Are you trying to decide where to live near Washington D.C.? Rockville and Bethesda both offer easy commutes and excellent career opportunities—but there are differences. Read on to find out more.
Is Rockville, MD a good place to live?
We think so! We recently discussed the city’s top pros and cons and covered how much house you can get with a budget of around $750k in Rockville. You’d be looking at a single-family home with four bedrooms and three baths at that price. In Bethesda, $750k would buy just two bedrooms, two baths, and very few houses to choose from (there are three active Bethesda listings around the $750,000 price point as of this writing).
Real estate is generally more affordable in Rockville than it is in Bethesda. The median sale price last month in Rockville was $590,000, while Bethesda’s was $1,150,000. Rockville is a better option if you’re seeking a lower price on a home—and it doesn’t lack amenities, either. Ranked the 9th best place to live in Maryland by Niche.com, Rockville is a great choice if you want:
- An easy commute to D.C. and the surrounding areas
- Vibrant nightlife
- Tasty restaurants and coffee shops
- A more suburban feel
- Expansive park access
5 Rockville homes available now
1. 14060 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD 20850 - $935,000
4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,755 square feet
Listed by Ben Fazeli • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 301-907-7600 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2075678
2. 10101 Grosvenor Pl #2012, Rockville, MD 20852 - $279,000
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 904 square feet
Listed by Jamie Coley • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 240-800-5155 (broker)
Listed by Aurora Guiragossian • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 240-800-5155 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2069440
3. 15201 Hannans Way, Rockville, MD 20853 - $819,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,650 square feet
Listed by Heidi Hawkins • Coldwell Banker Realty
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2078760
4. 13916 Dowlais Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 - $579,000
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,659 square feet
Listed by Eric Peek SR. • Peek Properties
Listed by Robin Wolfson • Peek Properties
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2079032
5. 212 N Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 - $699,900
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,689 square feet
Listed by Olivia Fenton • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2080212
Is Bethesda, MD a good place to live?
Niche.com ranks Bethesda as the #5 best place to live in Maryland. It earns especially high scores for health and fitness, public schools, and outdoor activities. The majority of surveyed residents called it “excellent,” many commenting on the easy metro access and the trendy shops and cafes.
If you’re thinking of buying a home in Bethesda, you’re not alone. The majority of residents own their own homes here. The median home sale price is around $1.15M—about 2.9 times the national median. Although the cost of living in Bethesda is 45% higher than the U.S. average, the benefits are numerous. This city is a good choice if you’re looking for:
- An urban lifestyle
- An easy commute to D.C.
- World-class restaurants
- Walkable neighborhoods
- A growing job market
You’ll also have various real estate options if you choose Bethesda. Live the city life in an affordable condo, or enjoy more space in a single-family home. You can even find spectacular, luxury new construction houses waiting for you to add your perfect touch.
Think it might be the place for you? Check out the following five Bethesda homes—for sale now.
5 Bethesda homes available now
1. Coming Soon: 6509 Landon Ln, Bethesda, MD 20817 - $2,599,000
6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 6,791 square feet
Listed by Ronald Sitrin • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2076172
2. 6105 Rudyard Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814 - $899,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,050 square feet
Listed by Cheryl Leahy • Compass
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2080948
3. 6210 Wagner Ln, Bethesda, MD 20816 - $1,195,000
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,033 square feet
Listed by Jennifer Wellde • Washington Fine Properties, LLC
Listed by Boucie Addison • Washington Fine Properties, LLC
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2081142
4. 5450 Whitley Park Ter #213, Bethesda, MD 20814 - $435,000
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,605 square feet
Listed by Andrea Alderdice • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 301-229-4000 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2076518
5. 5108 Wilson Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814 - $1,645,000
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,700 square feet
Listed by Lauren Davis • TTR Sotheby's International Realty
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2073160
Ready to make your move?
Whether you’ve decided which city is right for you, or you still need a little help, we’re here for you. Our goal is to help you conquer your impossible, whether that’s finding the perfect home in the perfect location, buying and selling at the same time, or another unique situation.
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All listings provided courtesy of BRIGHT MLS.
Last updated on 12/2/2022 at 7:34 PM EST.
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