Developer Del E. Webb is credited as a founding father of the active adult community concept. His belief that retirees should be able to live in a self-sustaining community with access to any amenity they would want led to the creation of Sun City in Surprise, Arizona. The community opened in 1960 and grew to include 26,000 homes over the 18-year build-out. Del Webb continues to lead the sector with 59 communities currently open for sale in 20 states and is one of the six national homebuilding brands of PulteGroup. PRISM worked with architect STG Design to provide an animation and renderings for the new Del Webb Bexley age-restricted community in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, just north of Tampa. Bexley will have six different home collections to cater to residents’ lifestyle preferences. Homes start at $254,990 and range from two to five bedrooms. The community boasts extensive resident amenities such as a large clubhouse, community garden, tennis and bocce courts, dog park, resort-style pool, amphitheater, and a full-time Lifestyle Director.
Bexley incorporates several new ideas into Del Webb’s concept of what active adults are now seeking in a community. Floor plans will include flex space like lofts; such space can be used as a home office for residents still working, or for multi-generational households that may need to accommodate aging parents or children. Bexley is strategically located in suburban Tampa, with ample dining and entertainment options within five miles. New homes in Bexley also include smart home technology and some are highly energy-efficient, with HERS scores of 59 and higher. PRISM’s renderings and animation are tools instrumental in pre-sales for the community.