Leisure World is the only 55+ community in Montgomery County, MD. It’s located about 10 minutes north of the last stop on metro’s Red Line (Glenmont), and is about 30 – 45 minutes north of downtown Washington, DC by car. It is a very popular place for seniors in the area to live.
In order to live in Leisure World, at least one homeowner must be at least 55, and any other person living with the homeowner must be at least 50. There are more than 8000 residents in Leisure World, living in a variety of homes, from 1 bedrooms in high-rise buildings to 3 or more bedrooms in large detached homes. Prices range from the low 100Ks to the 500Ks or more. Every homeowner must pay a monthly homeowners association fee (which varies according to where you live), which includes basic cable tv, utilities, real estate taxes, snow removal, trash removal, yard care, and much more.
What else does the fee include? There are two clubhouses on the property, which house 3 restaurants, a fitness center, several indoor pools, an outdoor pool, an auditorium, game rooms, meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Outdoor activities include tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, lawn bowling, bocce, and croquet. There is also a beautiful 18-hole golf course and a driving range, though there is an extra fee involved with joining the golf course.
There is a medical center right on campus, with various doctors and nurses (and they take lots of different insurance plans). There is also a bank and a post office, and a shuttle system that brings you all around Leisure World. Right outside the Leisure World gates is a shopping plaza with a grocery store, a beer/wine/liquor store, and several restaurants, among other things.
Within Leisure World there are tons of clubs and activities to take part in. There are card-playing groups, drama and comedy clubs, political organizations, service organizations, gardening clubs, art groups, book clubs, etc. It is easy to make friends and stay busy at Leisure World.
It’s important to note that Leisure World is not an assisted-living community. Residents can bring in their own home health aides if they wish, but if they need care above and beyond what they are able to bring in, they might need to move to an assisted living community (there are several nearby ones, if residents don’t want to go too far from the friends they’ve made at Leisure World).
If you’d like to learn more about Leisure World, or see what’s available there, please feel free to contact me!