I love Downtown Bethesda and was excited about these condos for quite some time. The developement has all the ammenities:24-hour front desk, a fully equipped fitness center, an executive center and a rooftop terrace. But in my humble opinion, many of the units are location challenged (that is, some face a parking structure). Moreover none of the units have a lot of “outside” space — even the penthouse units have small balconies. On a humid DC day like today, it may not be a draw but developers need to learn that “yes, you can sell outside space”. You can learn more about Lionsgate Condos in Bethesda on one of Bethesda real estate guides. You can also view some of the units still for sale.
On Monday, November 24th, USA Today had an article that gave massive kudos to the women of Bethesda, Maryland. According to the story, which was based on an analysis in Self Magazine, our community rates Number 1 in the nation when it comes to the “most healthy and fit women in the country.”
I must admit that I was a little surprised. As many of you know, I’m definitely addicted to exercise (I’ve always said that if you have to have an addiction, it’s not a bad one to have) and most of my friends find time during the week to hit the gym, or the trail, or the pool…or something. But I would have guessed that “most healthy” would go to some place like Seattle or San Francisco – someplace where the outdoors is more of a factor in people’s lives. When we had the opportunity to spend a few months in the California Bay Area several years ago, we certainly felt that people took great advantage of the many miles of biking and hiking trails and, of course, the weather meant that you could enjoy these routines mostly year ‘round.
According to USA Today, “Bethesda landed on top because women there have some of the lowest rates of smoking, obesity, cancer, depression and heart disease. And they have access to more doctors per capital than anywhere else.”
For more information check out this post from Nanci Hellmich over at Wellness.com…
Over the past decade, Bethesda has blossomed into the “it” location for the close-in Maryland suburbs. With over 200 restaurants (many of them small, independent offerings) and two movie theatres (one of them small, independent), it is a wonderfully walkable area with a “city” vibe. Besides restaurants and movies, there are bookstores, boutiques and home furnishing stores galore!!
There are also housing options within the walkable (true downtown Bethesda) areas. They range from relatively modest 1 bedrooms condos to high end penthouse apartments; from small houses on small lots to estate style houses on premium lots; and there are a few townhouses in the mix. Bethesda’s big issue (for those who don’t have the luxury of living there) is a lack of parking. Although there are several large county garages and lots of on-street parking, the location’s popularity often exceeds its parking availability….but we’re working on it!