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 Stephen Walker
Regency Estates, Potomac
21 Homes sold in 2017
$678,493 Average sale price in 2017
132 Homes sold from 2013-2017
$661,167 Average sale price from 2013-2017
Nearby schools are a big part of the appeal of Regency Estates, which is just west of Seven Locks Road and north of Tuckerman Lane in Potomac. Winston Churchill High School and Herbert Hoover Middle School occupy several blocks of the neighborhood, and their soccer fields, tennis courts and outdoor track are a draw for residents.
Oscar and Luisa Hendrick settled in Regency Estates in 2002, in part because of the quality and convenience of the schools. Their three children walked to Beverly Farms Elementary School, as well as Hoover and Churchill.
“There is a strong sense of community,” says Oscar, 57, whose employer, the International Monetary Fund, would have helped pay for private schools. “Churchill has a relative big population of students, which, of course, presents some challenges, but at the same time, many opportunities in academic and extracurricular activities that are very difficult to match, even by the best private schools.”
With about 800 residences, the neighborhood includes a mix of split-level and tri-level homes, ramblers and a few colonials mostly built in the ’60s and ’70s. Initially, the Hendricks bought a split-level, but moved into a larger colonial on the same street in 2005.
The Regency Estates Swim Club is a popular spot in the summer. “People describe it as a throwback to the ’60s. It’s a safe place where everybody knows each other,” says Mara Senn, 49, president of the swim club’s board of directors. “It’s not too fancy, but it’s nice.”
Members for about seven years, Senn and her husband, Chris Michaels, 48, have 10- and 13-year-old sons on the swim team. One highlight of the summer is the team lock-in. “Everybody sleeps over at the pool, makes s’mores and pitches a tent on the grounds,” Senn says. There are also holiday picnics, a crab feast and weekends when food trucks pull up to the pool to offer dinner.
Although the Hendricks are now empty nesters, they plan to stay in the neighborhood because of its friendly atmosphere and convenient location.
“It’s suburban, but many things are reachable,” says Oscar, who commutes to work in D.C.
Shopping and dining options are available at Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall, where a face-lift and expansion are underway with more restaurants and commercial development planned.