Vera Ballard

Over the last four decades, the average size of a new home in the U.S. increased by more than 1,000 square feet from an average size of 1,660 square feet in 1973 to 2,687 square feet in 2015. 

Pat and Bill Bettridge, as well as many of their neighbors, are involved in the Elderhostel Lifelong Learning Institute at Charlestown.

This fall, more than 20 million college students across the country will head back to class.

Sales Counselors Molly Fricker and Jim Hawes work closely together to introduce people and their families to Charlestown.

Whether you just recently discovered Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., or your bags are packed and you’re ready to move tomorrow, Sales Counselors Molly Fricker and Jim Hawes have you covered.

Forest and Dayle Dawes’ six-year-old granddaughter Maddie fishing in the community’s Lake Charles.

Forest and Dayle Dawes’s six-year-old granddaughter Maddie had a bedroom of her own at their house in Arnold, Md. So when they decided to move to Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in nearby Catonsville, having a kid-friendly space for their granddaughter was paramount.

Connie Andrews stands next to her custom shelving used to display collectibles.

Last fall Connie Andrews decided to sell her Canton, Md., row home in search of a more carefree lifestyle. After exploring her options, she was sure Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., was the perfect fit.

Evelyn Chesnutt leads The Harmonizers, a 45-member mixed chorus at Charlestown, at a 2015 Field of Honor event held at the Catonsville community.

The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, once said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing,” a notion Evelyn Chesnutt agrees with wholeheartedly.  

If you are thinking about selling your house but worried you missed the peak selling season, don’t worry. There’s still time to take advantage of this summer’s hot seller’s market. 

A shrinking inventory and low interest rates have helped keep the housing market going. 

Julian Bauer just completed and published his fifth book, a historical novel titled The Hidden Saint: The Sixteenth Century Church in Crisis.

Some people find their calling at an early age. Others, like Charlestown’s Julian Bauer, discover hidden talents later in life. At 75, Julian wrote his first novel, The Scholar’s Challenge.

Former high school teacher John Lorenz volunteers daily at the community’s continuing care health services neighborhood. He also helps with Charlestown’s TV station, Treasure Sale, Little Theater, and Joyful Sounds chorale.

The adage “It’s better to give than to receive” embodies the spirit of Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md. Currently, one third of Charlestown residents volunteer with dozens of different organizations, including homeless shelters, libraries, elementary schools, and churches.