National builder buys more than 300 acres in Pasco County

A national homebuilder has acquired a portion of one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Pasco County.

Pulte Group closed on 332 acres owned by the DePue family on Aug. 1. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The family owns 1,800 acres, and Pulte purchased the northeast corner of its property for a 700-site single-family community to be known as Vida’s Way.

The property is less than 5 miles from the intersection of state roads 54 and 56 in Wesley Chapel.

“Over the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the Nutt family and visiting their ranch,” Sean Strickler, Pulte’s West Florida division president, said in a statement. “The result has been a highly collaborative working relationship and the development of a community that not only honors their decades of hard work but also looks to the future with additional residential and commercial development. We are incredibly honored and excited to bring Vida’s Way to the market.”

Vida’s Way is named for the family matriarch, the late Vida Claire Barnes DePue, who died in 2010 at 88.

“Many developers have reached out to us over the years, but we were impressed with the extensive time and effort the Pulte team took to learn about and understand our rich family history,” Michael Nutt, grandson of Vida DePue, said in a statement. “We believe Vida’s Way will be a lasting tribute to her life. We hope this community provides many years of memories for the families who live there.”

The community will include a dog park, community garden and be zoned for Watergrass Elementary School, Weightman Middle School and Wesley Chapel High School.

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