Zillow Report: Home Buyers Shifting To More Space & Privacy

  Typical Forest Street Scene Report out from Zillow notes a “great reshuffling” as people seek more space. Driven evidently by many factors including the Corona Virus Pandemic, Zillow CEO Rich Barton says “The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space.” We have seen this trend as well here at The Forest, the area’s premier gated community planned exclusively for large estate homes on 3+ acre lots, with a surge of sales in 2020. Currently, there are four more lot sales pending on top of an already very busy year for sales of both lots and homes. “There are now only nine lots available for sale here,” said the Forest real estate expert Brian Wood of Michael Saunders and Company. “I have been seeing this trend now for several months as more people contact me in search of more space both within and around their homes and there is no better place to have that than right here at The Forest.” Wood said there are also several new estates in construction now with most of the community’s premier list of custom builders underway with homes for buyers. Those include the first homes at The Forest by new builders Vision Group and E-M Custom Homes. Contact Brian to learn more about available lots and building a home at The Forest where... [Read more]




2020 Spring Season Update From The Forest

The 2020 spring season has been surprisingly busy at The Forest, all things considered during these trying times. A strong surge of home site sales, two existing homes selling and several property owners in plans to start homes with our builders shows the interest remains very high for our unique estate home community. Home sites 9 and 41 recently sold. Both owners are planning to design and build custom estate homes in the near future. Demand has increased over the last few months with limited inventory of home sites in our particular style, from three acres and larger, and fewer homes on the market in general. We have definitely been very busy so far this year.” There are four additional home sites now under contract including plans by one of the buyers to combine two for an estate property that will be over 8+ acres. This will be the fourth estate home on two combined sites here and there are still some adjacent lots available for anyone interested in creating an even larger acreage property. John Cannon Homes has three beautiful custom estate homes all nearing completion for their owners to move in over the next few months. Vision Group’s first custom home in The Forest is also nearing completion and will bring their exciting design concepts forward for others to consider. Anchor Builders has another large estate home underway. More homes are in planning phase with... [Read more]




Sales Trailer Moving Day Video

Sales Office Removal Makes Way For New Passive Park The first step in creating a new passive park on Lake Wood in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is complete with the removal of the sales office. Watch the video as a crew uses a crane to lift the two modular sections off the property. “Private owners still have several lots for re-sale and our builders are very active with new home construction in The Forest,” said Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “However, with developer lot sales now completed, we look forward to turning over this beautiful site on Lake Wood to residents for their enjoyment.” See the video of the crew removing the office, which has a long history in the area. Prior to The Forest, it was used as the preview center for the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, and by builders in other locations around Bradenton and Sarasota. “There is still a very good selection of estate-sized home sites available here,” said Brian Wood, the exclusive Michael Saunders agent for The Forest. “The community remains open for private tours of the property and there are several sales pending and custom homes underway. Contact me to set an appointment.” Watch for more on the Lake Wood Passive Park as it opens here in The Forest.  Read More →




Lake Wood Park at The Forest Hi Hat Ranch

Former Sales Center Site Becomes Passive Park Since opening the community, Lake Wood at The Forest Hi Hat Ranch has been the site of the developer’s sales center. Now that all of the original lots have been sold to private owners, this site is being converted for resident use. “Our intent from the beginning of our master plan was for this beautiful lakefront property to be dedicated for use by all residents at The Forest,” say managing development partner Tom Dabney. “Now that we have sold all the developer owned lots this site is being converted to a passive park and will add to the enjoyment of life in the community.” Dabney says plans are being made to remove the former sales trailer from the site with minimal disruption to the landscaping and natural foliage. A large crane is being contracted to lift the trailer so it can be safely moved off the property. The parking lot will remain to allow residents in the community easy access. “The view of Lake Wood is wonderful and the heavily treed site always attracts a wide variety of birds and other wildlife,” says Dabney. “It’s just a great place to enjoy the natural setting that makes The Forest such a wonderful community to call home.” Work is scheduled to be completed in early April. Watch for more information here on the blog and contact us to schedule a tour of the community... [Read more]




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    Read More →




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.  Read More →




Michael Saunders & Company Joins The Forest

New Brokerage Representation With Same Well Known Agent The 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... [Read more]




Home Site Sales Continue Pace Toward Sell Out

Another Sale Leaves Just 5 Developer Home Sites in The Forest The 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.  Read More →




Only Six Developer Home Sites Remain At Forest

Strong Sales Pace Continues Through Summer With 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... [Read more]




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.  Read More →