Spotlight on the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda

Anyone looking at homes for sale in Washington, DC should consider the suburban town of Bethesda. Located at the southern tip of Maryland, it offers a quiet and family-friendly place to live outside of the hustle and bustle of city life. The quick commute to the capital city and beautiful homes has made it a popular place for political figures and many other affluent, well-educated professionals.

Although Bethesda might look like any other suburb full of regular commuters, it has landed on the top of lists like Forbes America's Most Educated Small Towns. In 2009, an impressive 51.5 percent of the Bethesda population held advanced degrees. This is about five times the national average. The source states this is likely due to the fact that many residents are Washington, DC lawyers and Georgetown professors.

Forbes also named Bethesda number two on the list of America's Most Livable Cities. This was based on factors such as quality of life, cost of living, crime and unemployment. This picturesque town was also eleventh on CNN Money Magazine's 2008 list of 25 Top-Earning Towns with the median family income at $167,043 for that year.

If this isn't enough to convince you to look into living in Bethesda, consider the excellent area schools. Part of the Montgomery County Public School System, it is one of the best public school systems in the nation. Additionally, the area also boasts some of the best private schools including Landon School, Washington Waldorf School and Norwood School.

Bethesda is also home to chic boutiques, countless restaurants, museum and art venues and a bustling downtown, according to Bethesda Magazine. Residents spend their free time enjoying a book outside on a moderate autumn day or cool down in the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean during July. Mountain hiking makes for a perfect day trip and whenever there's an urge to be a city slicker or see the beautiful cherry blossoms, Washington, DC is a stone's throw away.

The source says the real estate market in Bethesda has enjoyed good stability in the past couple years and seems to be staying that way. According to Sperling's Best Places to Live, the median home price here is $742,300.

"We just love the atmosphere, everything about Bethesda," said empty-nester Evelyn Earl to the magazine.  "It seems like they have a little bit of everything."