Low-angle view of a modern condo building

Condos offer active adults the best option when it comes to simply downsizing.

For some people over 55 looking to downsize, a condo provides the perfect option. First, the square footage will almost always be smaller than attached or single-family homes in the same community. Condos also often provide extra security, with a call system even when the overall community isn’t gated. For retirees looking to travel, a condo is the ultimate low-maintenance home, with no yard work or outside care to worry about.

Twenty-five communities in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. include condominium homes, including large communities with a variety of housing styles and others with only condos. Here are 4 active adult communities in the D.C. area offering condos.

Leisure World of Maryland - Silver Spring

Below $100k - Mid $500s

With 5,600 homes, Leisure World of Maryland can provide prospective homebuyers almost anything they are looking for. The low- and high-rise condominiums in Leisure World alone offer a variety of options.

Homebuyers can find anything from compact 705 square-foot, one bedroom, one bath homes, or almost 2,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The condos can also be very affordable, some of them starting below $100K.

No matter the size of the condo, homeowners have access to the world-class amenities of the community. Included within the gated Leisure World loop are two clubhouses with many meeting rooms, dining options, a fitness center, an indoor pool, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, outdoor social spaces, and more. Residents can also make use of public transportation to easily visit downtown Silver Spring or Washington, D.C.   

Heritage Harbor - Annapolis

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Heritage Harbor is another larger, established community outside D.C. offering all types of housing. The condominiums range from 800 to 2,000 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, and can list for anywhere between the low $200s to the mid $300s.

As one of the only 55+ communities in Annapolis, active adults who love the water will love Heritage Harbor. Enjoy views of the trees from the condos, or walk along the waterfront. The community also includes boat slips, boat storage, a pier, and boat launch.

Residents also enjoy the many places to socialize, learn something new, or stay active. These include meeting and conference rooms, craft studios, the fitness center and pools, 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, and much more. Instead of spending time maintaining a yard, condo homeowners can enjoy Heritage Harbor and the shops, restaurants, and museum of nearby Annapolis.

Cameron Grove - Upper Marlboro

High $100s - High $200s

Located in Upper Marlboro, Cameron Grove is another large community with condos offered for resale. Single-family, attached, and condos make up the 749 homes.

Homebuyers looking for condos can find units with two to three bedrooms, and one and a half to two and a half baths, generally starting in the high $100s.

Although Washington, D.C. is just a short commute from the community, residents enjoy all that Cameron Grove has to offer. The 20,000 square-foot clubhouse includes craft studios, card rooms, meeting rooms, and other spaces for clubs, groups, and special events. Residents easily stay active with an indoor pool and spa, fitness center, dance studios, outdoor pool, tennis courts, softball field, and walking trails.

Ellicott’s Retreat - Ellicott City

High $200s - High $300s

Prospective homebuyers looking for new condos can find a home at Ellicott’s Retreat in Ellicott City. Located between Baltimore and D.C., this condo-only community built by Ryan Homes includes 160 units.

The standard model features two bedrooms and two baths, with hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and recessed lighting. Residents worry about very little maintenance, since the building features a parking garage and elevator.

The attached clubhouse provides residents space to get to know each other. Homeowners are also walking distance to grocery and big box stores, a short drive from restaurants and shops, and very close to the natural areas of Patapsco Valley State Park.