More on Beachwalk | Englewood FL |

Here's what I found today with my drone near the site of #Beachwalk in #Englewood FL: not much progress. I don't see any equipment or earth being moved. 

I've outlined what I believe to be the boundaries of the property based on tax records. You can also see how close this will be to the Gulf of Mexico. #realestate#venicefl#realtor#newhomespecialist

Beachwalk is getting a lot of attention from potential buyers, but if your time frame to purchase a new Venice or Englewood area home is less than a year, Beachwalk may not be the best choice right now.  Subscribe to this blog, or follow my Facebook business page for updates:

Beachwalk New Homes Update | Englewood FL | David Barr Realtor

I have a Beachwalk update for you.

The builder (Divosta) is estimating Beachwalk will be open for pre-sales in fall of 2020.  This means you can reserve your home site with a refundable deposit.

In case you haven't heard about Beachwalk, it's the sister community to Divosta's highly popular Islandwalk in Venice.  I believe Beachwalk will be as popular, if not more, mostly due to it's location value.  It's only 2.5 miles from Manasota Key beach via the northern bridge on Manasota Beach Road.

Beachwalk will not have the extensive lake views of Islandwalk, but a restaurant and bar and grill are planned here.  I expect an amenities center that will closely match the clubhouse and pool in Islandwalk.

Model homes for Beachwalk won't be completed by the time they open for pre-sales.  Pulte, which owns Divosta and Del Webb, just opened a brand new model park in Del Webb Lakewood Ranch.  You can view my photo gallery of these new floor plans at…

New Home Community Amenities | Venice FL and The West Villages | David Barr Realtor

Many of you have been asking me about the level of amenities among new homes in The West Villages, Venice, and Sarasota, and how they compare. 
I'll be collecting activity calendars for these communities in the coming weeks, and I'll post them on For example, this calendar can be found on my page for Toscana Isles:

The builder's new home sales associates most likely can't help you compare the level of amenities for competing communities.  Having examples like these all in one place will help you narrow your options.
Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's advertised prices when you're working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for a tour and for more information.

Toscana Isles New Phase | Venice FL |

Toscana Isles has a new phase under development, which will include single family homes and a new product: stand alone villas. 
I'm told the villas will be priced just under their smaller single family floor plans, which will put them at a base price in the high $200,000's.

I think the villas will sell very well, with a price point that will appeal to many new home buyers. I'll have more on this in later updates. Take a tour of this new phase, and visit for videos, photo galleries, current quick move in homes, and HOA information

New Villa or Single Family Home Comparison | Venice FL |

You could buy this paired villa for $347,999, or you could buy this single family home with similar amenities in a nearby gated community in the $330,000's, including home site premium and common designer upgrades. 

Even better, the single family home will save you up to $100 per month in energy costs. 

This is why you need a local new home specialist, instead of asking for information from a national website. Where are these single family homes? Contact me for more information.

Skye Ranch New Homes | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

Skye Ranch is a new master planned community coming to Sarasota.

Located east of I-75 off SR 72, at the intersection with Lorraine Road (former Bee Ridge Rd extension), Skye Ranch will have multiple neighborhoods.  Each will have it's own amenities center.  In total, 6000 homes are planned.

There is a tremendous amount of pasture land south of SR 72 and east of I-75. To put the size of 2,000 acre Skye Ranch in perspective, The West Villages has 10,000 acres and Lakewood Ranch has 31,000 acres.

Skye Ranch will have a full range of housing: condos similar to the Garden Condos in Esplanade Palmer Ranch and Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch, paired villas, entry level single family homes, and large executive homes on 90' wide lots.

One of the frustrations new home buyers have with Sarasota new homes is their proximity to I-75 and traffic noise.  Skye Ranch is located far enough east of the interstate to eliminate the noise factor.  Expect winding roads with gorgeous landscaping and lot…

Cielo New Homes | Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

Another new home community called Cielo is getting ready to open in early 2020.

Cielo is located on Jacaranda Blvd, just west of sister community Milano.  There will be a total of 71 new homes, with single family homes and optional 2 story floor plans.

Cielo will have low HOA fees and no CDD fees, with no community club house or pool to maintain.  There will be a playground, dog park and open grassy areas.

Cielo is really geared toward families and multi-generational home buyers, who don't want to pay for a lot of extra amenities they may not use.  It will be very much like Windwood, by the same builder.
Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's advertised prices when you're working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for more information about Cielo or any other Venice FL area new home community.