Manteca by landing what will be the largest hotel in the Central Valley that’s breaking ground this summer — the 500-room Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort to go along with the Bass Pro Shops and Big League Dreams — is firmly establishing itself as the 209’s family entertainment Mecca.
It is also in the process of developing the highest concentration of age-restricted housing designed for active adult living in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Trumark Homes broke ground in January on the 492-home TruLiving in Manteca neighborhood. Sales will start later this year on the detached single family homes that will be the firm’s first age-qualified master planned community.
That means Manteca will continue to be offering new homes for active seniors — typically meaning at last one spouse has to be 55 years older — as it has since 2006 when Del Webb at Woodbridge had its first sale. The 1,406-home Del Webb community sold its last new home in 2017.
When TruLiving is completed almost 8 percent of Manteca’s housing stock including the gated Camellia Gardens neighborhood but excluding age-restricted mobile home parks will have deed restrictions assuring the neighborhoods will always be home exclusively to older buyers that seek an active lifestyle.
At the same time developers have been trying to rustle up interest in additional age-restricted communities north of Lathrop Road.
Originally the late Antone Raymus in 2005 advanced age-restricted community similar to Del Webb on the 122 acres where Trumark Homes is building. His death sidetracked that effort and the land with approved housing density was sold to Trumark.
Trumark got the City Council to jettison the age-restricted requirement in securing final approval in 2016. Market research plus the fact there was still a strong demand for age-restricted homes as the Del Webb inventory was being whittled down to nothing, prompted the change.
Trumark has opted to go ahead and place restrictions on the deeds at the time of sale instead of returning to the city for approval. The only homes that won’t be age restricted are about a dozen executive-style dwellings on lots up to 20,400 square feet that will face Southland Road and will be outside of the walks of the rest of the project that will be a gated community.
Among the features of the project are:
The building of a health-forward 10,000 square foot clubhouse registered to achieve “WELL Certification” complete with expansive gathering spaces, pool and spa, walking trails, virtual fitness, gym, bocce ball and pickle ball courts.
The developer will invest $1 million in a roundabout at Felice Way and Louise Avenue to avoid the need for traffic signals and to keep Louise Avenue traffic flow at an optimum level.
A homeowners association will maintain all street lighting, the clubhouse and the neighborhood park. They will also be part of a community facilities district to maintain the perimeter landscaping.
There will be a decorative 13-foot high masonry wall along the Highway 99 freeway corridor.
There will be a 6-foot high vinyl fence separating larger, rural residential parcels along Cottage Avenue that back up to the eastern edge of Shadowbrook.
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