E/M Custom Homes Joins Builder Team

E/M Custom Homes Introduces New Opportunities in The Forest

Brian Wood Jeff Eslinger Tom Dabney Photo

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 Homes and preview their first featured home for The Forest.

Arthur Rutenberg Introduces The Santa Monica

Latest Award-Winning Plan From Arthur Rutenberg

SantaMonica-Elevation-ArthurRutenberg-TheForestThere 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.

Santa Monica floor plan

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.

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.

Arthur Rutenbeg, Anchor Builders, John Cannon, Neal, Todd Johnston Logos The ForestIt 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 that with a wonderful wooded setting and true estate-sized homesites allowing buyers the flexibility to create one-of-a-kind homes.”

Learn more about the builders and preview featured homes and floor plans for an idea of the possibilities available only at The Forest.

Video Interview Derek Nelson Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Video Interview Derek Nelson Arthur Rutenberg The ForestNelson Homes is the independent Arthur Rutenberg franchisee builder for Sarasota.  Derek Nelson and his team have built some of the most impressive estates at The Forest.  Those include one of the original model homes that was the “talk of the town” in Sarasota, along with several custom homes on double estate home sites.

Derek is a second-generation builder.  He started with Arthur Rutenberg Homes in 1989 as a building supervisor, working his way up to Building Company President in 1997.

Learn more about Derek in this short video interview and preview a few of the custom estate homes he has built in The Forest including one of the most recent for residents that have combined two lots for an even larger estate property.  Watch it now on The Forest YouTube Channel.

Video Interview With Anchor Builders’ Roy Dupuis

Anchor Builders Roy Dupuis Video ThumbnAnchor Builders’ president Roy Dupuis has been one of Sarasota’s top custom home builders for over 25 years.  He is building estate homes in The Forest and recently shared insights about his company and how they help home buyers create their dream homes.

Roy and his team work closely with customers to create one-of-a-kind homes that work well within the no repeat architectural guidelines at The Forest.

Watch the short video on The Forest YouTube Channel.  Then visit the main website to see featured homes by Anchor Builders at The Forest.

Emerald Florencia Model Sets New Record Sales Price

The Florencia Emerald Homes The ForestThe Emerald Homes Florencia Model has sold and set a new record sales price for The Forest – $1,525,000.

This fantastic show home has been the focal point of activity at The Forest since the preview event last December with the Asolo Rep.  That Starry Night party created a buzz that continued through a near sweep in its category and best in class during the 2015 Parade of Homes.  All that before the 4,000+ square foot estate home had its official Grand Opening!

Since then, hundreds of visitors have toured the Florencia and been wowed by the impressive architecture, award-winning interior design and the beautiful setting on home site 1 in The Forest.  Now, one lucky family is making ready to move in and call this wonderful property their new home.

“Emerald’s Florencia on home site 1 has been a great showcase for the estate lifestyle we offer here in The Forest,” said Tom Dabney, Managing Partner for The Forest.  “It’s very gratifying to see this new sales milestone for Emerald and all our builders and residents.”

According to Brian Wood, Premier Sotheby’s exclusive agent for The Forest, a contract has also been taken to purchase Emerald’s Sortino, one of two other estate showcase homes the builder has nearing completion at The Forest.  The 5000+ square foot Toscana is anticipated to be completed soon and is available now for tours by appointment or as a Quick Move-In home for purchase.

“We are down to the final home sites,” said Wood.  “But there is still an excellent selection to choose from for anyone interested in building their own unique estate home at The Forest.”


Anchor Builders Introduces New Plans For The Forest

Roy Dupuis Anchor Builders with Tom Dabney at The ForestAnchor Builders continues to increase their activity in The Forest with new custom homes being readied for clients and exciting new floor plan selections.

Anchor Builders has been crafting custom residences in the region since 1989. Owner Roy Dupuis has achieved a renowned reputation for working closely with customers to ensure that their finished homes are exactly what they’ve dreamed of, down to the last luxurious detail.

“Roy and Anchor Builders have a great reputation for quality, design and craftsmanship throughout Sarasota,” said Tom Dabney, Managing Partner at The Forest.  “They continue to build very impressive custom estate homes here at The Forest.”

They recently introduced two new plans adding to their already impressive lineup of custom estate home offerings at The Forest.



The Parkhurst Floorplan

The Parkhurst brings expanded living to an exceptionally well organized split plan great room home.  The Leisure room is a wow with step ceiling to 13′ and large pocketing 10′ high sliders. It integrates with the kitchen and its 54″ linear fireplace mounted in a full height stacked stone wall.  Preview this plan.

The Siena IVSiena IV FloorPlan Anchor at The Forest is the quintessential estate home plan for The Forest. The custom home takes full advantage of the acreage home sites with almost 7,400 square feet under roof and many exceptional features. Preview this plan.






Estate Tour Of Homes At The Forest

brian-woodTour several brand new estate homes this Sunday, August 2nd from 1 – 4pm in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch. Join Brian Wood of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty for a rare opportunity to go behind the gates and into some of Sarasota’s most impressive homes.

The tour includes two Emerald Homes being finalized now.


The SortinoHome Site 31

Emerald Homes Sortino at The ForestThis beautiful estate home features classic lines and enticing curb appeal with Tuscan-inspired architecture. The floor plan is designed for entertaining with the great room, gourmet kitchen/cafe and bonus room all opening onto the expansive outdoor living areas and custom pool. It’s perfect for empty nesters or families that love to entertain.

3692 Square Feet
4 Bedrooms
3 Baths


Toscana – Home Site 53

Toscana Rendering Emerald Homes The Forest The Tuscan-style architecture brings another authentic look to Emerald’s offerings at The Forest. This two story home features expansive living and entertaining space. A gourmet kitchen on the main floor opens to both the great room and family room. There is also an impressive master suite and extensive outdoor living areas.

5012 Square Feet
5 Bedrooms
5.5 Baths

See these and more during the tour, plus the final home sites recently released by the developer. Click here for direction to The Forest. Contact us for more information or to schedule a private tour anytime.

Video Tour Arthur Rutenberg Estate On Double Home Site

Video Preview ImageA special new private estate was recently completed by Arthur Rutenburg Homes in The Forest. This custom designed home takes full advantage of the acreage available in The Forest doubling down on home sites 49 and 50 for an even larger estate setting.

Take the aerial video preview and fly around this amazing property. This is one of two double home site estates recently built by Rutenberg franchisee Derek Nelson and his team.  Learn more about combining home sites and see the site plan and details on this estate.

The opportunities are now limited with the final home sites just released in The Forest.  According to The Forest Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood, there are now just 20 opportunities to build in the community “…maybe fewer if other combination estates are assembled.”

Emerald Homes Florencia Wins 2015 Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes 2015 Plaque Emerald Florencia The ForestThe new Florencia Model by Emerald Homes at The Forest dominated its category in the 2015 Manatee and Sarasota BIA Parade of Homes taking the top award plus several others.

The 2015 Parade is one of the biggest in years locally, and around the state, with 93 homes entered across the two county region. The Florencia had a near sweep of category 20 for Single Family Homes with the judges awarding Emerald Homes:



Competition in this category of $Million+ homes included an impressive list of builders with custom homes in premier communities. The region is known for having some of the best luxury homes in the nation and the annual Parade is always a showcase for the latest trends in new home design and innovation. This is an impressive win for the Florencia and makes a strong statement for the entire line up of homes Emerald is now introducing in The Forest.

Parade of Homes Win Emerald Florencia at The ForestThe Florencia is a two-story home with approximately 4,374 square feet.  It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a four-car garage.  The home is situated to take full advantage of the oak trees and lake view on home site 1 just inside the main gate at The Forest (see the video from Osolo’s Starry Night Preview Party in the Florencia.)  It has an expansive master suite that includes a unique private office space and a sitting area overlooking the natural setting.  The great room, kitchen, cafe and second suite view onto a large lanai and pool with the many old-growth oak trees that cover the home site beyond. The Florencia is priced at $1,600,000.

The Parade runs through today with the Florencia open for tours from noon until 5:30pm. Come see why the judges awarded this beautiful new home top honors and preview two other homes nearing completion by Emerald Homes (the Sortino and Tuscana) with a drive through the beautiful setting at The Forest. It’s a great line up of homes by Sarasota’s newest luxury builder in the area’s only gated master planned community exclusively for estate homes.