The rooftop pool at Bainbridge Bethesda Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Bainbridge Bethesda is the second high-rise apartment building to open this year in downtown Bethesda in what’s becoming a race to open residential projects in the city.

At 17 stories plus a roof deck, the new building is similar to Gallery Bethesda, its Woodmont Triangle counterpart that opened earlier this year.

Bainbridge Bethesda has a total of 200 units and its amenities include a rooftop pool, 15th floor exercise center, a lounge with shuffleboard table, outdoor grilling station and a second floor business center. Its public amenity is a walkway between St. Elmo and Fairmont Avenues with artwork and tables. It was developed by The Brainbidge Companies, which has headquarters in Bethesda and Wellington, Fla.

The building is located at 4918 St. Elmo Avenue. The architect was SK+I, a Bethesda-based firm that also designed the Lot 31 project currently under construction near Bethesda Row.

Steven France, the senior property manager at the building, said it’s currently about 21.5 percent leased. Rents range from $1,975 per month for a studio to $5,500 for a two bedroom with a den.


Color-changing orbs in the lobby.

First floor lounge with television


Second-floor portion of lobby


Portion of the e-center

Conference center on the second floor


Fifteenth floor exercise room


The view from a treadmill

Fifteenth floor lounge with small kitchen


Fifteenth floor grilling area


Rooftop fire pit, also part of the green roof to the left

Rooftop pool


View from the rooftop


Interior of a two-bedroom apartment


Kitchen of a two-bedroom apartment

Bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment


Bathroom in a two-bedroom apartment


Interior of a one-bedroom apartment

One bedroom apartment bedroom

Public amenity walkway between St. Elmo and Fairmont avenues

Exterior view from St. Elmo Avenue

Exterior view from Fairmont Avenue

The entrance to the lobby. All photos by Andrew Metcalf.