Leisure World of Maryland

Review Leisure World of Maryland, a 55 plus community with something for everyone.  Enjoy the photos and descriptions.  LWMD is an example of a classic amenity-filled 55+ community and a retirement community like no other. 

Leisure World Md entranceMain Georgia Ave entrance looking from inside toward gatehouse.
Address and phone numbers

More recent communities still use this same concept:

  • Keeping people physically and socially fit as they age with recreation, arts, discussion groups, and much more. 
Leisue World Md globe at entranceThe globe symbol stands at the entrance

Leisure World of Maryland, located in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and a suburb of Washington, D. C., was built in the early 60's by developer Ross Cortese and was a pioneer of large retirement communities.

It has a great deal of amenities including a brand new Fitness Center, 2 clubhouses, administration building, pools, tennis and more.  The homes are everything from condo to townhomes to co-op apartments and single family homes. 

Today it is a classic and still is one of the best age-restricted retirement communities in Maryland--if not the best. Some say one of the top in the United States.

LWMD offers so much activity and recreation it would be hard to describe here.  Another nice thing is that it is close to suburban areas where families live in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC., so it maintains a family feeling for such a large community.

A good way to find out more is through the Leisure World Maryland newspaper.  You can pick one up on the  campus or have it mailed to you.

This active retirement community offers the classic amenities and lifestyle that people need more as they age:


  • Clubhouses 1 and 2
  • Amenities
  • Clubs
  • Restaurants (3)
  • Recreation
  • Types of Homes
  • Landscaping Photos
  • Jobs
  • Visiting
  • Shopping Center and Area
  • Real Estate
  • Rentals

Clubhouses 1 and 2

Leisure World fountainAqua Blue Fountain near Clubhouse 1
See scenery photos, below.

Entrance to Clubhouse 1:

Leisure World clubhouse 1

There are 2 clubhouses - Clubhouse 1 is next door to the Administration building and close to the main entrance. It has:

  • Post office 
  • Offices 
  • Real Estate Offices 
  • and more 

Clubhouse 1 has

  • Restaurants  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Activities and meeting rooms 
  • Woodshop
  • and more     

Clubhouse 2:

Clubhouse 2 at Leisure World of Md

Further west is clubhouse 2 with:

  • Indoor pool 
  • Fitness
  • Lapidary Workshop
  • Fitness Center
  • Fireplace
  • Computer Room
  • Ping Pong and other recreation and activities.

Amenities, activities and clubs (too numerous to mention)

* Quiet and serenity * services * medical center * ease of living *security features (24-hour guard-gated and patrolled)--Leisure World Maryland has all of them.

*Large glassed indoor pool *Large jacuzzi *Outdoor pool * Indoor lap pool *2 clubhouses With Restaurants/bar Overlooking golf course 

*Activity/meeting rooms *Wood workshop (the equipment available is unbelievable *Art/pottery studio

*Private,18-hole golfcourse (reasonable fees) *Tennis

*Yoga classes *Exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment and a personal exercise trainer on duty 

* Medical center *Fire dept. and emergency services adjacent to
*Community bus, bus to major shopping areas 

*Adjacent shopping center *Post Office and Bank inside Clubhouse *Daily activity schedule is broadcast on TV. *24-hour security gates and patrol

*Garden plots *Bi-weekly newspaper.


  • Amateur Radio
  • Amateur Needlepoint
  • Art Guild
  • Arts in Motion
  • Baby Boomers
  • Ballroom
  • Billiard
  • Bocce
  • Book Club
  • Bowling
  • Bridge
  • Camera Club
  • Ceramicrafters
  • Chess
  • Chinese Club
  • Comedy and Humor
  • Computer Learning Center
  • Croquet
  • Democrats
  • Theatre Group
  • Garden Club
  • Going It Alone
  • Golf
  • Lapidary
  • Model Trains
  • Republicans
  • Stamp and Coin
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Vegetarian
  • Wood Shop
  • Writer's Workshop
  • And many more organizations and groups.

Restaurants Inside Clubhouse 1 

The Terrace Room (for casual dining restaurant and buffet)

Leisure World of Maryland casual dining restaurantThe Terrace Room

The very popular casual buffet area.  They serve classic American cuisine, soups, desserts and salad bar.  The pricing is very reasonable and there are specials on select days.  Cocktails, wine and beer also available.

Leisure World of Maryland restaurant

Relaxing views and country club ambience from the casual dining restaurant and buffet at Leisure World. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Open every day 9-9 

The Stein Room at Leisure World Maryland

restaurant and bar area at Leisure World Md

Casual dining and bar area--lots of fun times here. Cocktails, beer and wine available (as well as great fudge sundaes and cheesecake made in-house).  Occasional entertainment and piano.  You may order from buffet or restaurant-style.  Open every day 9-9 301-598-1331

A third restaurant is the Cascade Bistro for a more elegant dining experience.  It is open Friday and Saturday evenings.

Recreational Activities

While browsing around one day, we saw people participating in all types of activities to stay active. 

woodshop2Large and very active Woodshop
Leisure world of maryland fitness centerFitness Center
leisure world card tablesAn area for card tables - card playing is popular at LWMd

and more:

  • Garden Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Chorale
  • Theatre Group
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Camera Club
  • and many, many more
outdoor pool

...scheduled time for a hot game of volley ball at the outdoor pool 

Leisure World of Md indoor pools
Walk path

One of many walking trails, this one through forest and stream..ask for a trail map to find the many walks you can do at Leisure World. 

Types of Homes
at leisure world maryland*

  • condo
  • houses
  • 4-plexes
  • duplexes
  • Town Homes 
  • garden apts
  • co-op
  • single family homes
  • *Outright purchase - ranging in price from $100,000-$700,000 (verify with Realtor). Rentals also available from private owners.

    Luxury Condos for sale at LWMD 

    LW overlook condos 250

    The Overlook Condominiums - Spacious units in high-rise elevator buildings - nice patios and balconies

    LW Creekside condos 250

    Leisure World's Newest Condominium - Creekside

    Fresh, new but sold out now - look for resales


    Turnberry Courts Condominiums (Low-level high rise)

    LWvantagepoint condo 250

    Entry to Vantage Point with elegant entry - High Rise Condominiums


    Villa Cortese

    Stylish condos with an Italian theme.  Added a new phase which is also sold out.

    Montgomery Mutual Co-op Homes

    Many duplex patio homes throughout
    Two homes side by side

    duplex homes

    Leisure World Town Homes
    In a row; stairs to upstairs bedrooms; good square footage, co-ops

    townhomes at Leisure World Md

    The Pines - Large Apartment-Style Homes
    These are ideal for those wanting lots of space and

    apartment-styled resale homes  

    The Pines apartment-styled homes

    Leisure World Co-op Apartments
    Studio, One, and Two-bedroom Garden Apartment-style Homes

    co-op homesLeisure World Co-op Apartments

    Luxury Single Homes

    Luxury Single Family Homes
    An enclave of large, upscale single homes - many styles to choose

    luxury single family homes


    woodsy landscape at Leisure World Md

    Leisure World has preserved the woodsy feeling of Maryland. This part of Maryland was once all creeks and woods.

    The Amazing Entrance to Leisure World

    The entrance to this retirement community in Montgomery County is particularly beautiful with a reflecting pool and large fountains surrounded by an artistic arrangement of colors from plant foliage and flowers. The large world globe, Leisure World's symbol, adds to the dramatic appearance of the entrance.  

    Immediately upon entering you are in a different world.  A world especially good for seniors.  Surrounded by seniors, you can feel the    peacefulness, see the attractiveness and enjoy the positive energy.  Your friends will marvel at this serene haven. We only wish every place for seniors was like this one.

    The landscaping is one of the best things about Leisure World, and, of course, the smiles of happy residents. This happy demeanor seems to be catching as everywhere you go people are friendly and reach out to help but not too friendly as they pursue a smorgasbord of activities. 

    In case you are not familiar with the beauty of Leisure World, here is

    A medley of the garden design and plantings you would enjoy at Leisure World:

    Leisure World fountain at entranceFountain at Entrance
    LW golf course18-hole golf
    Landscaping near Admin Bldg and Clubhouse 1
    trees at Leisure World MdMore scenery from LW
    daisies at Leisure World MdA planting of daisies

    Aging can sometimes be difficult but this classic Leisure World design and plan seems to have come from some master builder who really did get it!  

    LWMD Jobs

    There are about 225 full and part-time jobs.  The jobs are in categories like maintenance, security, administration and property management.  Go here to read about current job openings at Leisure World.


    You need authorization at the security gates to visit (3 entrances).  You may contact these Realtors to gain access:

    Real Estate

    Weichert Realty

    Weichert Realtors Md - occupies the LW Administration Building -  Their main office is the office in the shopping center next door.  This is a large realty office and national franchise.   Now also with an office inside the Leisure World campus.   Ask the LW gate attendant for directions to the office.   Always ask for an authorized Leisure World Specialist at Weichert.   This is the Aspen Hill office (main office) in adjacent shopping center: 301-681-0558 for more information. 

    Adjacent Leisure World Shopping Center

    Leisure World shopping center

    Adjacent to Leisure World is the Leisure World Shopping Center for a nice variety of shopping conveniences.  It is walkable for many LW residents or you can go by car or LW bus.

    In addition, you can find these long-standing restaurants in the LW shopping center: 

    • The Vegetable Garden (space formerly occupied by Spring Garden.) 
    • Burger King 
    • Subway 
    • Crisp and Juicy Chicken 
    • A coffee cafe.  

    Also, there is a large Giant, post office, 2 liquor stores, jewelry store, shoe store, Honey Baked Ham store and more.

    Neighborhood Amenities and Activities

    In the immediate area there is:

    • Home Depot 
    • Kmart 
    • Kohls  
    • Aspen Hill Shopping Center with many more shops and restaurants such as Chipotle, Panera Bakery and much more. 

    There are plans for even more area shopping development.

    In the other direction nearby off Georgia Ave. there is a smaller shopping center with a Roots Market (Natural foods), Starbucks, Sisters Sandwiches, and a large pet store. 

    There is also Olney Yoga & Wellness with a nice selection of classes.  Of course, there are Tai Chi classes at Leisure World, but this gives you more variety of wellness offerings, an intimate camaraderie and outstanding instructors.

    There is also a Montgomery County Swim Center, very nearby. a complex for indoor pools, sauna, and steam.  Great for the grand kids.   It's finding little places like this that gives you things to do and makes the surrounding area interesting and fun.

    For fresh country air, you needn't go far: 

    Nearby country areas going out Rte 108 towards Ashton:  Blueberry Gardens for a Wellness Center, massage and activities.  These can be enjoyed by grand kids as well.  

    Approx. 5 miles going south on Connecticut Ave:  Kaiser Permanente Clinic in Kensington.

    Outdoor blueberry picking

    For fresh country air, you needn't go far: 

    Nearby country areas going out Rte 108 towards Ashton:  Blueberry Gardens for seasonal blueberry picking, a Wellness Center, massage and activities.  These and other childrens activities can be enjoyed by grand kids as well.  


    Short-term or long-term rentals are available and listed in the Leisure World Newspaper classifieds or Weichert Rentals Md.  Prices are reasonable considering all the outstanding amenities here.  There is a maximum of 3-year leases in the co-ops section but condominiums are not regulated for length.   Verify all information.

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    For More Information:

    Leisure World Md - A community of approx. 8000

    Address: 3701 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, Md.

    Website: www.leisureworldofmaryland.com

    Phone Numbers:

    Front Gate: 301-598-1044

    Admin: 301-598-1000

    Newspaper: 301-598-1310