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Retire to the DMV and live your best life

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

It’s your time.

You’ve worked hard.

And now it’s time for you to reap the rewards of all your hard work by retiring.

But where is the best place to retire?

According to HomeSnacks (who pulls together research to make “Best of” home lists), Virginia and Maryland were both in The 10 Best States to Live In America For 2021.

Let’s explore each part of the DMV and what makes this area one of the best places to retire to.


  1. District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. is a beacon of history, a champion of culture, and a collection of so many diverse peoples that together give the District its wonderful flavor. There are the Smithsonian museums and the special exhibitions and classes they offer, the Kennedy Centre and all its amazing performances from national and international artists, and an abundance of historic monuments, parks, and architecture.

But those are the things D.C. offers on the surface. Dig deeper and you’ll find dining for every palate, shopping for every style, and entertainment for every enthusiast. And best of all, D.C.’s excitement ripples out into Maryland and Virginia, making the entire DMV a place like no other.


  1. Maryland

Maryland is a wonderful place to call home, especially when you retire. Lakes and mountains, cities and towns, outlet shopping and fine dining, the bounty provided by the Chesapeake Bay: everything is here. One community stands out as very Maryland, very connected, and a very good place to retire to: Columbia.

Ranked #36 in Livability is 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live, Columbia is a beautiful community, an art & music destination, and a nature-rich place to call home. That’s why we built our Eden Brook community of elevator townhomes here. Convenient to everything DMV, especially the amazing Downtown Columbia. One of our new Eden Brook residents told us she looks “forward to that large kitchen and having [her] very first Thanksgiving with [her] family,” including her newly retired fiancé.


  1. Virginia

The third part of the DMV is Virginia, home to wineries, mountains, history, and some of the best places to retire to in the area. One such place is our Beacon Park Towns community of elevator townhomes in Woodbridge, VA. It’s just moments away from Belmont Bay and the peaceful decadence of the Occoquan River.

Belmont Bay is all making life a little slower and easier. Featuring Lock & Leave convenience in the ultimate Stick Around & Lounge riverside setting, our elevator homes let you enjoy the ease of single-level living in a luxury 3-level townhome. Plus, you’ll have access to fabulous social and recreation amenities tailored exclusively for retirees at Belmont Bay. It’s like being on vacation every day of the year.

And coming soon to Virginia, Cascades at Embrey Mill: a brand-new collection of single-level living villas with bonus second-floor spaces. Exceptional amenities (pools, bistro & café, parks, trails, and more) abound in a peaceful and friendly community that only Embrey Mill can offer.

But remember: the whole DMV is connected. This means the world is within your reach, including national and international airports, history dating back to before our country was a country, ski destinations, and waterfront dining. That’s why we think this area is the best place to retire. Come take a look at our Eden Brook, Beacon Park Towns, and Embrey Mill communities. One visit really can change everything.