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.

Lake Wood at The Forest Hi Hat Ranch“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 and available lots ready for custom estate homes.

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.

Aeria View of Estate Home in The Forest Hi Hat Ranch

Turkey Day Comes Early At The Forest

Flock of wild turkeys bring early Thanksgiving to The Forest

Turkey Video Preview The ForestOur Premier Sotheby’s agent Brian Wood was the man-on-the-scene as a flock of wild turkeys enjoyed The Forest. Their timing could not have been better with the Thanksgiving holiday just days away.

The Forest lives up to its name as one of the most forested communities in Sarasota. The large acreage home sites are separated by acres of preserved forests filled with ancient oaks, palmettos, pines and palms with many lakes and ponds. And like almost all forests, wildlife abounds.

In addition to our flock of neighborhood turkeys, there are also countless other birds of all types, turtles, deer and many other wild neighbors.

Watch Brian’s turkey video…Happy Thanksgiving!

Summer 2018 Open House Home Tour

Join Us For Our Next Home Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

Our Premier Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, Brian Wood, has organized a tour of homes to kickoff summer this Sunday, June 10th from 1pm to 4pm. Tour three unique custom estate homes including one of the original award-winning model homes in The Forest.  All three feature beautifully decorate interiors.

Here is the line up for homes open to the public Sunday:

Amazing former model by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is a must see!

Aerial View 10862 Leafwing Dr. The Forest Hi Hat Ranch10862 Leafwing Drive


Quick Facts:

6,667 square feet

4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths

Home Site: 3.29 Acres

Priced at $2,900,000




A Todd Johnston Custom Estate Home

Living Area 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane The Forest Hi Hat Ranch10130 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,349 square feet

3 bedrooms and 3 baths

Home Site: 5.30 Acres

Priced at $997,500




Another Custom Arthur Rutenberg Estate Home

Outdoor Living at 10036 Ruffled Fern Ln Forest Hi Hat Ranch10036 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,410 square feet

3 bedrooms and 4 baths

Home Site: 3.69 Acres

Priced at $1,295,000




There will be representatives in each home with more information. Brian will also be available to answer questions about available lots for those interested in learning more about building a new home with one of our Forest Builders. Contact him for more details.  Locate The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch.

Spring 2018 Open House Tour

Three Custom Homes On Tour In The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch

Brian Wood, the exclusive Sotheby’s agent for The Forest, has organized a tour of three custom homes for Sunday, April 29th from 1pm to 4pm. A special Spring Sale on all remaining developer home sites will also kickoff Sunday with a 10% discount on current prices.

This is a great opportunity to walk through three spectacular private estate homes and also tour the available acreage home sites to learn more about all the options for living at The Forest.

Here are the homes that will be open Sunday:

10130 Ruffled Fern Lane Open House The Forest10130 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,349 square feet

3 bedrooms and 3 baths

Home Site: 5.30 Acres

Priced at $1,095,000




10036 Ruffled Fern Ln Front The Forest10036 Ruffled Fern Lane


Quick Facts:

3,410 square feet

3 bedrooms and 4 baths

Home Site: 3.69 Acres

Priced at $1,295,000




10862 Leafwing Dr. Front The Forest10862 Leafwing Drive


Quick Facts:

6,667 square feet

4 bedrooms and 5/2 baths

Home Site: 3.29 Acres

Priced at $2,900,000.




Come meet Brian and learn more about the option to buy or build a home at The Forest. Contact him for more information.

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.”