Drone Video Gives New Perspective On Estate Living

Forest Fly Over Video ThumbnailThe best perspective on just how wooded and private the estate homesites are at The Forest is from above.  This is the first in a series of short drone aerial videos designed to help people better understand why The Forest is so different from virtually all other new home “estate” communities in the Sarasota region.

Take the drive in from Clark Road past the welcome center.  Then on over Swaying Branch Road for a broad aerial view of a few homes in the community.  Click to watch and see the privacy only a true acreage estate can offer.

Find more videos on The Forest YouTube Channel.

Dr. Scott & Marcia Corbett Residents At The Forest Sarasota

Dr. Scott & Marcia Corbett Video The ForestScott and Marcia Corbett recently made the decision to move from their Siesta Key, Fl house of several years to a new estate home in The Forest.  Watch this short video interview as they share their story about finding The Forest and making the move to Sarasota’s premier estate home community.  Scott is one of several doctors who have moved from coastal Sarasota areas.  Learn more about why the Corbett’s and others are choosing the quieter peaceful lifestyle at The Forest.

See more resident video interviews on The Forest YouTube Channel.  Then plan a visit to discover Sarasota’s premier gated community exclusively designed for large acreage home sites and custom estate homes.


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.

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.”


Video Tour Arthur Rutenberg Estate On Double Home Site

Video Preview ImageA special new private estate was recently completed by Arthur Rutenburg Homes in The Forest. This custom designed home takes full advantage of the acreage available in The Forest doubling down on home sites 49 and 50 for an even larger estate setting.

Take the aerial video preview and fly around this amazing property. This is one of two double home site estates recently built by Rutenberg franchisee Derek Nelson and his team.  Learn more about combining home sites and see the site plan and details on this estate.

The opportunities are now limited with the final home sites just released in The Forest.  According to The Forest Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood, there are now just 20 opportunities to build in the community “…maybe fewer if other combination estates are assembled.”

New Model Open For Tours By Appointment

It’s now easier than ever to experience estate home living in The Forest. Emerald Homes’ new Florencia Model is now open for tours by appointment. This is an exceptional home on one of the best home sites in the community. See preview photos below and then plan to visit. Contact The Forest exclusive Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood to schedule a private tour.  Email now or call (941) 928-8408 to see the Florencia and take a guided tour of The Forest.

Emerald Homes Florencia Model Front at The Forest

Front Arrival

Emerald Florencia Great Room at The Forest

Great Room

Emerald Florencia Dining Room at The Forest

Dining Room

Emerald Florencia Kitchen at The Forest

Gourmet Kitchen

Emerald Florencia Owners Suite at The Forest

Owners Suite

Birds-Eye Video Of Sarasota’s Best Wooded Community

More-Than-Name-Video-Post-Thumbnail_The-ForestThe Forest at High Hat Ranch is situated on some of the most beautiful forested land in Sarasota County. Walking the property, one quickly gets a sense of what a heavily treed setting surrounds the estate homes. But seeing it at ground level along the streets only hints at how lush and majestic this community is.  To truly understand its beauty, one should take to the skies.

The More Than A Name video offers a birds-eye view tour of The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch.  This video has beautiful drone footage flying viewers through and above the fantastic tree cover that makes this such a wonderful place to build a true estate sized home in Sarasota, FL.  The three to five-plus acre home sites are surrounded by pristine wooded preservation areas on the most beautiful part of the historic Hi Hat Ranch.

Watch this exciting video on the Forest YouTube Channel.  It is an inspiring 60 seconds that is fun and enlightening.  The channel also has other videos including residents sharing their stories about life at The Forest.

Video of Asolo Starry Night Dinner Party For 70

Asolo Starry Night at The Forest Video thumbnailThere is nothing like a dinner party for 70 hosted by one of Sarasota’s most prestigious cultural icons to demonstrate true estate home living.  Our team was on hand December 15, 2014 to shoot this historic event at The Forest as Asolo Rep staged the ultimate model home sneak preview.

The Starry Night to promote Asolo Rep’s 2015 production of The Matchmaker really put the new Florencia by Emerald Homes to the test.  No sooner had the furnishing been completed than this beautiful Mediterranean home get converted with luxurious table seating for 70 along with a stage where actors from the production made a cameo performance while guests enjoyed lavish food and drink catered by Morton’s Gourmet Market and Catering.

Watch the video on The Forest YouTube Channel.  Then plan to visit and tour the Florencia now for a sneak preview tour.

Asolo Rep Starry Night Photos

The reviews are in and the new Florencia model by Emerald Homes was a hit with some 70 guests at the Asolo Rep’s Starry Night event for The Match Maker.  Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening in this luxurious new estate home at The Forest.  It was a fantastic setting outside and inside the Florencia. Here are a few photos.  See more on The Forest Facebook Page.  Watch for the grand opening in early 2015 and your chance to tour the Florencia.

The Florencia Entrance Forest Starry NightTom Dabney, Laura Wood, David HunihanTom Dabney, Judy GreenBrian Wood and David Geisler Starry Night

Emerald Florencia Starry Night Kickoff Party

Asolo Rep's Starry Night at Florencia in The ForestThe Asolo Rep Starry Night party was a huge test for the entertainment capabilities of Emerald Homes’ new Florencia Model at The Forest. This fantastic estate home proved up to the task with almost 70 people in attendance for the sneak preview event.

Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering of Sarasota catered the lavish event on December 15th that featured a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a cameo performance by actors of the Asolo Rep’s production of The Matchmaker. The Emerald Homes team made a huge effort to finish the new model that is over 4,000 square feet. The winding paver driveway was lined with holiday lights in the oak hammock overhead setting the stage for a memorable opening night for Emerald’s showcase model home.


Asolo Rep Starry Night Dinner The ForestFurniture in the large gathering room had no sooner been arranged by decorators when it was replaced with tables of eight to accommodate guests for the Starry Night. Others were seated in the formal dining room. Morton’s team used the large gourmet kitchen and island to stage the lavish food and beverage service. Guests included sponsors, patrons of the Asolo Rep and others who purchased $250 tickets to attend this benefit for Asolo Repertory Theatre. The festivities ended with a drawing for one guest to host their own private party for eight in the Florencia. Winner Cheryl MacLauchlan will have her own party catered by Morton’s compliments of event sponsors Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Emerald Homes and The Forest.

The Florencia model opens to the public in early January. Watch The Forest News for the announcement of the Grand Opening.