3701 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
Large and Established, Maryland's 55+ Leisure World Boasts Two Clubhouses, a Golf Course, Restaurants, a Wide Selection of Homes Prices and More
Leisure World is a 55+ community in Silver Spring, Maryland and was one of the first 55+ developments in the nation. Started in 1966, it is between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore along the I-95 corridor and sits atop 650 nicely landscaped acres.
The 5,600 condominiums, town homes, duplexes and single family homes are divided into 29 sections called mutuals, each one governed by a board of directors. Construction took place until 2009, so a good mix of older and newer residences exists. Rentals are also available.
Prices start at about $100,000. The HOA fee ranges from approximately $650 to $970 per month. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Leisure World is gated, and the entrance has a reflecting pool, fountains surrounded by flowers and a large globe, Leisure World's symbol. The community has an older demographic than many newer developments.
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. Open spaces and plentiful trails add to the community's appeal.
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 assist new residents with settling into their new home, and volunteer opportunities are available in various areas of the community. Shuttle buses run within Leisure World and to nearby shopping centers.
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.
Silver Spring's Holly Cross Hospital receives excellent reviews and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of rain and 21 inches of snow each year.
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English explorer Captain John Smith first saw the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. Soon after, in 1634, settlers arrived, ready to start a new life. In 1791, locals gave away a portion of land to create the District of Colombia, which is now home to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, and the White House.
British troops attempted to capture Maryland's capital city, Baltimore, in 1814, leading to Francis Scott Key writing The Star Spangled Banner. During the Civil War, Maryland was a slave state but remained in the Union.
The Old Line State spreads out from both sides of the Chesapeake Bay and has one of the country's longest waterfronts. A few vital agricultural products are chickens, soybeans and eggs. The waters from the Bay grow clams, finned fish, oysters and crabs. Minerals mined incluce coal, sand, stone, cement, gravel, and clay.
Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Annapolis hosts U.S. Naval Academy. Popular tourist sites include Harpers Ferry, Fort McHenry, Antietam National Battlefield, the USS Constellation, the National Aquarium, Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean City, Catoctin Mountain and the Maryland Science Center.
The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland in 1840.
The state's Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America.
The Methodist Church of America was formally organized in 1784 at Baltimore's Perry Hall.
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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