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Brian Wood of Signature Sotheby’s Sees Improvement in Residential Building at The Forest

We are noticing that our clients are giving serious consideration to new construction when making a decision to buy a home. With existing home inventories falling there are less homes available that fit each client’s needs. In addition the builders have really sharpened their pencils and are offering some incredible opportunities that buyers can really benefit from. The combination of competitive pricing and the latest designs including a multitude of Green features and code changes like Impact Glass throughout the home are being considered very seriously by today’s savvy buyers. A home that was built just a few years ago does not have the energy efficiency or hurricane protection that today’s new construction offers. It is important to remember that beyond the price of the home the energy and insurance costs are very important to consider when selecting a home.

Some of the short sales and bank owned properties offer a low price but may not offer a lot of what today’s buyer wants in design or features nor do they offer any warranties that new construction provides.

Just last week, I had represented both the seller and buyer in the purchase of a new estate home at The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch. The development is a gated community that encompasses some 270 acres and offers just 54 three to five-acre estate homesites assuring each owner plenty of room to create a home for privacy. Located off Clark Road just five minutes east of Interstate 75 and a short drive to major retail centers, The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is remarkable for its seemingly untouched beauty. Like its near neighbor, the Myakka State Park, The Forest is home to pristine wetlands, mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Great care has been taken to design an upscale community that can exist in harmony within this natural setting and unique low-impact development guidelines are in place to preserve the beauty and integrity of the land.

Each custom home at The Forest is unique, but all are luxuriously inspired by nature. Builders carefully design and position each home to take full advantage of beautiful views and bring a sense of nature indoors through the use of key design elements such as l windows, organize materials and great screen in areas. In keeping with a “no repeat” philosophy, The Forest has been carefully designed using a variety of architectural styles and elevations so every home has its own singular character.

There has been a renewed interest in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch. We have assembled some of the very best builders to compliment some of the most spectacular estate lots currently available in Sarasota or Manatee County. The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is offering unprecedented values for our clients to create a truly one of kind estate home.

This particular buyer has selected John Cannon Homes as their builder and will begin building their custom 4500 sq ft home using influences taken from a number of different designs in order to capture the ambiance of Florida’s tropical outdoor lifestyle.

For more information about The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, call Brian Wood of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty 941-364-4002