Bethesda, MD

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Bethesda, MD Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Bethesda Housing Market Information

With a population of 64,169, 25,160 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $1,040,347, Bethesda house prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, Bethesda real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Bethesda, accounting for 57.20% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Bethesda include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 36.65%), row houses and other attached homes ( 4.59%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 1.45%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Bethesda. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 66.32% of Bethesda's homes, and 44.18% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Bethesda's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 50.71% of the town's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Bethesda include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 27.34%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 12.45%). There's also some housing in Bethesda built before 1939 ( 9.50%).

Bethesda Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Bethesda have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 26.79%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Bethesda house appreciation rate of 2.40%.

Over the last year, Bethesda appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Bethesda's appreciation rate has been 3.85%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Bethesda were at 1.24%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.07%.

Relative to Maryland, our data show that Bethesda's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in Maryland.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the town. Individual neighborhoods within Bethesda differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Bethesda - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Bethesda real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,129,000 31.3
$847,001 - $1,129,000 28.5
$565,001 - $847,000 22.9
$452,001 - $565,000 4.7
$339,001 - $452,000 6.5
$226,001 - $339,000 3.3
$113,001 - $226,000 1.5
$56,001 - $113,000 0.3
$0 - $56,000 1.1

Very High for MD
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
1.17956204379562 2.25563909774436

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Bethesda Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
119.70% 4.29%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,016 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 66.32
Renters 33.68
Vacant 6.88

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 12.4
1970 - 1999 27.3
1940 - 1969 50.7
1939 or Older 9.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 57.2
Townhomes 4.6
Small Apt. Buildings 1.5
Apt. Complexes 36.7
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.18
1 Bedroom 17.49
2 Bedrooms 19.05
3 Bedrooms 19.93
4 Bedrooms 24.24
5 or more bedrooms 16.10