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 Open House The Forest10130 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 of a kind property.

Quick Facts: 3,349 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths on home site 52.  It is currently priced at $1,195,000.

This incredible home will be open for tours from 1pm until 4pm.  Come meet Brian and learn more about the opportunities to buy or build a home at The Forest.  Contact him for more information.

Estate Homes Bring Unique Amenities Without High Assessments

The Forest Difference: Real Estate Living Without High HOA Fees

Sarasota Manatee Estate Community Fees ChartThe 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 and recreational amenities like expansive pools and tennis courts.  One owner even built a zip line course between large trees (most of the homesites are heavily wooded living up to the community name.)

According to Dabney, in some cases offsite recreational amenities near The Forest are about as close as those of estate homes within larger sprawling master planned communities.

“Our residents can be at great golf clubs, a major regional park and a state park within 5 to 10 minute drives.  Add to that the huge difference in private space available with homesites of three to five acres, priced comparable to communities with much small lot sizes, and the value at The Forest is hard to beat.”