8 Great ‘Affordable’ Neighborhoods

We’ve rounded up Bethesda-area neighborhoods with nice houses, a strong sense of community, a convenient location—and the relatively low average price of less than $700,000.

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Photo by Michael Ventura

Parkview, Bethesda

4 Homes sold in 2017
$689,200 Average sale price in 2017
23 Homes sold from 2013-2017
$688,819 Average sale price from 2013-2017

Parkview is an anomaly—an inside-the-Beltway neighborhood that is relatively affordable.
Situated just east of Wisconsin Avenue and south of Cedar Lane, it’s a relatively small enclave with 186 homes. Built in the 1950s, many of the houses are a variation of split-levels; others are ramblers. Some owners have renovated the interiors, upgrading kitchens and baths, but the neighborhood has retained much of its original design.
“It’s very friendly,” says Marc Minsker, who is involved with the neighborhood association, which hosts a potluck in January at the nearby Knights of Columbus ballroom and an annual summer picnic off Beach Drive and Cedar Lane, where kids play soccer and flag football. “It’s just a great time for the neighbors to get together and catch up with one another.”

Parkview is the ideal location for Marc and his wife, Jia. Marc can be at his job as a school principal in Frederick in 45 minutes. Jia walks less than a mile to the Medical Center Metro station to commute into the District, where she works as an attorney.
Parkview is next to the National Institutes of Health, the Naval Medical Research Center and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and a short drive from the Beltway. It is part of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cluster.

Parkview doesn’t have sidewalks or a central gathering place, but Marc says his kids enjoy the nearby playground and trails in Rock Creek Park. He likes that the house he bought in 2010 backs up to the soccer fields at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, cutting off further development.

Lisa Vogt, 53, who has lived there with her husband, Tim, 54, since 1997, started a neighborhood watch program. She adds: “People really look out for each other.”
There is also a baby-sitting co-op and an active mahjong group.  

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