Maryland offers 59 active adult communities, mostly centered between the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro area. Although these communities vary in size and offer all types of housing, the mid-sized and larger resort-style communities have been the best selling. The best-selling communities are also all age-restricted.
Here are the best-selling communities in Maryland, based on multiple listing service data.
1. Cameron Grove - Upper Marlboro, MD
The top-selling community in Maryland is Cameron Grove, conveniently located outside D.C. in Prince George’s County. Cameron Grove provides a good community for those looking to downsize. The condos, located in three-story elevator buildings, include two or three bedrooms and one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms. They generally list in the high $100s to low $200s.
The single-family homes provide a more affordable option for active adults looking for a freestanding home or a little more space. A three-bedroom, single-family home can list around $400,000.
The Resort Center provides almost endless opportunities for residents to learn new things, join clubs, or get to know each other. The Center has pools, spas, a fitness center, a bar, a billiards room, and a restaurant. Outside, residents can enjoy softball fields, tennis courts, a driving range, and walking trails.
2. The Enclave at Ellicott Hills - Ellicott City, MD
The Enclave at Ellicott Hills is the smallest community on this list, with just 280 homes. With condos and attached homes built between 2003 and 2013, The Enclave provides a leisurely community near Ellicott City outside of Baltimore.
Built by Bozzuto, about half of the homes are condos under 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms. The other half are two-story attached homes with three bedrooms, at least two-and-a-half baths, and a garage. The condos generally list in the high $200s while the attached homes list from the mid $400s to low $500s.
Although residents can easily get to Ellicott City, the nearby mall in Columbia, or even Baltimore, The Enclave at Ellicott Hills offers luxurious amenities on site. The clubhouse includes many sitting areas where residents can read, meet with clubs, or just enjoy the space. Residents can stay active in the exercise center or take a group fitness class in the aerobics room. The large outdoor pool and patio also provide another place to stay fit or have fun.
3. Leisure World of Maryland - Silver Spring, MD
With 5,600 homes, Leisure World of Maryland is the largest community on this list, and it's the largest community in Maryland. The size and scope of this age-restricted community means that prospective homebuyers looking for many different things can probably find something they like here.
Small, one-bedroom condos or two-bedroom townhouses start around $100,000, while other larger condos and attached homes can list in the $500s. The range of models provides a home in almost every size.
With so many residents, Leisure World also has a lot to offer. Residents take classes, join groups, or go on trips. The two clubhouses—with multiple pools, a fitness center, and a golf course—ensure that residents have every opportunity to stay fit. The clubhouses also provide social spaces, including a restaurant.
4. Heritage Harbour - Annapolis, MD
Located in Annapolis, Heritage Harbour is the only best-selling community to offer attached, single-family, and condominium homes. The 1,683 homes were built between 1979 and 2008, and form neighborhoods within the age-restricted community. Prospective homebuyers can find both one-bedroom condos and four-bedroom single-family homes, ranging from the mid $200s to the mid $700s.
Heritage Harbour is a good community for active adults who want to be near the water. The community offers boat slips, a fishing pier, and a boat launch, or residents can simply enjoy a walk along the waterfront. Residents also stay active by playing golf and tennis, exercising at the fitness center, or swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools. The Community Lodge is a spot where residents can meet, eat, learn new things, and enjoy the community.
5. The Villages at Two Rivers - Odenton, MD
The fifth best-selling community is The Villages at Two Rivers, a newer community still offering new homes in Odenton. Multiple builders plan to construct 800 homes, including attached and single-family models. The attached homes come in a variety of floor plans and can include two to four bedrooms. The single-family homes are not necessarily larger, but they include three to four bedrooms.
The Founders Club is a 15,000-square-foot community clubhouse. This central gathering place offers residents a fitness center, indoor pool, lounge, and catering kitchen. Outside, residents can enjoy a tennis match, a swim in the resort-style pool, or a walk through the community’s natural greenspace.