Central Parke at Victoria Falls
13609 Autumn End Terrace, Laurel, Maryland 20707
Low Maintenance Homes and a Resort-Like Setting Bring Retirees to Maryland's Award-Winning 55+ Community of Central Parke at Victoria Falls
Award-winning 55+ Central Parke at Victoria Falls is just 30 minutes south of Baltimore and 25 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. It has more than 600 residences, including 250 condominiums by Sturbridge Homes, 275 villas (town homes) by Craftstar Homes and Drees Homes and 112 single family homes by Michael Harris Homes. The development has twice been named the nation's "Best Active Adult Community" by the National Association of Homebuilders' 50+ Housing Council.
The condominiums are in 10 four-story buildings and come in four floor plans. Each unit has an attached garage. Standard features include nine-foot ceilings, a private patio or deck, an open floor plan, marble vanities and 5-piece bathrooms. The villas are two stories tall and available in three floor plans. All units have a sunroom, nine-foot ceilings and either a one-car or two-car garage, depending on unit location. The single family homes have two stories, a first floor master suite and vaulted ceilings. Exteriors feature vinyl siding with brick, stone or cedar shake accents. Colors come in muted gray, blue, brown and more.
Prices begin the low-$200,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are subject to change.
Community-provided maintenance includes lawn fertilization, mowing and mulching, gutter cleaning, snow shoveling, pesticide management, shrub trimming and plant bed upkeep. A professional property manager is on staff to ensure that maintenance occurs on a regular schedule.
Central Parke stretches along a one-acre lake, and an attractive waterfall greets all who enter the front gate. There are fitness trails, four Victorian gardens and two tennis court centers. The 13,500 square foot Resort Club is state-of-the-art and features a large indoor pool, an outdoor pool, an expansive terrace, an auditorium, a fitness center, a sauna and a business center with a library. A lifestyle director ensures that there are plenty of clubs and excursions to keep residents involved and busy.
Laurel has parks, museums, water activities, fine dining, athletic events and shopping. It also boasts a small historic district.
Laurel Regional Hospital is not accredited, but two nationally known hospitals, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University Hospital, are within 30 miles. Both are accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 47 inches of rain and 11 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.
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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