- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 17, 2011

When considering where to live in retirement, many older adults have sometimes-conflicting desires. Most want to live near their friends and family and near a variety of cultural and recreational amenities. In addition, many want to reduce the time spent on home maintenance and live in a home that is suitable for aging in place. Depending on their age, many retirees or pre-retirees also consider the availability of health care and the option of future assistance.

At Fox Hill Club and Residences in Bethesda, every one of these considerations is addressed. Fox Hill, restricted to residents age 60 and older and developed by Sunrise Bethesda, includes 240 luxurious condominiums on a 16-acre site adjacent Burning Tree Club. This gated community offers 24-hour security and concierge services as well as a location close to restaurants, shopping, nightlife and entertainment in downtown Bethesda. The Bethesda Metro station is 5 miles from Fox Hill, while the Beltway and River Road are minutes away by car.

Within Fox Hill are five restaurants, a fitness center with personal instructors, an indoor heated pool, a whirlpool tub, a full-service spa and salon and a wine cellar. The development has a 250-seat performing arts center, recording studio, business center, indoor golf simulator and outdoor putting green, artist studios, bank and convenience store. Residents also can enjoy a walking trail and an enclosed dog park.

Health care services include regular physician’s office hours, in-home care, rehabilitation therapies and an assisted-living and memory-care center within the development.

The condominiums range in price from the $400,000s to more than $1,500,000, with a variety of one- and two-bedroom homes available. There also are some three-bedroom and larger homes. Condominium fees vary widely, according to the size of the home and the services provided.

The one- and two-bedroom homes range in size from 874 to 1,690 square feet. Some have a balcony or terrace and some include a fireplace.

The homes have ceilings more than 9 feet high in some rooms, crown molding in the living and dining rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-size washer and dryer and individually controlled heating and cooling systems. Each kitchen has granite counters, a self-cleaning oven with convection technology, ceramic glass-top range, built-in microwave and a refrigerator with an outside ice dispenser. Many homes have a den or study with French doors and a closet.

The Rosecliff model, with 1,014 square feet, is priced from $558,900. This home has a foyer with a closet and an entrance to the kitchen, with a deep walk-in closet with laundry equipment nearby. The combined living and dining room has a wall of windows at one end and French doors to the den or study, which has two walls of windows and a closet. This home also has a bedroom with a walk-in closet and a full bath.

The Brantwood model, with 1,631 square feet, is priced from $928,900. This home has a foyer entrance with a closet and an open living and dining room with an oversized bay window and a fireplace. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar and has an adjacent breakfast room.

The master suite includes a bedroom with a walk-in closet, a linen closet and a bath with a soaking tub, double-sink vanity and separate shower.

On the opposite side of the living room are a powder room with a closet with laundry equipment, a storage closet and a second bedroom with a walk-in closet and private full bath.

For more information or directions, call Jim Patton and Pat Coit, directors of sales for the Mayhood Co. sales office, at 301/968-1850 or visit www.foxhillclub.com.

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