High Speed Internet/Phone Service Coming Soon

Myakka Communications Installing Fiber Optic System A new high speed communications system is coming to The Forest. Managing Partner Tom Dabney has been working for the past few years to bring enhanced communications to residents. He, along with representatives of other neighboring communities, finalized an agreement with Myakka Communications to bring a fiber optic network to the Clark Road area east of I-75. “This is a major milestone for current and future residents of The Forest,” said Dabney. “More than ever, people work and communicate from their homes and need access to the high speed internet connectivity. This new service will bring that capability to every one of our residents.” According to Dabney, Myakka Communications has its contractor ready to begin installation of conduit and connection boxes for the fiber optic cable backbone. This work will begin in November along with cable drops and hookups to homes of current residents.  He said residents should have the new high speed internet and phone access by January 2018. “It’s exciting to have high speed connectivity finally coming to The Forest,” said Brian Wood, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent for The Forest. “I know many of our current residents, and those considering building an estate home here, need to communicate around the country and abroad and... [Read more]




World Rowing Championships At Benderson Park

World Class Rowing Facility 20 Minutes From The Forest The world Rowing Championships were recently held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.  These were the top rowing athletes in the world helping the event to draw thousands to the region over two weeks. The Forest premiered a thirty-second video as one of the sponsors for the many mobile phone charging stations at the event.  It’s now available to watch on our YouTube Channel along with many other videos about life in and around Sarasota’s premier estate home community. If you’ve never seen competitive rowing in action you’re missing out.  Benderson Park is truly a world-class rowing facility and just 20 minutes from The Forest.  There are many major rowing events and competitions scheduled there throughout the year. It’s also just adjacent to the University Town Center Mall. Great place to see an event, do some shopping and have a meal.    Read More →




Fall Estate Homesite Incentive

Save 10% On Homesites At The Forest In Sarasota This fall there is more than just leafs falling at The Forest.  Prices on estate homesites are also falling for a limited time. Those thinking about building a private estate home can take advantage of Fall Incentive with 10% off list price on all remaining developer owned homesites. To qualify, buyers must contract and close on a homesite by December 15, 2017. “There is still a very good selection of developer homesites available and this sale offers buyers the chance to save as much as $32, 500,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney.  “There are some incredible deals to be had with several three acre homesites below $100,000 with the sale incentive.” According to The Forest Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood, typically closings on homesites only require a few weeks. “The policy is also flexible allowing property owners ample time to develop plans for their custom estate home and to review and select a builder,” said Wood.  “We have Sarasota’s best builders here and they offer a wide selection of current floor plans or can design and build from scratch.” Wood noted The Forest has guidelines property owners must follow that ensure the unique character of the homes and street scene in the community: Construction must commence within two years... [Read more]




Forest Unique Option In Nation’s Best Place To Retire

Sarasota Ranked Best Retirement Location On U.S. News List Sarasota has been ranked as the best place to retire in the U.S. for 2018. This nod came in the venerable U.S. New & World Report’s annual list. The reviewer in the article referred to Sarasota as a “paradise, mixed with hints of realty…as traffic congestion becomes more common.” For those in search of a community that has all of Sarasota’s best assets without the traffic congestion, The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch offers that and more.  It’s the area’s only gated community designed exclusively for large estates. The Forest is a great alternative to the traditional small lot communities that dominant Sarasota. Large estate size home sites offer residents greater privacy and peace and quiet, at a location still within easy access to I-75, Doctor’s Hospital, and the entire Tampa Bay region. In fact, many of the residents at The Forest moved from neighborhoods close to the beach to escape the congestion (watch resident interviews on the Forest YouTube Channel.) “On a cost per square foot basis, the 3-5 acre homesites are a huge bargain compared to even the largest ‘estate’ lots in other gated communities,”says Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood.  “Add to that a no-repeat rule, ensuring every home is truly unique, ensures... [Read more]




Resident Deer Include Two Big Bucks

The Forest Attracts Impressive Resident Deer Herd The Forest lives up to its name with so much of the community set aside in wooded preserves, pines and old growth oak trees.  There is really no other private gated community quite like it in the region.  Acreage home sites add to the feel and also provide an almost continuous corridor for native wildlife. Many of the residents are familiar with the resident deer that frequent The Forest.  Recently, a resident was fortunate enough to catch a photo of two magnificent bucks.  Jane Paquette said they were enjoying a quiet spot on one of the sites near her home. These impressive guys with those amazing racks are a rare treat to come across since they tend to be so elusive.  It’s great to know they are part of the herd often seen here with the abundant wildlife that thrives at the Forest.  Read More →




Clark Road & I-75 Interchange Renovation Planned

A Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is planned for construction at Clark Road and I-75.  For residents of The Forest this means easier access on and off the Interstate, a much more convenient method of accessing the shops, services and employment centers located west of I-75, and a safer, more efficient commute through the interchange. The Forest residents already enjoys a beautiful five mile drive on Clark Road toward the interstate, free of traffic signals which add several minutes commute time to the interstate from communities east of I-75 on Fruitville Road and University Parkway.  The FDOT claims that DDIs are proven cost effective, efficient, and safe.  According to FTOD, due to it’s innovative design, drivers entering and exiting the interstate via a DDI do not need to cross the highway when making a left turn, thus reducing the number of traffic signals and increasing traffic flow efficiency.  Furthermore, studies of existing Diverging Diamond Interchanges have proven that DDI’s reduce crash rates by nearly 50% and crash severity is significantly reduced in most cases. The first DDI in the area is now open at University Parkway and I-75 and appears to have greatly improved conditions at this busy interchange.  It can be confusing the first time through but navigating the DDI is actually quit easy. The Clark Road DDI is one of several others planned for Sarasota... [Read more]




Hi Hat Ranch Featured On ABC World News Tonight

The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is surrounded by the Suncoast’s biggest private land holding and one of the largest active working ranches in Southwest Florida.  Beyond the beautiful forested community and impressive estate homes lies a productive ranch that has been managed under the stewardship of the Turner family for nearly a century. The Forest is just the latest chapter in a rich history of activity on the Hi Hat Ranch.  Today, this historic property raises cattle and has vast agricultural operations on its 10,000 acres. Recently, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir ran a story on another historic Suncoast concern – Tropicana.  The feature profiled Tropicana founder Anthony Rossi and how he invented the modern orange juice industry.  The Hi Hat Ranch, and family member and ranch manager Rick Turner, were also featured in the story since the ranch produces oranges for Tropicana. Watch the story (after a brief commercial intro by ABC News).  Learn more about the Turner family’s stewardship of Hi Hat Ranch in these short video interviews with Rick Turner and family member and ranch partner Jim Turner. To learn more about living in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, contact our exclusive Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood for a private tour of the community.  Read More →




Watch The Forest Lifestyle Video

The Forest At Hi Hat Ranch Lifestyle Video In many ways, there is no better way (short of living in one of the 54 residences) to experience The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch than in a video with aerial views.  The extensive forested natural preservation areas and large estate homesites make if difficult to see the grand estate homes and setting from the street. This new Lifestyle Video takes you above and through the community and a whole lot more.  There are beautiful aerial views and also insights into the lifestyle that is unique to Sarasota’s only gated master planned community devoted exclusively to large acreage lots and estate homes. Watch it now to learn more about this amazing place at Sarasota’s historic privately held ranch.  Then contact us to tour a home.  There is nothing quite like it.  Read More →




Arthur Rutenberg Introduces The Santa Monica

Latest Award-Winning Plan From Arthur Rutenberg There is a magnificent new home being introduced to the community this year: an award-winning plan from Arthur Rutenberg Homes.  In fact, it took best overall, best floor plan, best curb appeal, best master suite, best kitchen, and best architectural detail in the 2016 Parade of Homes. This spacious open floor plan features an expansive pool/spa area with covered lanai and cabana, including outdoor kitchen and fireplace, perfect for enjoying the wooded setting of The Forest. At the heart of this home is a gourmet kitchen with an immense center island which acts like a pillar, making the space both functional and perfect for entertaining friends and family.  Throw in a casual dining area, den, wine room, club room, four bedrooms and four and a half baths, plus a huge three car garage, and it’s the perfect home to pair with any of the available estate lots here in The Forest. Preview the Santa Monica now on the website.  Then contact us to schedule a tour.  Read More →




Builder Program Offers Home Buyers Real Selection

The Forest is one of the few private gated master planned communities in the Sarasota/Manatee region where buyers can choose their homesite and select from several of the area’s best custom builders. The builder program currently includes: Arthur Rutenberg Homes Anchor Builders John Cannon Homes Neal Signature Homes Todd Johnston Homes “Many of the custom home communities in this region have been purchased by large builder companies and now have fewer  builders available for buyers looking to build a new home,”  said Brian Wood, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty exclusive agent at The Forest.  “These larger builders also don’t offer as much customization of their floor plans.” Wood said The Forest is one of the few remaining master planned communities where it’s still possible to select a homesite, choose from several excellent builders and have a wide selection of floor plans and customization opportunities when building a new home. It is also the only community designed exclusively for large acreage homesites and true estate homes.  All homesites are at least three acres and many buyers have combined adjacent sites to create even larger properties. “The majority of clients I work with who are looking to build a custom home want the ability to choose their builder,” said Wood.  “The Forest combines... [Read more]