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]

Recent Home Sale Sets New Bar At The Forest

The recent sale of the original Arthur Rutenberg Homes’ model in The Forest has set a new bar for property values. The former model sold for $3.2 million within a month of listing.  It resets the top selling price for homes in Sarasota’s only master planned gated community exclusively designed for custom estate homes on acreage homesite. “I am very pleased for our community and our property owners in The Forest,” said managing partner Tom Dabney.  “Property values have been on the rise in The Forest as we continue to sell the original homesites and more homes become occupied.  We’ve had seven homesite sales this year and there is a lot of momentum.” According to Brian Wood, The Forest Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent, there are now only 15 of the original developer homesites remaining.  He said several who purchased homesites this year are now moving through the builder selection process and preparing to start their homes. “The Forest is fast becoming one of the few places where buyers have a wide choice of custom builders to choose from as larger building companies have been purchasing big blocks of lots in other east county custom home communities,” said Wood. “This is the place for anyone looking to have true separation from adjacent homes in a neighborhood where there is a no repeat rule and multiple builders.” According... [Read more]

Estate Home Drone Aerial Video Ride

Another in the series of drone flyover videos.  See the birds eye view of this ranch home in The Forest.  This one combines landscaping with the natural wooded environment to create a beautiful setting. These flyovers are the best way to really get a sense of scale for homes.  It’s hard to tell from driving through the community just how private and secluded the homes are here. Most of  the acreage homesites in The Forest are heavily wooded with old-growth oaks.  Once you get above the roof line many also back onto beautiful forested wetlands, lakes and woods making for secluded and private living. Watch the short video now. Check out more aerial views on our YouTube Channel.  Read More →

Drone Flyover Real Sarasota Estate Home

Here is another in our series of  videos using drones to provide a quick flyover of custom estate homes in The Forest.  This is a beautiful two-story Mediterranean home on a homesite that is more open to the front with a lushly wooded rear view. These flyovers really provide insight into just how private and separated the homes are in The Forest. Most of  the acreage homesites here are covered in ancient oaks and many back onto beautiful forested wetlands, lakes and woods with ample separation from adjacent properties. Watch the short video now. Check out more aerial views on our YouTube Channel.  Read More →

Flyover Custom Sarasota Estate Home

Here is the next in our series of flyover videos of custom estate homes in The Forest.  This is a former builder model on a lovely lake view homesite. These flyovers are the best way to really get a sense of scale for homes here and see what you can’t when driving through the community. Most of  the acreage homesites in The Forest are heavily wooded with old-growth oaks.  Once you get above the roof line many also back onto beautiful forested wetlands, lakes and woods making for secluded and private living. Watch the short video now. Check out more aerial views on our YouTube Channel.  Read More →

Drone Video Gives New Perspective On Estate Living

The best perspective on just how wooded and private the estate homesites are at The Forest is from above.  This is the first in a series of short drone aerial videos designed to help people better understand why The Forest is so different from virtually all other new home “estate” communities in the Sarasota region. Take the drive in from Clark Road past the welcome center.  Then on over Swaying Branch Road for a broad aerial view of a few homes in the community.  Click to watch and see the privacy only a true acreage estate can offer. Find more videos on The Forest YouTube Channel.  Read More →