Forest Homesite Drive By

See the difference acreage makes. This short video demonstrates the difference between The Forest and typical master planned community “estate lots.” See how long it takes to drive by one of the homesites in The Forest at idle speed. Only 9 original developer homesites remain. However, there is still a good selection of prices and view options. Check the site plan to preview them now. Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood for a tour and discover the privacy and piece and quiet only true estate living offers…and http://The-Forest-at-Hi-Hat-Ranch-2nd.php?pagename=Contactonly at The Forest.  Read More →




Families Of All Kinds Love The Forest

A Community That Lives Up To It’s Name The land plan at The Forest sets aside about half of the community in preservation space including uplands, forested wetlands, ponds and open space. In addition, most of the large 3 to 5 acre homesites are heavily treed and add to the overall preservation feel in the community. This makes for a quiet and peaceful environment for residents where real separation between the homes makes for a real estate feel and true sense of privacy. It also allows for natural wildlife corridors and attracts many wild families in addition to people. There are a wide variety of song birds, wading birds, turkeys and even eagles seen here regularly. Plus many animal families like the doe and her faun enjoying a beautiful day at Gazebo Park in this photograph taken by our man-on-the-scene and Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood. There are still a few spots left for human families to enjoy The Forest along with our wild ones. Contact Brian for a tour and learn more about opportunities to join them.  Read More →




Vision Group Building in The Forest

Learn more about the company from founder Michael Padgett Vision Group has joined the elite team of custom home builders at The Forest. Founder Michael Padgett sat for a short video interview to share more about his company and what they offer in The Forest. He specializes in building custom homes and brings years of experience to his customers. Watch it now to meet Michael and learn more about this highly respected Sarasota custom home building company now working at The Forest.  Read More →




Preview The Wank Estate in The Forest

Preview the latest custom estate home built in The Forest. Anchor Builders worked with the buyers to design and build this one-of-a-kind custom home on lot 51. They took advantage of the deep homesite, setting this large home well back with an impressive entry and paved driveway to set the stage for great estate living. “The house, I am speechless,” says owner Ellen Wank. “It is far beyond anything I imagined. We went to The Forest for its privacy, acreage and being close to I-75. It is a beautiful and quiet place.” Watch the short video now to fly over and through this amazing new home. Find more videos on the Forest YouTube Channel. Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood to schedule a tour of the community.  Read More →




E-M Custom Homes Building in The Forest

Jeff Eslinger of E-M Custom Homes on Building at The Forest E-M Custom Homes is a new builder in The Forest. Jeff Eslinger, one of the company founders, shares insights on their homes and construction standards in this short video on The Forest You Tube Channel. Watch it now to learn more about this quality local custom home builder now available at The Forest.  Read More →




Meet Forest Residents Tracy & Bob Seidle

Residents Tracy and Bob Seidle moved to The Forest from Southeast Florida in late 2018. They sat recently for a brief interview to share their story of discovering Sarasota and choosing to make their new home in The Forest. Like all the residents that have shared stories, Tracy and Bob have a unique insight and experience. But they have a couple things in common with their Forest neighbors, a love for the natural setting and peace and quiet at The Forest that is hard to match elsewhere in the region. Watch their video now and see more resident interviews on the Forest YouTube Channel. Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood to schedule a tour of the community.  Read More →




Open House Custom Home Tour March 3 2019

Tour A Custom Private Estate March 3 At The Forest Come tour the Castella Rossa Sunday, March 3rd. The Tuscan inspired former Lee Wetherington model is a must-see to get a glimpse of estate living at The Forest. This estate home features five bedrooms, four baths and two half baths in the main house and a charming guest casita with one bedroom and full bath above the detached garage. Warm colors and rustic travertine floors welcome you into this beautifully designed home. It has a formal dining room with adjacent wet bar complete with temperature controlled wine room and beautiful stone countertops. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream with professional gas range, oven and built-in refrigerator. Raised wood panel cabinetry and hand selected granite countertops make this kitchen the perfect place to gather and cook. Relax by the fire in the spacious outdoor living area complete with professional grade gas grill and outdoor wet bar. Enjoy a cool drink while taking in the soothing Tuscan style pool that overlooks the natural forested preserve. It is built on a 3.5 acre estate home perfectly situated among the natural setting of old growth oaks and pines with impressive entry drive and landscaping. See it Sunday, March 3rd from 1 to 4pm. Get direction to The Forest or contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood for more information.  Read More →




Sale Surge Kicks Off 2019 Season at The Forest

There was a strong increase in activity at The Forest to close out the fourth quarter of 2018. That has resulted in three closings of estate home sites to kickoff what looks to be a busy 2019 Winter/Spring season. The Forest was also featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s annual real estate Market Snapshot, which included an under construction photo of the now completed newest estate home by Anchor Builders. The owners of this beautiful custom home shared some insights with me as they were preparing to move in: “The house, I am speechless it is far beyond anything I imagined. We went to The Forest for its privacy, acreage and being close to I-75. It is a beautiful and quiet place.” Construction continues on an upswing as well. One of our home site owners is in planning now to build their estate with John Cannon Homes. There are several other owners now in discussion with our builders and I anticipate more homes to start construction as we move into this new year. We also have excitement on the builder front. Two new builders, E-M Custom Homes and Vision Group, joined The Forest in the later part of 2018. Vision is now making ready to move forward on pre-construction of an exciting new home that will be ready for a quicker move-in this year for any motivated buyers. Watch the blog for more as Vision finalizes their design and site planning. I am currently working... [Read more]




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 →