Leisure World

3701 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, Maryland  20906


 

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Established, Age-Restricted Maryland Development Was One of the First Large Retirement Communities and Offers a Wide Selection of Homes Prices

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 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.   Rentals are also available.    For more information, visit www.lwmc.com.

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 community.   

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 way.  

 

 

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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