Maryland’s 59 active adult communities are all unique. Large, well-established communities like Leisure World and Heritage Harbour offer the 55+ cohort diverse living options with resort-style amenities. Smaller communities can feel more like neighborhoods, with less than 30 homes, sometimes simply with an age-restriction from the homeowners' association.
The communities in Maryland with the most page visits on 55places.com in 2018 were also diverse. The list includes large communities and mid-sized communities, but all with homes offered for resale only. They also spanned from Frederick to the Baltimore and DC suburbs to the Eastern Shore.
Read more about the five most popular communities in Maryland for 2018, based on page views to 55places.com.
1. Leisure World - Silver Spring
Leisure World of Maryland tops the list with the most page-views. This isn’t surprising given that it is Maryland’s largest community, with 5,600 homes, and many D.C. area residents of all ages are familiar with the community. Leisure World has a lot to offer adults over 55. Homes range from smaller condos to larger free-standing homes. Prospective residents can even find condos for sale around $100K, a very good deal for the area’s real estate prices.
Active adults in the community enjoy golfing, swimming and staying active at the two clubhouses, or just walking and running the large loop around the community. And with so many residents, Leisure World provides classes, groups, and activities for almost any interest.
2. Heritage Harbour - Annapolis
Heritage Harbour is Maryland’s second-largest community. Located in Annapolis just off Route 50, residents have easy access to the shopping and restaurants in historic Annapolis, while Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are just 30 minutes away. Like Leisure World, Heritage Harbor offers a variety of home styles at a variety of price points.
This community is especially attractive for active adults who want to live by the water. Bordered on two sides by water, the community offers residents boat slips, a kayak or canoe boat launch, and trails along the water. Residents can also enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, in addition to spaces to learn, work, and create. The numerous clubs, classes, and groups allow residents to get to know each other while staying active.
3. Cameron Grove - Upper Marlboro
Located outside Washington, D.C. in Prince George’s County, Cameron Grove is a mid-sized community. Prospective residents can choose from condos, attached, or single-family homes. The amenities at Cameron Grove are what many active adults have come to expect from age-restricted communities.
The Cameron Grove Resort Center clubhouse includes an indoor pool and sauna, fitness center, and dance studio for staying active, with a movie theater, lounge and bar, billiard room, ballroom, and library for staying entertained. Active adults can enjoy the pools, driving range, softball field, picnic pavilions, and dog park outside. The community also facilitates a number of groups, classes, and activities for residents.
4. The Parke at Ocean Pines
The Parke at Ocean Pines is a great community for active adults who want to live by the beach. It is the fourth most-visited community and the only one on the list on the Eastern Shore. The age-restricted single-family and attached homes are located within the planned Ocean Pines community. Residents are just minutes from Ocean City and the Atlantic beaches.
But there’s also lots to do at the community. Homeowners can spend time at the clubhouse, which has a fitness center, an indoor pool, a sauna, an arts and crafts studio, or meeting rooms. Outside, nature abounds. The community is in a wooded area, with parks, walking trails, ponds, and even a crabbing pier.
5. Crestwood Village
Located on the other side of the state, Crestwood Village is a mid-sized community of 550 homes in Frederick. Here, prospective residents can choose from single-family and attached homes, generally starting from the low $100s. While in a rural-feeling area south of Interstate 70, residents still have easy access to downtown Frederick, which offers restaurants, cultural events, and shopping. In recent years, Frederick has boosted tourism and often puts on special events.
At Crestwood Village, residents can enjoy the amenities of the clubhouse, including an indoor spa, exercise room, and meeting rooms. Active adults can also enjoy the outdoor pool, tennis courts, minigolf, and walking trails around the neighborhood.