What if Bethesda Were on A Beach?

How would you like it if Downtown Bethesda were on a beach?  Bethesda Magazine posed this question in a humorous and brilliant series of pictures depicting “in a perfect world”.  This was one of the coolest and most fun pieces I’ve seen in quite some time.  I wish I had the link to my favorite picture, but it was similar to this one of Barnes and Noble at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenue, which is at the center of the urban village core.  But instead of the massive parking lot (not seen), there was a beach!

Downtown Bethesda at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenue.  What if Downtown Bethesda were on a beach?
Downtown Bethesda at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenue. What if Downtown Bethesda were on a beach?

Sarasota, FL & Gulf Goast, AL Inspiration Time

One of the best side-benefits of having real estate agent/marketing friends across the country is being able to keep up with different markets, and feel the pulse of the different areas where these professionals work.  Of course there’s no substitution for visiting, but I wanted to introduce you to two Beach destinations through the pictures below.

I encourage you to take a look at both of the websites associated with each area.  You can almost “feel the life of these areas” through them.  I was hoping that a look at these two extraordinary destinations through these two extraordinary web experiences will give you (at least the Greater Bethesda contingent out there) inspiration to answer this question:

If you could Move Downtown Bethesda anywhere, where would you move it?

Gulf Shores Real Estate?

Gulf Shores real estate anyone? Courtesy of Cal Carter and the top producing Gulf Shores Life Real Estate Team at Keller Williams.
Gulf Shores real estate anyone? Courtesy of Cal Carter and the top producing Gulf Shores Life Real Estate Team at Keller Williams.

Gulf Shore life looks awfully nice — especially through the lens of Cal Carter’s Gulf Shores real estate guide.   Appropriately titled GulfShoreLife.com, one look at the vivid slide-shows, images, and custom home listing displays on this triumph of a web guide will explain why I thought Bethesda would fit well on these sandy beaches.  For even more pictures, visit Cal’s Alabama Gulf Coast real estate guide…

Sarasota Real Estate

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Luxury Sarasota Real Estate? Marc Rasmussen, one of the elite agents in Sarasota, has an equally impressive website -- LuxurySarasotaRealEstate.com is filled with images, videos, and all Greater Sarasota MLS property listings.

Recently touted as the #1 area to buy a home in the US, take a look at Marc Rasmussen’s LuxurySarasotaRealEstate.com – one of the finest and most attractive real estate guides anywhere. Besides perusing properties through a customized Sarasota MLS, don’t miss his Sarasota real estate news section for more Sarasota flavor.

Thoughts on where you’d move Bethesda (or your city, for those not from the area) if you could move it anywhere?

Bethesda…”Healthyville” USA For Women?

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…

And stay healthy!

Contributing Blogger – Gretchen Koitz