Vision Group Has Joined Builder Team

Vision Group Bringing Their Unique Home Building Style To The Forest Another of Sarasota’s premier local custom builders, Vision Group, has joined The Forest. Co-Owner and Partner Mike Padgett brings years of experience in real estate, construction and custom home building to the company. Vision Group has built hundreds of custom homes in many of the area. Padgett is a lifelong Sarasota resident and third generation builder. He has an excellent reputation as one of the most respected names in building and selling custom quality homes. “I am pleased to welcome Vision Group to our approved builder team,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “Michael Padgett has been active in the home building business in the Sarasota/Manatee market for several years. The firm will offer a unique combination of experience and foresight to our development.” Vision Group is dedicated to green building specializing in the latest trends for energy efficient home design and construction. “Sarasota green building is nothing new to Vision Group,” said Padgett. “We built our first green home in 2006 and now have years of experience in green home building saving our customers thousands of dollars on their energy bills, and helping our environment.” Learn more about Vision Group on our website.  Contact Brian Wood, the Premier Sotheby’s exclusive agent... [Read more]




Turkey Day Comes Early At The Forest

Flock of wild turkeys bring early Thanksgiving to The Forest Our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood was the man-on-the-scene as a flock of wild turkeys enjoyed The Forest. Their timing could not have been better with the Thanksgiving holiday just days away. The Forest lives up to its name as one of the most forested communities in Sarasota. The large acreage home sites are separated by acres of preserved forests filled with ancient oaks, palmettos, pines and palms with many lakes and ponds. And like almost all forests, wildlife abounds. In addition to our flock of neighborhood turkeys, there are also countless other birds of all types, turtles, deer and many other wild neighbors. Watch Brian’s turkey video…Happy Thanksgiving!  Read More →




Latest Home Sale Tops $2 Million

Former Rutenberg Model Sells For $2.15 Million in The Forest A former Arthur Rutenberg model home in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch has sold for $2.15 million. Located at 10862 Leafwing Drive, it was the highest-priced sale in the neighborhood during the last two years. The Forest’s Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood represented the buyer. “We continue to offer excellent value for our new buyers while maintaining steady average price appreciation for sellers here in the Forest,” said Wood. “That said, our acreage home sites are still some of the most affordable in their class on a cost per square foot basis and new home and lot packages range from the $900s.” Situated on 3.29 acres, the 6,667 square-foot former Sorrento model has four bedrooms, five full and two half baths. Built in 2006, the home’s creative floor plan blends California ranch architecture with a contemporary Zen-like interior. “The buyers moved from south Florida and fell in love with the beautiful design and the natural and spacious setting that The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch provides,” said Wood. “This amazing former model and Parade-winning home sealed their move to the community.” For more information on available homes and home sites, contact Brian at (941) 928-8408 or brian.wood@premiersir.com.  Read More →




E/M Custom Homes First Offering At The Forest

Riverside Is The New E/M Custom Home Featured at The Forest E/M Custom Homes recently introduced their first featured home plan for The Forest. The Riverside is a classic Florida home featuring great curb appeal and a floor plan with even broader appeal. The stylish Mediterranean architecture sets the stage for great living on the large estate home sites at The Forest.  A front porch leads to a large foyer with views through the living area to the covered lanai and optional pool beyond. The home centers on the great room that integrates with a gourmet island kitchen to create a grand and bright open living area. The great room opens with pocketing glass doors to views of the expansive outdoor living area as do the master suite, dining room and bonus room. The master suite has double walk-in closest and a luxurious bathroom. Two additional large bedrooms and two full bathrooms are situated along the opposite side of the living area for complete separation.  There is a total of 2,867 square feet of air-conditioned space. A three-car garage, that accesses the living area via a laundry room complete with pet grooming station and a drop zone, round out this exciting home that has 4,254 square feet under the roof. Learn more about E/M Custom Homes. Contact Brian Wood, the exclusive Premier Sotheby’s Realty agent at The Forest, for details on available home sites to pair... [Read more]




E/M Custom Homes Joins Builder Team

E/M Custom Homes Introduces New Opportunities in The Forest Wood, Eslinger and Dabney at The Forest A new builder has joined the elite team at The Forest. E/M Custom Homes will bring new opportunities for home buyers in Sarasota’s only gated master planned community designed exclusively for estate homes. E/M Custom Homes combines the talents of Jeff Eslinger and Rick and Dan Maglich, all seasoned custom builders in the Sarasota/Manatee region. “We are excited to have Jeff, Rick and Dan join our builder team at The Forest,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “They bring a great reputation for delivering high quality custom homes at exceptional values.” Brian Wood, the exclusive Premier Sotheby’s Realty agent at The Forest, said he has buyers already discussing potential homes with E/M. He believes the builder will be a very good fit for the community targeting homes priced from the $900s and up. Wood added there are still an excellent selection of homesites available to choose from at The Forest. “We look forward to working with everyone in The Forest. We offer a variety of current plans or can design the perfect home to meet any buyer’s needs,” said Eslinger.” We design well built, fairly priced homes and provide service before, during and most importantly after the sale.”  Learn more about E/M Custom... [Read more]




Summer 2018 Open House Home Tour

Join Us For Our Next Home Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch Our Premier Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, Brian Wood, has organized a tour of homes to kickoff summer this Sunday, June 10th from 1pm to 4pm. Tour three unique custom estate homes including one of the original award-winning model homes in The Forest.  All three feature beautifully decorate interiors. Here is the line up for homes open to the public Sunday: Amazing former model by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is a must see! 10862 Leafwing Drive   Quick Facts: 6,667 square feet 4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths Home Site: 3.29 Acres Priced at $2,900,000       A Todd Johnston Custom Estate Home 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane   Quick Facts: 3,349 square feet 3 bedrooms and 3 baths Home Site: 5.30 Acres Priced at $997,500       Another Custom Arthur Rutenberg Estate Home 10036 Ruffled Fern Lane   Quick Facts: 3,410 square feet 3 bedrooms and 4 baths Home Site: 3.69 Acres Priced at $1,295,000       There will be representatives in each home with more information. Brian will also be available to answer questions about available lots for those interested in learning more about building a new home with one of our Forest Builders. Contact him for more details.  Locate The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch.  Read More →




Spring 2018 Open House Tour

Three Custom Homes On Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch Brian Wood, the exclusive Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, has organized a tour of three custom homes for Sunday, April 29th from 1pm to 4pm. A special Spring Sale on all remaining developer home sites will also kickoff Sunday with a 10% discount on current prices. This is a great opportunity to walk through three spectacular private estate homes and also tour the available acreage home sites to learn more about all the options for living at The Forest. Here are the homes that will be open Sunday: 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane   Quick Facts: 3,349 square feet 3 bedrooms and 3 baths Home Site: 5.30 Acres Priced at $1,095,000       10036 Ruffled Fern Lane   Quick Facts: 3,410 square feet 3 bedrooms and 4 baths Home Site: 3.69 Acres Priced at $1,295,000       10862 Leafwing Drive   Quick Facts: 6,667 square feet 4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths Home Site: 3.29 Acres Priced at $2,900,000.       Come meet Brian and learn more about the option to buy or build a home at The Forest. Contact him for more information.  Read More →




Sarasota Herald Tribune Neighborhood Feature

The Forest In Sarasota Herald Tribune Market Snapshot   Thanks to Chris Angermann for including The Forest in his popular Market Snapshot series.  Great to see the update available for area real estate readers with his concise article on our community. Read it now on the Herald Tribune website. The Forest is located on Clark Road five miles east of I-75 at the historic Hi Hat Ranch. Plan to visit and let our Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood provide the grand tour.  Read More →




Rare Open House Tour Kicks Off 2018

It’s a rare occasion when Sarasota’s premier master planned gated estate home community has one of its impressive custom homes open for touring.  Brian Wood, the exclusive Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, is hosting the open house event Sunday, January 28th from 1pm to 4pm.  This is a great way to kickoff 2018 and get a feel for the lifestyle that only The Forest provides. 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane This stylish custom estate home was built by Todd Johnston Homes. It is meticulously designed providing the perfect blend of classic architecture coupled with today’s contemporary finishes inside. The great room floor plan, with vaulted ceilings and feature wood beams, greets you as you enter and provides a warm, spacious welcome. The gourmet kitchen is tailored with contemporary cabinetry, beautiful stone counter tops and a walk in pantry that blends in seamlessly. The generously sized secondary rooms give guests and family members plenty of room and comfort. A luxurious master suite and bathroom offer a tranquil retreat for the owners. Hobbyists or movie buffs will find the bonus room to be a wonderful space.  The true estate-sized home site has acres of land for privacy. Enjoy outdoor living on the rear brick-paver patio with a soothing fountain and pergola providing the picture frame to the majestic oak trees and forest that compose the back yard of this one... [Read more]




Estate Homes Bring Unique Amenities Without High Assessments

The Forest Difference: Real Estate Living Without High HOA Fees The cost of living at The Forest is substantially less than other private gated communities east of I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee County.  True estate homesites offer privacy, peace and quiet and the option for residents to design amenities right into their estate homes.  Residents can also access golf courses, clubhouses, parks and other recreational opportunities that are just minutes from the community. A comparison of 2018 Community Fees shows the substantially lower fees residents of The Forest pay.  In some cases, there are CDD assessments on top of the HOA fees.  The Forest does not have a CDD. “When we planned The Forest, our research showed a very high quality master planned community with large acreage homesites was missing in this region,” says Tom Dabney, managing developer partner for The Forest. “In many cases, particularly with higher-end properties, residents tend to use the planned community amenities less while still having to pay all the fees associated with those features. Our community places the premium on private space where buyers have the room to build true estates, add more expansive personal recreational amenities to their properties and still have separation from neighboring homes.” Dabney says Forest residents have room on their estates for additional structures... [Read more]