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 the community amenities are privacy and peace and quiet.

2020 Spring Season Update From The Forest

brian wood sotheby's agent at the forest hi hat ranchThe 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.”

SIte Map of Lots at The Forest Hi Hat Ranch SarasotaThere 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 builders.

The developer has also completed the restoration of the former sales office site on Lake Wood into a beautiful passive park for all the residents to enjoy.

Contact me anytime for a private tour of The Forest, Sarasota’s premier estate home community.

Brian Wood
The Forest Specialist
Michael Saunders & Company

Only Six Developer Home Sites Remain At Forest

Strong Sales Pace Continues Through Summer

Site Map of The Forest Hi Hat RanchWith 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 and contact Brian for pricing and to schedule a site tour.


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.

Vision Group Building in The Forest

Learn more about the company from founder Michael Padgett

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Vision Group has joined the elite team of custom home builders at The Forest.

Founder Michael Padgett sat for a short video interview to share more about his company and what they offer in The Forest. He specializes in building custom homes and brings years of experience to his customers.

Watch it now to meet Michael and learn more about this highly respected Sarasota custom home building company now working at The Forest.

E-M Custom Homes Building in The Forest

Jeff Eslinger of E-M Custom Homes on Building at The Forest

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E-M Custom Homes is a new builder in The Forest. Jeff Eslinger, one of the company founders, shares insights on their homes and construction standards in this short video on The Forest You Tube Channel. Watch it now to learn more about this quality local custom home builder now available at The Forest.

Sale Surge Kicks Off 2019 Season at The Forest

brian wood sotheby's agent at the forest hi hat ranchThere was a strong increase in activity at The Forest to close out the fourth quarter of 2018. That has resulted in three closings of estate home sites to kickoff what looks to be a busy 2019 Winter/Spring season.

The Forest was also featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s annual real estate Market Snapshot, which included an under construction photo of the now completed newest estate home by Anchor Builders. The owners of this beautiful custom home shared some insights with me as they were preparing to move in:

“The house, I am speechless it is far beyond anything I imagined. We went to The Forest for its privacy, acreage and being close to I-75. It is a beautiful and quiet place.”

Lots Available Sign Clark Rd. Sarasota The ForestConstruction continues on an upswing as well. One of our home site owners is in planning now to build their estate with John Cannon Homes. There are several other owners now in discussion with our builders and I anticipate more homes to start construction as we move into this new year.

We also have excitement on the builder front. Two new builders, E-M Custom Homes and Vision Group, joined The Forest in the later part of 2018. Vision is now making ready to move forward on pre-construction of an exciting new home that will be ready for a quicker move-in this year for any motivated buyers. Watch the blog for more as Vision finalizes their design and site planning.

I am currently working with several other recent visitors looking at what are now the final 10 developer home sites at The Forest. If you have been considering a home here, now is the time to lock in one of these remaining estate properties. There is still a good selection of sites and prices range from the mid $80s to $300s, and all are at least three acres. There really is no better value in the area for building a custom home on an acreage home site.

Contact me anytime for a private tour of The Forest, Sarasota’s premier estate home community.

Brian Wood
The Forest Specialist
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Vision Group Has Joined Builder Team

Vision Group Bringing Their Unique Home Building Style To The Forest

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Another of Sarasota’s premier local custom builders, Vision Group, has joined The Forest. Co-Owner and Partner Mike Padgett brings years of experience in real estate, construction and custom home building to the company.

Vision Group has built hundreds of custom homes in many of the area. Padgett is a lifelong Sarasota resident and third generation builder. He has an excellent reputation as one of the most respected names in building and selling custom quality homes.

“I am pleased to welcome Vision Group to our approved builder team,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “Michael Padgett has been active in the home building business in the Sarasota/Manatee market for several years. The firm will offer a unique combination of experience and foresight to our development.”

Vision Group is dedicated to green building specializing in the latest trends for energy efficient home design and construction.

“Sarasota green building is nothing new to Vision Group,” said Padgett. “We built our first green home in 2006 and now have years of experience in green home building saving our customers thousands of dollars on their energy bills, and helping our environment.”

Learn more about Vision Group on our website.  Contact Brian Wood, the Premier Sotheby’s exclusive agent for The Forest, to learn more about selecting an estate lot and building a custom home.

E/M Custom Homes First Offering At The Forest

Riverside Is The New E/M Custom Home Featured at The Forest

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Riverside Floor Plan EM Custom Homes The Forest

E/M Custom Homes recently introduced their first featured home plan for The Forest. The Riverside is a classic Florida home featuring great curb appeal and a floor plan with even broader appeal.

The stylish Mediterranean architecture sets the stage for great living on the large estate home sites at The Forest.  A front porch leads to a large foyer with views through the living area to the covered lanai and optional pool beyond. The home centers on the great room that integrates with a gourmet island kitchen to create a grand and bright open living area. The great room opens with pocketing glass doors to views of the expansive outdoor living area as do the master suite, dining room and bonus room.

The master suite has double walk-in closest and a luxurious bathroom. Two additional large bedrooms and two full bathrooms are situated along the opposite side of the living area for complete separation.  There is a total of 2,867 square feet of air-conditioned space.

A three-car garage, that accesses the living area via a laundry room complete with pet grooming station and a drop zone, round out this exciting home that has 4,254 square feet under the roof.

Learn more about E/M Custom Homes. Contact Brian Wood, the exclusive Premier Sotheby’s Realty agent at The Forest, for details on available home sites to pair with this exciting new home.

E/M Custom Homes Joins Builder Team

E/M Custom Homes Introduces New Opportunities in The Forest

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Wood, Eslinger and Dabney at The Forest

A new builder has joined the elite team at The Forest. E/M Custom Homes will bring new opportunities for home buyers in Sarasota’s only gated master planned community designed exclusively for estate homes.

E/M Custom Homes combines the talents of Jeff Eslinger and Rick and Dan Maglich, all seasoned custom builders in the Sarasota/Manatee region.

“We are excited to have Jeff, Rick and Dan join our builder team at The Forest,” said The Forest managing partner Tom Dabney. “They bring a great reputation for delivering high quality custom homes at exceptional values.”

Brian Wood, the exclusive Premier Sotheby’s Realty agent at The Forest, said he has buyers already discussing potential homes with E/M. He believes the builder will be a very good fit for the community targeting homes priced from the $900s and up. Wood added there are still an excellent selection of homesites available to choose from at The Forest.

“We look forward to working with everyone in The Forest. We offer a variety of current plans or can design the perfect home to meet any buyer’s needs,” said Eslinger.We design well built, fairly priced homes and provide service before, during and most importantly after the sale.” 

Learn more about E/M Custom Homes and preview their first featured home for The Forest.