Retirement living options increase, bringing economic boost to area

Clubhouse and pool at Brio master-planned community by John Fisher Homes Southern Utah. St. George, Utah, circa August 2016 | Photo courtesy of Jack Fisher Homes, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A new master-planned community in its first phase of construction seeks to bring an economic and real estate boon to the city.

Clubhouse and pool at Brio master-planned community by John Fisher Homes Southern Utah. St. George, Utah, circa August 2016 | Image courtesy of Jack Fisher Homes, St. George News
Clubhouse and pool at Brio master-planned community by John Fisher Homes Southern Utah. St. George, Utah, circa August 2016 | Image courtesy of Jack Fisher Homes, St. George News

Since its opening in February the Brio community, located in Washington City at 23 West Brio Clubhouse Drive, has sold 51 homes. To date, about 40 have completed construction.

The developer, Jack Fisher Homes, has committed to five phases resulting in approximately 600 homes when the project is completed, Brio representative Rich Baldwin said.

“It’s going to have a big impact on the area,” Washington City Mayor Ken Neilson said of the development. “From an economics standpoint, it will be a good boost.”

New homeowners will bring their spending dollars to Washington City shopping centers and recreation hubs because of this development, the mayor added.

The developer has invested more than $20 million into the project, according to a news release by Brio.

Sales have exceeded expectations, sales manager Shandon Gubler said. As a result, plans are in place to begin construction on the second phase of homes beginning this fall.

The Brio master-planned community, St. George, Utah, circa August 2016 | Image courtesy of Jack Fisher Homes, St. George News
The Brio master-planned community, St. George, Utah, circa August 2016 | Image courtesy of Jack Fisher Homes, St. George News

Home plans range from 1,595 to 2,773 square feet with variations of 3-4 bedrooms and 2-4 baths. Social clubs, swimming pools, pickleball courts and other features at the newly opened clubhouse offer a gathering space for residents to meet and interact.

Billed as an “active-adult community,” Brio is aiming to sell properties to those already in or close to retirement age.

The development includes close access to numerous outdoor activities and is adjacent to Green Springs Golf Course.

“The next phase of homes will have direct access to the golf course, a feature we’re all pretty excited about,” Dave Nielsen, area director for Jack Fisher Homes, said.

Jack Fisher Homes specializes in the construction of retirement homes, second homes and luxury rental homes. In addition to Brio, it has several ongoing projects throughout the county, including Coral Canyon in Washington City and The Ledges in St. George.

Brio joins SunRiver as another master-planned retirement community in Washington County.

The pool at the SunRiver Club House, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Image courtesy of SunRiver, St. George News
The pool at the SunRiver Club House, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Image courtesy of SunRiver, St. George News

Located at a 4275 Country Club Drive, SunRiver began construction in 1998 and encompasses 2,300 planned homes. So far, 1,950 of those homes have completed construction, project developer Darcy Stewart said.

SunRiver includes single-family homes ranging in size from 1,008 to 3,184 square feet, including optional gated communities.

Similar to Brio’s planned golf resort access, SunRiver residents have adjacent access to golf at the Sun River Golf Club.

Originally announced as a $300 million project in 1997, SunRiver has grown in scope and become a much larger economic endeavor since then, Stewart said.

“Every day is a vacation” is the operating concept for residents living at SunRiver, Stewart said.

SunRiver is still offering new homes to prospective buyers.

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11 Comments

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    This is a great project and long overdue. I am absolutely thrilled to see this project moving forward. we are so blessed to be living in this wonderful community. I am looking forward to seeing this project to completion

  • Real Life October 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

    They have this thing, it’s called a job. Look into it. Constantly trolling the local internet news site, does not qualify as a job.

    • Chiefs Fan October 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

      No kidding! They’re constantly commenting seems just to have something to do!

      • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

        Well then maybe you should find a job eh ?

      • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

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    • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      This is a very needed project and I’m thrilled to see it go forward. .God bless you my beloved brethren

    • .... October 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

      The name Real Life sounds just like a troll name just saying ya know. have a nice day

    • .... October 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Enjoy your day. .cya tomorrow. .Muahahaha

  • knobe October 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Are they planning on using water from the pipeline to Lake Powell ?
    Where are they getting the water from ?

    • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Well the pipeline is coming so I’m sure they will be in time

  • .... October 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    St George news. . I wasn’t aware that Real Life is employed by St George news and he now has the authority to tell people when they can and cannot visit this site. and he also has the authority to tell people they should limit the amount of time that they spend on this site.

    I would like to express my deepest apologies for violating any rules of the St George news site as expressed by Real Life . I would like to express my congratulations to Real Life as being the new St George news site legal advisor and time limit manager. I wish him nothing but the best of success and may all his future journalistic endeavors be positive and may they all enhance his life. ….God bless him.

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