Bordered by the Capital Beltway, Cabin John Parkway and Clara Barton Parkway, Cabin John seems a bit removed from Bethesda, not to mention neighboring Potomac. But this sense of being within a private enclave drives much of the appeal of being a homeowner there. And most residents don’t consider highways and byways as the borders of their lush, forested community, but instead refer to the natural beauty of Cabin John Creek and the C&O Canal and adjacent Potomac River as being their borders (with the Capital Beltway perhaps considered as the “western wall”).
Housing in cabin John primarily consists of about 800 medium to large single-family homes of varying styles, some townhouses and a condo building. Most homes tend to be large with four bedrooms or more, on lots that tend to range from a third of an acre on up. The recent average home listing price was pegged at $1.3 million, an increase of almost 20 percent from the prior year. The community’s children attend some of the region’s best schools, including Bannockburn Elementary, Thomas Pyle Middle and Walt Whitman High. And while Cabin John is primarily a residential enclave, it does have a downtown, complete with several restaurants, markets, assorted services and a post office. There are many Bethesda builders who build new homes in Cabin John. Here’s a few.