PulteGroup announced on February 15 that it would be building its third Del Webb community in northeast Florida on 226 acres in Wildlight.
Wildlight is a master-planned 2,900 acre community in Nassau County along Florida 200 between Interstate 95 and US 17. Raydient Places + Properties is the developer.
Del Webb is designed for active adults 55 and over, the press release says. Model houses are expected to open in early 2022.
Development is along Curiosity Avenue next to Wildlight Elementary School.
“We have just identified Nassau County as the perfect place for active adults to retire, whether they’re Florida residents or another state,” said Tony Nason, vice president of operations for PulteGroup’s Northern Florida division.
“The proximity to Amelia Island, the beaches, the Jacksonville airport and everything Jacksonville has to offer seemed just a perfect fit for our brand.”
Pulte is planning up to 660 single-family homes. It will offer 16 floor plans ranging from 1,343 to 3,339 square feet. Home prices start at $ 200,000.
A map of the Del Webb Wildlight area.
Floor plans will be similar to those in the Nocatee and eTown parishes, Nason said. The exterior will be designed using Florida Low Country architecture, much like the rest of Wildlight, the press release said.
Del Webb Wildlight offers a 12,000 square foot equipment center, two pools, tennis and pickleball courts, a dog park and more than ten miles of hiking trails.
Del Webb is the largest development in Wildlight to date.
“We are excited to welcome Del Webb to Wildlight as the community’s first active adult neighborhood,” said Wes Hinton, Wildlight vice president, in a press release.
“Del Webb’s strong brand recognition for high-quality design, resort-style amenities and a close community connection makes it an ideal addition to Wildlight and our Florida lowcountry lifestyle. As the gateway to the state of Florida and one of the fastest growing counties in northern Florida, Nassau County and Wildlight make a perfect base for this world-class active adult builder, ”he said.
Pulte has Del Webb communities in Nocatee and eTown. Nocatee opened in June 2019 and eTown opened in August 2019. Both are selling houses in phase two.
Nason said convenience centers are under construction in both communities and the communities have been successful.
Typically, they have attracted residents from Jacksonville and out of state, he said.
“We see people looking to downsize, the kids are out and they don’t need that much square footage anymore,” said Nason.
Del Webb also has parishes in Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, Sarasota, and Port St. Lucie.
Pulte Homes recently opened several communities in northeast Florida and plans more growth in the area, Nason said.
These include Bradley Pond along Cedar Point Road in North Jacksonville and The Trails in Grand Oaks in northern St. Johns County. Work also begins on The Preserve on Bannon Lakes along the International Golf Parkway in St. Johns County.
Nason said he saw consoles growing in these counties, as well as Nassau and Clay counties.
“We really like the counties we’re in right now, St. Johns and Duval, so we’re definitely still targeting these,” said Nason.