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Del Webb: Smart move for buyers
Del Webb at Woodbridge in North Manteca has just sold its 500th home in the community planned for 1,406 homes.
Why is Del Webb at Woodbridge selling one out of every five new homes in Manteca?

Part of that answer has to do with why Manteca builders sold 306 homes last year while in Stockton they sold 120, and Modesto just eight. Manteca not only has a great central location to attractions such as  Yosemite, the Gold Country, the Delta, and The City but is also at the heart of a triangle with a 45- to 60-mile reach in three directions that gets you to San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento.

But why, one might still ask, are homes restricted for those 55 and older still selling strong at a time when investment returns are putting downward pressure on retirement savings? That doesn’t even mention housing price sales of existing homes.

That answer can be found in the value at Del Web at Woodbridge where you can buy into the Del Webb lifestyle for $222,820 for a two bedroom, two bathroom home that has 1,312 square feet.  Altogether there are seven two bedroom models with the largest starting at $379,400 with 2,017 square feet.

That price is $119,180 under what the smallest home at 1,329 square feet sold for when Del Webb first opened a little over three years ago. Essentially you get Del Webb’s lifestyle  - complete with a 28,000-square-foot recreation complex, 18-hole putting course, baseball fields, tennis courts, bocce courts, tennis courts, fishing pond and more for two-thirds the price.

A large number of buyers are discovering an undisputable fact about the current market. Even though their homes may sell for a lot less than if they were put on the market five years ago and take a little while longer to sell the homes they are buying are down significantly in cost as well.

Advantages for savvy buyers are include:

• They are moving into a new home with the latest energy and construction technology while gives them a hassle free home for their retirement.

• All homes are single story with features aimed and designed for couples and not families.

• Del Webb rules are such that neighborhood courtesy and decorum are absolutely enforced. That means no loud noise, unsightly mess, and such.

• The ability to take advantage of the $10,000 state income tax credit after May 1 that is available on a first-come first-served basis for buyers of new homes.

• An association fee that is truly all encompassing for activities in the recreation center.

At the heart of Woodbridge is the 28,000-square-foot Norman Rockwell-themed recreation center.

The recreation center is highlighted by:

• elevated, glass-enclosed running/walking track overlooking the lake and fitness center.

• indoor pool and separate outdoor pool and spa.

• state-of-the-art fitness center with cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills, recumbent bicycles, weight-training resistance equipment, a free weight area, and elliptical equipment.

• exercise studio offering several fitness activities and classes such as yoga, aerobics, step classes, and back strengthening.

• demonstration kitchen.

• arts and crafts studio.

• billiards room.

• multipurpose room with space for exhibitions, classes, dancing, social clubs, cards, meetings, and conferences.  

There are seven models ranging in base prices from $222.820 to $379,400.

Del Webb’s sales office in North Manteca (the neighborhood is north of Lathrop Road and to the west of Union Road.

Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.