David Barr's blog about new homes for sale in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. I specialize in helping home buyers locate and purchase new construction homes from the 40 new construction neighborhoods I serve in two of the top 5 master planned communities in the country.
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Venice FL New Home Things to Consider
Buying a Venice FL new home is a popular option in our real estate market. There's a lot that can go into the decision process you may not have considered.
I've been working with new home buyers this week to define their preferences.
One issue is exposure. Do you want your lanai and pool area to face east or west? East means morning sun, west means afternoon setting sun. Will the lanai protect from the sun shining directly inside the home and increasing utility costs?
Another issue is view from the rear of the house and your lanai. Do you prefer a preserve view, or a lake view? Most builders charge premiums of up to $60,000 for a lake or water view, above the price of the home.
Garage space is another thing to consider. In many Venice FL new home communities you have the option of a 2 or 3 car garage. In Florida we do not have basements, so will you need a 3 car garage for extra storage?
Heated or unheated pool will be another question in your new home search. Is the community itself getting so large that the community pool will be too busy for you? If you decide on your own private pool, a heated pool will add cost to the construction of the home, and can possibly double your utility bills.
Golf or no golf? Working with new home buyers this week, I helped them evaluate the costs of living in a golf course community versus non golf. What can happen when the builder turns management of the HOA over to the residents could be a major concern.
Are you paying cash or planning to mortgage your new home? Are you planning on using a local lender? Many of the new home builders have their own financing options, and are offering closing cost credits or rebates.
If you're considering a new home purchase in the Venice FL area, please contact me to work as your buyer's agent. Having your own agent costs you nothing, as builders have a one price policy.
Earlier this month ( January 2019), I issued an e-newsletter highlighting 6 new home communities in the Sarasota area.
Add one more to the list. Promenade Estates is coming soon to the Palmer Ranch area.
Located on Honore Avenue, south of Central Sarasota Parkway and directly across from Hammock Preserve, there's not much information available yet.
Existing competing new home communities in Palmer Ranch offer paired villas, some town homes, and upscale single family homes, most of which I expect will be available in Promenade Estates. The builder, DR Horton, has a luxury home series called Emerald Homes, which I expect will occupy a section of the site, much like they are doing in Toscana Isles in nearby Nokomis/North Venice.
I'll be updating my website page for Promenade Estates with the latest information as it becomes available. Bookmark my page or contact me for a tour of Sarasota new homes.
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 lakewoodranchdavid.com/d…
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 davidbarrhomes.com.
You don't have to click on all the different builder websites for the different communities, uncertain that you found them all.
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.