Edgemoor, Bethesda, MD
Edgemoor, in Bethesda, MD, is a charming neighborhood of mature trees and an eclectic mix of architectural styles from elegant 1900s homes to spacious newer mansions. Edgemoor lies just west of bustling downtown Bethesda but feels worlds away. It has a reputation for being an “exclusive” enclave, but only recently have home values benefited from Edgemoor’s prime location. Proximity to the Bethesda business district, especially in the past 20 years as the retail and restaurant offerings of Bethesda Row have expanded dramatically, has increased Edgemoor’s home prices and created its reputation as the neighborhood of choice.
The big draw for Edgemoor residents is its convenient location. Edgemoor is situated within quick walking distance of downtown Bethesda’s many restaurants and bars, shops and movie theaters, as well as the Bethesda Metro station. The Bethesda Circulator Bus offers free rides in a circuit around downtown Bethesda, with a stop convenient to Edgemoor residents. Ride-On and Metrobus stops are nearby as well. The Beltway (1-495), I-270 and the major driving routes into downtown Washington are just minutes away.
Top-Rated Schools in Edgemoor
Edgemoor’s public schools are part of the sought-after Montgomery County school system, considered among the finest in the country. Schools for Edgemoor residents include Bethesda Elementary School, Westland and Pyle middle schools, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walt Whitman high schools. A variety of private schools are located nearby as well, including the Sidwell Friends Lower School, where the Obamas’ daughters attended elementary school.
Below is a map of public schools that can be found near the Edgemoor area:
Homes With Charm
Edgemoor was founded in the early 1900s, and the neighborhood boasts many gracious original homes. Many of these have been renovated and updated. Other homes have been torn down and replaced by spacious traditional or contemporary houses in a wide variety of styles. Residents tend to stay for years, and may trade up or down, renovate, or tear down and rebuild. They choose to stay in the neighborhood for the charm, convenience and amenities.
The social life of Edgemoor, of course, centers around downtown Bethesda, where residents often run into their neighbors at the coffee shops and restaurants or on their way to yoga class. Residents also gather at the Edgemoor Club, a private tennis and swim club with its own competitive swim team. The Edgemoor Citizens Association sponsors events such as the Edgemoor Classic 5K, Halloween and 4th of July parades, house and garden tours and more. Caroline Freeland Park lies at the eastern edge of the neighborhood, next to the Bethesda Public Library, and, for hikers and bikers, the 11 mile long Capital Crescent Trail has a trail entrance nearby.
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