Families Of All Kinds Love The Forest

A Community That Lives Up To It’s Name

Deer and yearling photo Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

The land plan at The Forest sets aside about half of the community in preservation space including uplands, forested wetlands, ponds and open space. In addition, most of the large 3 to 5 acre homesites are heavily treed and add to the overall preservation feel in the community.

This makes for a quiet and peaceful environment for residents where real separation between the homes makes for a real estate feel and true sense of privacy.

It also allows for natural wildlife corridors and attracts many wild families in addition to people. There are a wide variety of song birds, wading birds, turkeys and even eagles seen here regularly. Plus many animal families like the doe and her faun enjoying a beautiful day at Gazebo Park in this photograph taken by our man-on-the-scene and Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood.

There are still a few spots left for human families to enjoy The Forest along with our wild ones. Contact Brian for a tour and learn more about opportunities to join them.

Preview The Wank Estate in The Forest

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Preview the latest custom estate home built in The Forest.

Anchor Builders worked with the buyers to design and build this one-of-a-kind custom home on lot 51. They took advantage of the deep homesite, setting this large home well back with an impressive entry and paved driveway to set the stage for great estate living.

“The house, I am speechless,” says owner Eleen Wank. “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.”

Watch the short video now to fly over and through this amazing new home. Find more videos on the Forest YouTube Channel. Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood to schedule a tour of the community.

Meet Forest Residents Tracy & Bob Seidle

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Residents Tracy and Bob Seidle moved to The Forest from Southeast Florida in late 2018. They sat recently for a brief interview to share their story of discovering Sarasota and choosing to make their new home in The Forest.

Like all the residents that have shared stories, Tracy and Bob have a unique insight and experience. But they have a couple things in common with their Forest neighbors, a love for the natural setting and peace and quiet at The Forest that is hard to match elsewhere in the region.

Watch their video now and see more resident interviews on the Forest YouTube Channel. Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood to schedule a tour of the community.

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

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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.

Latest Home Sale Tops $2 Million

Former Rutenberg Model Sells For $2.15 Million in The Forest

10862 Leafwing Dr. Front The ForestA former Arthur Rutenberg model home in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch has sold for $2.15 million. Located at 10862 Leafwing Drive, it was the highest-priced sale in the neighborhood during the last two years. The Forest’s Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood represented the buyer.

“We continue to offer excellent value for our new buyers while maintaining steady average price appreciation for sellers here in the Forest,” said Wood. “That said, our acreage home sites are still some of the most affordable in their class on a cost per square foot basis and new home and lot packages range from the $900s.”

Situated on 3.29 acres, the 6,667 square-foot former Sorrento model has four bedrooms, five full and two half baths. Built in 2006, the home’s creative floor plan blends California ranch architecture with a contemporary Zen-like interior.

“The buyers moved from south Florida and fell in love with the beautiful design and the natural and spacious setting that The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch provides,” said Wood. “This amazing former model and Parade-winning home sealed their move to the community.”

For more information on available homes and home sites, contact Brian at (941) 928-8408 or brian.wood@premiersir.com.

E/M Custom Homes Joins Builder Team

E/M Custom Homes Introduces New Opportunities in The Forest

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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.

Sarasota Herald Tribune Neighborhood Feature

The Forest In Sarasota Herald Tribune Market Snapshot

 

The Forest Market Snapshot Sarasota Herald Tribune

Thanks to for including The Forest in his popular Market Snapshot series.  Great to see the update available for area real estate readers with his concise article on our community.

Read it now on the Herald Tribune website.

The Forest is located on Clark Road five miles east of I-75 at the historic Hi Hat Ranch. Plan to visit and let our Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood provide the grand tour.

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.”

 

High Speed Internet/Phone Service Coming Soon

Myakka Communications Installing Fiber Optic System

Fiber Optic Connectivity at The Forest GraphicA new high speed communications system is coming to The Forest. Managing Partner Tom Dabney has been working for the past few years to bring enhanced communications to residents. He, along with representatives of other neighboring communities, finalized an agreement with Myakka Communications to bring a fiber optic network to the Clark Road area east of I-75.

“This is a major milestone for current and future residents of The Forest,” said Dabney. “More than ever, people work and communicate from their homes and need access to the high speed internet connectivity. This new service will bring that capability to every one of our residents.”

According to Dabney, Myakka Communications has its contractor ready to begin installation of conduit and connection boxes for the fiber optic cable backbone. This work will begin in November along with cable drops and hookups to homes of current residents.  He said residents should have the new high speed internet and phone access by January 2018.

“It’s exciting to have high speed connectivity finally coming to The Forest,” said Brian Wood, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent for The Forest. “I know many of our current residents, and those considering building an estate home here, need to communicate around the country and abroad and this new system will make a world of difference in their ability to manage business and personal online needs at today’s higher internet speeds.”

Contact Wood to learn more about the new Myakka Communications service coming to The Forest.