Every new building rising in Bethesda is offering “affordable” one bedrooms that start at $500,000 and rise from there up to the millions.  Homes are certainly increasing in Bethesda and it seems impossible to find an affordable home but there are actually condos that are under $300,000 in Bethesda which are close to Metro.  Don’t believe me? Just click here 

The Willoughby, the Elizabeth and Parkside are all great possibilities but are not the only ones.

Built in 1975, the Elizabeth is a high rise building of eighteen floors and approximately 363 units in total, including several commercial properties.  Life at the Elizabeth is simple. Everything you need is nearby from grocery stores to fine shops, good restaurants, movie theaters and commuter routes around the city. Located on Park Avenue, the Elizabeth is one of the smaller condo buildings on the street.  The Friendship Heights Metro is just a few blocks away and provides easy access to  DC and the rest of the metro area.  Parking is not a problem here with the parking garage and lots of spaces for the residents!

The smallest coops at the Elizabeth are a spacious 708 square feet for the one bedroom one bath units, found in 05 East tier.  Larger one bedrooms in the 10, 12 and 15 tiers are 860-950 square feet of space.  The 02 tier is still a one bedroom but with a bath and a half and nearly 1000 square feet of space. If you want large – then you should look for the 08 tier with 1650 feet of living space and three bedrooms and three full baths. Whatever your needs for space, there is a floorplan for you at the Elizabeth.  

Outside of Willoughby

The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium, standing 24 stories tall, is the largest residential building in the Friendship Heights neighborhood. With a total of 815 efficiencies, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a North and a South building, The Willoughby has two addresses – 4515 Willard Avenue and 5500 Friendship Boulevard – and entrances at each side.

If you are looking for an urban lifestyle – a walkable neighborhood with retail and public transportation around the corner – within the cocoon of a soft urban environment – then you will love Friendship Heights! Even though you are close to retail, movies, shopping, and the metro, this area still feels like a suburb rather than a bustling urban center!

If you are looking for affordable in Bethesda, you certainly want to include the Parkside condo community.   Parkside was built between 1952 and 1966 as a rental community and converted to condo ownership in

An example of the exterior of a Parkside condo

1981. It is a medium sized community of 954 units in 102 buildings located in a wooded setting spread over 69 acres.  There is one efficiency with 354 square feet, lots of one bedroom condos, two bedrooms condos, some with one bath or one and a half or two full baths, and three bedrooms with two baths. There is a condo for almost every need and taste at Parkside. Many of the units have lovely views of the woods from their balconies or patios.

Parkside has a large outdoor pool for residents in the community, two tennis courts, playgrounds, a ball field, jog/walk paths, and two clubhouses. You can even take the bike trail to downtown Bethesda. There is extra storage in many of the 102 buildings and there is a laundry room on the lower level in each building as the units do not have their own washers and dryers.  If you are looking for a particularly quiet condo community you will love Parkside as it does not allow pets. No barking dogs here to annoy you or keep you up at night!

For more information about any of these homes, just call the Lise Howe Group at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.  We are here to help you find your AFFORDABLE dream home!