Sale Surge Kicks Off 2019 Season at The Forest

brian wood sotheby's agent at the forest hi hat ranchThere was a strong increase in activity at The Forest to close out the fourth quarter of 2018. That has resulted in three closings of estate home sites to kickoff what looks to be a busy 2019 Winter/Spring season.

The Forest was also featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s annual real estate Market Snapshot, which included an under construction photo of the now completed newest estate home by Anchor Builders. The owners of this beautiful custom home shared some insights with me as they were preparing to move in:

“The house, I am speechless it is far beyond anything I imagined. We went to The Forest for its privacy, acreage and being close to I-75. It is a beautiful and quiet place.”

Lots Available Sign Clark Rd. Sarasota The ForestConstruction continues on an upswing as well. One of our home site owners is in planning now to build their estate with John Cannon Homes. There are several other owners now in discussion with our builders and I anticipate more homes to start construction as we move into this new year.

We also have excitement on the builder front. Two new builders, E-M Custom Homes and Vision Group, joined The Forest in the later part of 2018. Vision is now making ready to move forward on pre-construction of an exciting new home that will be ready for a quicker move-in this year for any motivated buyers. Watch the blog for more as Vision finalizes their design and site planning.

I am currently working with several other recent visitors looking at what are now the final 10 developer home sites at The Forest. If you have been considering a home here, now is the time to lock in one of these remaining estate properties. There is still a good selection of sites and prices range from the mid $80s to $300s, and all are at least three acres. There really is no better value in the area for building a custom home on an acreage home site.

Contact me anytime for a private tour of The Forest, Sarasota’s premier estate home community.

Brian Wood
The Forest Specialist
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Vision Group Has Joined Builder Team

Vision Group Bringing Their Unique Home Building Style To The Forest

Vision Group logo

Another of Sarasota’s premier local custom builders, Vision Group, has joined The Forest. Co-Owner and Partner Mike Padgett brings years of experience in real estate, construction and custom home building to the company.

Vision Group has built hundreds of custom homes in many of the area. Padgett is a lifelong Sarasota resident and third generation builder. He has an excellent reputation as one of the most respected names in building and selling custom quality homes.

“I am pleased to welcome Vision Group to our approved builder team,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “Michael Padgett has been active in the home building business in the Sarasota/Manatee market for several years. The firm will offer a unique combination of experience and foresight to our development.”

Vision Group is dedicated to green building specializing in the latest trends for energy efficient home design and construction.

“Sarasota green building is nothing new to Vision Group,” said Padgett. “We built our first green home in 2006 and now have years of experience in green home building saving our customers thousands of dollars on their energy bills, and helping our environment.”

Learn more about Vision Group on our website.  Contact Brian Wood, the Premier Sotheby’s exclusive agent for The Forest, to learn more about selecting an estate lot and building a custom home.

E/M Custom Homes First Offering At The Forest

Riverside Is The New E/M Custom Home Featured at The Forest

Riverside front elevation E/M Custom Homes The Forest
Riverside Floor Plan EM Custom Homes 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 with this exciting new home.

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.