The Forest Residents Have Access to Sarasota’s Top Schools

map of schools near the forest at hi hat ranchResidents at The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch have remarkable educational opportunities close to home and in the area.  Education near the community, and convenient to the I-75 and Clark Road corridors, includes some of the best public and private school options in the Sarasota/Manatee area. People from all over the two counties make long commutes to schools that are just a short drive from The Forest.  Opportunities range from early learning through high school and even higher education.

Private Schools Close To Home
Just down the road from The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is the Sarasota Suncoast Academy. This Sarasota public charter elementary school offers education from kindergarten through fifth grade. The Sarasota Suncoast Academy is above board in comparison to traditional public schools in the area, and with smaller class sizes, children are guaranteed the teacher student attention they deserve. A charter school with private school sensibilities, The Sarasota Suncoast Academy is truly a gem, and it’s located a stones throw from the community.

Another close by school is the Island Village Montessori Charter School. Island Village Montessori is a public charter, tuition-free Montessori School for students in grades K-8. They offer a safe, stimulating place to learn, incorporating the latest technology in a Montessori environment where every student is celebrated as an individual and allowed to soar to their fullest potential. Island VIllage is committed to the Arts with extensive programs in visual arts, music, and performing Arts. The Forest and Hi Hat Ranch have also worked with the school as a sponsor.

island village montessori school in sarasota, flAlso in the area just west of I-75 is The NewGate School. An International Monetessori Academy, The NewGate School offers an international curriculum that competes on a world scale. The school features education from 18 months through the high school level. WIth a strong sense of community, a focus on small class sizes, and programs that guarantees its children can compete with student around the world, The New Gate School is on the cutting edge of international education.  The Forest and Hi Hat Ranch have worked with the school on special projects and fund raising initiative.

The Out-of-Door Academy is a renowned Sarasota institution, and time and time again, it’s been ranked one the top private schools in Florida and the nation. The school has been recognized as a Cum Laude Society School, a distinction reserved for the top 1% of all secondary schools in the United States. The Out-of-Door Academy is consistently honored by Sarasota Magazine as the area’s “Best Private School.”  This year the school had an incredible 100% matriculation to four-year colleges and universities. The Lakewood Ranch campus is 20 minutes and offers the highest quality of education along with an excellent athletic department and a brand new visual performing arts center.

Also located at Lakewood Ranch is a State College of Florida campus. This state of the art facilities includes the Center for Innovation and Technology, which offers auditorium classes and computer laboratories with SMART board technology.  Also on site is the Medical Technology & Simulation Center, which opened in 2010. This two-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building houses the nursing, health professions, education and SCF”s new Energy Technology Management Programs. Plans for a third facility are already under way.

Grade A Public Schools
The public schools for The Forest also include some of the best in the Sarasota School District. The elementary, middle and high are all A rated schools with exceptional reputations.

Lakeview Elementary School is a Five-Star school that has been recognized for its educational excellence and high volunteerism. It has strong business partners, a very active PTO and an excellent staff many of whom have advanced degrees including seven nationally board certified teachers.  The school is close by just north of Clark Road on Proctor Road.

Sarasota Middle School is just eight miles west of The Forest and offers sixth, seventh and eighth grade students a progressive learning experience.  Students learn in one of two “team” structures offering options that best meet the needs of children and their learning styles.  Students also participate in unique exploratory classes such as Consumer Science, Chinese, Music Technology and Technology Applications.

Riverview High School offers a nationally recognized International Baccalaureate degree program. This program is known around the world as the premier high school curriculum.  The school consistently has over 50% of its graduates continuing on to four-year colleges and universities. Riverview High is 20 minutes west of The Forest.

Residents from families to retirees can find excellent educational opportunities near The Forest.  It’s a great place to live and learn. Click on the map to see the locations in Google.

Forest Prices Continue to Rise With with $1.3 Mil Sale

brian-woodEven in the summer, the Sarasota real estate market is hotter than ever.  Interest in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is also heating up as the real estate market rebounds and prices continue to grow. Buyers from all over the two-county area and beyond are discovering that the combination of beauty and privacy The Forest provides is hard to match. So, it’s no wonder they find their way to us.

I recently completed a purchase on a resale home in The Forest for $1.3 million. This is close to a high point for the community but even at these prices I believe our homeowners will continue to see appreciation. Your opportunity to buy is now as the prices in The Forest are actually a great value with our larger acreage homesites compared to other gated master planned communities in the area. A purchase I recently handled in another community in the booming east of I-75 corridor brought a price of $2 million. The deal was the highest sale price there in 18 months. The prestige of the area cannot be denied–luxury living in eastern Sarasota and Manatee Counties has arrived.

9399-Swaying-Branch-Rd-OpenHouseThe Forest offers quality, distinction, and beauty, but it also is an exceptional value. It doesn’t take a million dollars to find your dream home. I just oversaw the sale of a new home under construction by Todd Johnston Homes purchased in the mid $700’s. With 3-acre lots as low as $85,000, you could build a dream house for the same price or less than that of a resale.

With world-class golf courses, excellent shopping, and amazing recreational opportunities nearby, it’s no wonder buyers are impressed by The Forest. If they’re searching for 3-acre or larger homesites in a high quality gated master planned community, their search ends with us.. As the economy and housing continue to strengthen, the real estate prices will rise. The time to strike is now. The place to do it is The Forest.

The Forest offers a variety of homes from 2,800 square feet on estate-size homesites. Prices for new home and lot packages currently range from the $700s. If you have not been to The Forest, or it’s been a while since your last visit, get in touch with me for a private Land Rover tour. There is a lot that’s new in The Forest and along the Sarasota/Manatee I-75 corridor. We’re also working with our builders to bring on even more new homes floor plans. It would be my pleasure to show you around The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for the latest Sarasota housing trends and new offerings at The Forest.