3701 Rossmoor Blvd.
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
Maryland Development Was One of the First Large Retirement Communities
and Offers a Wide Selection of Homes Prices
Cost of Living: Meets the National Average
|Leisure World is a traditional 55+
community in Silver Spring, Maryland (population
80,000) and was one of the pioneers of the large
retirement community development. Built in
1966, Leisure World is located between
Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, along the I-95
corridor, and sits atop 610 well manicured, lushly
landscaped acres. Condominiums, town homes,
duplexes and custom single family homes are divided
into 29 sections called mutuals, each one governed
by a board of directors. The community
offers a wide selection of prices, and today, it
boasts 5,600 residences (8,500 people) and tends to
attract an older demographic.
This attractive community is gated and has limited access,
creating a feeling of security among the residents. The
entrance is especially pretty with a reflecting pool, large
fountains surrounded by flowers and a large world globe, Leisure
World's symbol. One bedroom condominiums start
for sale in the mid-$40,000s, and the most expensive homes sell for
nearly $2 million. Construction has taken place throughout the
years, so there is a good mixture of older and newer residences.
Condo/Co-op fees are high, though, and can reach $700+ per month.
Rentals are also available and range from $900 per month for a one
bedroom condo to roughly $3,000 per month for a four bedroom single
family house. The average rent in Leisure World is
approximately $1,350 per
month. For more information, visit www.lwmc.com
call (301) 598-1000.
The amenities include two clubhouses, an indoor and
outdoor pool, an 18-hole golf course, a fitness center, tennis courts,
a garden area, an auditorium, a beauty salon, a post office, two
restaurants, a travel office, a medical center and a pharmacy.
Residents enjoy more than 100 clubs, everything from ballroom dancing
to genealogy, as well as all kinds of classes. Social
services, physical therapists and a dentist are also located on-site.
Welcome committees assists new residents with settling into their new
home, and volunteer opportunities are available in various areas of
The Leisure World News, a community newsletter,
keeps everyone up to date on new goings-on and a closed circuit TV
station broadcasts clubhouse activities and pertinent information in
case of an emergency. Lifeline is a personal emergency
response system in each home and lets residents signal for help if
needed. Shuttle buses run within the community and to
nearby shopping centers. Open spaces and plentiful trails add to
the community's appeal. There is also a recycling program.
If there is a drawback to Leisure World it is that the
community is a little dated. It is a secure, quiet, comfortable and
generally friendly place, but it does not have fancy restaurants with
5-star chefs, a high-tech business center,
an art center, moving assistance or interior design consultants that are
found in many of the new active adult developments. Leisure World's
management is aware that competition is increasing and that new retirement
communities are offering more amenities and services to retiring baby
boomers. As a result, improvements to Leisure World may be on the
Silver Spring is diverse, with a population nearly
evenly divided between whites, blacks and Latinos, and it has a cost of
living nearly 40% above the national average. The crime rate
meets the national average. The climate brings summer
temperatures in the 80s and 90s, with average humidity between 60% and
80%. Winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and
40s. Precipitation reaches 3 to 4 inches per month, 3
to 4 inches of which is snow from December to March. The sun
shines 202 days of the year.
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