Monday, December 26, 2016

Toscana Isles Clubhouse and Pool Update

A little over a year after officially opening for sales, the clubhouse and pool at Toscana Isles are nearly complete

Take a look at this exclusive video you won't find anywhere else:



For more Toscana Isles real estate information visit davidbarrhomes.com/toscana-isles-venice-fl.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cottages of Curry Creek in Nokomis FL

Cottages of Curry Creek is a new home neighborhood of just 12 canal front homes in Nokomis.  Homes will be coastal themed, with large outdoor living spaces including fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and video entertainment.

Take a look at Cottages of Curry Creek from the air, including the surrounding waterways.


For more Cottages of Curry Creek information, visit davidbarrhomes.com/cottages-of-curry-creek-nokomis-fl.

Milano Venice FL New Phases Gearing Up

New home sites will be opening soon in Milano in Venice FL.

Take a look at these new sections of Milano by air.  Homes here will either paired villas or single family homes.  All with have either lake or preserve views.



For more information on Milano, please visit davidbarrhomes.com/milano-venice-fl and contact me for a tour.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Keyway Place New Homes Englewood FL

Keyway Place is an new home development of 90 single family homes just south of Manasota Beach Road on Hwy 776 in Englewood.  These homes represent a good value versus comparable Rapalo, Windwood, and Milano.

Take a look at the Keyway Place site by air:



For Keyway Place new home information, visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/keyway-place-englewood-fl.

Bay Street Condos in Osprey FL

Our new construction boom isn't bringing us many condos, but Bay Street in Osprey, just south of Sarasota and Palmer Ranch, is one very nice exception.

I recently took my drone to get an update on how construction at Bay Street is progressing.



Bay Street condos start in the low $200's, with open floor plans and contemporary finishes.  Learn more about Bay Street condos for sale at www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/bay-street-condos-osprey.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Calusa Park in Nokomis FL

Calusa Park is a newer home subdivison of 80 single family homes in Nokomis just off Laurel Road.  The last new home has been built and new home sales have practically been closed out.

There are a few resales already popping up here.  Take a look at the neighborhood from a bird's eye view, including the community pool.


Calusa Park homes start in the lower to mid $300's.  For more Calusa Park information including floor plans and current homes for sale, visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/calusa-park-nokomis-fl.

Bay Street in Osprey FL

In our area's new home building boom, there aren't a lot of condos in the pipeline.  Bay Street in Osprey, just south of Sarasota and Palmer Ranch, is a pleasant exception.

Bay Street Osprey FL condos


Bay Street has an excellent location close to either Siesta Key or Nokomis Beach, near most of Sarasota's major retail and entertainment.  Prices here start in the low $200's, with very nice community pool and gated entry after dark.  You will like the open floor plans and contemporary finishes available in Bay Street.

Visit my YouTube Channel for Bay Street video and for more Sarasota new home video that you won't find anywhere else.  For more information on Bay Street, including condos for sale and floor plans, visit www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/bay-street-condos-osprey-fl.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Caribbean Village Update Venice FL

If you haven't seen #CaribbeanVillage new homes in #VeniceFL lately, they've made a lot of progress. 

The clubhouse and pool are now completed, and the builder has several inventory homes with move in from 2 to 4 months starting in the low $300's.


Caribbean Village pool and clubhouse Venice FL

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Toscana Isles in Venice FL

One of the attractions of Toscana Isles for new home buyers is it's amazing lake views.

Take a video fly over of Toscana Isles and the clubhouse and pool under construction.



As your Venice new home specialist, I am committed to providing you quality and unique information you won't find from the builders or my competitors.  For more Toscana Isles information visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/toscana-isles-venice-fl and contact me for a tour.

Gran Paradiso in Venice FL

Take a look at the Gran Paradiso clubhouse, pool, tennis, and new homes in this exclusive video:



For more Gran Paradiso information such as prices, MLS listings, and floor plans, visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/gran-paradiso-venice-fl and contact me for a tour.

Grand Palm in Venice FL

As your Venice new home specialist, I'm committed to bringing you information to help you in your new home purchase.

Grand Palm has a lot of amenities, and is unique among new home communities due to the large amounts of green space between homes.

Take a look at Grand Palm with this exclusive aerial video:


For more Grand Palm information visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/grand-palm-venice-fl and contact me for a tour.

Islandwalk Venice FL New Video

Islandwalk is arguably one of the Venice FL area's most impressive new home developments.  It is well known for high quality construction, pleasing walking paths, and water views from almost every home.

Take a unique look at Islandwalk from the air in this exclusive video.



As your Venice FL new home specialist, I am committed to keeping you up to date and providing the information you need to make an informed new home purchase.  Please visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/island-walk-venice-fl-homes-for-sale for new and resale MLS listings.

Sarasota National in Venice FL

Sarasota National is one of the Venice FL area's largest new home communities, with an eventual 1500 single family homes, villas, and townhomes to be built.

Take a look at the recently opened clubhouse and pool, as well as the course and new homes in this exclusive aerial video.



For more Sarasota National information, such as homes for sale and floor plans, please visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/sarasota-national-homes-for-sale and contact me for a tour.

Bellacina by Casey Key

Bellacina by Casey Key is a new single family home neighborhood in Nokomis just east of Tamiami Trail.  Take a look at the community from the air in this exclusive footage:



For more Bellacina by Casey Key information, such as prices and floor plans, please visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/bellacina-by-casey-key

Cobblestone Palmer Ranch Sarasota

Cobblestone is a new home community in Palmer Ranch with prices starting in the mid $300's.

Check out this video of the neighborhood and clubhouse with pool and tennis.



For Cobblestone homes for sale, floor plans, and more information, visit www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/cobblestone-palmer-ranch

Sandhill Preserve in Sarasota

Sandhill Preserve is an upscale new home community in Palmer Ranch in Sarasota.

Take a look at aerial video of the clubhouse and pool and homes:



For Sandhill Preserve floor plans, prices, and current homes for sale please visit www.sarasotahomesforsale.us/sandhill-preserve-on-palmer-ranch

Watercrest Floor Plans and Prices

Floor plans and prices for one of #VeniceFL's most anticipated new home communities, Watercrest, are now available. As your new home specialist, I'm giving you one of the first opportunities to take a look:www.davidbarrhomes.com/watercrest-venice-fl

Watercrest Venice FL Bimini floor plan


Please contact me for tours of model homes and all Watercrest information.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Venice FL New Home Aerial Video

I have added a drone to my tech tool bag to bring you the most cutting edge real estate available in the Venice FL area.

To date, I have HD aerial video of Toscana Isles, Milano, and the coming soon Watercrest.  Here's a sample:


Click this link to view the video in full screen HD.

Please contact me for all your Venice FL new home needs.  The builder has an agent, and you need one too!

Venice FL New Homes Gallery Update

I just updated my New Homes Gallery to be simpler to navigate and help you narrow down your selections based on type of home, number of bedrooms, and starting price.


If you're looking for a Venice FL new home, I have 19 condos and communities profiled for you all in one place, including floor plans, descriptions, nearby similar homes, and more.  Visit www.davidbarrhomes.com/venice-fl-new-home-gallery to begin your search today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Watercrest, Venice FL's newest new home community

Watercrest in Venice FL is so new, it's not even on the builder' website.

If you've noticed the construction and concrete privacy wall going up on the northeast corner of the Jacaranda traffic circle, you've seen the future location of Watercrest.


As your Venice FL new home specialist, it's my job to keep you up to date on the latest news.  Watercrest is planned to have 190 single family homes, with prices estimated to start in the mid $300's.  Construction is already starting on the model home and sales office.



Floor plans and prices have not yet been released.  I'll publish them for you on my website as more information becomes available.  Bookmark my website page for Watercrest, or sign up for updates.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Toscana Isles September 2016 Incentives

Here's the latest from Toscana Isles for move in ready homes and incentives. These are loaded with upgrades.  Contact me for a tour or visit my website for more.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bellacina by Casey Key | Quick Move in New Homes Available | Nokomis FL

Bellacina by Casey Key is now offering inventory homes for sale for the first time.  Prices start at $329,000 and include some builder upgrades and lot premium.

Bellacina by Casey Key Nokomis FL new homes for sale

Bellacina by Casey Key Nokomis FL


You can view these Bellacina by Casey Key inventory homes, as well as floor plans and elevations, on my website.  Be sure to bookmark the page or contact me for updates or a tour.

New Homes Mid $200's | Which Would You Rather Have? | Venice FL

You have a lot of choices when it comes to new homes in Venice FL.  Here's an example.

Check out this quick move-in home in Rapalo under construction:

Rapalo new home Venice FL
  • List price: $249,760
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • 1,672 square feet
  • Community pool
  • HOA fees $176 per month


Take a look at this quick move-in home for sale in Islandwalk:

Islandwalk quick move in home Venice FL
  • List price: $249,814
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths plus flex den/3rd bedrom
  • 1,433 square feet
  • Resort level amenities such as lagoon pool, tennis, bocci ball, and on-site activities director
  • HOA fees $291 per month


Islandwalk is a more upscale gated community with a higher level of construction materials than Rapalo, such as tiled roofs and reinforced concrete exterior walls. On top of that, this home in Islandwalk is priced with lot premium and some builder upgrades.  In Rapalo, you will have to pay extra for a preserve or a lake view.

When you're looking for a Venice FL new home, more than ever you need your own agent to help you evaluate a home beyond the list price.  Contact me for a tour today.




Monday, June 27, 2016

Islandwalk Again Offering Paired Villas | New Homes | Venice FL

New construction paired villas are returning to the menu of home choices at popular Islandwalk in Venice.

Two new Garden Series villas are available:  the Seagrove and the Cascadia.  Each offers 2 bedrooms plus flex room, 2 baths, and 1448 to 1602 square feet of living space.  Islandwalk has five "quick move" villas set for December 2016 occupancy.

Islandwalk Venice FL new homes for sale

Islandwalk Venice FL community map
The move-in ready villas are on Alafaya Street, located on the lower left corner of the map.

Prices start in the $190's and fully optioned should price in the mid $230's.  You can view all Islandwalk resale homes and builder spec homes for sale on my website.  Please contact me for a tour.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Caribbean Village Update | New Homes for Sale | Venice FL

Yesterday I visited Caribbean Village, a new single family home community in Venice.  As with the other new home developments in the Venice area, there is quite a bit of activity.

One of the best features about Caribbean Village will be the community pool and clubhouse.  The new facility will be set on a peninsula surrounded by a large lake, with several spectacular fountains.

Caribbean Village clubhouse under construction June 2016
Front view of the Caribbean Village club house
Caribbean Village pool and clubhouse under construction
Site of eventual Caribbean Village community pool

Caribbean Village's club house will eventually house a state of the art fitness center and meeting room.

Right now there are several spec homes for sale in Caribbean Village that are quick move in or near completion.  To view these listings, or to see floor plans, please visit my website.

If you would like to schedule a tour of Caribbean Village and other new home communities in Venice, please contact me.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Toscana Isles | Venice FL New Homes | Construction Update June 2016

Most home buyers don't deal with new construction every day. Those of us that do are still amazed at how quickly a new home community can take shape.

A good example of this is Toscana Isles in Venice.  Since I first started photographing and writing about Toscana Isles, it has consistently received the most interest from potential buyers, both here on this blog, and on my website.

Take a look at the latest pictures.  Neighborhood streets are blossoming.

Toscana Isles June 2016

Toscana Isles new homes on Maraviya Blvd June 2016

The Toscana Isles clubhouse has progressed as well in just a few weeks since my last update.

Toscana Isles clubhouse June 2016

Toscana Isles clubhouse April 2016

Toscana Isles has several spec homes available for sale now, which you can view on my website.  Please contact me if you'd like a tour or more information.

Rapalo | More Construction Progress | New Homes in Venice FL

Rapalo, the newest new home community in Venice, is taking shape very quickly.

The sales center is now open in their first model home.  I am impressed by the open flow of the living and dining area, and the generously-sized eat in area in the kitchen.  It feels like a lot of house for the money.

Rapalo model home living room

Rapalo model home kitchen

Rapalo sales center

Rapalo homes are budget friendly, and you get some nice upgrades at no extra charge, such as granite in the kitchen and paver driveways.

The first phase of Rapalo will sell even more quickly now that the model home is completed.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the best lots in this section sold by the end of the year.

Rapalo construction progres June 2016

Rapalo will have a nice community pool and low HOA fees of $175 per month, with prices starting in the $230's.  Please contact me for a tour or for more information.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Construction Progress in Rapalo Venice FL

I've been getting a lot of interest from home buyers about Rapalo, a new single family home community in Venice.

The sales center and model home are progressing nicely.

Rapalo sales center under construction
Rapalo sales center in late March 2016

Progress of sales center at Rapalo in Venice FL
Rapalo sales center and model home in late May 2016

Another view of Rapalo sales center and model home under construction
Rapalo sales center and model home in Venice

Rapalo will have 109 single family homes with resort style community pool.  Prices start in the low $200's, which is lower than current sales prices in neighboring Ventura Village and Pennington Place.

For Rapalo floor plans, community map, and prices, please visit my website.  Until the model home is open, I can show you existing completed homes by the same builder in other neighborhoods near Venice.  Please contact me with any questions 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Toscana Isles | New Homes in Venice FL | Special Pricing

There are some great deals on move in ready and near move in homes in Toscana Isles in Venice.

Toscana Isles is a new home community with large natural lakes, located off Laurel Road just east of I-75.

Toscana Isles May 2016 New Home Incentives

Here are some examples of the incentives being offered now:

Pembroke model- 1804 square feet, 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 2 car garage with pool/spa and privacy fence.  Was $388,530 now $344,800.  Month of May move-in!

Toscana Isles Pembroke model home
Pembroke model home elevation in Toscana Iseles

Edison model- 1983 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage plus den.  Pool/spa with privacy fence.  Was $395,120 now $361,565. Month of May move-in!

Toscana Isles Edison model home
Edison model home elevation in Toscana Isles

More move in and near ready home incentives are available.  Contact me for a tour or for more information.  Visit my website, with information about Toscana Isles.  Click here.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Home Incentives | Sarasota FL

Spring brings out new home incentives in several Sarasota and Venice locations.

Luna Bay and Fairways at Bent Tree are offering discounts on lot premiums and designer upgrades.

Luna Bay new homes in Sarasota
New homes in Luna Bay in Sarasota
Fairways at Bent Creek
Fairways at Bent Tree in Sarasota

Islandwalk in #VeniceFL is offering similar discounts.  In fact, some of their new soon to be completed detached villas are less expensive than similar resale properties for sale.

Islandwalk model home Venice FL
Gorgeous Islandwalk model home kitchen with open concept

Please contact me as your Sarasota and Venice new home specialist for all the latest details on new home incentives.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Homes in Vilano | Sarasota

Vilano is an exciting new home community in Sarasota, just east of I-75.

Vilano offers the unexpected: one acre home sites.  Buyers who value privacy will appreciate preserve or lake views, with large luxury homes starting in the $500,000's.

Vilano new homes in Sarasota
Vilano in Sarasota

Vilano's HOA fees are kept relatively low ($240 monthly) for homes in this price range by paring down the extras: Vilano has no community pool or clubhouse.

Homes in Milano have 20 feet ceilings, iron staircases, side load garages, and standard paver driveways.  Residents enjoy huge bonus rooms which are perfect for home theaters or game rooms.

Vilano home for sale in Sarasota
Three car side load garage and paver driveway

Please visit my website to learn more about Vilano, view floor plans, search available resale and inventory homes for sale, and contact me for a tour.


New All Solar Town Coming to SW Florida

Plans were announced this week to build a new town in Southwest Florida powered completely by solar energy.

Babcock Ranch is east of I-75 between Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers, and is similar to Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County in size.  Babcock Ranch is expected to consist of 20,000 homes priced from $250,000-$900,000.  Following Lakewood Ranch's lead, Babcock Ranch will have a higher density downtown core of commercial buildings surrounded by residential development.  With this number of homes, Babcock Ranch will be larger than the current population within the city limits of Venice.

Babcock Ranch planned new town
Proposed Babcock Ranch master plan

Energy supplied to Babcock Ranch will come from a 75 megawatt solar plant nearby operated by FPL.  Residents shouldn't expect to be "off the grid" in Babcock Ranch, since power will be supplied through FPL's main power grid during peak energy use and night time.  Electric rates will be the same as the rest of FPL's residential customers.

Will it be successful? Lakewood Ranch has been, despite my opinions about it's continued growth and sprawl and traffic.  I suspect there will be enough buyers attracted to the clean energy aspect of Babcock Ranch that commercial and residential real estate will sell well.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Great Deals in Islandwalk in Venice FL

I toured Islandwalk with customers on Friday and was impressed with some incentives on under-construction homes.

These homes are Taft St. models, with water view, priced in the mid $250's including home site.  Comparable resales in Islandwalk, and comparable new homes in Villages of Milano, are $25,000-$40,000 more.

Taft Street floor plan in Islandwalk Venice FL

Islandwalk Venice FL

Taft Street model home at Islandwalk in Venice FL

Visit my page for Islandwalk and view these pre-construction homes for sale, as well as all currently available resales.  Please contact me for a tour.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sarasota and Venice New Construction: These Facts May Surprise You

As your Sarasota and Venice new homes specialist, I work with a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the process of purchasing a new home.  Here are some answers to common questions, and some things to look out for.

Sarasota and Venice new homes all in one place
Your Sarasota and Venice new home search made easy.

Home site selection: The advertised price usually does not include what is known as a "lot premium". Some of the builders in our local market do list spec homes in the MLS with an all-inclusive price.  A lot premium is usually applied for a preserve view or a lake view.  Those can run between $10,000 and $60,000, in addition to the price of the actual home.

Negotiability:  In real estate everything is negotiable, but less so in new construction.  In our local market, the builders know they will sell out because of a shortage of resale homes.  From time to time, I post updates about builder incentives which include discounts on lot premiums and designer upgrades.  I will help you try to negotiate any and all terms with the builder whenever possible.

Using your own agent:  As your new home specialist, I represent your interests.  The builder sales associate is working for the builder.  There is no difference in price to you when you have your own Realtor represent you.  Even if you have spoken to someone in a new home sales center, you can still have your own agent.  In fact, a case could be made that the builder reps prefer working with buyers who have their own agent.  

Rapalo new construction Venice FL
Keeping up with new construction: The first new home in Rapalo in Venice FL.

Sale of current home:  Many buyers have to sell their current home to buy a new home.  The builders will usually not write a contract with a sale of home contingency.  Once your current home has all contingencies removed, you should be ready to go with your selection of new home here in Sarasota or Venice.  

Price increases:  Time is of the essence.  Builders increase prices over time as demand increases.  One builder in our area increases prices after a certain number of homes are sold.  Don't be surprised if a price quoted to you three months ago is no longer valid when you are ready to move forward.

If you're in the market for a new home, let me be your guide and representative.  Visit www.davidbarrhomes.com or sarasotahomesforsale.us and click on "New Homes" in the main menu.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rapalo Is Open in South Venice

The new home community of Rapalo in South Venice is now open, with the first new home under construction.

Rapalo new homes in South Venice
The first new home in Rapalo is under construction.

Rapalo is located in South Venice, on Hwy 776 just south of the intersection with Jacaranda.

The community will consist of 109 new homes, all with 3 bedrooms and 2 car garage floor plans. Prices will start in the low $200's.

There are currently 3 builder spec homes listed for sale in the MLS.  You can view these homes, and get links to Rapalo floor plans and elevations, on my website.

Please bookmark my website or contact me for the latest updates in Rapalo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Update: Bellacina by Casey Key

As your Sarasota and Venice new home specialist, I'm keeping track of all the latest news from Bellacina by Casey Key.

The sales center and three model homes are complete.  There will be a Realtor Open in early April, with sales starting after that.  There is also a limited number of lots that have been released and ready for build.

A total of just over 300 single family homes and villas are planned for Bellacina.  Visit and bookmark my website for links to prices, floor plans, and the community site map, as well as pictures of model homes:  http://www.davidbarrhomes.com/#!bellacina-by-casey-key/htyza

Bellacina by Casey Key sales center
Bellacina by Casey Key sales center is now open

Lazio model home at Bellacina by Casey Key
Lazio model home at Bellacina by Casey Key

Villa model home at Bellacina by Casey Key
Villa model home at Bellacina by Casey Key



Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Homes | 3 Car Garage | Venice FL

It seems like yesterday I was announcing the opening of new home sales in Caribbean Village in Venice.



They are now opening Phase 2 with 3 car garage homes.  Four Caribbean Village models offer 3 car garage elevations starting at $299,900.

Caribbean Village has no CDD fees and low monthly HOA fees.  Residents will enjoy a gorgeous community pool and clubhouse set on a peninsula with dramatic lake views, just minutes to local beaches and downtown Venice.

Contact me for a site plan and lot prices today.  The best lots go fast.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bellacina by Casey Key | New Homes for Sale | Nokomis FL

Bellacina by Casey Key is coming soon to Nokomis FL. Bellacina will be located on 168 acres just west of the intersection of Hwy 681 and Tamiami Trail.


Bellacina will have 300 single family, maintenance free homes. Front elevations and floor plans should be similar if not identical to it's sister community, Esplanade by Siesta Key in Sarasota.


Future residents will enjoy resort style amenities such as a heated lagoon pool, clubhouse, fitness center, and public outdoor kitchen.


Please visit my Venice FL website page for Bellacina, where you can learn more about the community and sign up for updates once floor plans and pricing is released.  Expect starting prices in the mid $300,000's.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Toscana Isles | Builder Spec Homes Now Available | Venice FL

Three builder spec homes in Toscana Isles in Venice FL have been released and are now available for sale.

Update 2/7/2016: More move in ready homes have been released for sale:



You can view these listings here on my website:  http://goo.gl/LKqkhx



These homes should be completed in mid February.  Interest in Toscana Isles is very high, so please contact me for the latest updates.