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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Woodside, Silver Spring
8 Homes sold in 2017
$639,688 Average sale price in 2017
74 Homes sold from 2013-2017
$613,369 Average sale price from 2013-2017
Woodside residents can walk to the Metro and to restaurants and movies in downtown Silver Spring. The neighborhood’s 339 homes are bordered by 16th Street to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east and Spring Street to the south.
“It’s self-contained, and that geography contributes to our sense of cohesiveness,” says Sarah Brookhart, who has lived on First Avenue for 18 years. “Being a quiet neighborhood, but very close to D.C., was the original draw. The reason I’ve stayed there is that it is all that and more. Now we have our own wonderful Silver Spring downtown just a short walk away that makes Woodside especially appealing.”
Woodside’s character is another selling point, says Long & Foster real estate agent Barbara Ciment. “It’s eclectic with Cape Cods, colonials, ramblers. They even have townhouses. It’s a mixture. And it’s an established neighborhood, so there are beautiful old flowering trees.”
The Woodside Civic Association has been vocal in preserving the look of the neighborhood. About 10 years ago, the group was successful in reducing the number of new townhomes built on Georgia Avenue and making sure their appearance fit with the area, says Brookhart, 65, a former association president. For decades, the group has supported the development of the Purple Line, but now that it is being built, the focus has shifted to minimizing the impact of the planned station next to the neighborhood, making sure concerns about aesthetics and noise are addressed.
Woodside is in the Downcounty Consortium; parents can request to send their kids to one of five area high schools. The home school is Albert Einstein High School.
Mary O’Driscoll, 56, and her husband, Perry Plumart, 60, moved into a 1939 colonial in Woodside nearly 25 years ago, not knowing how long they would stay. “We loved our huge backyard, the trees, and just fell in love with the area,” she says.