“We’re goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna …” check out real estate?! Yep, that’s right. Real estate. But, not just any real estate. Just one destination is all that’s needed to find the home of your dreams: Wesley Chapel. (see how the song ties in? Clever. Very. Clever.)
Situated about twenty miles northeast of metro Tampa in Pasco County, Wesley Chapel is a vibrant community of more than 51,000 residents. According to the website, NerdWallet, analysts ranked 180 cities, towns, and census-designated places (CDPs) across the state with populations in excess of 10,000, based on four main criteria: home affordability; prosperity and growth; quality of education; and, family friendliness. Of those 180 communities, Wesley Chapel ranked third on its list of “Best Cities for Young Families in Florida.” The community was also recognized as one of the “8 Boomtowns of 2008” by the Gadberry Group’s annual list. Pretty impressive, huh?
Originally called Double Branch for the area’s twin creeks—not to be confused with Twin Peaks, a creepy, but popular TV show—the community was named for the Methodist chapel that stood on the northwest corner of SR54 and Boyette Road. Since 2000, Wesley Chapel has been a catalyst for the rapid growth of the county, which ranks as the 38th fastest-growing county in the nation. Despite its tremendous growth, it still retains many natural wilderness areas, including a new county park.
Residents enjoy access to top amenities and shopping, including the new Florida Hospital Center Ice complex, the famous Saddlebrook Resort—home to the acclaimed Arnold Palmer Golf Academy—new shopping centers, such as the Shops at Wiregrass, The Grove at Wesley Chapel, Tampa Premium Outlets, and Cypress Creek Town Center. There are many well-reviewed restaurants, bars, and shops in each of these centers, and scattered throughout the community. Wesley Chapel is also conveniently near I-75 and I-275 for easy access to Tampa and other major locales.
Wesley Chapel has an abundance of real estate that includes a wide range of lifestyles. Whether you are searching for a single family home in a well-established neighborhood, new construction in a master planned community with top amenities, a home with more land in a rural environment, or maintenance-free townhome or villa, Wesley Chapel has the home for you! All you have to do is follow the advice of the song …
Oh, here’s a little tidbit about Wesley Chapel that you may find interesting—or not: In 2003, some residents of the fair community started a movement to incorporate, which would have made it the largest and most populous “city” in Pasco County. But, the movement just sort of, well, lost its momentum, and the effort abandoned. That sounds suspiciously like being left at the altar on your wedding day. Hmm.
As for the song, good luck getting the tune out of your head!
Wesley Chapel communities include: Arbor Woods, Ashley Pines, Ashton Oaks, Avalon Park West, Boyette Oaks, Bridgewater, Brookside, Country Walk, Epperson Ranch, Estancia, Fox Ridge, Hamilton Park, Homesteads of Saddlewood, Lexington Oaks, Meadow Pointe , New River Lakes, Northwood, Oak Creek, Palm Cove, Quail Hollow, Quail Woods, Saddlebrook, Seven Oaks (include Maple Glen), The Ridge at Wiregrass, Union Park.