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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Washingtonian Woods, Gaithersburg

12 Homes sold in 2017
$663,292 Average sale price in 2017
65 Homes sold from 2013-2017
$664,526 Average sale price from 2013-2017

after dinner, Lisa Cline often puts on her hiking boots and treks through the woods by the Muddy Branch stream with her husband, Jack, and their 10-year-old son, Harris. Or they walk on the three-quarters of a mile loop at Washingtonian Woods Park, which has a pond where they can fish.

The Clines, who moved to Washingtonian Woods 10 years ago from Boston, like the natural feel, open space and friendly atmosphere of their Gaithersburg neighborhood, which is situated just west of Muddy Branch Road and bordered by Darnestown Road to the south and Great Seneca Highway to the north. 

“There are literally children everywhere, riding bikes and playing basketball,” says Lisa, 51, a freelance writer whose husband, a lobbyist, commutes by MARC train into the District. “But there is a certain amount of privacy, too, because houses are not as closely situated to each other as in other subdivisions.”

Built in the late 1980s, the 375 single-family homes in the development are mostly colonials, many with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, first-floor dens and two-car garages, says Mincy Neil, a real estate agent with Long & Foster. There are also 200 condos. In the Quince Orchard High School cluster, the neighborhood is within easy access of I-270 and is close to the RIO Washingtonian Center and Downtown Crown shopping areas.

“It offers a swimming pool and active community organization,” Neil says. “People socialize together and it’s cohesive.”  

With its pool table and multiple televisions, the clubhouse is a popular venue for March Madness basketball and Super Bowl parties. Meagan Brady, 38, and her husband, Matt, 40, who have 4-, 6- and 8-year-old sons, help coordinate those events along with the neighborhood’s annual fall festival, which includes games, crafts, music and a kids’ scramble to get candy placed on a hill by the neighborhood park. “Candy Hill” is the prime sledding spot in the winter and an amphitheater for outdoor movies in the summer. This year, the neighborhood social committee will organize coffee hours for newcomers and toddler playdates. 

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