to bring a movie theater, restaurants, shops, offices, apartments and condos to the Pike. That stuff’s still under construction, but the area already hosts a lively farmers market.

It’s not the only development in town. As of last month, there were 752 new condo units in the development pipeline, according to research firm Delta Associates.

Schools

Kids who live in North Bethesda can attend Montgomery County schools. Visit the MCPS website (montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools) to find your school service area.

Farm to Pike Food

In the two years it’s been open, Pike Central Farmers Market has become a Rockville Pike staple. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, you’ll find organic produce from Pennsylvania, peaches and plants from Maryland, and lamb from West Virginia.

Other mouthwatering attractions include dumplings, crepes, nuts and jellies. Food trucks also make an appearance, usually LA Taco and the Culinary Nomad. If you’re looking for something sweet, grab a slice of KarenKay’s Cakes or a scoop of Mooreko’s Ice Cream.

Getting Around

WMATA’s Red Line runs right through North Bethesda. Commuters can hop on at the White Flint or Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro stations to head inside the Beltway. For drivers, North Bethesda offers access to the Beltway (I-495) as well as I-270. The area’s other main roads are Maryland State Highways 187 (Old Georgetown Road), 355 (Rockville Pike) and 547 (Strathmore Avenue).

Outlook

The market for new condos in Montgomery County, which encompasses North Bethesda, is strong, according to real-estate research firm Delta Associates (deltaassociates.com). With hundreds of new units in the pipeline, “Condominium market conditions in Montgomery County are likely to continue their steady improvement through the remainder of 2013 and into 2014,” says senior associate Steven Reilly of Delta Associates. (The Washington Post)

 

Need to Know

ZIP Code: 20852; 20895

County: Montgomery

Population: 43, 828

Average Home Sold Price (Town Center): $376,234

Annual Residential Turnover (Town Center): 30 percent

Median Age of Homes (Town Center): 14 years

Owner-Occupied Homes: 57 percent

Renter-Occupied Homes: 43 percent

Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes

Households With Children: 21.6 percent

Median Age: 39

Married: 48.6 percent

Single: 49.4 percent

County Council Member: Roger Berliner

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