Rendering of the amenity center at Del Webb's Bellwether.
Rendering of the amenity center at Del Webb's Bellwether.

PulteGroup's Del Webb is hosting the grand opening of the first Del Webb community in Minnesota on Saturday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Corcoran, a location that provides convenient access to the Twin Cities. The 225-acre Bellwether by Del Webb is the area’s only resort-style, age-restricted new home community.

“Del Webb has been building active-adult communities for almost 60 years, but this is the first time we've introduced the brand’s legendary lifestyle to the state of Minnesota,” said Jamie Tharp, Minnesota division president for PulteGroup, Del Webb’s parent company. “We have seen tremendous demand to open a Del Webb community in the market, with buyers expressing a great affinity for the brand after visiting siblings and friends that live in our communities in other locations.

“Roughly 70% of prospective buyers to date have come from within the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul market, people who want to enjoy an active retirement without having to move away from family and the familiarity of the community where they've spent much of their lives. However, we have also had interest from neighboring Midwestern states, with buyers citing their desire to be close to children and grandchildren,” said Tharp.

“Nearly 1,000 people attended information sessions earlier this summer, and sales activity is strong, with 29 sales contracts signed since the first release of 31 home sites on July 31,” said Shannon Huber, Minnesota division sales director for PulteGroup, “We are attracting both GenX couples and young baby boomers, with about 50% of buyers still in the workforce. It’s clear they want to take full advantage of all the amenities, programs and activities a Del Webb community has to offer for this stage of life."

Offering 398 home sites, Bellwether by Del Webb features 13 consumer-inspired home designs that fit the needs of the 55+ buyer, with an emphasis on livability and comfort. Three design collections provide a variety of options, perfect for daily living and entertaining. The single-story floor plans range from 1,222-1,953+ square feet with 2-4 bedrooms, 1.5-3 baths, and 2-3 car garages. Home designs feature spacious open living area with room for entertaining and options such as two-story living with loft space, laundry room next to the owner’s suite and fixed attic staircases. Pricing starts in the low $300s.

The state-of-the-art 11,500-square-foot Prairie Club Amenity Center will serve as the hub for community activity and is expected to open in summer of 2020. It will feature indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor TV lounge, community lawn and fire pit, outdoor tiki bar/hut, 6 pickleball courts, 2 bocce ball courts, a fitness center, lounge, fireplace, craft room, and nearly two miles of walking trails, among other amenities. Additionally, a full-time lifestyle director will be on-site to organize social events and clubs for residents who want to fully embrace the Del Webb active adult lifestyle.

Visitors to the grand opening on Saturday, August 24 will be able to learn more about the community, tour three professionally decorated model homes and home sites, and enjoy light refreshments from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.