Westminster allows active adults to be near big cities while also enjoying a rural tranquility.

The Westminster area is a great place for active adults who want to stay near the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. area but exchange the city life for the woods and farms of Central Maryland.

While the seven 55+ communities in between Baltimore and Frederick usually offer on-site amenities and activities, the surrounding area also has places to explore. The craft beer and wine movement has been growing across the state, and the Frederick and Carrol Wine Trails include 10 wineries where active adults can enjoy a lovely afternoon in the tasting room and hear live music on the weekends. In addition to restaurants, shops, and cultural centers, downtown Frederick has seven craft breweries and there are a number of farm breweries in Mt. Airy and Frederick county.

Central Maryland is also home to one of the best rail trails in the state, the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. You can take leisurely bike rides and walks along the almost 20 miles of flat, wooded trail. The Liberty Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, and Catoctin Mountain Park offer scenic hiking and boating.

Here are the three best communities in the Westminster area.

Carroll Vista

Mid $200s - High $300s

Carroll Vista in Taneytown, Maryland is the most traditional 55+ community in the Westminster area, with many of the resort-style amenities that are often expected in active adult communities. The clubhouse has a card room, arts and crafts room, business center, and billiards room, and the fitness center offers pools, dance studios, and sauna. There are over 50 clubs, classes, and activities that meet regularly, plus special events.

Carroll Vista stopped building new homes recently, and the resale homes range from attached two bedrooms to single family four bedroom homes with anywhere from 1,389 and 3,300 square feet of living space. Although Taneytown is rural, Carroll Vista is located twenty minutes from downtown Frederick and twenty minutes from historic Gettysburg.

Gatherings at Quarry Place

High $200s - Low $400s 

Located in Reisterstown, closer to Baltimore than Westminster, Gatherings at Quarry Place offers an active adult community for those who want to stay a little closer to the city. The new homes are all two bedroom, two bath, and include a garage. Even though these homes may be smaller than in other communities, the condominiums have luxurious standard features like hardwood floors, modern appliances, granite countertops, and maple cabinets, all while being energy efficient and easy to maintain.

The small community of 135 homes includes a clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool, and dog park and walking trail, but homeowners can also easily explore the shopping centers in the area. Within a few minutes drive there are big-box stores, and the newly-developed Foundry Row Shopping Center, which has weekly concerts over the summer and special events.

The Reserve at New Windsor

High $200s - Mid $300s

The Reserve at New Windsor is for active adults interested in a calm, rural lifestyle in an area that feels more like a neighborhood. The community is made up of only 83 homes all with two-car garages and floor plans that range from 1,822 to 2,064 square feet and two to three bedrooms. All exterior home maintenance is managed by the homeowners association.

Unlike many 55+ communities, The Reserve at New Windsor doesn’t have a clubhouse or fitness center, but is in a secluded neighborhood where residents can take walks and enjoy the nearby pond. New Windsor is just a few minutes down the road, with places to shop and eat, and Westminster and Frederick are less than half an hour away.