By B.C. Manion
Standard Pacific Homes has acquired 675 acres in Wiregrass Ranch and plans to build nearly 1,200 homes.
The homebuilder is planning to build homes in four Wiregrass Ranch neighborhoods, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Chancey Road’s new extension.
The homebuilder will offer 20 all-new architectural designs and is aiming for the move-up market, said Frank Messina, Tampa president for Standard Pacific Homes.
Standard Pacific Homes is planning models that will be in the $300,000 to $600,000 price range, with exterior styles including Italianate, Spanish and European cottage.
While the company hasn’t decided on an official name yet, it is referring to its new development as Standard Pacific Homes’ Wiregrass community. A grand opening is planned for early 2014.
The homes will range from 1,800 square feet to 5,000 square feet and will be built with today’s lifestyles in mind, according to a company release providing project details.
For instance, Messina said, the homes will feature a valet area in a space just off the garage. The room is designed to provide a convenient place for people to charge their telephones, hang their backpacks and store items they buy in bulk.
Another notable feature will be a gourmet kitchen that flows into an expansive great room, an ideal space for entertaining and everyday life. The homes also will introduce an indoor/outdoor living concept, as well as master suites outfitted with spa-like master baths, according to the release.
The homes are designed to allow in plenty of natural light, Messina noted.
The housing development will also boast an upscale amenity center, including a community clubhouse, tennis courts, a lap pool, a lagoon-style pool, a community play field and a walking trail system.
The development will be less than two miles from The Shops at Wiregrass. It also is close to the area’s schools and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
College courses are also expected to be available in the community beginning in January 2014 when Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, a new satellite location of Pasco-Hernando Community College, is scheduled to open.
The community is also close to an area that Pasco County plans to use for either a sports complex, to attract national tournaments, or as a regional park, if the sports complex fails to materialize.
Standard Pacific Homes acquired the land from Sierra Properties.
“We’re very excited about this piece of property,” Messina said. “We consider this property to be the crown jewel in that submarket (of Pasco). It’s very rare that you find a piece of land like this in what we term is an A location where the price of land is moving up.”
Standard Pacific Homes is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. It has been building homes in the Tampa area since 1989, Messina said. It has built in numerous successful projects in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, including Seven Oaks, Trinity, Wilderness Lakes and the recently opened Cordoba Estates off Livingston Avenue.
For more information about the homebuilder, visit www.standardpacifichomes.com.