Welcome to Starkey Ranch | Part I

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A new community is on the Trinity horizon, like no other of its kind. Positioned adjacent to James B. Starkey Wilderness Park, Starkey Ranch will encompass 2,500 acres consisting of residential communities, interconnected trails throughout the community, its parks, and local businesses, as well as a school for grades K-8.

This exciting acquisition by Wheelock Communities was finalized in 2013, and culminated into an announcement in February 2014, regarding the future of the property. Today, master plans are underway to break ground in March and begin construction of beautiful, contemporary homes and the expansive site development.

In 1922, Jay B. Starkey chased after his dream of being a cattle rancher, and he purchased tracts of land in Pinellas County, which later became known as Ulmerton Ranch. After the depression, he and his friend Dave Cunningham, entered into a partnership and began looking north to Pasco County, as little could be done to expand at their Pinellas location.

In 1937, they drove 300-head of cattle north to the grassy expanses of the southwest corner of Pasco. Jay & Dave included Dave’s two brothers in a new partnership, and they purchased what became CS Ranch. By 1956, Jay was the sole proprietor of would be known as Anclote River Ranch.

He sold the cattle from the ranch to his son, Jay B, Jr., in 1965, while holding onto the citrus groves and timber business. Because it was obvious how economic development was affecting Florida, Jay Sr., made the bold decision to sell 18,000 acres of his ranch to the Southwest Florida Water Management District to ensure the land would not be developed, but be kept intact as a wilderness preserve for the benefit of future generations to see the beauty of West Florida as it used to be.

That’s what you will find in the Starkey Ranch community, as it is destined to follow the spirit and legacy of the Starkey family.

The 2,500 acres of what will become Starkey Ranch includes 800 acres dedicated to parks and recreational facilities, and 20 miles of trails that connect the community with areas of Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve.

Be in perfect tune with nature and history at Starkey Ranch this spring, when the first homebuyers will have a selection of three types and sizes of single-family residences in the Whitfield Park neighborhood! Home designs have been pre-determined to follow architectural styles such as Craftsman, Florida Vernacular, Spanish Revival and Ranch Modern, and feature rear-entry garages, and large front porches that overlook beautifully manicured lawns and landscapes.

For more information about Starkey Ranch and the opportunities that await, contact RE/MAX Realtor®, Debbie Dawson, 727-709-9541 or debbie@yourhometampabay.com.

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