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Road Trip to Retirement–Four Seasons

Hello friends, and welcome to another installment of “Road Trip to Retirement”  Hubby and I drove to the Four Seasons, an Active Adult Living Community on Bayview Road in Middletown, Delaware.


Four Seasons Active Adult Community

The first home we toured was the Martinique, which is a 2-3 bedroom, 2-3 bathroom model and at the time of this post starts at $336,400.  As you can see from this picture, the kitchen is beautiful, open and airy.

Spacious kitchen

The second model we toured was the Ambassador, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, starting at $286,400,  Our salesperson Eban Pinto, was great in providing all the information about the builder’s history, the homes and community as well as the standards and upgrades available for each model. 

Four Seasons Active Adult Community Tour


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After we toured the three models at the Four Seasons we returned to the car only to find that it wouldn’t start, which was embarrassing especially since this was a “road trip”. 

Anywho, while waiting for the AAA repair truck I went back inside each model to give you a better view of each. 

The Four Seasons by K. Hovnanian’s is definitely a lovely Active Adult Community in Middletown, and there are many models in which to choose from.  I also loved the resort-like pool and clubhouse amenities.

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Did you watch the video?  Which was your favorite model and what did you think about the Marina Club?  

If you missed the first Road Trip to Retirement, click here to read the post and watch the video.

Four Seasons

Retire or Regroup | Encore Entrepreneur

Hello Friends and Happy Tax Day Tuesday!

If you’re anything like me no matter what year in your career you’re in, the countdown to retirement has begun. I never told hubby, but when he signed his retirement papers on the 28th of February I was extremely jealous! It’s not that I’m ready to sit home and do nothing or pack my bags and start traveling, I am just looking forward to the day when I have the option to work or NOT!

At this point in my life I am too young and active to retire or at least retire without a plan, which is why this blog is part of a bigger 5-year plan.  I’ve thought about starting a small business, but it would have to one of little to no stress and definitely little to NO commuting involved!

Ideally, I would love to sit on the dock of a bay with a laptop or tablet writing and creating.  Perhaps I’ll have a little shack where tourist can purchase fishing bait and tackle!

There was an article published in USA Today that caught my attention, it stated that “more older entrepreneurs are starting businesses after they’ve worked and retired from other careers”.  They have been labeled “encore entrepreneurs”.  An encore entrepreneur is someone over the age of 50 who starts a small business or begins a new career.  Some of these small businesses are non-profits that provide a social need such as job training for the unemployed.  Others turn their hobby or passion into an income stream which is part of my 5-year plan.  

encore entrepreneur Of course as with any new start-up there are obstacles and challenges, but with age comes wisdom and knowledge both of which are a plus for the encore entrepreneur.  Job layoffs, supplementing or replacing income are just a few reasons for starting a business after the age of 50.  

However, with people living longer becoming an encore entrepreneur gives us an opportunity to stay active and do something that perhaps we’ve always wanted to do.  

What about you, are you ready to retire or regroup and become an encore entrepreneur?