Category Archives: In the Community


Folks, after dealing with a range of technical issues we are relaunching our humble little blog.

Feel free to drop us a line ( or leave a comment with suggestions for topics that Bethesda Actually should cover.


Bethesda Mews by the People who Created Symphony Park

Friends, you know that we were very excited by the Streetscapes/ Michael Harris homes project at Symphony Park. Fortunately we were able to provide some useful advice to folks interested in that project. Now, we are happy to begin to bring you some information on Bethesda Mews, a new project by the same partners. Our goal is to again provide you as much real time info as we can for this 29 (or so) SFH project on Old Georgetown Road.

If you are interested in learning more about Bethesda Mews feel free to give me a call at (240)486-3921.


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Westbard Vision Update!

Folks, Bethesda Actually will be at the next meeting of Westbard Vision and will report back:


Thank you again for your interest in the future of Westwood Shopping Center and its adjacent properties. After reviewing feedback from the two public workshops and the comments received through the website, we are working to develop design principles. We welcome you to a presentation of those principles Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014. At this meeting, each of the moderators will take additional comments and answer any other questions.

Design Principles Presentation Tuesday, March 4 7:30 p.m. Walt Whitman High School Auditorium 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817

We look forward to continuing this dialogue with you as we explore redevelopment opportunities. Equity One

The Lauren Residences Bethesda Update

Friends, as you know we have reported previously on the new high end, downtown Bethesda condo project The Lauren Residences.

By way of an update on the market for these condos, I did want to share this interesting comment from Grant Montgomery  (an analyst for the respected Delta Associates research firm in NOVA):

“What we’re seeing is a regionwide uptick in luxury units due to the real lack of development during the worst part of the recession,” says Grant Montgomery, who analyzes the region’s apartment market as a senior vice president for Delta Associates, a market research firm based in Alexandria, Va. “As the market has started to improve, we’ve seen a backlog of demand in the region, including in Bethesda, and we’ve seen developers start to fill that demand.”

This is a fair point. Additionally, the international demand for high end real estate projects in the Washington Metro area seems to be influencing the decisions of developers. I will say that in my day to day work I am seeing an uptick in individuals from overseas asking for information on the top US real estate markets (of which our own is at or near the summit).

Anyhow, more info on The Lauren Residences to follow. As ever, feel free to give me a call at (240)486-3921 or drop an email to if you want to chat about The Lauren (or any other real estate matter). Cheers!

Some Changes in Content at Bethesda Actually


I went to a very interesting meeting earlier this week given by the head of the Friends of White Flint. It got into a lot of details about the new development – matters that will certainly impact our community. Further more, it is also clear that parts of this project are likely to incorporate the “Bethesda North” tag and that we may see, over time, an expansion of what we consider Bethesda including this northern section. SO, here at Bethesda Actually we are going to try and cover bits of the Bethesda North development and will make sure that it is tagged as such.

Bethesda Farmers Market is Open Through the Winter

Just got the good news that they will be open throughout the winter. Here is the summary of this weekends activities:

This Week at Bethesda Central 
Voted Best Farmers Market 2013 – Bethesda Magazine
Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm! 

Stop by The Culinary Nomad for breakfast and warm up with some coffee from Zeke’s Coffee!

Heirloom Kitchen

Yellow Split-Pea with dill & Dijon; Hearty Green Lentil with rosemary; Thai Vegetable & Coconut Curry; African Sweet Potato & Peanut with cilantro, spices & ginger…and more!


Simply Delicious Desserts

Simply Delicious Desserts creates delicious pies from scratch using only the finest, freshest ingredients.


Lamb Baaacon

Kosher all natural lamb bacon and other Kosher certified smoked/cured meats.


Sharpen This
Bring in your knives, scissors, etc. for sharpening.


Bethesda Green Happy Hour on Thursday: Lighting the Way to a Greener Community!

Folks, if you have time this Thursday do try and pop over to the Bethesda Green Happy Hour – here are the details:

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of casual conversation and networking with Bethesda Green and representatives from the faith-based community. Congregations associated with Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) will share their extraordinary work to save energy and go green.

Thursday, Dec. 5 5 – 8 pm

The Parva Restaurant and Lounge 7904 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Located two blocks from Bethesda Green.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers in the restaurant’s beautiful second floor lounge.

$10 Donation requested at the door; proceeds shared with Interfaith Power & Light.

You Have Seen Them at Bethesda Farmers Market!

Now take a look at their HQ (whisper……outside Bethesda 🙂

On November 2nd, Zeke’s Coffee of DC will be celebrating the grand opening of their Roastery & Coffee Lab from 9am-2pm.


More on Capital Bike Share

Just wanted to note that it is super how many Capital Bike Share stations are cropping up around Bethesda – really good to see this investment!

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Roti Bethesda Pumpkin Contest Has Started!

This could be fun folks:

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test!

Here’s how it goes:

– Get a pumpkin or visit our Roti Pumpkin Patch at our Bethesda location (10321 Westlake Drive)*.

– Carve the Roti O into the pumpkin or let your creative carving skills go wild and create your own Roti inspired design.

– Take a picture of your pumpkin design.

– Submit your photo one of three ways:

• Via Instagram by tagging @rotiusa with the hashtag #rotipumpkin • Via Twitter by tagging @rotiusa with the hashtag #rotipumpkin • Via email by emailing

The first 31 people to submit their Roti pumpkin carving will win FREE Roti for a week!

The contest begins on Monday, October 21 and ends on Thursday, October 31. We will not accept submissions before Monday. The pumpkin patch will be available the day the contest begins.

*While supplies last.