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Planned community selling 500 homes a year
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This Vandaele Home in the Veranda Collection at River Islands at Lathrop starts at $727,990. It includes four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in a 3,212 square-foot floorplan.

It took Escalon 128 years to grow to 7,590 residents after the first town site lot was sold in 1893.

River Islands at Lathrop’s population will surpass that mark sometime within the next six months, less than seven years after the first home sold.

The 11,000-home planned community has 1,900 homes that are already occupied. There are another 500 homes that have been sold and are in various stages of construction.

Based on typical yields, once all homes are occupied River Islands will have around 8,500 residents or more than a quarter of Lathrop’s overall population.

If the current annual home sales pace of 500 homes continues, River Islands will exceed Ripon’s population of 17,122 within five years.

River Islands Development President Susan Dell’Osso said home prices have been rising primarily due to builders facing soaring costs for everything from lumber to wiring.

Homes range from $438,735 that are part of a unique clustering of three homes to almost $800,000 for a five bedroom home with 4.5 bathrooms with a 3,572 square foot floorplan on a manmade lake.


Del Webb at River Islands

 The next Del Webb community in San Joaquin County is breaking ground in 2022 at River Islands.

Del Webb at River Islands will consist of 900 single-story homes ranging from 1,450 to 2,765 square feet with two and three bedrooms.

The age-restricted active adult community for those 55 and older will include a recreation center featuring a swimming pool, fitness center, bocce courts, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. The neighborhood is expected to open in late 2022.

River Islands offers unparalleled access to the San Joaquin River complete with what will be an 18-mile greenbelt loop with uninterrupted walking trail encircling the development without a need to worry about vehicle traffic crossing it. The loop — accessible to anyone that includes non-River Islands residents — offers commanding views of the San Joaquin River main channel, Old River, and Paradise Cut that connects the main channel with the Old River as a winter bypass for floodwaters.

The first Del Webb community in the Northern San Joaquin Valley — the 1,406-home Del Webb at Woodbridge in north Manteca — sold its last lot in late 2017 some 11 years after it opened.

The only current age-restrictive neighborhood selling homes in the South County area is The Collective by TruMark homes in Manteca. Several builders are offering homes between the mid $400,000s and the mid $500,000s in the 478-lot gated community on Louise Avenue west of Cottage Avenue in east Manteca.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email