A lot of my real estate clients want to live near the NIH Metro, either because they work there (or at the new Walter Reed), or because of the easy commute into the District. Traffic these days is a bear. Folks want to live near Metro so they can stay out of their cars. And it’s only going to get worse. 2,500 new employees are expected to join the National Naval Medical Center when Walter Reed closes, adding to an already congested rush hour. So, if you’re looking to avoid some traffic & buy a house in a neighborhood that’s convenient to Metro, search no more. I’ve got the skinny on the best spots within walking distance of the NIH.
Since they closed public access to NIH right after 911, your only access to the NIH metro stop is on the east side of the campus just off of Wisconsin Avenue. The best “walk to” neighborhoods include the north side of East Bethesda (aka Glenbrook Village), Locust Hill Estates, Alta Vista/Maplewood and Parkview Estates.
- Glenbrook Village/East Bethesda (rosy purple) is a great neighborhood with about 300 homes. Most of the houses started off as modest colonials and capes, but many have added sizable additions and/or been replaced over the years with new construction. Houses in this neighborhood start at roughly $600,000 and top off around $2,000,000. The average walk to metro can range from 5-15 minutes depending on the lights.
- Locust Hill (orange) is a lovely enclave of older, more distinguished homes and larger lots. It’s very hilly, and quite charming. Homes here also start around $800,000 (those backing or close to 495) and work their way up. I’m guessing there are roughly 200 homes in this neighborhood. The average walk to metro is approximately 10-20 minutes.
- Alta Vista/Maplewood (green) was developed a little later in the game and has some newer homes in the mix. Prices here are a little lower, starting in the $600’s on up. Depending on where you begin your journey, the walk to metro will likely take anywhere from 10-20 minutes (for those east of Linden).
- Parkiew Estates (blue) boasts the biggest schlep to Metro, particularly if you are tucked into the back streets. It hugs 495, Cedar Lane and the Naval Medical campus. Most homes in this enclave are brick splits or ramblers. There are approximately 100 homes in Parkview. Prices range from the upper $500’s to the mid $700’s. The walk to metro is approximately 15-25 minutes.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these neighborhoods, I’d be quite happy to show you around. I’ve lived in the area for almost 20 years, and I’ve been helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs for over 14 years.