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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Rock Creek Forest, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring
19 Homes sold in 2017
$671,283 Average sale price in 2017
111 Homes sold from 2013-2017
$650,341 Average sale price from 2013-2017
When Cynthia Lan Martin, 37, and her husband, Jody Martin, 36, moved to Rock Creek Forest, they felt they had hit the jackpot. “It’s the best blend of city, suburb and affordable. That trifecta is hard to find,” she says.
The neighborhood in eastern Chevy Chase and western Silver Spring is bordered on three sides by national and county parkland, with East West Highway running through its center. It’s adjacent to Rock Creek Park, with its trails, creeks and lush trees. The Martins look forward to their kids, now 3 and 5, being old enough for riding lessons and summer camp at nearby Meadowbrook Stables. In the meantime, they frequent the popular Candy Cane City playground and Ray’s Meadow Local Park, which was updated with new equipment last fall thanks to a neighborhood lobbying campaign.
“We go to the parks all the time. It’s a great way to let off steam and meet other families in the neighborhood,” says Jody, who moved to the area four years ago.
Gary Zinkgraf, 57, lives in his childhood home and raised four kids in the neighborhood, which he describes as “tight knit.” Rock Creek Pool, which is being renovated, remains a gathering spot, and Zinkgraf has served on the pool’s board of directors, just as his father did in the 1960s. Most of the homes—colonials, Cape Cods, ramblers and split-levels—were built in the 1950s.
Rock Creek Shopping Center on Grubb Road has a fitness club, deli, grocery, pharmacy and several restaurants. The central location, access to parks, walking distance to synagogues, availability of the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center, and the schools in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cluster (including Rock Creek Forest Elementary School) are driving forces for sales for the approximately 600 homes in the neighborhood, says Mynor Herrera, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Bethesda, who lives in the neighborhood. “The proximity to everything is crazy,” he says.
Home sales data, provided by Bright MLS and MarketStats for ShowingTime, includes sales for single-family homes. Statistics generated on Jan. 10, 2018. Information reliable but not guaranteed.