Cities with Independent Living Communities in Maryland

Maplewood Park Place

  9707 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Brookdale Hagerstown

  20009 Rosebank Way
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Charter Senior Living of Woodholme Crossing

  1840 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Brookdale Woodward Estates

  14997 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

The Terraces at Westminster

  45 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157

Brookdale Potomac

  11215 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854

Bedford Court

  3701 International Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Residences at Vantage Point

  5400 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044

North Oaks

  725 Mount Wilson Lane
Baltimore, MD 21208


  1055 West Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21204

Peregrine Senior Living at Salisbury

  1110 Healthway Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Sunrise of Severna Park

  43 West McKinsey Road
Severna Park, MD 21146

Charter Senior Living of Towson

  6451 North Charles Street
Towson, MD 21212

Lakeside at Mallard Landing

  1109 S Schumaker Dr
Salisbury, MD 21804


Atrium Village

  4730 Atrium Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Sunrise at Fox Hill

  8300 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

Celebration Villa of Manresa

  85 Manresa Road
Annapolis, MD 21409

Sunrise at Montgomery Village

  19310 Club House Road
Montgomery Village, MD 20886


HeartLands Senior Living Village at Ellicott City

  3004 North Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Aspenwood Senior Living Community

  14400 Homecrest Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Brightview Westminster Ridge

  505 High Acre Drive
Westminster, MD 21157

Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge

  12261 Roundwood Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Brightview Avondell

  128 West Ring Factory Road
Bel Air, MD 21014

Zen Apartments

  1100 E 33rd St
Baltimore, MD 21218


Heritage Run at Stadium Place

  1080 E 33rd St
Baltimore, MD 21218


What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.