'Stoneleigh Summit' is Restricted to Residents 55 and Older

By: Joey Haar - Nov 28, 2016
References: mackenziecommercial & duluthnewstribune
Stoneleigh Summit is a neighborhood a few hours outside of Baltimore, Maryland, that has a very specific group of residents. The gated community, developed by MacKenzie Communities and built by Ryan Homes, is restricted to people who are 55 years old or older.

Though such living restrictions might seem to intuitively discriminate against younger people looking for housing, age-restricted communities are actually a benefit for the municipality as a whole. From the perspective of a city planner, the specific needs of elderly people are markedly different from those of young families. For instance, there need not be elementary schools anywhere near a gated community for people 55 and up. As such, these restrictive communities take pressure off the education system.