Retiring up North—a Different Kind of Warmth

Sometimes Everything You Want Is Right Where You Are

For many, the word “retirement” brings to mind a Florida mega-community with palm trees and golf carts. But in fact, 40% of today’s boomer buyers, like many residents of Noble’s Pond in Dover Delaware, will downsize or retire without changing their geographic region.

In a recent blog post,, Noble’s Pond architect Deryl Patterson talks about 55+ living outside the “smile states,” the crescent of states that make up the lower third of the U.S.

While year-round warmth is a draw for many, Deryl points to the appeal of a four-seasons lifestyle at communities like Noble’s Pond. “There is a massive opportunity for 55+plus housing outside the smile states and, indeed, many boomers are choosing to retire near their own backyard,” she says.

Amenities, Maintenance and Meditation

Architects designing active adult communities in the Northeast get to include extras like fireplaces and four-seasons rooms. Deryl’s favorite feature of northern communities is maintenance, including landscaping and snow removal. What fun to watch the snow come down, knowing you don’t have to lift a finger shoveling or salting!

Noble’s Pond is near the beach and big cities, and just minutes from charming downtown Dover. It’s an everybody-knows-your-name kind of place with impressive arts and culture, dining, health care and recreation.


At Noble’s Pond, you’ll discover more fun per square inch than anywhere you’ve ever lived. Top amenities include The Point—our gorgeous clubhouse—fitness center, outdoor pool, bocce courts, putting green, library, tennis and pickle ball courts. Our five-acre pond has a pier and relaxing decks. Head out for a paddle or stroll among 300 acres of peaceful farmland.

The community feel is Main Street Americana, with Craftsman-style design and friendly front porches. Single-level and two-story homes offer open floorplans, elegant master suites, smart-home security and gourmet gathering kitchens.

Learn more about four-season retirement at award-winning Noble’s Pond. Click here for a virtual tour or schedule an in-person visit.