New Construction 2 Story Homes | Venice FL | David Barr, Realtor

As your Venice and Sarasota FL area new constuction specialist, it's my job to help you pick the right home and community for your needs out of the over 40 currently available.

I'm seeing more and more 2 story homes being built.  With this trend comes some issues you should be aware of.

As you can see in the photo above, some new home builders are using wood frame on the 2nd floor.  Some builders are building what they term "block on block", or concrete block on the 2nd floor, instead.
As a new home buyer, you have a choice to make.  All concrete block is a bit more expensive than block and frame.  You may have a cost advantage in homeowner's insurance if the home is all concrete block.  The survivability of an all concrete block home in the event of a hurricane is also greater.
Did you see the home in Mexico Beach, FL that was left standing after Hurricane Micheal in October 2018?  

This home was all concrete. The home owner went above and beyond building codes…

The West Villages CDD Fees and HOA Fees | Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

Did you know that working with your own Realtor costs you nothing if you're buying a new construction home?

One of the advantages of working with your own Realtor when buying a new home in The West Villages is that I can compile information on all the new home communities, and put that information on my real estate website at

You don't have to click on all the different builder websites for the different communities, uncertain that you found them all.

That's why I collected all the information about The West Villages CDD and HOA fees, and put it all on one page on my website:

Interested in other master planned communities nearby?  I also serve Lakewood Ranch, and the 100% solar-powered Babcock Ranch in south Charlotte County, a little over an hour south of The West Villages.

Another Update for The West Villages | Venice FL

I have some more images for you from The West Villages that I took on September 30, 2018.

Back in July I posted about the community pool at Renaissance.  Here's an update  The pool is complete and they were putting the finishing touches on the clubhouse.

Construction at the Atlanta Braves spring training facility is also moving along.  

As your Venice FL and The West Villages new home sales specialist, please contact me when you're ready to buy.  New homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

The West Villages New Construction Update Sept 2018 | Venice FL

This week, I visited Renaissance, The Preserve at The West Villages, and Oasis at The West Villages in Venice, FL.

I periodically visit every major new home community in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch to stay on top of the latest news and developments.  I'm always amazed at how quickly things change.

The pool and clubhouse in The Preserve is completed, and most of the first phase of villas is under construction, with no vacant lots. While The Preserve doesn't have a huge "wow" factor such as big water views or a massive club house, many buyers will like the price points and the fact that only 224 residences will be built here.

Construction at Oasis is coming along quickly.  The model homes have been open for a couple of months now, but since my last visit in July, a lot more homes are being built, and the monument sign by Tamiami Trail is up.  Oasis will have 134 executive homes with 3 car garages and large outdoor living spaces.  Prices start in the mid $400&…

Milano September 2018 New Construction Update | Venice FL

I got more video tours updated over the weekend, and this one is for Milano in Venice FL.

There's been a lot of construction progress in the southern phases of Milano, along Border Road.  If you've been down that way, you can't miss the large area across Jacaranda that has been cleared.  Neal Communities, builders of Milano, own that land.  I expect they will be announcing a new phase for Milano on that land parcel in the coming months.

Milano has sold well thanks to it's combination of low HOA fees and no CDD fees.

For more on Milano, including current MLS listings, visit my website

The Sanctuary New Homes for Sale | Venice FL

The Sanctuary is Venice FL's newest new home community.  It's so new, it's not even on the builder's website yet.  As your new home sales specialist, I'm staying on top of the latest happenings and new home neighborhoods.

The Sanctuary is located at the intersection of Center Road and River Road.  Comprised of just 39 homes (as of this date), The Sanctuary, built by Lennar, will have similar floor plans to it's sister community of Gran Paradiso.  Prices will start in the mid $200's.

For more information about The Sanctuary, visit my website

Updated Toscana Isles Video Tour Sept 2018 | Venice FL

As your Venice FL area new home sales specialist, I stay on top of the latest news and developments to help you with your new home purchase.  Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor

I regularly update the video tours of these neighborhoods so you can see the construction progress.  Over the weekend I was in Toscana Isles.

Toscana Isles has one of the best new construction deals around, with condominiums starting in the mid $200,000's and single family homes starting in the low $300,000's.  For a low HOA fee, residents here enjoy a resort-level community pool set on a gorgeous lakefront peninsula, a dog park, tennis, and manned guard gate.
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