The vibrant urban community of Bethesda in age-friendly Montgomery County, Maryland, is an upscale suburb of Washington, D.C. It’s conveniently located adjacent to the nation’s capital and easily connects seniors to different places via free Ride On and Bethesda Circulator bus routes and Washington Metro reduced-fare train rides.
Designated as an Arts & Entertainment District, downtown Bethesda offers plenty of entertainment options. Seniors can see world-class performances at Round House Theatre, enjoy dinner shows at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club and head to Bethesda Row Cinema for new and classic movies, as well as independent and foreign language films. Art galleries and public art are abundant, and there are a number of big festivals celebrating art, literature, music, food and cultural diversity. Outside of downtown, seniors can watch year-round concerts and see art exhibitions at Strathmore.
As a suburb of Washington, D.C., the cost of living in Bethesda is relatively high as reflected in the elevated costs of all types of senior care. Assisted living, averages $5,100 per month, which is $800 more than Maryland’s state median of $4,300 and over $1,000 higher than the national average of $4,051.
Note: Information for Bethesda was not available, so data from the nearest city, Washington, DC was used.
For retirees who want to call Bethesda home, our top 10 list of assisted living facilities is a helpful guide.
8300 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
Boasting an elegant country club-like setting and impressive amenities for discerning seniors, Sunrise at Fox Hill makes one of our top picks for assisted living in Bethesda. The community’s Craftsman-style architecture blends into the landscaped grounds and wooded surroundings. Its large porch is furnished with umbrella dining sets, and the courtyard has a playground for visiting grandchildren. Sophisticated indoor amenities include a bistro, library and activity room with media and fitness equipment. Sunrise at Fox Hill shares the same campus with senior condominium complex Fox Hill Residences, conveniently located off the Interstate 495 and Maryland Route 190 junction.
6904 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
Bartholomew House focuses on seniors 62 and older who are in need of assisted living but are able to self-transfer from wheelchairs or walk with or without walking aids. This facility has a peaceful location within St. Bartholomew's Church campus on Maryland Route 190. Its 33 private rooms have bathrooms and individual thermostats for resident comfort. Practical amenities include a media room, library, salon and fireside living room. While a registered nurse conducts regular health checks, residents and their family members are free to use medical care services and transportation from outside sources.
4925 Battery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Luxurious amenities and a perfect downtown location are just two of the reasons Sunrise of Bethesda made it on our list of top choices for assisted living. Close to the National Institutes of Health campus, the community keeps Suburban Hospital, the Medical Center station and various local shopping, dining and entertainment destinations within easy reach. Its sunporch and restaurant-style patio let residents enjoy outdoor relaxation in an urban setting. Indoor amenities include a fitness room, bistro, media room, library and tastefully designed lounging areas. It also has an on-site salon and spa for pampering treatments, and the facility’s Sunrise Signature Dining program offers fresh seasonal meals with pureed diet options.
3821 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203
Brookdale Arlington is perfectly situated in Arlington’s Virginia Square neighborhood. It’s a few steps from Oakland Park, Central Library, the Virginia Square Metro Station and various commercial and service establishments. This pet-friendly community made it onto our list for its central location and easy accessibility from Washington, D.C., as well as its welcoming amenities. Its enclosed courtyard has a central fountain and plenty of sitting areas, while the main living room has a fireplace and piano. Residents can spend leisure time in the fitness room, theater room, library and game area. Regular activities include B-Fit 4 Life exercises, happy hours and live music.
11621 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904
For seniors and loved ones who want to spend plenty of time together, Sunrise of Silver Spring is one of our top recommendations. The community has dedicated social and educational programs for families. Its cafe, dining rooms, sitting rooms and patio with lounging and dining areas provide plenty of areas for entertaining guests. Sunrise of Silver Spring is located across White Oak library in White Oak, Maryland, and is easily accessible from Silver Spring and Washington, D.C via U.S. Route 29.
2000 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
We included Sunrise of Arlington in our top 10 list of assisted living facilities for its engaging environment and peaceful community setting in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Located in Arlington’s Glebewood neighborhood, it's a few steps from Slater Park and conveniently near Virginia Hospital Center and local shopping centers. The facility’s quaint mansion design features a bistro, fireside TV room, library and country porches where residents can relax, socialize with neighbors and spend quality time with visiting loved ones.
11215 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854
The deluxe three-story community of Brookdale Potomac is in the vicinity of Cabin John Regional Park and located across from Cabin John Village Shopping Center. This facility made our list of top 10 picks for assisted living because it keeps seniors close to nature and commercial conveniences while only being a short drive from Washington, D.C. Its welcoming amenities include a fitness center, movie theater, library, fireside family room and a sunroom that has floor-to-ceiling windows and opens onto the courtyard. The cafe area is used for resident socials, happy hours, dancing and live music from visiting performers.
5910 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22205
Seniors who love nature and engaging activities can feel at home at Sunrise at Bluemont Park. This community is one of our top picks for its lively atmosphere and serene environment. Situated in the Bluemont Park vicinity, this community is close to a major junction and surrounding shopping centers in neighboring Seven Corners, Virginia. The facility has a Potomac club room for various activities, and common areas for socialization include the James living room, Shenandoah dining room and James and Shenandoah bistros.
5901 MacArthur Boulevard
Washington, D.C. 20016
Affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine and conveniently located in the Sibley Memorial Hospital campus, Grand Oaks Assisted Living is ideal for seniors in need of comprehensive health care in a homelike setting. Residents benefit from Johns Hopkins wellness and prevention programs, providing on-site primary care consultations and lifestyle amenities for aging well. The facility features a secure open-air courtyard and bright, spacious apartments and common areas for carefree living. Activities include aquatic exercises, gardening, weekly socials, live entertainment and outings.
900 North Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22203
The Jefferson made our top 10 list for its premium continuum of care in a vibrant urban setting. This luxury high-rise retirement community is centrally located in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood where it’s a few steps from the Ballston-MU Metro station and a short drive from downtown Washington, D.C. Voted as the Best Senior Living Community in Arlington Magazine’s Best of Arlington 2019 readers’ survey, this facility offers spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with private balconies and boasts a comprehensive range of resort-style amenities.