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Bethesda
If you want a trendy urban experience in the suburbs, bustling Bethesda is the hot spot you want. From the ethnic restaurants to the boutiquey shops to the farmer’s market to all the outdoor seating and picturesque fountains and parks, Bethesda is a mecca for young families, established professionals and singles who want a little nightlife in their backyard. Bethesda is home to many large businesses, as well as NIH and the Naval Medical Center. The Metro runs through downtown Bethesda, making it an ideal location for those who work downtown but don’t want to live there. The Capital Crescent Trail, an off-road, paved path for recreational use, runs from Silver Spring through Bethesda and down to Georgetown. You can’t be bored in Bethesda. The calendar is full of art festivals, restaurant events, concerts and baseball games. This vibrant, cool city offers something for every age and interest. Bethesda boasts fantastic, kid and dog friendly neighborhoods and top-ranked schools. It’s been called one of America’s most educated small towns (Forbes), a top-earning American town (CNN money.com) and the top “Hottest Guy City” (Total Beauty).
 
Highlights of Some of Bethesda's Neighborhoods

Wyngate
The Wyngate neighborhood reminds many residents of a Norman Rockwell painting. Thanks to the award-winning Wyngate Elementary School, laughing children walk and bike through the neighborhood, and lemonade stands are a daily summer sight. The houses range from 1950’s cape cods (many with significant upgrades and renovations) to the newer, larger homes with welcoming porches. Neighbors tend to know each other well and gather at Ayrlawn Park on sunny spring days. Runners, bikers and dog walkers take advantage of the miles of sidewalks, and residents love the close proximity to downtown Bethesda.
 
Alta Vista/Maplewood
Alta Vista/Maplewood is close to a great neighborhood park, the ever-popular YMCA , the Metro and NIH. Home to many World Bank employees, the neighborhood offers a dynamic international flair with enough different homes for every style. Maplewood Football, which has been a cornerstone of youth football in Bethesda for fifty years, plays its games at the park, and the cheers resonate through the beautiful fall foliage every year. This area is served by excellent schools and is an ideal location for those who commute to Bethesda, Virginia or DC.
 
East Bethesda/Glenbrook Village
These picturesque streets are tucked into the heart of downtown Bethesda. Bordered by Wisconsin Avenue, Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway, the homes here are in walking distance to two different Metro stations and hundreds of downtown Bethesda restaurants and shops. The Capital Crescent Trail, an off-road, paved trail loved by hikers, bikers, runners and dog walkers, winds through the neighborhood. Urban professionals love this little sanctuary in the middle of bustling Bethesda.
 
Glen Echo
This area is considered to be the fun, funky part of Bethesda! Kids and adults flock to Glen Echo Park, which is a national park that presents vibrant artistic, cultural and educational programs to residents. The famous Dentzel Carousel operates daily in the summer, puppet shows and excellent children’s theater are offered and many artistic classes for adults are regularly listed. This area is situated on the banks of the C&O Canal and boating is a regular pastime. Neighborhood children take advantage of the many parks and their parents take advantage of the terrific outdoor restaurants and unique shops.
 
Edgemoor
If you want an urban life in the suburbs, you’ll find perfection in the well-manicured, beautifully landscaped community of Edgemoor. Everyone who lives in this bustling neighborhood is in walking distance to downtown Bethesda and its numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Many residents meet to enjoy the Edgemoor Club, a private swim/tennis/social club, which offers an appealing option to local swimming pool and tennis courts. If you’re headed away from Bethesda via foot, bike, car or train, you can hop on the lovely and convenient Capital Crescent Trail or the Metro with ease. This area has grown remarkably in the past ten years but looks like it’s been part of Bethesda forever with its mature trees and beautiful architecture. It’s considered a very desirable residential location by many in the area!
 
Landon Woods
The Landon Woods neighborhood in Bethesda offers excellent scholastic benefits: if you go the public-school route, your children will end up at the nationally recognized Whitman High School. If you go the private-school route, you probably drive by the breathtaking Landon campus daily. The homes in this neighborhood are stately and are nestled among mature trees and gently sloping hills, and residents are ideally located between downtown Bethesda and quick access to downtown DC.
 
Cabin John, MD
This neighborhood is perfectly situated on the leafy banks of the C&O Canal, and one can’t help but feel drawn back to a simpler era when walking through this quaint town. You can choose between adorable original cottages or larger homes that have been built on two lots. The little downtown boasts a post office, a market and a fantastic location next to Glen Echo Park, the Bethesda Co-op, the fire station, and a bike path that leads right into Georgetown.
 
Greenwich Forest
Greenwich Forest is a Bethesda development originally built in the 1930’s, and the architect used historic houses as his model. Many homes look as though they belong in the rolling English countryside, and while the design varies with each, all are reminiscent of a more genteel time. This close-in neighborhood exudes charm and the houses offer impeccable detailing in their construction.
Testimonials 

“We worked with Mary to build a custom home that our family loves. Her attention to detail, experience in new construction and great advice on selections provided more than the usual realtor experience.”   Robin LaChapelle, custom new home client, Bethesda, MD


“With Mary’s wealth of knowledge in custom homes, she guided us through the process making sure that our home would fit our needs and also the needs of the market if we ever decided to move on... you won’t find a more dedicated real estate agent.”  Fred and Marisa Luchsinger, Bethesda, MD


"Mary did a tremendous job with the listing and selling of our home. Her wealth of experience in the Bethesda marketplace provided us with the perfect strategy to renovate, present, list and sell our home. We received multiple offers after our one and only open house, had a ratified contract within a week and went to closing in less tha 45 days. Working with Mary was a wonderful experience and we are truly thankful for all that she did for us!" Brooke & John Shaffer, Bethesda, MD


“Mary’s enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail were a tremendous help to us in making the countless decisions (large and small, interior and exterior) that must be made in planning and building a home.” Elizabeth Carroll, custom new home client, Bethesda, MD


"Mary was able to fill a unique niche for us: We needed to sell the house that my parents had built, and where we grew up.... Mary gave us the information that we needed to decide between fixing up the house to sell it, and selling it to a builder who would replace it; and she helped us to feel comfortable with our decision. She then went out and energetically found us a good buyer." Jason Warren, Kensington, MD


“I highly recommend Mary to anyone looking to move into, relocate in, remodel in, or rebuild in Bethesda.“ David L. Wagger, custom new home client, Bethesda, MD


"Mary really knows Bethesda, and cares about her clients as well as the neighborhood.  Her personal relationship with the builders in the area is what made the difference and allowed us to get the house we wanted, where we wanted, for a price we could afford." Custom new home client, Bethesda


"Mary's experience with custom builds, her established relationships with builders, and her attention to detail were all essential in planning our new home.  She is a true professional who will tirelessly work to completely satisfy her clients."  Eric & Marlys Osterhues, custom new home clients, Bethesda, MD


"Mary brings a wealth of knowledge of the close-in Maryland neighborhoods - both as a Bethesda resident and as an outstanding and experienced real estate professional.  Ultimately, we worked with Mary to build a custom home that our family loves.  Her attention to detail, experience in new construction and great advice on selections provided more than the usual realtor experience.  I would definitely recommend Mary to both buyers and sellers who are looking for the Best Agent in the market."  Robin LaChapelle, custom new home client, Bethesda, MD


"I really enjoyed meeting and working with you.  You were fair and true, and you have a wonderful energy.  It was a pleasure doing 'business'. Thank you for an inspiring experience!"  Agent -Shelby Bentson, Re/Max Le Reve


"Mary has our strongest possible recommendation to anyone looking to buy, sell or build a custom new home.  She knows Wyngate and the surrounding neighborhoods better than anyone we have met in the 11 years we have lived in the area.  She understood our needs and presented many practical options that addressed those needs.  Her experience with custom builds, her established relationships with builders, and her attention to detail were all essential in planning our new home.  She is a true professional who will tirelessly work to completely satisfy her clients."  Eric & Marlys Osterhues, custom new home clients, Bethesda, MD

"I am a small contractor who has worked with Mary Murphy since she became a realtor. She handles all the tedious work negotiating with the home owners over  the proposal pricing from me and other contractors. She pays extreme attention to detail with her clients best interest a top priority. She does an excellent job at keeping all parties involved on the progress of the work at hand. I would highly recommend her to ANY person looking to sell their home."  Stephen P. Farmer, SPF Services, LLC


"Mary is smart, driven, and attentive to the details that many would not see when it comes to this ever-changing market.  Mary listened to our concerns, gave us great advice and always had our best interests at heart.   During a time when the real estate market was on a downturn, we managed to secure several excellent offers exceeding our asking price, and selling the house in just 3 days. I am certain we would not have had the great success we had with our sale if not for Mary Murphy."  Ellen Newell, Bethesda, MD


“We met Mary when we were looking to rebuild our house in Bethesda. It was a bit of a chance encounter, but boy – were we lucky to have met her. With her wealth of knowledge in custom homes, she guided us through the process making sure that our home would fit our needs and also the needs of the market if we ever decided to move on. She was incredibly helpful during a stressful time in our family. She sat with us to review the plans, gave us advice on the house design and would even accompany us to check on the progress. She is a true professional, but more than that she is a truly genuine and hard working person. She went above and beyond for us, and we have no doubt that she does the same for all her clients. We would highly recommend Mary to anyone looking to buy or sell their home or considering a rebuild of their current home. You won’t find a more dedicated real estate agent.”     Fred and Marisa Luchsinger, Bethesda, MD


“In the future, when I am in need of any asistance with a local Real Estate transaction, you will be my first phone call.   You did a fantastic job selling off my [rental home for redevelopment].   You and your team are the best, you were easy to work with and able to get things done!  Not only did you get me a very fair price but you also handled my frustrating and difficult tenant circumstances with total professionalism.”  Brian Westrick, Bethesda, MD, tear-down lot seller


“Having lived in the neighborhood since 2006, we knew exactly where we wanted to be.  We had definite ideas about what we needed in a home and we had time to wait for the perfect home to hit the market.   Mary was comfortable with this and stuck with us for over a year emailing, calling, and arranging viewings when homes of interest came on the market.  Throughout this process it was clear she was in tune with our wants and needs while maintaining a realistic perspective on prospects as well as demonstrating a vast knowledge of the market.  When the home we were renting came on the market Mary patiently helped us with the decision to make an offer.   Contract to closing was a seamless process due to Mary’s exceptional attention to detail and organizational skill.  We felt comfortable and in control the entire time.   We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mary to anybody.  We have a new home and a true friend.”  Jess and Becky Edison, Bethesda, MD


“Mary quickly learns what her clients want, and goes to extraordinary lengths to find just the right match. For us, it is even more affirming to know that she is genuinely happy in our happiness.....There is no question that we would not have found our great home without Mary’s thoughtful and intelligent guidance. To find the home best suited to your needs and desires, or the right buyer for the house you are trying to sell, you cannot do better than Mary Murphy. “ Frank & Sue Thomas, Ashton, MD


“We were initially a little nervous about purchasing a new home not yet completely finished. Mary walked us through the process so we clearly understood what to expect and helped us at every step of the way. She was accessible - responding to our many questions quickly - and was willing to offer advice on everything from ceiling fan size to tile selections to cabinet stain colors. Mary went above and beyond in her assistance. Even though we had already committed to selling our house with another realtor, Mary willingly listened to our selling concerns and advised us when we needed assistance or a second opinion. I would not hesitate to recommend Mary to individuals looking to either buy or sell their home.” Keith & Karen Bird, Bethesda, MD


“To anyone desiring to have a good experience selling their house…  We chose Mary Murphy to sell our house and were very pleased. Mary was extremely professional in how she marketed our house which resulted in a sale on the first day at above the asking price.  All of our friends and neighbors that looked at the open house were really impressed with how well the house showed.

The favorable appearance did not happen by accident. Mary made recommendations on painting, which modernized the look, and staging which emphasized positive aspects of the house that would have been overlooked. She was extremely helpful in providing resource service people at a reasonable price to fix things that needed to be addressed due to inspection. We were in Florida trying to sell the house and would not have been able to address these issues without her help.  The buyers told us that they were very impressed with the amount of information that Mary provided them about the operation and maintenance history of the house. She prepared thoroughly for every step of the selling process and attended to all details in a timely way.


"We had reviewed a number of Realty firms before deciding on Mary. We were impressed that she would personally be responsible for the sale and be at the open houses. We know from experience with other friends that this is important. She also had a lot of information for customers about the area, schools, etc which would be helpful to buyers new to the area.” Beverly and Sam Boyd, Potomac, MD


"Mary made it possible for my family to get into the house of our dreams... She's a truly genuine person whom we trusted from the first time we met her.  In most cases, buying a house is stressful, but Mary took the stress out of the process."  Michelle McInerney, Chevy Chase, MD


"Mary is a full-service Realtor... From helping to write a winning offer on our new house, to staging our old house to ensure a fast sale-at full price... she was a true professional."  Jenny Cohen, Potomac, MD


"Mary has been a wonderful friend for many years. The old adage ‘don't mix business and friendship,' was proven incorrect when I hired Mary to sell our Bethesda home. I admire Mary more than ever after first-hand experience with her professionalism and unparalleled customer service. Mary assured me that, if I followed her suggestions for staging and for pricing, the house would sell within 4 days of going "live" on the market. She was absolutely correct, and I am thoroughly pleased with the sales price, which was above the asking price! Her remarkable customer service continued through, literally, holding my hand at settlement. From start to finish, Mary's work ethic, professionalism, and service are flawless."  Amanda Tatem, Bethesda, MD


“Mary Murphy sold our house....when other houses in the neighborhood did not do as well.  We attribute our quick, successful sale to Mary's knowledge of the market, her extreme diligence and her preparation….Mary met with contractors on my behalf when I couldn't be home from work…. Mary Murphy was truly working on our behalf and we were so grateful!  I would also add that Mary was extremely thorough and went above and beyond what we expect from a real estate agent .  For example, some items related to a major kitchen renovation 8 years were identified to not meet County code.  Mary went back to our original contractors and had them repair the deficiencies in their work at no charge to us (or to Mary). ”   Drs. Patty Lee and John Butman, Bethesda, MD


“Mary really knows Bethesda, and cares about her clients as well as the neighborhood.  Her personal relationship with the builders in the area is what made the difference and allowed us to get the house we wanted, where we wanted, for a price we could afford.”  Custom new home client, Bethesda


“I highly recommend Mary to anyone looking to move into, relocate in, remodel in, or rebuild in Bethesda.  Whatever your circumstance, she can guide you to where you want to be.   Mary cares about your goals and goes the extra mile to give you the best options.  We were looking to change our house rather than to move, and she helped us to make the right choices on our project.   I have no doubt that her knowledge, experience, and confidence will help (and impress) you too.  Send her an e-mail, and you will see what I mean.  That’s how we got started, and we ended up with great results. “  David L. Wagger, custom new home client, Bethesda, MD


“Mary introduced us to the ideal builder for our needs. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail were a tremendous help to us in making the countless decisions (large and small, interior and exterior) that must be made in planning and building a home. Mary was able to recommend resources that we never would have found on our own. She brings a level of dedication to her work and to the interests of others that we rarely see.”  Elizabeth Carroll, custom home client, Bethesda, MD


"I highly recommend Mary Murphy to anyone wishing to buy or sell.  Mary was extremely professional and always kept me informed.  From the start I knew my best interest was a top priority for her.”  Eva Rogers, Kensington, MD


"She has a knack for presenting and pricing homes" says Allied Realty President/Broker Eric Hough, who describes Mary as  personable, professional and service-oriented.


"When we contacted Mary Murphy about selling our home in Wyngate, we told her we were considering purchasing a condo. I believe the advice she offered on our condo purchase saved us more money than the commission we paid to her for the sale of our home. She was also very instrumental in reducing our stress level in making our first home sale/purchase in over forty years.”  Stoney and Chris Richards, Bethesda, MD

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