Open House Custom Home Tour March 3 2019

Tour A Custom Private Estate March 3 At The Forest

Aerial view Castella Rossa The ForestCome tour the Castella Rossa Sunday, March 3rd. The Tuscan inspired former Lee Wetherington model is a must-see to get a glimpse of estate living at The Forest.

This estate home features five bedrooms, four baths and two half baths in the main house and a charming guest casita with one bedroom and full bath above the detached garage.

Warm colors and rustic travertine floors welcome you into this beautifully designed home. It has a formal dining room with adjacent wet bar complete with temperature controlled wine room and beautiful stone countertops. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream with professional gas range, oven and built-in refrigerator. Raised wood panel cabinetry and hand selected granite countertops make this kitchen the perfect place to gather and cook. Relax by the fire in the spacious outdoor living area complete with professional grade gas grill and outdoor wet bar. Enjoy a cool drink while taking in the soothing Tuscan style pool that overlooks the natural forested preserve.

It is built on a 3.5 acre estate home perfectly situated among the natural setting of old growth oaks and pines with impressive entry drive and landscaping.

See it Sunday, March 3rd from 1 to 4pm. Get direction to The Forest or contact our Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood for more information.

Summer 2018 Open House Home Tour

Join Us For Our Next Home Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

Our Premier Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, Brian Wood, has organized a tour of homes to kickoff summer this Sunday, June 10th from 1pm to 4pm. Tour three unique custom estate homes including one of the original award-winning model homes in The Forest.  All three feature beautifully decorate interiors.

Here is the line up for homes open to the public Sunday:

Amazing former model by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is a must see!

Aerial View 10862 Leafwing Dr. The Forest Hi Hat Ranch10862 Leafwing Drive


Quick Facts:

6,667 square feet

4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths

Home Site: 3.29 Acres

Priced at $2,900,000




A Todd Johnston Custom Estate Home

Living Area 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane The Forest Hi Hat Ranch10130 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,349 square feet

3 bedrooms and 3 baths

Home Site: 5.30 Acres

Priced at $997,500




Another Custom Arthur Rutenberg Estate Home

Outdoor Living at 10036 Ruffled Fern Ln Forest Hi Hat Ranch10036 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,410 square feet

3 bedrooms and 4 baths

Home Site: 3.69 Acres

Priced at $1,295,000




There will be representatives in each home with more information. Brian will also be available to answer questions about available lots for those interested in learning more about building a new home with one of our Forest Builders. Contact him for more details.  Locate The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch.

Spring 2018 Open House Tour

Three Custom Homes On Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

Brian Wood, the exclusive Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, has organized a tour of three custom homes for Sunday, April 29th from 1pm to 4pm. A special Spring Sale on all remaining developer home sites will also kickoff Sunday with a 10% discount on current prices.

This is a great opportunity to walk through three spectacular private estate homes and also tour the available acreage home sites to learn more about all the options for living at The Forest.

Here are the homes that will be open Sunday:

10130 Ruffled Fern Lane Open House The Forest10130 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,349 square feet

3 bedrooms and 3 baths

Home Site: 5.30 Acres

Priced at $1,095,000




10036 Ruffled Fern Ln Front The Forest10036 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,410 square feet

3 bedrooms and 4 baths

Home Site: 3.69 Acres

Priced at $1,295,000




10862 Leafwing Dr. Front The Forest10862 Leafwing Drive


Quick Facts:

6,667 square feet

4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths

Home Site: 3.29 Acres

Priced at $2,900,000.




Come meet Brian and learn more about the option to buy or build a home at The Forest. Contact him for more information.

Rare Open House Tour Kicks Off 2018

It’s a rare occasion when Sarasota’s premier master planned gated estate home community has one of its impressive custom homes open for touring.  Brian Wood, the exclusive Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, is hosting the open house event Sunday, January 28th from 1pm to 4pm.  This is a great way to kickoff 2018 and get a feel for the lifestyle that only The Forest provides.

10130 Ruffled Fern Lane Open House The Forest10130 Ruffled Fern Lane

This stylish custom estate home was built by Todd Johnston Homes. It is meticulously designed providing the perfect blend of classic architecture coupled with today’s contemporary finishes inside.

The great room floor plan, with vaulted ceilings and feature wood beams, greets you as you enter and provides a warm, spacious welcome. The gourmet kitchen is tailored with contemporary cabinetry, beautiful stone counter tops and a walk in pantry that blends in seamlessly. The generously sized secondary rooms give guests and family members plenty of room and comfort. A luxurious master suite and bathroom offer a tranquil retreat for the owners. Hobbyists or movie buffs will find the bonus room to be a wonderful space. 

The true estate-sized home site has acres of land for privacy. Enjoy outdoor living on the rear brick-paver patio with a soothing fountain and pergola providing the picture frame to the majestic oak trees and forest that compose the back yard of this one of a kind property.

Quick Facts: 3,349 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths on home site 52.  It is currently priced at $1,195,000.

This incredible home will be open for tours from 1pm until 4pm.  Come meet Brian and learn more about the opportunities to buy or build a home at The Forest.  Contact him for more information.

World Rowing Championships At Benderson Park

World Class Rowing Facility 20 Minutes From The Forest

The world Rowing Championships were recently held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.  These were the top rowing athletes in the world helping the event to draw thousands to the region over two weeks.

The Forest premiered a thirty-second video as one of the sponsors for the many mobile phone charging stations at the event.  It’s now available to watch on our YouTube Channel along with many other videos about life in and around Sarasota’s premier estate home community.

If you’ve never seen competitive rowing in action you’re missing out.  Benderson Park is truly a world-class World Rowing Championships Nathan Benderson Parkrowing facility and just 20 minutes from The Forest.  There are many major rowing events and competitions scheduled there throughout the year. It’s also just adjacent to the University Town Center Mall.

Great place to see an event, do some shopping and have a meal.


Fall Estate Homesite Incentive

Save 10% On Homesites At The Forest In Sarasota

Site Plan Developer Homesites The Forest SarasotaThis fall there is more than just leafs falling at The Forest.  Prices on estate homesites are also falling for a limited time.

Those thinking about building a private estate home can take advantage of Fall Incentive with 10% off list price on all remaining developer owned homesites. To qualify, buyers must contract and close on a homesite by December 15, 2017.

“There is still a very good selection of developer homesites available and this sale offers buyers the chance to save as much as $32, 500,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney.  “There are some incredible deals to be had with several three acre homesites below $100,000 with the sale incentive.”

According to The Forest Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Wood, typically closings on homesites only require a few weeks.

“The policy is also flexible allowing property owners ample time to develop plans for their custom estate home and to review and select a builder,” said Wood.  “We have Sarasota’s best builders here and they offer a wide selection of current floor plans or can design and build from scratch.”

Wood noted The Forest has guidelines property owners must follow that ensure the unique character of the homes and street scene in the community:

  • Construction must commence within two years of closing on a homesite
  • All construction must be done by one of the approved builders
  • Home plans must be at least 2,800 square feet under air and 4,000 square feet under roof
  • There is a no repeat rule for the exterior design of homes

See the Site Plan for available developer homesites.  Contact Brian Wood for pricing and to schedule a tour of The Forest.

Race Highlights The Biking Opportunities In Eastern Sarasota

Sarasota Cycle Fest Forest Rest Stop Brian WoodIn what has become an annual event, the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club included a rest stop at The Forest during its recent 2015 Cyclefest.  The event is one of the club’s biggest of the year and includes 20, 35, 62 and 100 mile routes.  This year there were hundreds of riders out to enjoy the fantastic biking opportunities east of I-75 in Sarasota.

The Forest was a key rest stop for riders along the 100 mile route (see a map of the route) toward the end of the beautiful but challenging ride.  Hi Hat Ranch and The Forest have sponsored several rest stops for the club but managing partner Tom Dabney says the Fall Cyclefest is a favorite time at the community.

“The weather was warmer than usual this year but the fountain grasses were still in full color,” said Dabney.  “It’s really just a beautiful setting and seeing all the participants biking through the community makes for a special day here.”

Dabney also said he was looking forward to welcoming club event organizer David Hodgkinson as the newest resident at The Forest.  Todd Johnston Homes is making the final touches on a new custom estate for Hodgkinson and his wife in the community.

“It’s been my pleasure to work with David and his committee for the past several years and I am excited to have him making The Forest a permanent stop.”

Race organizers say eastern Sarasota County offers cyclists a wealth of excellent biking opportunities.  The Forest is a mecca for cyclists with its location on Clark Road between I-75 and Myakka River State Park. The roadway includes bike lanes for the entire distance.  Myakka also has miles of bike trails.

Scott and Marcia Corbett, other new residents moving to The Forest later this fall, are also avid bikers.  They would often load their bikes and drive from Siesta Key to ride in the area.

“Myakka is very close so that’s a really big plus for us moving to The Forest,” says Marcia.

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.

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.

Sneak Preview Emerald Homes Florencia Model

The Florencia at The Forest in Sarasota

The first new model home to open in years at The Forest is being readied by Emerald Homes. Final touches are underway preparing the beautiful Florencia model for its debut during the Manatee & Sarasota Parade of Homes that starts February 21st.  A special sneak preview is being offered exclusively for The Forest Blog, Website, Facebook Friends and registered contacts.

The Florencia Sneak Preview kicks off Valentine’s Day and visitors are sure to fall in love with the innovative floor plan and fantastic interior design.  The model will be open all weekend and next week for a “soft opening” while the Emerald Homes team continues to make the finishing touches and preparations at the Florencia.  See a video from the December Asolo Starry Night event at the Florencia and check out the floor plan.  Then make plans to be among the first to tour this fantastic new home.

Florencia Sneak Preview Week

Saturday, Feb 14 • 10a.m until 6p.m.

Sunday, Feb 15 • Noon until 6p.m.

Feb 16, 19 and 20 • 10a.m. until 5p.m.

The Florencia is located on home site 1 just inside the main entry gate at The Forest. Click here for directions. Don’t mist this chance to tour one of the most innovative new luxury homes in Sarasota during the Florencia sneak preview.