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If you're thinking about a Maryland retirement, these four communities received at least two five-star reviews from resident homeowners, and we added information about pricing, floor plans, amenities, and locations. See what folks have to say, and you may discover that one of them checks all the boxes on your must-have list.
Below $100k - Mid $500s
Leisure World of Maryland was built from 1996 to 2009, and it has 5,600 resale attached, condo, and single-family homes on a gated property 15 miles north of Washington, D.C. In addition to a highly rated golf course, there are two clubhouses and a mile-long list of activities and events.
There are two clubhouses, offering indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, hobby studios, tennis courts, an auditorium, and bocce ball courts. Homeowners also use Leisure World of Maryland’s on-site churches, pharmacy, post office, bank, and community transit. The homeowners’ association (HOA) fees provide for trash pickup, cable, and snow removal.
One resident said, “The community here has everything you could need, even a post office, the bank, and a pharmacy as well as a couple churches. We rarely need to venture out to town!”
Leisure World of Maryland has several condo buildings, with more than 25 unit floor plans ranging from 940 to 1,605 feet. These have one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and assigned parking. The eight attached models range from 650 to 1,450 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half baths, and parking spots or garages. The two patio home models are sized at 870 or 1,200 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one to two baths, attached garages, and upgrades like hardwood floors and enclosed porches.
Mid $200s - High $500s
One happy homeowner wrote, “Snowden Overlook has the most active clubhouse with a full activities calendar, in a very convenient area between Washington DC and Baltimore.” Columbia certainly is a highly desirable location, and it's only part of what Snowden has to offer. Built from 2005 to 2010, the community has 350 resale condo and attached homes and is managed by five condominium associations. The HOA fees cover lawn care, exterior maintenance, and snow removal.
Snowden Overlook’s 11,000-square-foot clubhouse is the community’s hub, with its lounge, theater, exercise room, kitchen, and swimming pool. Indoor and outdoor group activities include concerts, aerobics, game nights, and bocce ball.
The property has a four-story condominium building with an elevator and a parking lot. The models range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet, with two to three bedrooms and two baths. There are 300 attached townhomes, generously sized at 2,400 to 4,900 square feet, with two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and garages. Some of these elegant homes also have decks and sunrooms.
High $100s - High $300s
Affordable? Check. Close to the beach? Check. The Parke at Ocean Pines has all that, plus a golf course and access to marinas and a pier. Part of a master-planned community Ocean Pines, The Parke has 503 resale attached and single-family homes built from 2001 to 2005 less than 10 miles from Ocean City.
The Parke at Ocean Pines has a private clubhouse with an indoor pool, a fitness center, and gathering rooms. Homeowners can also enjoy added amenities provided by Ocean Pines, including another clubhouse, pools, tennis, and a restaurant. The list of year-round activities is also impressive, with a ton of fitness classes and social events. “My calendar is full and it's enjoyable to spend time with good friends!” said one homeowner.
The attached models range from 1,195 to 2,540 square feet, while the single-families are sized between1,528 to 2,330 square feet. Some of these beautifully appointed two- to three-bedroom homes have options like enclosed porches and hardwood floors; the HOA fees provide for lawn care and trash pickup.
High $200s - Mid $500s
Located in Maryland’s Eastern Shore area, Symphony Village was completed in 2016 and has 395 resale single-family homes; one resident wrote, “This is really a wonderful place to call home!” The idyllic setting is in the Chesapeake Bay Region, just 30 minutes from Annapolis.
The Symphony Club is the community clubhouse, where you’ll find a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pools, a cafe, a ballroom, and other impressive amenities. Favorite pastimes include Aqua Zumba, the Jimmy Buffet Happy Hour, and men’s and women’s golf outings.
Symphony Village has 13 models ranging from 1,401 to 3,320 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and garages. Some of these homes have been customized with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, and lofts. The HOA fees provide for lawn and common area maintenance and snow removal.