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Former Northerners like Being Able to Choose Between a Revved-up or Relaxed Lifestyle at Del Webb Orlando

Thursday, December 29, 2011 / Del Webb Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – When Bob and Beth Hofmann first visited the Del Webb Orlando community nearly four years ago they had an idea that living there would be dramatically different from their small Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Wis.  But, not just because of the lack of snow in Central Florida.

“We were first attracted to the community because it was new,” Bob Hofmann said.  “Because of that, we thought it was more likely to have younger residents with interests similar to ours.”

Hofmann was right.

“The best thing about living here is the people,” said Hofmann, 60, a retired Harley-Davidson motorcycle design engineer and former Mercury Marine employee, adding that during the 18 years that he and Beth lived near the often-frozen Menomonee River they only knew the first names of their neighbors.

Since moving to Del Webb Orlando, the two, who married 31 years ago, have met “many wonderful friends.”

Beth Hofmann, 53, a music therapist by training, previously worked in the healthcare industry, where she was a Director of Therapeutic Recreation and then moved into a position as Quality Assurance Director, before moving to Del Webb Orlando.

One of the things the two like about their home is that the community offers a lifestyle where you can be as busy as you want and pursue as many interests as you wish.  Or not.

When the Hofmanns aren’t socializing with neighbors, they enjoy movies, plays, concerts and other cultural events, as well as traveling, cooking, reading and playing ping pong or pickle ball.

And with the numerous amenities in their community, many activities can be done without even leaving their home at Del Webb Orlando.  Unless, that is, you consider riding through the community on a Harley-Davidson inspired golf cart leaving home.

Del Webb Orlando features world class health and wellness amenities that are all part of the lifestyle---an endless choice of recreational activities, pastimes, hobbies and events that are educational and entertaining and make life worth living. These are administered by a full time Lifestyle Director and Community Association Manager.

But, when the Hofmanns do want to get away, they do it often and in a big way.  Living near Disney World and the cruise ports was another reason they selected Del Webb, as they often visit theme parks and love to cruise the high seas.

“Now that we’re retired, we go as often as we can, Hofmann said just days back from a Western Caribbean voyage that included ports of call in Labadee, Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. 

Earlier in the year they cruised the Mexican Riviera, he said, stopping in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta; took a Mediterranean cruise to France and Italy; and then made two transatlantic trips that toured the Azores, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Madeira, St. Maarten and Tortola.

Their second Mediterranean cruise included the company of eight of their neighbors…all of whom the Hofmanns know on much more than just a first-name basis.

Next year they have plans for several other cruises, including ones that sail around the Hawaiian Islands, the Eastern Caribbean and the New England and St. Lawrence Seaway areas.  Who knows how many neighbors will join in those excursions.

Del Webb Orlando builds homes that range from one, two, three and four-bedroom designs with one-and-a-half to three baths, plus one-and-a-half or two-car garages with a variety of options and price points starting from the $120s.

About Del Webb
Del Webb, the pioneer of active adult retirement communities, is America’s leading builder of developments for people ages 55+.  Since 1960, Del Webb has redefined retirement and retirement living by meeting the housing and lifestyle needs of the active Baby Boomer. Del Webb’s amenities and program offerings provide residents an engaging environment, which fulfills their creative, social, physical fitness and intellectual needs as they journey into the next chapter in their lives – whether it means retirement or still working. Del Webb has grown to more than 50 communities currently open for new home sales in 20 states.  For more information on Del Webb, visit To learn more about how to plan a smart future, check out financial tools at 

About PulteGroup
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America’s largest home building companies with operations in approximately 60 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes and Del Webb, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide home buyers with innovative solutions and new homes designed for the way people actually live today. As the most awarded home builder in customer satisfaction, PulteGroup brands have consistently ranked among top home builders in third-party customer satisfaction studies.
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