Independent Senior Living

Senior Living In Roland Park: The First Garden Suburb

Roland Park, home to senior living community Roland Park Place, is located in north-central Baltimore, six miles from the Inner Harbor. This neighborhood is full of unique details, but arguably the most interesting of them all is that Roland Park was the first of its kind – a designed garden suburb.

The brains behind this historical town were the Olmstead brothers, two brothers comprising an influential landscape architectural firm, along with landscape architect and planner George Kessler. It was important to this team of designers to lay out the suburb in a way that left the natural beauty of the area undisturbed. This meant developing plans around the challenging terrain, designing hills, valleys, forests and open space.

By the 19th century, suburbs were an area where wealthy residents of city neighborhoods moved to. Roland Park was the catalyst for the Baltimore suburban movement. This landscape team paved the way for residential subdivisions to create deed restrictions to public areas, which are meant to preserve the historic landscape. These types of deeds later became a common tool used to maintain a high quality of design and standard of construction.

Today, the suburban feel of the neighborhood is still very present in Roland Park. It’s now home to 11,000 residents and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Narrow, winding roads are lined by single-family houses with a wide range of architectural styles. The area still holds its park-like setting and old school charm, giving its residents a unique and tight-knit feel.

Because this landscape was the first design of its kind, it’s taught in many university architecture classes. Today, students review how the Olmstead brothers and Kessler went about acquiring land, zoning, and determining the street layout. They dissect every aspect of the Roland Park project, from how drain pipes were selected to how the finished neighborhood was maintained.


Although the location of Roland Park is a quiet and relaxed section of Baltimore, you don’t have to go far for some excitement with the many attractions nearby.

Situated right within Roland Park is Sherwood Gardens, a free public garden made famous for its tulips that have bloomed abundantly each spring since 1920. Throughout the year, there are various family-friendly activities hosted in the gardens, such as concerts and other gatherings. Located near the gardens is the beginning of the Stony Run Path, a woodland walking trail parallel to the Stony Run stream, which runs toward the Inner Harbor.

Just a 15-minute drive from Roland Park place is Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor. While the view alone is worth the trip, there are also lots of fun spots to check out with family and friends. Celebrate history in museums such as the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the B&O Railroad Museum, or celebrate art at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The National Aquarium is an attraction that tourists from across the country make the trip to see. From reefs to sea turtles to dolphins, the aquarium will keep you entertained and amazed for hours. Or get out on the water with a water taxi or the Spirit Cruise.

Active Community

Living in such a dynamic area promotes an active lifestyle that will allow you to feel your best and encourage daily movement. Physical fitness is even more important for seniors than for younger adults.

Scientific research has given increasing confirmation to the longstanding idea that seniors are better off when they stay active and involved in their communities as they age, as opposed to becoming inactive and isolated.

If you’re looking for a retirement community that promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides you what you need to achieve it, look no further than Roland Park Place. The neighborhood of Roland Park is reflected in many aspects of the retirement community, from the landscaping to the neighborhood feel. And when you want to explore the rest of the city, Roland Park Place has a full calendar of excursions to offer its residents.

If you agree that this kind of active, engaged lifestyle is the way that all Continuing Care Retirement Communities should be, you’ll fit right in. You’ll be a part of the unique history of Roland Park, and a member of a very welcoming independent living community–with a full continuum of care available to you should you need it.

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To learn more about Roland Park Place and its Grand Expansion underway, please call 667-219-2111 to schedule a personal appointment today.