Charlestown’s restaurants and menu selections offer a wide variety of choices and dining experiences every day.

If you have been tightening the purse strings over the last few months and cooking at home to save a buck or two, you’re not alone. A new report by the market research firm NPD Group Inc. indicates Americans are cutting back on eating out. 

Charlestown resident Ed Mahlin exercises at the on-site fitness center six days a week and swims in the pool three days a week.

The greatest athletes from around the world will compete this month at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Experts in 39 different sports ranging from swimming to shooting and tennis to Taekwondo will vie to bring home the gold. But you don’t have to be at the peak of athletic perfection to reap the benefits of regular exercise. 

Ed and Priscilla DeLong fast-forwarded their decision to move to Charlestown to take advantage of all the amenities and activities available to the people who live in this popular Catonsville community.

If you are a fan of HGTV then you’re probably aware of the tiny house movement that’s growing across America. People across the country are opting to live larger in smaller spaces. 

So what’s driving the downsizing trend?

Baltimore City College student Adrian Murphy plays chess with Charlestown resident Harry Geelhaar.

David Pollitt developed a love for chess in high school. Now the retired pastor and resident of Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., helps a new generation fall in love with the game. 

Rhode Island natives Norma and Maxwell Wolff with Charlestown Sales Counselor Molly Fricker.

Like test driving a new car or tasting the samples in a grocery store, most people enjoy the opportunity to try before they buy.

Shuttle driver Edmond Davis welcomes resident Betty Durken.

When Betty and Joe Durken hop into the car, they never worry about finding a parking spot, fighting traffic, or finding their way. They simply sit back and enjoy the ride. 

Charlestown's garden area

Before Rose Wolford ever moved her first piece of furniture into her new apartment home at Charlestown in Catonsville, Md., she was getting her hands dirty in her new garden. 

Charlestown’s all-season pool

While nearly 80% of Americans age 65 and older own their homes, an increasing number, 30% (4.4 million people), are still paying on their mortgage, according to the latest report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. For retirees on a fixed budget, a monthly mortgage payment, along with rising property taxes, maintenance, and utilities, can be a challenge. 

Collectibles Fair

It’s been nearly 40 years since Barbara Edwards first picked up a few buttonhooks at an antique show. Four decades later, she is still hooked on the Victorian-era decorative tools once used to button stiff leather shoes and fasten garments dating back to the late 1800s.