Urban-inclined renters, homeowners seek out luxury living in D.C. suburbs

Luxury property developments in Montgomery County show how easy it is to be living large

It’s an exciting time to be in Montgomery County. Two community developments, Pike & Rose, and Crown offer on-the-go residents a unique community environment, with a full selection of dining and retail options all located within the same development.

Pike and Rose, North Bethesda

Pike and Rose, located in North Bethesda, is bordered by the Montrose Parkway and Rockville Pike. Currently it has 14 dining locations, with at least another eight planned for the near future, including Nada – A Taco and Cocktail Joint, Jinya Ramen Bar, and The Block, and Asian food hall.

Those attracted to fun and luxury seek out Pike and Rose and Downtown Crown. Nada - a taco and  tequila joint is opening at Pike and Rose. Photo by Eatery Pulse Media.
Nada – a taco and tequila joint is opening at Pike and Rose. Photo by Eatery Pulse Media.

Existing beverage & dining spots range from staples like Starbucks an Chipotle, to popular chains like &pizza. The community lends itself to on-the-go lifestyles, as many of the dining options are fast casual (polished quick-service), and all are set within the very walkable borders of the community.

Besides its broad selection of dining venues, Pike & Rose offer three apartment options the newest being, The Henri, which appeals to the younger generation of prospective residents, particularly young professionals working in the D.C. metro area. “The Henri offers a wider array of distinct studio units,” said Raza Zaman, a marketing representative with developer Federal Realty, compared to Pike & Rose’s other two apartment buildings, and is “ideal for those searching for a small, personable, and creative space to call home.”

Downtown Crown, Gaithersburg

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To the North of Pike & Rose, another vibrant development has also opened a new residence building. The Copley, a condominium designed by architectural firm Michael Harris, is just steps from the bustle of Downtown Crown’s many dining and retail locations. The condos offer modern interiors, open floor plans, high ceilings, and are architecturally distinct from other buildings in the development, imparting an industrial architectural flair to Crown.

Crown’s selection of restaurants is just as broad as at Pike & Rose, including D.C. favorites like Ted’s Bulletin and an &pizza location of its own, as well as national restaurant chains like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Le Madeleine, while Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar brings unique Latin American flavors to the development. Residents looking for a cocktail will no doubt be impressed by Paladar’s rum selection, which is divided into Spanish, English, and French style rums, of which there are light, medium, and full-bodied varieties.

The Copley Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Photo by McWilliams Ballard.
The Copley Condominiums at Downtown Crown. Photo McWilliams Ballard.

To complement the variety of dining options that both Crown and Pike & Rose provide for their residents, each has its own flourishing retail community, fulfilling most of their residents’ day to day needs. Pike & Rose offer a retail shopping experience, with its own REI and L.L Bean, as well as H&M, Sephora, and many others. While Crown does not have quite so many big-name retailers, it does offer residents many amenities, with its own gym, multiple spa options, a Drybar, and a Harris Teeter location as well, to name just a few.

For residents of both communities, especially on-the-go residents, the convenience of having so many retail and dining options, steps from their front door is certainly part of the appeal that these two communities are building.

Author credit: Max Testa

Photo credit: McWilliams Ballard (featured, inline bottom), Eatery Pulse (inline top)

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