Exterior of old building found in downtown Westminster, Maryland

Near major cities but still quaint and fun, Westminster is an ideal place for active adults. (Image via Farragutful)

The area west of Baltimore around Westminster, Maryland offers active adults a great lifestyle. At the edge of the mountains, the quiet and green landscapes provide many outdoor recreation opportunities. Residents of the area enjoy biking and walking along the NCR Rail Trail and hiking and birding at Prettyboy Reservoir and Catoctin Mountain.

Nearby areas such as Westminster, Frederick, and even Gettysburg, Pennsylvania feature historic towns with art galleries, museums, and restaurants. The wineries and the growing number of breweries also make for fabulous day trips and outings.

In addition to the calm lifestyle in the foothills, many active adults choose to live around Westminster because of the lower cost of living compared to Baltimore or the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Here are four great low-priced communities near Westminster.

Albert Courts - Thurmont

High $100s - Low $200s

Albert Courts, located in Thurmont on the edge of Catoctin Mountain Park, is a small community of just 100 homes.

This active adult community includes attached and condominium homes with scenic views of the mountains and green landscape around Thurmont. Residents can find homes that range from 1,400 to 2,100 square feet.

Although the community does not offer a clubhouse, residents can enjoy the gazebo and outdoor spaces of the neighborhood. In addition to being ten minutes from the woods at Catoctin Mountain, residents are also just minutes from the main street in Thurmont, with restaurants and a few shops.

JerMae Estates - Thurmont

Mid $200s - High $300s

JerMae Estates is an ideal low-priced community for golf lovers. Also located in Thurmont, JerMae Estates includes 108 resale single-family and attached homes. The floor plans for attached homes range from about 1,340 to 2,236 square feet, while the single-family homes range from 1,396 to 3,200 square feet.

The community borders the Maple Run Golf Course, where golfers play 18 holes in view of the scenic Catoctin Mountain. The community also offers amenities that include golf practice facilities and a pro shop.

Residents who don’t want to golf every day can enjoy the parks and greenspaces of JerMae Estates or nearby Catoctin Park. The community is also minutes from the grocery store, library, and Thurmont.

Carroll Vista - Taneytown

Mid $200s - High $300s

Carroll Vista offers prospective homebuyers a more traditional 55+ community in the Westminster area. Located in Taneytown, halfway between Westminster and Thurmont, this community offers homebuyers resale single-family and attached homes. The models include between two and four bedrooms with a den and up to four bathrooms.

The 453 homes center around a traditional clubhouse that includes meeting rooms, a billiard room, and craft studios. It’s easy for residents to stay active with the fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor pool, tennis courts, golf simulator, and putting green.

Residents also enjoy the outdoor beauty of the community with walking trails, gardens, ponds, and outdoor recreation spots like bocce courts and horseshoe pits.

Crestwood Village - Frederick

Low $100s - Mid $200s

Located in Frederick, Crestwood Village offers another affordable option for active adults looking to live west of the Baltimore-D.C. corridor. Crestwood Village’s single-family and attached homes range from about 600 to 2,000 square feet with many options ideal for retirees who want to downsize.

The clubhouse offers residents many places to socialize and get to know neighbors, including in the library, billiard room, multipurpose room, and meeting rooms.

Residents can also stay active by working out in the exercise room, taking a dip in the indoor hot tub or outdoor pool, playing a game of tennis or a round of mini-golf, and enjoying the natural spaces in the community. Crestwood Village also organizes clubs, activities, classes, and trips for residents.