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03/14/2014 11:15 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2014

How Baby Boomers Are Changing Retirement Living

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At Ashby Ponds, private salons offer manicures, haircuts, and massages. Kitchens feature granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. A white-tablecloth restaurant serves such dishes as a salad of edamame, feta, and almonds and tilapia with red-pepper coulis. The full-time interior designer helps residents with layout and decor, and the saltwater swimming pool is gentle on the skin.

Ashby Ponds isn’t a luxury resort on the Eastern Shore or a high-end condo building in Georgetown. It’s a retirement community in Ashburn. Ann Bartholomew, a resident with her husband, Greg Johnson, since 2012, jokingly calls it a “land-based cruise ship.”

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