Sarasota New Home Market Heating Up

The Forest Brian Woods photoIt looks to be a hot real estate market as we head into the winter/spring season in Sarasota. The Sarasota Herald story from this week confirms what we have been seeing here at The Forest–inventories are low and buyers are coming back with pent up demand.

All signs appear to be pointing toward a continued economic recovery and real estate rebound. Baring unknowns such as the looming “fiscal cliff,” it looks like the new home industry is poised for a strong recovery locally. Sarasota continues to be one of the most desirable places to live with great weather, beautiful beaches and a fantastic quality of life.

We’ve certainly seen the recovery over the second half of 2012. As noted in our recent post, sales have been very strong particularly in the fourth quarter. Looking at the available inventory of homes in The Forest category of large custom estate properties, the supply is very low. The fact is there are very few existing homes for buyers seeking a large home in a gated master planned community with acreage homesites.

Our builders at The Forest are gearing up to be ready for increased demand. Several are underway now with new designs that will be posted soon on the website. And new models are in the planning stage. We recently adjusted lot prices at The Forest to make building here an even better value.

Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for the latest Sarasota housing trends and new offerings at The Forest.

Here’s looking to a great year in 2013.

Brian Woods
The Forest Real Estate Expert
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty


The Forest Features Sarasota’s Best Custom Estate Homes

It’s not hard to find large homes around Sarasota. But it can be hard to find larger lots around those homes. Especially in gated master planned communities.

aerial view of an estate home at the forest sarasotaThe Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is designed to fill the gap between rural acreage properties and gated community “McMansions.” This is a community where families can have a REAL estate property in a real master planned community. Three to six acre lots offer the opportunity to have an expansive custom home in a neighborhood where the neighbors are friendly even though they aren’t within viewing distance from your side yard.

The homes are also diverse by design. Sarasota’s best custom home builders follow an architectural guideline that places a premium on bringing unique designs and minimal repetition to the street scene. And it shows as you drive through the community. There is a real sense of authenticity here, from the beautiful elevations of the homes to the sense of privacy that can only be had on larger lots, that sets this place apart from the typical Florida “estate” neighborhood.

It can be hard to really appreciate the scale and drama of the homes here with such wooded homesites. An aerial view though reveals the roof lines that demonstrate the caliber of construction. This is a place where home buyers and builders are coming together to design and construct homes that are setting a new standard for estate home living in Sarasota.

Visit the website featured homes page to preview a few of the custom plans available from our builders. Better yet, contact us for a personal tour and learn why The Forest is the only real choice if you are in search of a true custom estate home community in Sarasota.