Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Spa Tub with Shower or Larger Walk in Shower? Take My Poll!

Yesterday I toured Venice FL new home communities with a buyer who was particularly interested in a master bath with a larger walk-in shower in the space many builders dedicate to a spa tub and shower.

Venice FL new homes walk in shower
Large sill-less walk in shower

Venice FL new homes spa tub and shower
Spa tub and shower combination in master suite.

Which do you prefer in your new home in Venice FL?

Create your own user feedback survey

As your Venice FL new home specialist you can browse all Venice FL new home communities, with floor plans and prices, in one place on one website.

Please contact me for all your Venice FL new home needs.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Venice FL New Homes: Toscana Isles Pricing Now Available

The much anticipated pricing for Toscana Isles in Venice FL is now available!


Toscana Isles amenities center Venice FL
Toscana Isles amenities center

In addition to prices, 2 more floor plans have been announced, for a total of 8 with possibly more to come.  There are also spec homes being built now, with prices available for those quick-move in homes, which should be ready by the end of February 2016.

Prices for the least expensive Toscana Isles homes start just over $300,000.

Please contact me for more information, to receive pricing information and to reserve your preferred lot now.  More information about Toscana Isles is available here on my website.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Exclusive Photos of Toscana Isles | New Homes | Venice FL

As your Venice FL new homes specialist, I'm seeing a lot of interest in Toscana Isles.

Here are some exclusive photos that will give you an idea of what an exciting community I believe Toscana Isles will become.

Toscana Isles has a heavy Mediterranean style

Wide lake views and the clubhouse under construction

The sales office is under construction just over the main bridge

A look back at the gated entry to Toscana Isles

A gorgeous fountain and pavered traffic circle greets Toscana Isles future residents

The lake views in particular will be very impressive in Toscana Isles.  As your Venice FL new homes specialist , I'll keep you updated with the latest updates, photos, and pricing.

Please contact medavid@davidbarrhomes.com for any questions.

Construction Progress at Villages of Milano | Venice FL

Here's a couple of nice pictures showing the progress on the community clubhouse and pool at The Villages of Milano in Venice FL.



As your Venice FL new homes specialist, I'll keep you up to date about progress at Villages of Milano here on this blog and on my website, where you can access the latest floor plans and prices for villas and single family homes.

When you're ready to tour or just have a question, please contact me.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Floor Plans at Toscana Isles in Venice FL

Five floor plans have been announced at Toscana Isles, a coming soon new home community in Venice FL.

Toscana Isles is located off Laurel Road, just east of I-75.

Ashley model at Toscana Isles
The Ashley at Toscana Isles

As your Venice FL new home specialist, I have the latest information on Toscana Isles and all other Venice FL new homes available on my website at www.davidbarrhomes.com. There you can view floor plans, elevations, and the latest prices.

New home builders in Venice have a one price policy, so please contact me to tour new homes and help you find the right community for your budget and lifestyle.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Villages of Milano is Now Open

Yesterday was the broker open house for the highly anticipated new home community of Villages of Milano in Venice FL.  The public grand opening will be Saturday, November 7, 2015.


The Villages of Milano is the sister community to Grand Palm, built by Neal Communities.


With an impressive list of amenities, the HOA fees at Villages of Milano are very low, between $285 and $422 per quarter, depending on home and lot size.


Prices at Villages of Milano are slightly less for the same floor plan at Grand Palm.


The Villages of Milano should be extremely popular.  There is no CDD fee, unlike other new home communities in Venice.


Floor plans, prices, and model home photos are all available on my website.  Contact me to reserve the best homesite and lock in current low pricing.

New Homes on Venice Island

Sienna Village, a small new home subdivision on Venice Island in Venice FL is now available.

Sienna Village has 11 home sites (including the current model home) for luxury custom homes with a Mediterranean flair.  Prices including homesite start in the $700,000's.



The builder will work with the homeowner's individual tastes.  The model home is almost complete and should be open in the next few weeks as of this writing.




Sienna Village is well located on Venice Island, within easy walking distance of Venice Beach and all downtown Venice FL activities and attractions.



Contact me for the latest news on Sienna Village and to reserve your home site now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chateau Venice | New Luxury Condo on Venice Island

Today I toured an open house for Venice's newest luxury condominium residence, Chateau Venice on Venice Island.

Chateau Venice

Chateau Venice is exclusive with only 4 residences.  Located at 708 W. Venice Avenue, Chateau Venice is just a stone's throw from Venice Beach and an easy walk or bike ride to downtown Venice.



Chateau Venice features a long list of luxury amenities, including 10 ft. ceilings, premium flooring, cabinetry, appliances, and counter tops.  The building itself is poured concrete construction for sound, storm, and fire protection.  Each residence is 1,827 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.



Prices start at $680,000.  For a limited time, the builder, Bamboo Building Company, is offering a $30,000 incentive.  Please contact me to take advantage of this incentive.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Update: Toscana Isles and Villages of Milano in Nokomis/North Venice FL

Back in July I wrote a blog about two large new home communities that were undergoing site prep off Laurel Rd in Nokomis and North Venice, near Venetian Golf and River Club.

DR Horton is building 800 new homes at Toscana Isles on the former Stay N Play site in Nokomis. It's still so new, it's not listed on DR Horton's website, but I expect similar floor plans and prices to DR Horton's Caribbean Village.  You can learn more about Toscana Isles on my website.

Toscana Isles New Homes Nokomis FL

A bit further east on Laurel Road, at the intersection of Jacaranda, new homes by Neal Communities called Villages of Milano are beginning to take shape.  700 Mediterranean-inspired homes are planned, with different front elevations but similar floor plans to the coastal-inspired Grand Palm.  Read more about Villages of Milano on my website.


Village of Milano North Venice FL

Please make sure to contact me to be among the first to reserve the best home sites and introductory pricing at each of these Venice FL area new home communities.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More Venice FL New Homes | DR Horton

It looks like DR Horton is preparing another site for more new homes in Venice FL.

According to Sarasota County tax records, vacant land being cleared and prepped at the entrance to Ventura Village off Hwy 76 in Venice belongs to DR Horton.





When re-zoned for residential use, the two vacant lots consisting of a total of 36 acres could support 80-100 new homes. This is similar to DR Horton's new home community of Calusa Park off Laurel Rd. in Nokomis.

For the latest Venice FL new home information subscribe to this blog or contact me at david@davidbarrhomes.com.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Home Buyer Incentives at Islandwalk | Venice FL New Homes

Through October 19, Divosta is offering 20% off designer interior options at Islandwalk in Venice.



Browse currently available resales, pre-construction, and inventory new homes for sale in Island on my website.

New Homes Best Kept Secret | Venice and Sarasota

Most new home buyers look to newly cleared subdivisions as an indication of where to look for new homes.

DR Horton is taking a different approach with what I think is one of the best kept secrets in new homes in Sarasota or Charlotte Counties.

DR Horton New Homes South Gulf Cove

In South Gulf Cove, DR Horton is now building brand new single family homes on individual 10,000 sq. ft. and larger lots on boatable saltwater canals (lock access to the Myakka River/Charlotte Harbor) starting at $185,000, without private pool.

South Gulf Cove has a voluntary HOA.  A similar home in one of DR Horton's Venice or Sarasota subdivisions can start at $250,000 with an HOA fee, without waterfront or boating access.

Please contact me for a list of currently available new homes from DR Horton in South Gulf Cove.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Islandwalk | New Homesites | Venice FL

Divosta just announced the opening of new homesites in Islandwalk in Venice FL.

The new homesites will be for Garden Series Homes, with lake views, on Posada St.  Islandwalk Garden Series Homes include the Noir Coast, Taft Street, and Steel Creek floor plans starting at $211,990.

View Divosta's interactive community map in this link.  Posada St. is just southwest of Islandwalk's community center.

Islandwalk Venice FL Garden Series Noir Coast
Islandwalk's Garden Series Noir Coast Front Elevations

Islandwalk Venice FL Garden Series Noir Coast Foor Plan
Islandwalk's Garden Series Noir Coast Floor Plan

As your Venice FL new homes specialist, I have a complete set of information on all Islandwalk homes, floor plans, and prices.  Please click here for more Islandwalk Garden Series homes.

Search all Venice FL new homes for sale on my website, www.davidbarrhomes.com.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Divosta Homes | Sandhill Preserve | Sarasota FL

From August 7 to August 23, Divosta is offering some attractive incentives for new homes at Sandhill Preserve on Palmer Ranch.

Divosta model home Sandhill Preserve

On the purchase of a new home, receive 25% off designer interior options, up to $5,000, on select homesites.

Divosta Sandhill Preserve on Palmer Ranch

Contact me for more information and to schedule a tour.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Venice FL New Homes | Weekly Feature | Floor Plan Friday

Welcome to my new weekly feature I'm calling Floor Plan Friday.  I'll be showcasing some of the most popular new home floor plans from builders in the Venice FL area.

Alexandria floor plan in Gran Paradiso by Lennar

Lennar is currently offering the Alexandria model in Gran Paradiso.  Lennar has a multi-tiered selection of homes based on size and price:  Executive, Manor and Single Family.  The Alexandria is classified as a "Single Family" home with 1,904 square feet under air.  With 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a high-demand, split bedroom, open floor plan, the Alexandria is a good value.

Base prices range $261,990-$264,990 (prices subject to change) depending on the elevation (front facade of the home).

Please visit my new homes gallery, with floor plans and prices for every major new home community in the Venice FL area.  As your new homes specialist, please contact me with any questions or to schedule a tour.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Homes for Sale | Coming Developments | Venice FL

DR Horton and Neal Communities have begun work on two large new home communities east of I-75 off Laurel Road.

Neal is building a 700-home community that will be called "The Villages of Milano".  A couple of model homes and what looks to be a sales center seem to be near completion as of this writing.  You can see this development on Jacaranda Rd, between Boundary and Laurel Rd.

New homes east of I 75 in North Venice FL
Approximate locations of new home communities under development in North Venice
I've been told that DR Horton is developing a site for 800 homes, with ground being broken just west of the Willow Chase subdivision on the north side of Laurel Rd.  It looks like DR Horton will be developing the former Stay N Play RV park and surrounding area.

DR Horton new homes off Laurel Rd in North Venice
Entrance to DR Horton's new community at the former Stay N Play RV Park off Laurel Road

On top of that, Neal is also planning on a 250 home community further east on Jacaranda at Border Rd called The Woods of Venice.

Neal Communities Villages of Milano
Neal Communities' Villages of Milano under construction at Jacaranda and Laurel Road

With more than 1700 homes that will be under development in these new communities, plus the ongoing construction at Grand Palm, Islandwalk, Sarasota National, and Gran Paradiso, you'll need a new homes specialist to help you find the right property.

Please read more on my website and contact me with any new homes questions.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Islandwalk | New Home Sites Available | Venice FL

Islandwalk today announced some home sites that have been opened for new construction.

Islandwalk Summerwood model home kitchen
Summerwood model home kitchen at Islandwalk

These homesites will be on the water near the amenities center and will be for the Garden Series homes, which are 2 bedroom/2 bath single family homes starting at 1,289 square feet with a base price (without lot premiums) starting at $207,900.

You can view the floor plans and elevations for these models, as well as a newly added Islandwalk community map, in my new home gallery by clicking this link.

To view all brand new existing construction and newer resale homes in the Venice area, please click here.

Remember when selecting a new home in Venice, you should have your own new homes specialist working for you.  Click here to learn more.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Caribbean Village | DR Horton | Venice FL

The model home at Caribbean Village is now open!

New homes at Caribbean Village in Venice FL

Caribbean Village in Venice FL

DR Horton has also provided me with two floor plans and pricing below:

Pembroke floor plan Caribbean Village Venice FL

Edison floor plan Caribbean village Venice FL

If you would like more information on other Caribbean Village floor plans or area amenities, please contact me.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gran Paradiso | New Homes by Sam Rodgers | Venice FL

Most people looking at new homes in Venice are familiar with Gran Paradiso and Lennar, but many may not know there is a second builder, Sam Rodgers Homes.  They are also building custom luxury homes in Gran Paradiso under their Arthur Rutenberg division.

Sam Rodgers Gran Paradiso Riviera model kitchen
Kitchen in the Riviera model at Sam Rodgers Homes in Gran Paradiso

Sam Rodgers Bellisimo model home at Gran Paradiso Venice FL
Bellisimo model home in Gran Paradiso

Sam Rodgers homes are a step up from Lennar's offerings in size, price, and features.  They are more of a custom builder and can make just about any change to any home feature.  Some of the basics include 10' ceilings, tile roofs, 18" tile flooring, hard surface countertops, stainless steel appliances, and three car garages in every home they build..

As of this writing, prices for their entry level Bellisimo model with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2296 sq ft start at $389,700 plus lot.

If you would like me to email you a brochure with prices, floor plans, and elevations, please contact me.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Caribbean Village | DR Horton Now Available | Venice FL

DR Horton is starting another new home community in Venice called Caribbean Village.  No models are currently available, but they have already begun selling.

New homes at Caribbean Village

DR Horton Caribbean Village Venice FL
The Hamilton front elevation: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1554 sq ft. starting at $249,990

Caribbean Village is located at the intersection of River Road and Venice Avenue and will be comprised of 187 single family homes.  The community will be low density, so homes will not be stacked tightly, such as parts of Stoneybrook or Islandwalk.

DR Horton will be offering 5 floor plans  from 1,554 to 2,587 square feet under air, with prices starting right at $250,000.  Homes will be maintenance free with a clubhouse and fitness center, resort style pool, and bocce ball courts.  There is no CDD fee at Caribbean Village, and HOA costs are expected to be around $200 per month.

Please contact me if you are interested in receiving available floor plans and being among the first to reserve your new home at Caribbean Village.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Having an Agent When Buying a New Home

This past weekend I toured Island Walk and Gran Paradiso with some new home buyers.  It illustrated how as a buyer, you should have a Realtor working with you when searching for a new home.

Summerwood Model Island Walk Venice FL
The off-white cabinets and tone on tone backsplash and counter tops in the Summerwood model

Zero corner door Summerwood Island Walk Venice FL
The zero corner door option available on the Summerwood model in Island Walk

There are so many models now available from the new home builders in the Venice, FL area, a home buyer will appreciate how an agent working for them can direct them to the builders and communities that fit their needs.

Venice FL new homes for sale

My customers this weekend wanted specific home features, combined with a lot that had a south or west exposure for the pool.  Because I knew the new home communities, we were able to find the particular model and lot my customers were looking for.

Please contact me to tour new home communities with you, and search for finished new construction homes for sale on my website.





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bay Street | DR Horton | Osprey FL

Yesterday I toured a new condo community in Osprey by DR Horton called Bay Street.

Bay Street is behind the once-abandoned Mediterranean-themed shopping area in Osprey, just north of the new Walmart.

Not many new condos are being built in our area.  Most builders are focusing on townhomes, semi-detached villas, or single family homes.

Bay Street amenities map
The amenity center at Bay Street is nearing completion as of this writing

Bay St condos by DR Horton
Bay Street condos have beautiful lake views

Bay Street DR Horton model home
Bay Street condos have open plans and offer upgrades such as tile floors and upgraded appliances

You can't beat this location. Developers back before the real estate bust bet big on this area, and now with the improving economy and increased buyer demand, DR Horton is offering a unique and affordable product.

Prices range from $200,000 to just over $250,000, with 2/2 and 2/2/den floorplans with 1244 sq. ft. to 1575 sq. ft.  A number of move-in ready units are available now.

Please contact me for a tour or for more information.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Homes | Woodwind by Neal Communities | Venice FL

I just toured two brand new model homes at Windwood by Neal Communities.

New homes at Windwood in Venice FL by Neal Communities
Windwood is a new home community by Neal in Venice, FL
If you like the idea of a brand new home with zero CDD fees and low monthly homeowner association fees (only $1,177 annually), then Windwood might fit the bill.  The drawback is that Windwood will have no community pool or clubhouse, and yard maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner.

There are 5 floor plans offered in Windwood, with the starting price for the 1772 square foot Expression model at $259,900.  The most expensive model, the 2-story Ovation model, provides 2577 square feet and starts at $304,900.  These prices include base home site, and lot premiums apply for lake and preserve views.

See the Ovation model at Windwood in Venice FL
Neal's Ovation model home at Windwood

See the Ovation model home kitchen in Venice FL
Kitchen inside the Ovation model home at Windwood
I have been a fan of other Neal Communities new home developments, but I feel like Windwood misses the mark.  The Expression model has a lot of wasted space with an outdated formal living room that is not open to the rest of the house.

I am also not a huge fan of 2-story homes in our area, especially at resale.  The styling in their model homes could also be toned down: none of it seemed practical.  Major design trends are incorporating tone on tone and muted colors, and nowhere did I see muted colors in Neal's model homes at Windwood.

If you're interested in a new home, you can see the currently available, move-in ready homes listed all in one place on my website www.davidbarrhomes.com