Readers' Pick

Maplewood Park Place

For the fifth consecutive year, readers have named Bethesda’s Maplewood Park Place the “Best Senior Community.” Located in a handsome, landscaped neighborhood just inside the Beltway, the resident-owned retirement community offers 207 independent-living apartments and 21 assisted-living studios and suites. It features concierge medical services, nursing, gourmet dining, social events and outings, a creative arts center, a woodworking shop, individual garden plots, a fitness center and more.

“We govern ourselves, so that gives everyone a sense of responsibility for the lives we enjoy here,” says Rod French, who with his wife, Sally, has lived at Maplewood for three years. And “the great majority of us have been longtime residents in the area, so there are common interests. Most people maintain a fairly strong interest in politics and international affairs—life here is stimulating in that sense.”

Apartments range from $350,000 to $900,000, with monthly fees of $2,875 to $5,878.

9707 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-530-0500,

Other Top Vote Getters: Leisure World, Ingleside at King Farm, Riderwood Village, Fox Hill Club and Residences, Asbury Methodist Village