Filling a niche in Woodbury

The Legends of Woodbury is a new independent senior apartment community with affordable rents beginning in the low $1,000s.

Legends of Woodbury club room
Legends of Woodbury club room

The Legends of Woodbury — a new independent senior apartment community with affordable rents beginning in the low $1,000s — is now open about a five-minute drive from the intersection of Woodbury Drive and I-94.

Yes, of course, there is a bit of a hitch: The Legends of Woodbury is an affordable housing program participant, which means the gross annual income of residents must meet limits set by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Very generally speaking, total household income must be below the following limits based on all types of gross income — $42,000 for one occupant, $48,000 for two, $54,000 for three and $60,000 for four. (You’d have to call for details to confirm your eligibility.)

But for those who meet the requirements, there’s a lot to like here.

This four-story community, which opened in March and will expand in July, is two-thirds full so far with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor-plan options, all watched over by a full-time community manager and maintenance team.

Amenities include a two-story clubhouse with a community kitchen, pub room, theater room, library, beauty salon, a card and crafts room, a three-season porch and other gathering spaces where residents get together for a variety of activities. It also features a lovely patio and landscaped grounds connected to walking trails. There’s even an outdoor exercise area for residents’ four-legged friends.

Legends of Woodbury library
Legends of Woodbury library

THE LEGENDS OF WOODBURY

Where: 570 Settlers Ridge Parkway, Woodbury

Opening date: Phase 1 opened in March 2019. Phase 2 opens in July 2019.

Ages welcome: 55 and older

Size options: This four-story community includes 216 apartments in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans.

Cost range for a single resident: As an affordable housing program participant, this property is able to offer prices far below market-rate rents: $1,047 a month for a one-bedroom apartment; $1,255 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment; $1,447 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment (including some units with over 1,400 square feet). Apartments here include amenities typically found only in luxury apartments, including a full-size, in-home washer and dryer, 9-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, granite counters, solid wood cabinets, a bar or island (for extra counter space and informal dining), satin finish hardware/fixtures and new Energy Star appliances.

Food & healthcare services: This is an active, independent senior community so no meals or health-care services are provided.

Property owner: Founded in 1972, Dominium is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, and is one of the largest private developers and managers of multifamily apartment homes in the country. More than 50,000 people in over 30,000 homes live in Dominium communities.

Other facilities in Minnesota: Dominium owns and manages a large number of multifamily and senior communities in the state. Among its more noteworthy developments are the historic renovations of the Pillsbury A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis and the Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul. The company’s senior housing is located throughout the seven-county metro area in communities such as Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Columbia Heights, Prior Lake, Spring Lake Park and St. Paul. There are several more in the planning phase or under construction.

Info: 763-225-4638, legendsofwoodbury.com

Legends of Woodbury lobby
Legends of Woodbury lobby

Do you know of a new or interesting senior housing facility in the Twin Cities that might make a good Housing Spotlight? Write Minnesota Good Age editor Sarah Jackson at editor@mngoodage.com with the subject line Housing Spotlight.