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.

Best New Home Values | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

As your new home specialist that has worked with many buyers over the years, there are three major criteria that go into the decision process:  price, amenities, and location.

There are over 55 major new home communities under construction and selling right now in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Venice/The West Villages.  Here I'll break down the best new single home values based on these criteria, plus a couple of others that should also be considered.

Legend:  Amenities scale 1= no club house or pool   2= basic pool and restrooms   3= small club house and pool, with dog park or playground  4= resort style pool and club with activities director

Legend: Location value scale 1= close to I-75 or major roads   2= close to a downtown or Main St. area   3= close to local beach under 30 mim   4= highly rated school district

Community               Preserve           Venice Woodlands           Palisades           Bay Landing

S. F. Base Price         $260s                 $280's       …

Promenade at Palmer Ranch | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

As your Sarasota new home specialist, I bring you video tours of new construction homes and condos.

I just posted a tour of Promenade Palmer Ranch, a new community of town homes located at the intersection of Sawyer Loop and McIntosh Road.

Promenade town homes are an excellent value with prices generally well under $300,000, and are built with all concrete block, even on the 2nd floor.  These town homes have open living and kitchen concept floor plans, generously sized bedrooms, and attached 1 car garages.

Compare Promenade to other new condos and villas in the Palmer Ranch area, such as Hammock Preserve and Esplanade Palmer Ranch.  The villas in Hammock Preserve are priced up to $100,000 higher, while the "garden condos" in Esplanade Palmer Ranch are priced similarly to Promenade, but with no attached garages.  The units here are either first or 2nd floor, with no elevators.

For a current list of new and resale town homes in Promenade, visit my website:…

Garden Condos | Esplanade on Palmer Ranch Sarasota | David Barr Realtor

New garden condos are available in Esplanade on Palmer Ranch.

In case you're not familiar, Esplanade is located on Honore, south of the established neighborhood The Isles on Palmer Ranch.  This is an active lifestyle neighborhood, with a resort level club house and pool, with Bahama Bar, tennis, pickleball, hiking and biking trails that connect to The Legacy Trail, and a full time activities director.

The garden condos are the same floor plans you'll find in it's sister community, Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch.  Prices start in the mid to upper $200,000's.  The first set of condo buildings is immediately adjacen to the club house.

As your Sarasota new home specialist, I'm keeping up on all the construction progress in the area, so you don't have to hunt for builder's websites (who don't provide these types of videos).  Remember, new homes prices are the same as the builder's advertised price when you're working with your own Realtor.