Tour 2 Custom Estates & The Showcase Homesite At The Forest Open House

brian-woodJoin me at our Labor Day Open House Tour Sunday, September 1st from 1 – 4pm. It’s your chance to tour two of the finest private estates in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch.  I am hosting a special Holiday Open House with a rare opportunity to see and tour these impressive homes. We will also be featuring the Showcase Homesite No. 1 giving visitors a better opportunity to understand just how grand the properties are in this community.

Both homes were custom designed and built for residents here in The Forest.  Each includes many special features and upgrades that will wow and demonstrate the possibilities for grand living here at Sarasota’s only gated master planned community of acreage-size homesites.

Tour Stop 1:  9399 Swaying Branch Road

9399-Swaying-Branch-Rd-OpenHouseDiscover masterful craftsmanship in a majestic country estate. This wonderful home has been carefully designed and perfectly positioned on one of the most beautiful forested homesites in the community. It’s an impressive setting for a home that features high finish levels like custom raised panel cabinetry, hand selected granite counter tops and custom crown molding throughout. Outdoor living includes a generous entertainment area complete with full kitchen and fireplace that overlook the expansive pool and spa. The home is framed by stately oaks and palms for privacy and tranquilly. There is a private theater room and large bonus room perfect for a pool table. This is a certified green home with closed cell foam insulation, high-efficiency A/C unites, radiant heat barrier, and offers hurricane protection with impact glass throughout the home.
Quick Facts:  5752 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4/2 baths on Homesite 6.  It is currently priced at $1,595,000.

Tour Stop 2:  9273 Swaying Branch Road

9273 Swaying Branch Rd House A luxurious private Italian villa. This fantastic custom home offers Mediterranean inspired architecture set among a spectacular four plus acre estate lot. The grand entry is wrapped in nature with a driveway passing through lush landscaping including stately palms and oaks tailored with colorful foliage at every turn. Timeless architecture is expressed throughout the design. The spacious gourmet kitchen offers plenty of area for entertaining friends and family. This one story floor plan has a large bonus room that can serve many functions. Outdoor living is taken to a new level with generous covered areas that feature views of the pool, spa and forested areas that frame this one of a kind back yard. Impact glass and closed cell foam insulation provide high energy efficiencies and safety for the latest in modern construction materials.
Quick Facts: 4010 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on Homesite 13.  It is currently priced at $1,350,000.

Tour Stop 3:  Preview Homesite No. 1

Showcase Homesite at The Forest in SarasotaSee the perfect canvas to build a gracious estate on one of the most impressive homesites in The Forest.  We have per-developed Homesite No. 1 to demonstrate the size and possibilities for building at The Forest.  One of the big differences (literally) between The Forest and other estate neighborhoods in the region is the size of the homesites.  These are true acreage parcels allowing residences that can be expansive while also providing true separation and privacy.  Homesite No. 1 sits in a lush oak hammock and backs onto a view of the lake at Gazebo Park. It sets up for an impressive drive through the hammock to a homesite situated among the stately oaks. It’s a must see to truly experience the possibilities for estate living at The Forest.
Quick Facts: 3.02 Acre Wooded, Waterfront Homesite.  Priced at $270,800

Don’t miss this chance to Tour The Ranch.  I will be on hand with more information and available to answer questions.  We look forward to seeing you here.  Please feel free to contact me for additional assistance or to schedule a private tour if you are not able to make the event. Click here for directions to The Forest.

Brian Wood
The Forest Specialist
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
(941) 928-8408

Luxury Real Estate Market Returns To Sarasota – And The Forest

TomDabney_CandidThe news of improving homes sales and prices making headlines locally and around the nation since early this year has been mainly on moderate priced properties.  Now, the story is shifting to a surge of sales in the luxury category.  It’s good news for Sarasota which is known around the world for its premier real estate opportunities.

A recent story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune headlined Luxury Real Estate Market Takes Off Again gives a good recap of the trend.  Sales volume is up and prices are rising.  That’s important for the entire local real estate market and those considering a home in The Forest.  Recent sales make it possible to buy in confidence with a stable market where values and appreciation are in sync.

That news is spreading to The Forest.  We recently wrote here on the blog about a record sale in The Forest.  That story was picked up this week for some very deserved coverage in the Sarasota Observer of our own Brian Wood of Premier Sotheby’s.  The news at The Forest continues to be positive and Brian says activity here and elsewhere in the luxury communities east of I-75 is improving.

There is new builder activity at The Forest as well with homes under construction. Also, exciting news is coming about new developments along the I-75 corridor.  If you have not visited The Forest in a while, or never been here, contact Brian and schedule one of his private Range Rover Tours.  He is an expert on all things along the corridor and can share more of why this is one of the best areas to live, work and play in Sarasota.

Tom Dabney
The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

New Sarasota Attractions Offers The Forest Residents A World-Class Experience

The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is located in the corridor east of I-75, and that corridor is about to become home to two world-class attractions.

Benderson Park Rowing site progress photo sarasota floridaWorld Class Rowing

The Benderson Park rowing facility upgrade will guarantee that the world’s eyes will be looking dead center at the I-75 corridor in Sarasota.  It will be of international tournament quality on the scale of any Olympic rowing venue, which makes it one of only a few in the world. This guarantees the potential for attracting major events and tourist from around the country and around the globe.  A bid for the World Rowing Championships to be held in 2017 at this fantastic facility got a positive nod recently as reported in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Residents of the Forest can look forward to that and many other exciting events at this world class facility just a few minutes north on I-75.  Recreational and competitive rowing is also one of the most popular team sports in the Sarasota and Manatee region.  The Benderson Park offers many programs open to the public.

World Class Shopping

Now, the excitement in the area has doubled. The Mall at University Town Center will rival most any other shopping destination in the state when it opens October 16, 2014. The mall has a connection by proximity to the Benderson Park. A new detailed 3d animation fly through video of the mall shows that the combined facilities will create a mega entertainment and shopping destination. It looks to be one of the most unique concepts anywhere in the state and perhaps event the nation.


According to the information on the website, “The Mall will feature many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local market.  The center will include a combination of upscale fashion and lifestyle retailers as well as a selection of sit down restaurants.”

Robert Taubman, chairman, president and CEO of Taubman Centers who are constructing the facility adds, “The Mall at University Town Center will be one of the premier shopping destinations on the west coast of Florida and it will be the preferred shopping destination in the Sarasota region for locals and visitors alike.”

Both the University Town Center and Benderson rowing facility upgrade are slated to complete construction in 2014. The University Town Center and the Benderson rowing facility are anticipated to be joined by two hotels and office buildings.  All this means even more opportunities for residents of The Forest.  Life along the I-75 corridor is becoming one of the premier lifestyle areas in the region.  The Forest is the only gated community of true acreage-size homesites in the area and the perfect place to build a large estate home that offers personal privacy along with close access to all this excitement.