The Forest Difference A True Estate Community

Discover the Real Estate Home living difference at The Forest

This Sunday, Dec 8th, tour a few of the private estate homes in the Forest. They will be open to visitors from 1 to 4pm. Representatives will be on hand with information about these homes and the available estate homesites and options for building a new custom home. It’s a great opportunity to go behind the gates and through homes to better understand the difference a community designed exclusively for large private estate homes makes.

The aerial photos below also demonstrate just how different The Forest is from other “estate home” neighborhoods. It really does take a true estate sized home site and a no-repeat custom home program, with your choice of the area’s best custom builders, to create a true estate neighborhood.

Come experience it during the tour, or contact us to schedule a private tour anytime.

Typical “Estate” Neighborhood

Typical Forest Street Scene


Tour A Custom Estate Home Nov 10th

See This Amazing Custom Estate Sunday 1-4pm

If there is a home that truly demonstrates what this community is about and the potential for true estate home living it’s this one.

Join this Sunday, November 10th from 1-4pm for tours of the original model by Lee Weatherington Homes. It’s set on a beautiful wooded acreage home site that shows why we call it The Forest. Inside and out, it also demonstrates the one-of-a-kind no repeat design guidelines for the community.

Our Forest expert Brian Wood will be on hand to answer questions and share more information about designing and building a home here from scratch. Or, contact us to schedule a private tour. Either way, don’t miss the chance to experience true estate home living only at The Forest.

Aeria View of Estate Home in The Forest Hi Hat Ranch

Michael Saunders & Company Joins The Forest

New Brokerage Representation With Same Well Known Agent

Michael Saunders Logo the ForestThe Forest sales expert Brian Wood has joined Michael Saunders & Company who is now representing developer home sites at The Forest. The change comes as the community is nearing sellout of the original developer owned sites. Wood has worked in the community since the beginning and has been overseeing developer home site sales for several years.

“I am excited to bring the prestige and expertise of Michael Saunders to The Forest,” said Wood. “They have a very strong track record representing some of the best new home communities in the region and will be a great asset as we work to close out the developer sales phase of The Forest.”

Michael Saunders & Company is one of the largest independent real estate firms in Florida. The company is the leader in developer services across Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties – with experience in nearly 100 communities spanning 40 years. That expertise, according to Wood, will be the difference moving forward as the final developer homes sites are sold and the eventual build-out of h0mes is completed in The Forest.

“We have a great team of builders here and it’s one of the few high-end gate communities where buyers can select their home site and choose any of the builders to construct a custom home at their leisure,” said Wood. “The Michael Saunders brand adds prestige along with experience to bring customers together with the community and builders as we close out The Forest.”


Home Site Sales Continue Pace Toward Sell Out

Another Sale Leaves Just 5 Developer Home Sites in The Forest

Construction Photos Fall 2019 The ForestThe strong sales pace this year continues at The Forest with the closing of home site 54. There are now just five of the original developer home sites available in Sarasota’s only master planned community designed exclusively for large acreage estate homes.

The selection remains good though for potential homeowners with a variety of home sites. There are still sites priced from the high $80s with over four acres of land. Others include some of the heaviest forested sites in the community.

Construction starts are also increasing with more estate homes now underway on home sites 21, 33 and 48. Two other owners are in early planning phase with builders to start their homes by early next year.

See the available home sites on the website and contact us for pricing and to schedule a tour of The Forest.

Only Six Developer Home Sites Remain At Forest

Strong Sales Pace Continues Through Summer

Site Map of The Forest Hi Hat RanchWith three more home sites closings this month, making six so far this year, 2019 is proving to be one of the best years for sales in some time at The Forest. According to Brian Wood, Forest’s exclusive Sotheby’s Agent, there is continued strong interest from potential buyers and lots of construction activity in the works by lot owners.

“The Sarasota market east of I-75 has been very active so far this year, and particularly through the spring and summer at The Forest,” said Wood. “We have been fortunate that there is a good mix of home sites still remaining in the original developer inventory, and buyers like the fact they also have a variety of great custom builders to choose from in The Forest.”

The number of custom home neighborhoods in Sarasota with a selection of multiple builders has dwindled in the last few years, according to Wood. He said most communities now have either national or large regional building companies that control all the lots and construction in Sarasota.

“Our list is very impressive with six great local custom builders,” Wood continued. “Property owners at The Forest enjoy the luxury of time to build and option to choose any of the preferred builders, so it’s very flexible and buyer friendly.”

See the site plan for available developer home sites and contact Brian for pricing and to schedule a site tour.


Forest Homesite Drive By

See the difference acreage makes.

This short video demonstrates the difference between The Forest and typical master planned community “estate lots.” See how long it takes to drive by one of the homesites in The Forest at idle speed.

Only 9 original developer homesites remain. However, there is still a good selection of prices and view options. Check the site plan to preview them now.

Contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood for a tour and discover the privacy and piece and quiet only true estate living offers…and http://The-Forest-at-Hi-Hat-Ranch-2nd.php?pagename=Contactonly at The Forest.

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 Ellen 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