Bethesda MD condos perfect for downsizing range from the affordable Promenade with its pickleball courts and indoor pool to the luxury Somerset with its doorman and tennis courts. When choosing a condo to downsize into, you probably want amenities like a pool and fitness center, lots of parking and a friendly community. Here are some Bethesda MD condos to consider when you are ready to downsize!

The Somerset Condos

Bethesda MD condos perfect for downsizing The luxurious Somerset Condos in Friendship Heights are a perfect place to call home if you are thinking of downsizing in Bethesda MD! You have a choice of three buildings, surrounded by 17 acres of green space and amenities like an indoor pool, tennis courts, handball courts, outdoor pool and spa, gate house and door man. You can walk to Cartier and Tiffany, Saks 5th Ave, Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods, your choice of restaurants from Clyde’s to Sushi-Ko, and the metro!The first building built in 1988 in the Somerset Complex is Somerset House at 5600 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase Md 20815. Somerset House is a high-rise with 20 floors including five levels of penthouse living and 159 condo units ranging  rom a one bedroom, one and a half bath condo with 1053 square feet to a two level penthouse condo with 5048 square feet of space, including four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths in 5048 square feet of space.  If you want spectacular views, you will love living at Somerset House.Somerset House II at 5610 Wisconsin Avenue also has 20 floors including five levels of penthouse living. Somerset House II has 149 units ranging in size from a one bedroom, one and a half bath condo with 1027 square feet of living space to a penthouse condo with 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 3 half baths on two levels all tucked into 9129 square feet of space.

Parc Somerset, the last of the three, was built in 1998. Located at 5630 Wisconsin Avenue, Parc Somerset building has 17 floors and 2 penthouse levels.  Parc Somerset has 102 condo units ranging in size from a one bedroom two bath condo with 1657 square feet to a four bedroom four bath condo of approximately 3500 square feet on the penthouse level. It also includes two “guest suite” condominiums that are available for rent by the owners for visiting friends and relatives.

The luxury tone of the Somerset condo community is established quickly with the gatedBethesda condos perfect for downsizing compound and gatehouse check point that guarantee privacy. 24 hour security assures residents that they are well protected. After a short drive down the tree lined drive, you are greeted by an attentive doorman to assist passengers and their packages, as well as offering complimentary valet parking. Once inside each lobby, you are greeted by friendly staff at the front desk. On weekdays, there is also a full time manager on duty in each building.

The sense of luxury continues at the Somerset Clubhouse. There is an indoor heated pool and spa to be enjoyed all year long. In the summer you can lounge at the outdoor pool and spa. There is a state of the art gym, hand ball, racquet ball and three tennis courts for the active lifestyle you are seeking. The Clubhouse also includes a large community party room with atrium, catering kitchen, a board room, and a card room on the main floor. After you are done with your workout or party you can relax in the sauna or steam showers and then enjoy a massage in the private massage rooms! This is Luxury at its finest!  If you want to downsize into a condo in Bethesda, the Somerset condos may be your perfect choice!

Fox Hills – Perfect Bethesda Condos for Downsizing

Located just off River Road at 8300 Burdette Road, the Fox Hill Residences in Bethesda offer easy access to downtown Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Rockville and Potomac and the rest of the metro area by way of I-270 and the Beltway. The alpine style buildings that make up Fox Hill Residences are set in 16 acres of greenery, providing a campus like feeling that is perfect for taking walks with a friend or your favorite dog.

Why should you consider the Fox Hill Residences in Bethesda?  If you have lived in the DC metro area for many years and you are now ready to downsize, you may be unsure where to go when you live in Bethesda or Northwest Washington.  While Leisure World is a great community, it seems so far away from your life.  How would you get to the Kennedy Center or your club if you moved to Leisure World? Downsizing shouldn’t mean a complete disruption of your life! Fox Hill is clearly the answer for people who are used to a Bethesda lifestyle – lunch at Silver or Mon Ami Gabi, shopping in Friendship Heights, Shakespeare at the Folger!

Fox Hill residences come with an amazing list of amenities like a full service spa, a pool, a virtual golf range, and wine storage facilities. Dining options at Fox Hill range from casual to chef prepared elegant dinners!  This sounds like the life we all want to live in retirement!

With no need to spend your weekends on yard work, you can choose how you exercise! Enjoy improving your golf game at the outdoor putting green or the driving range simulator, or work out in the instructor-led Zumba class with your friends.  Hit the treadmill for a run or find out how to get rid of those pesky pounds that you might gain from all the good food here by working out with the charming gym instructors  These are the services and amenities that define luxury condo living in Bethesda.

The Fox Hill Residences were built in 2008 to provide an option to buyers looking to downsize their home maintenance responsibilities but not necessarily the size of their homes or their lifestyle. The condos here are gracious and upscale.  Fireplaces, balconies and high end kitchens are the norm.

Fox Hill Residences offer you 240 condominiums with a choice of one, two or three bedroom floor plans with optional dens and balconies.  The three-bedroom floor plans are very large with more than 1,900 square feet.  If you are planning on downsizing, you might want to look at the two different one bedroom floorplans which offer either 841 or 999 square feet of space.

It is easy to overlook the extras at Fox Hill that come from its management affiliation with Sun Rise, one of the nation’s largest providers of retirement living.  Fox Hill offers assisted living  and memory care facilities whenever that becomes necessary.   This community is very similar to Maplewood, but offers even more amenities for the people who live there.


Sumner Village in Bethesda MD

Sumner Village Condos in Bethesda are perfect for downsizing into a quiet community surrounded by trees and walking paths, but still close to shops, restaurants and commuting routes. Sumner Village is just a few miles to downtown Bethesda so you can have it all here! You will be close to all the activity of downtown Bethesda but still enjoying the serenity of natural settings close to the Canal and the park.

Many people move here to the two or three bedroom condos at Sumner Village from larger homes in Bethesda, Potomac and other areas around the Beltway. To start your search for homes in Sumner Village, just click here.

Sumner Village is an architecturally distinctive condominium community, developed on a 28-acre tract of wooded land.  It is located just off Sangamore Road in Bethesda, between MacArthur Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. The wooded areas and surrounding parkland protect Sumner Village from traffic noise and provide a buffer from surrounding neighborhoods.  You will love sitting on your balcony and watching the birds in the trees or the deer walking gracefully through the parkland across the street!  There is even a gate into the park that is accessible just for people who live at Sumner Village, so that it is easy to get to the Capital Crescent Trail that will take you all the way to Georgetown and the Little Falls Valley Stream Trail that wanders through the park from Massachusetts Avenue down to Sangamore Road!

Each building houses 24 to 28 apartments on four or five floors. There are 12 apartment styles ranging from 1360 to 2185 square feet.  You can select from several 2 or 3-bedroom designs, with 2 or 2 ½ baths, several with step down living rooms.  Features in many apartments include large foyers, 27-foot living rooms, wood burning fireplaces, walk-in closets, laundry rooms, and spacious balconies or terraces.

The Sumner Village website says that the residents of Sumner Village have always been adiverse group – a cross section of Washington.  Many residents have moved from homes in nearby communities.

Adjacent to Sumner Village on one side and just a short walk away is a small shopping area, the Shoppes at Sumner Place, with a large Safeway food store, a CVS store, Praline, a French restaurant and bakery, service businesses, and many smaller shops like Chico’s and Edible Arrangements.

Find condos for sale or rent at Sumner Village on Sentinel Drive in Bethesda MD 20816.  To find other condos for sale that are similar to Sumner Village,  just click here!

There is more than just greenery and interesting people at Sumner Village.  You will love the friendly and helpful personnel at the entrance gate, the sparkling waters of the community pool, the tennis courts, the party room and meeting space, the picnic areas sheltered under tall trees, the walking paths that wind through the 28 acres that make up Sumner Village, the well used community center and popular library.

Sumner Village has two tennis courts, a large outdoor pool and a handsome, contemporary Community Center.  The Center includes a kitchen and bar, a library, an intimate atrium lounge with fireplace, and a common room overlooking the pool.  It also has saunas and a well-equipped exercise room.  For a fee, residents may use the Center for private parties

Sumner Village’s Community Association sponsors frequent activities in the Community Center, including morning coffees, book groups, dinners, evening functions with speakers, concerts and holiday events.

The Whitehall Condos in Bethesda MD

The Whitehall Condominium represents some of the best values in the Bethesda MD condo market because of its economical price per square foot, location and amenities. The spacious condos with big picture windows, balconies for many units and all inclusive condo fees make this a popular choice for people who want good value in downtown Bethesda!

It is nice to retreat to the comfort and peace of a condo like the Whitehall. Only a few blocks from the Bethesda Metro and the NIH Metro, the Whitehall gives you the best of Bethesda at a very reasonable price.  Adding to the sense of separation from all the noise and bustle of downtown Bethesda is a small park and public tennis courts on Battery Lane so you have a real sense of “country club” living when you combine it with the pool at the Whitehall and its exercise room!  There is so much to walk to like the Harris Teeter at the end of the street, Guapo’s on Wisconsin Avenue, and the Blue House at the Woodmont Triangle Park.  Grab a sandwich or a salad at Jetties and sit outside in the warm weather and watch everyone stroll by!

The Whitehall Condos are composed of two high rise buildings and 13 townhouses. The front desk is located at 4977 Battery Lane, the larger building with approximately 260 units.  The condos at 8315 Brook are the larger units, although the building itself has fewer units.   The Whitehall buildings were built in 1963,  but did not become condominiums until late 1982.  To see what is currently on the market at the larger building, 4977 Battery Lane, click here.  To see what is available at 8315 N Brook, click here. 

The Whitehall has a nice pool, wading pool for small children, grills by the pool, an exercise room and front desk.  Packages are delivered to the front desk in the Battery Lane building.  There also is an on site property manager.

There are no washers and dryers in the units, but there are laundry facilities on each floor.

You may be absolutely certain that you want to live at the Whitehall Condominium because you love mid-century modern condos or you want to walk to two metros and live on the edge of the Woodmont Triangle in a community with its own pool and exercise room.  However, perhaps you are not certain where you want to live and you are not sure which buildings you should visit.   If you like mid century modern high rise buildings, you might look at the Chelsea Towers or Westlake Towers near the Westfield Montgomery Mall.  Another option is the Promenade, which has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and even pickle ball.  Buildings near the Whitehall (and the Bethesda and NIH metros) include Sussex House, the Christopher, the Chase, Madison Park and the City Commons in addition to the new luxury buildings like the Lauren, Cheval and Stonehall.

The Promenade

Are you thinking of downsizing? Maybe you want lots of amenities but you really don’t want the hustle of downtown Bethesda. Who wants to do yard work?? Not you!   Are you tired of living in a big single family house without interaction with your neighbors and friends?  Then the Promenade Co-op is clearly for you! Click here to see all the coops currently on the market at the Promenade.  Here are all the other condos and coops for sale in the 20814 which are similar to the Promenade.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of a coop on the move, you should choose the Promenade.  It is going through a big makeover which is going to make it absolutely beautiful! The lower level concourse has recently been completely renovated and Chef Tony’s has opened a restaurant there with Italian seafood as their focus.  In the summer, you can dine outside on the patio by the pool too.  The lobby is going to be redone with a fireplace and intimate seating areas.

The onsite management and the front desk are friendly, competent and thoughtful – which is not always the case at some of the large condo buildings nearby.

Set in over 20 acres of greenery, the Promenade creates a high bar for luxury in Bethesda at an affordable price.  Located on Pooks Hill Road, the two towers of the Promenade give an exceptional view of the area from Sugar Loaf Mountain to the north to Washington DC to the south. You even have a great view of the tower at Walter Reed, the Mormon Temple and Silver Spring beyond that.

Living at the Promenade is like taking up residence in a fine hotel.  The lobby with its friendly front desk even looks like one!  The amenities provided include a Bank On-site, Beauty Salon, Club House, Common Grounds, Concierge, Convenience Store, Elevator, Exercise Room, Extra Storage, Fitness Center, Gated Community, Guest Suites, Jog/Walk Path, Laundry Facilities, Library, Meeting Room, Party Room, Picnic Area, Pool – Indoor, Pool – Outdoor, Recreational Center, Reserved/Assigned Parking, Sauna, Storage Bin, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Cable.  What more can you ask for?

The resort style amenities include a grocery store at the Promenade Market and Deli, Chef Tony which serves Italian seafood (and delicious pasta) and has outdoor seating.  There is a full service hair salon, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis facility, and a full sized commercial quality gym.  If you never want to leave the property, try the doctors here, the travel agency, and the spa!  There is a dry cleaner, tailor, shoe repair, contractor and an interior designer too for your comfort!

Moving to the Promenade virtually guarantees an active lifestyle – even if you don’t hit the gym or the tennis courts! There are welcome parties, book clubs, movie screenings, community events, speaker series, and dinner groups!  Pickle tennis and mahjong are here too!   Pilates and yoga – they are all here at the Promenade.  The library seems to be in use constantly there with meetings.

Click here to see all the coops currently on the market at the Promenade.

The Chase in Downtown Bethesda

If you are thinking about downsizing but you want to be in the middle of shops and restaurants in the heart of downtown Bethesda – the Chase is it!  This is a friendly mid-sized building at 7500 Woodmont Avenue with a real sense of community – and an amazing set of amenities particularly for the downtown location Bethesda.  This is a perfect building for someone who wants to stop driving and leave the car in the garage – or sell it!  Groceries, shops, restaurants and movies are all just a few blocks away.

There are approximately 250 condominiums in a twelve story building at the edge of the Woodmont Triangle and the northern end of downtown Bethesda. It is a short walk to NIH and Walter  Reed and literally across the street from the Bethesda Metro.  (It has a Walkability Score of 99!)  This condo community is close to  all the shops and stores that Bethesda has to offer.

Pets are so welcomed at the Chase that the concierge at the front desk always has dog treats right next to the hard candies for two legged visitors!

The building has a pool, exercise room, 24 hour front desk, parking, storage units, and a picnic and grill area.  There are even tennis courts.  You will feel like you are at a country club in the heart of Bethesda when you live here!

There are only approximately two hundred and fifty units at the Chase, making it a medium sized condo building.  There are not always units on the market but if there are any, you can find them here.  

If you don’t see any units on the market at the Chase, then you might want to look at other condos in downtown Bethesda.  To see what else is on the market in downtown Bethesda under $1,000,000 just click here. 

The Willoughby

The Willoughby is loved for its amenities, proximity to shops and restaurants, and well priced condo units. The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium is the largest residential building in the Friendship Heights neighborhood. In fact, the Willoughby is so big that it has two addresses. You can live at 4515 Willard Avenue or 5500 Friendship Boulevard – with entrances at each side. Choose from 815 one-, two- and three-bedrooms and two sizes of studio. While many of the units have balconies, several of the condos come with a very very large private patio!

Do you want an affordable full service condominium building in Chevy Chase with many choices in layouts and sizes? Just click here!  To see all the condos for sale in the 20815 zip code near the Willoughby, just click here.

Here is a sample of the amenities at the Willoughby.

  • Front Desk The front desks at the entrances of both the North and South buildings are staffed around the clock, seven days a week.  The front desk staff accepts packages for residents, admits visitors, and issues parking passes for guests.
  • Convenience Store The Willoughby Market, located in the South lobby on Willard Avenue, sells foods, toiletries and sundries, bottled wine and beer, ice cream, magazines and newspapers.  It is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Valet Shop The Valet Shop provides laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as shoe repair.
  • Exercise Room    The fully equipped exercise room on the roof level is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Laundry Facilities  There are two laundry rooms on each floor, open from 7a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Library The Willoughby Library on the roof level is a completely resident operated amenity.
  • Party Room   Located in the South Building, the party room has a caterer’s kitchen, a moveable bar, a portable dance floor, and a drop-down screen for video, slide, or photo viewing.  It can accommodate up to 100 guests.
  • Restaurant  Alfio’s La Trattoria is a traditional Italian restaurant in the condo complex.
  • Roof Top Lounge and Deck The rooftop lounge  opens on to a deck with panoramic views. The lounge is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The outdoor deck is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. or half an hour after sunset, whichever occurs later.
  • The Willoughby Pool offers a full sized pool as well as a children’s wading pool.

Parkside Condos

ParksideParkside Condos are distinguished by their spaciousness, affordability and great location at the edge of Bethesda! Amenities include pool and tennis!  If you are looking for an reasonably priced Bethesda Md condo that gives you the option of walking to the Stratford Music Center or biking into Bethesda or hopping on the Beltway and I-270 easily, then Parkside is your first choice. Located in a wooded setting, these condos are spacious and peaceful – and yet so close to everything. You would never imagine that you are just a few blocks away from the Grosvenor Metro (Red Line). You are also very close to the Walter Reed Medical Center, NIH, Marriott Headquarters, and the new Pike and Rose, with all the shops, movie theaters, bowling alley, and restaurants you could imagine. Pike and Rose is so big and innovative that it even has its own beach and a boat as a restaurant!  The elementary school, Garrett Park, is well regarded by the families that attend.

Parkside was built between 1952 and 1966 as a rental community and converted to condo ownership in 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.  To find out which condos are on the market right now, just click here.

Maplewood – Perfect for Downsizing and Transitioning

Conveniently located inside the Beltway at 9707 Old Georgetown Road, Maplewood in Bethesda is just outside downtown Bethesda, close to Wildwood for shopping and dining and just a few miles south of Pike and Rose.  Within a mile of Medical Center Metro, Maplewood in Bethesda also is only minutes away from shopping, restaurants, cultural attractions such as the Strathmore Center for the Arts and Arena Stage, places of worship, top-ranked hospitals and medical centers like John Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.  Maplewood is close not only to the central business districts of Bethesda, but also close to Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Washington, DC.

Maplewood provides independent living in a vibrant community, nestled in a safe, wooded suburban neighborhood. The Maplewood experience is defined by abundant activities; beautiful amenities and first-class dining, all easily accessible; 24/7 security and concierge services; and a highly attentive, engaging staff. We also offer assisted living, skilled nursing care, personalized memory care and support, and rehabilitation services for resident owners who may be ready to transition to more care. The community’s comprehensive Lifecare Plan is available for qualified residents, offering high-quality, long-term health care and/or assisted living at a very manageable cost. On the lobby level there is also a wellness clinic with an internist. His services are covered by Medicare so there is no out-of-pocket expenses to you.

Don’t miss the Market on the Square, Bistro Piano Lounge, Elegant Ballroom, Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, 9707 Cafe, and the more formal restaurant – The Urban Table. All on the lobby level of Maplewood. You’ll also find entertainment offerings and congenial neighbors in the billiards room, private dining room, club room, library, and art center.

8101 Connecticut Avenue

Built in 1982, the 8101 Connecticut Avenue Condos have only 174 units in three separate buildings attached by breezeways to the center area which is home to the front desk, common area and management offices.   The condos are exceptionally spacious with nine foot ceilings and balconies overlooking greenspace.  Fireplaces and crown moldings create a sense of a single family home.  Some of the units are on two levels with a staircase upstairs to the bedroom area.   All the condos have washers and dryers in the units and garage parking.  This community is perfect for someone downsizing from a single family home in the DC metro area who does not want to give up the tablespace kitchen, big closets, and formal dining room and is looking for a luxury condo.

The gardens and fountains set this luxury condo community apart from the competition.  Imagine how peaceful it is to walk in a lovely garden and listen to the sound of water falling from the fountains, with no thought given to cutting the grass or raking the leaves!

The condo fee includes water and sewer, on site management, a twenty four hour front desk, snow and trash removal, master insurance landscaping and exterior maintenance.  The building does not have a pool or fitness center on site, which helps keep the fees lower in this luxury condo building.

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