Since I am not a Native Marylander (born in Indiana, lived in Atlanta for 25 years) I don't believe Maryland is a good retirement area unless you are a retired Military or Government Employee - the health care here is fantastically good for those two, and us that do live here take advantage of it also - I had decided to retire to Costa Rica, till I found out they had lousy health care - myself when I retire I am going to sell out all I own here and go somewhere cheaper to live, like back to Indiana, or to Atlanta. Cost of housing here is way out of kilter to those two areas, and others like Ky, Tn, Mo, Miss, etc!
However, I am not familiar to Berling, but I am to Hollywood and California Md. Those are in Southern Maryland, where I live and do real estate!
Hope you find this helpful! God Bless!