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

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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

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.