Tampa Bay is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the U.S. and new neighborhoods are popping up all over the suburbs. One of the newer communities is located in Odessa, Florida, which is about a forty-minute drive from downtown Tampa. Starkey Ranch is a budding, master-planned development of new homes that is located off State Road 54 in Odessa. It is a highly desirable neighborhood with a wealth of recreational amenities. Come take a look and find your new home in Starkey Ranch in Odessa, Florida.
New Homes in Odessa, Florida
Odessa was first named in the late 1800’s by the same Russian immigrant that named St. Petersburg, Florida. Located along the newly constructed rail line, the town of Odessa was originally part of Pasco County (it is now an unincorporated area that sits in both Pasco and Hillsborough counties). Known for producing turpentine and milled lumber, Odessa grew slowly through the early 1900’s as many sought employment at the large sawmill. In 1922, a fire reduced the sawmill to ashes, scattering the small population of the area. The rural community then depended on farming and ranching for most of its modern history. As Tampa started to grow over the past few years, some of the farms and ranches were sold to housing developers and the suburb has become home to many new families.
Starkey Ranch in Odessa, Florida
The land where Starkey Ranch now sits was a long-time cattle ranch owned by the Starkey family. It also once held a 75-acre orange grove and a sawmill. In the late 1990’s, a portion of the ranch was sold to the housing developer that established the Longleaf neighborhood. In 2013, the rest of the ranch (the remaining 2,500-acres) was sold to Wheelock Communities for the development of the Starkey Ranch community. Named the Master-Planned Community of the Year in 2016, this newer neighborhood is surrounded by nature and is located alongside the vast Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve. The new homes are connected by trails and there are several parks where family and friends can meet, relax, play and enjoy the natural flora and fauna of the property. This area has an excellent school system and a future K-8 school will be built on the property. There is a public library, community theater and a town square with businesses and a grocery store that allow residents to be connected and surrounded by local conveniences.
Amenities at Starkey Ranch
Starkey Ranch will be a fully contained community with many amenities. A 20-mile trail system runs through the neighborhood and includes a BMX mountain bike ‘bump track.’ These trails will eventually lead to the 42-mile long Suncoast Trail. Multiple parks are sprinkled throughout the community and are designed to meet all the resident’s recreational needs. There are large parks with sports playing fields, medium parks for various activities and small parks where neighbors can sit or gather. Currently there is a large pool is one of the centerpieces and there is a splash pad, playground, picnic pavilions and two dog parks. Plans include additional parks and recreational spaces in Homestead Park and future phases. Starkey Ranch is wired with fiber optic cables for ultra-fast internet speeds and there are wi-fi hotspots that will let everyone stay connected. Nearby shops and businesses abound and provide residents with plenty of shopping and restaurants. Everything you need to feel at home is located at Starkey Ranch.
New Homes in Starkey Ranch
Locally owned and operated Homes by WestBay builds news homes here at Starkey Ranch from the Artisan and New Vintage collections. These collections include offer a wide assortment of newly built homes that encompass many different price points. Known for their uncommonly thoughtful designs and spacious open floor plans, Homes by WestBay includes many standard features that would be considered upgrades to another builder and you are able to personalize your new home by choosing various finishes and floorings. Come visit model homes at Starkey Ranch or see the options on their website at www.HomesbyWestBay.com. We’re sure that you’ll want to call Starkey Ranch home!