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]




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]