Study Prioritizes Wesley Chapel Light Rail to Tampa

A study by the Florida Department of Transportation recently identified potential successful future projects for regional transit. The highest ranking option, presented recently during an update on this 2.5 year study, is a light rail line that runs alongside Interstate 275 from Wesley Chapel, to the University of South Florida, to Tampa, to St. Petersburg.

While this isn’t a green light for the project, it is an exciting thought for those who live in Wesley Chapel. Residents already have convenient access to Tampa, as the city is within a 30-minute drive. A light rail would offer another option to commute to this incredible city for work or play.

The ranking of Wesley Chapel high on the list also speaks to the importance of this growing community. We are excited to be building in an area that has recently seen the addition of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco Hernando State College’s Porter Campus in Wesley Chapel, and so many new restaurants and shopping centers.

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D.R. Horton Named 2017 Builder of the Year by Builder Magazine

For the second year in a row, a WaterGrass homebuilder has been named Builder of the Year! In 2016, CalAtlantic Homes took the honor. And for 2017, D.R. Horton has won!

DRHortonLogoIn an article announcing the title, Builder Magazine digs into what makes D.R. Horton a top builder in the country. It’s no wonder they found the easy answer to that question—D.R. Horton has claimed the top spot in the Builder 100 by Builder Magazine for 15 years.

Builder Magazine cites various differentiators between D.R. Horton and other homebuilders. A few major things that helped D.R. Horton rise to the best of the best (after only 6 years since the last time they were named) include:

  • D.R. Horton ranks number 1 in 13 of home building’s top 50 markets.
  • They rank top five in 30 of the top 50 markets.
  • Operational excellence: revenues topping $13.4 billion, gross margins of over 20%, and overhead cost in the low-9% range.
  • Nationally, D.R. Horton has 7.5% of the single family new home market

And none of the above happened by accident, but rather because of their focus on and sense of what homebuyers want. D.R. Horton’s founder, Don Horton, says “We have captured industry-leading market share by responding to the needs and wants of America’s home buyers and by introducing new brands to our product line.” He goes on to discuss their solid team, strong lot position, and ability to offer homes to a diverse customer base. Read the full article.

We are proud to have D.R. Horton as a featured builder at WaterGrass, where they offer the Windchase Villas at WaterGrass, attached homes that begin in the low $200s. The homes offer 1,565 Square Feet of living space, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, den, 2 car garage with an optional 3rd bedroom.

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Watergrass Elementary Earns Five Star Rating

The Florida Department of Education has announced the Five Star School Award winners for 2015/2016, and Watergrass Elementary School has earned the award! Watergrass has earned this award several times. Recognized schools have demonstrated a commitment to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance learning.

Five Star School criteria includes benchmarks in:

  • Community/Business Partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Council

We are proud to have such a well-performing elementary school right within our community! When you live at WaterGrass, your children benefit from attending the on-site Watergrass Elementary School as well as other highly regarded Pasco County district schools for middle and high school.

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Run a 5K to Support Watergrass Elementary School Saturday, February 25!

On Saturday, February 25, Watergrass Elementary School is hosting a 5K Run/Walk, and you are invited to participate! The 3.1 mile course starts at Watergrass Elementary School and runs throughout the beautiful community of WaterGrass. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers and to the overall winners for each age group. The race will be chip-timed. Just in it for fun? Each runner will receive a goodie bag with a Watergrass Elementary race shirt and items from local sponsors. All proceeds support the school.

What: Watergrass Elementary 5K for our K5 and 1 Mile Fun Run
Where: Beginning at Watergrass Elementary School
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017. 5K starts at 7AM, Fun Run starts at 8AM.
Cost: $25 for the 5K, $15 for the Fun Run

Register: Register here by February 23

Residents of WaterGrass are fortunate to have an elementary school right within the community! WaterGrass students attend the highly rated schools of the Pasco County School District, including Watergrass Elementary School.

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New Home Buying Guide Part 1: 6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities

Looking for a new home for the first time can be a lot of things—exciting, fun, and life changing. And with so many details, it can also be overwhelming. In order to help ease some of the uncertainty that comes with going through this process for the first time, we’ve decided to put together a series of posts to serve as a new home buying guide. In this series, we will offer tips to help you through the process, from initial considerations to selecting your home to the process of buying, building, and closing on your new home.

As the first part of the series, we check out the 6 basic things to consider when shopping new home communities:

Watergrass-2706-11. Location. It’s possible that the decision on where you will look for a home will be the first decision you make. It can be tempting to narrow by town, but you may also want to start with a radius from a certain spot on a map. You need to consider the proximity to work, school, and other activities. Use an online map to show you travel options and traffic or train times from a potential area. You should imagine a typical week and the places you go, and how often you go there. You should also consider the accessibility of highways, trains, and other travel resources. A great location with easy access to school, amenities, and work can be a key to overall happiness!

Watergrass-7545-web-1-1024x6832. Neighborhood. It’s a great idea to spend a little time in neighborhoods you are considering. Park and watch the community activity to get a feel for what it will be like to live there—are the people active? Are there well-kept parks and playgrounds that kids seem to enjoy? Look around to see what your view out your window could be—are homes, lawns, and community landscaping appealing?

WaterGrassElementary-030-1-1024x6423. Schools. Whether you have school-aged children or not, schools are an excellent thing to consider when looking for a home. A great school district can impact the value of your purchase. And if you have school-aged children, the schools can carry a lot of weight. Consider both the quality of the schools your children will attend and the location. It’s wonderful to live where your school is only a short distance away. At WaterGrass, the elementary school is located right within the community!

Watergrass-7465-web-1-1024x5644. Community Amenities. A great community can improve your entire lifestyle. Consider amenities that could be available right outside your door, and how that might affect your day-to-day activity. Are there great places to walk, play, and enjoy the outdoors? If you choose a clubhouse community like WaterGrass, you could have access to a fitness center and kids play area all year, tennis and basketball courts, neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and incredible pools where you can relax or splash the day away.

Screen-Shot-2016-07-20-at-1.59.01-PM5. Builder Options. If you are building a new home, you want to find a builder who matches your style. You also want to find a builder with a great reputation—you want to know that other people love their homes by this builder. If you are building a home from scratch, you want the building process to have a great reputation as well. It is a big commitment to work with a builder, and you want to know the experience will be as smooth as possible. At WaterGrass, we’ve done the hard work of narrowing down builders to only the best for you so you can take the time to choose the builder whose style suits your dream and budget.

WaterGrass-Park2-16. Budget. You will need to figure out your overall budget for a home. You should factor in the mortgage payment, property tax, as well as additional expenses. If you are buying a resale home, consider the cost of replacing items that may need to be replaced for wear and tear. If you are buying a new home, everything is new and you will have warranties, so that is not a concern. You also should consider the cost of furniture, window treatments, and other essentials.

All of the above items should help you narrow your initial search! Then you can start the fun job of choosing a builder and floorplan, and moving closer to purchasing your new home!

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