The Parke at Ocean Pines
2 Arcadia Court, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811
The Parke is an Appealing 55+ Neighborhood Within the All Ages Ocean Pines Development and Boasts Single Family Homes, Attached Homes, a Golf Course, a Yacht Club, a Crabbing Pier and a Community Garden
Part of the larger Ocean Pines master-planned community/census designated place in eastern Maryland, The Parke was built by Centex between 2001 and 2005 and is open to people age 55 or better. It is just 10 miles to the west of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The community's 503 single family and attached homes offer up to three bedrooms and 2,540 square feet of living space. Although most plans have one level, a few have second floor bedrooms and/or a loft. Most residences have an attached garage, a courtyard or patio, a screened porch, walk-in closets, and a morning room. Exteriors are light colored vinyl, some with brick accents, and each home has a pitched roof.
Current prices begin in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please verify this price as it is bound to change. HOA dues help cover the cost of landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal.
Parke residents have access to all Ocean Pines facilities, including the 18-hole golf course that winds through woodlands and wetlands. There is also a fitness center, an arts studio, card rooms, computer stations, and a grand ballroom. Other amenities include a crabbing pier, ponds, a yacht club, two marinas and a community garden.
Neighbors meet for block parties, beach outings, and health screenings. Aqua fitness, body basics, zumba, and painting are a few community classes. Ocean Pines maintains its own fire stations and a police force, protecting all areas of the community.
Ocean City, a popular summer resort, is just east of Ocean Pines. Its Maryland Boardwalk is populated with boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment outlets. The Ocean City Fishing Center has a marina and a bevy of boats ready for offshore and inshore fishing tours.
Atlantic General Hospital is eight miles away in Berlin and is the nearest hospital. It is not, though, accredited. The nearest accredited hospital is 20 miles away in Salisbury.
Summers temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 44 inches of rain and 15 inches of snow per 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.
Population - 6,016,447
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates age 25+ - 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 51%
Median household income - $76,075
Median home value - $290,400
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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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