Showing posts from 2018

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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Lakewood Ranch New Homes E-Book | Lakewood Ranch FL

I work with a lot of home buyers interested in purchasing a new construction home in Lakewood Ranch. With 13 new home communities to choose from, there's a lot of questions about which neighborhoods to choose from, and how the process works.

That's why I created my exclusive e-book that answers many of your new home buying questions.  I also profile every Lakewood Ranch new home neigbhorhood that is currently available.

Visit   I can also send you a copy with just your email address.

Garden Village New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

Garden Village is a new construction home neighborhood on Cattleman Road, just south of Fruitville Road.  When complete it will have 170 single family homes with a low HOA fee.

Models homes are still being completed and should be open by the end of September 2018.  These new homes will be affordable for their size, with some floor plans going up to 2400 square feet.  Many will be two story homes, priced perfectly for a new family or for a first time home buyer.  Compared to other new home neighborhoods such as Arbor Lakes in Palmer Ranch, Garden Village is a complete bargain.  Prices start in the $280's as of this writing.

As your Sarasota new homes specialist, I've got all the major Sarasota new home neighborhoods on my website so you don't have to try to find 8 or 10 different builder sites that don't have video tours.  Visit and click on "New Construction" in the main menu.
Remember, new construction homes cost the same when you have a R…

Waverley New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

As your new home specialist, I'm constantly updating the construction process at the many new home developments in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and The West Villages in Venice, FL.

Yesterday we had nice weather window so I toured Waverley.  It's located east of I-75 off Proctor Road in Sarasota, in one of Sarasota's best school districts.

Waverley will have 90 homes when completed, most starting in the $500's.  The builder offers semi-custom construction options that, for example, can turn a little used dining room and 4th bedroom into a home office suite or an inlaw suite.  Waverley is perfect for the home buyer looking for something just a bit different, falling in between the large national builders and the luxury custom home builders.

Take a tour of Waverley in the above video, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel to stay up to date:

For more information on Waverley, visit my website…

Hammock Preserve New Homes | Palmer Ranch Sarasota |

I'm keeping on top of the latest in new construction homes and condos for you in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.  In fact, between Lakewood Ranch and Venice, I may be one of only a few local Realtors active in two of the top 5 selling master planned communities in the country.

Meanwhile in Sarasota, I updated my video tour of Hammock Preserve, an upscale new home community on Honore Road just south of The Isles on Palmer Ranch.

The first phase has a few remaining home sites.  In the video update, you can see the expansive second phase being readied for release.
Hammock Preserve's club house and community pool are nearing completion as well.  A grand opening is tentatively set for mid September 2018.  Stay tuned, as I'll have interior photos available shortly afterward.
Prices in Hammock Preserve start in the low $300's and sell up to the $600's.  It competes with Esplanade on Palmer Ranch practically the road, as well as Bellacina by Casey Key a bit further …

Second Quarter Real Estate Stats | Sarasota FL |

Second quarter real estate statistics for Sarasota are out for single family homes.  There aren't many surprises for those of us in the real estate business.

As has been the case for the past few quarters, total sales volume is down slightly, but demand produced modest median sales price increases. 

Median sales prices increased 4.8% from a year ago, and increased slightly from the last quarter.

One sign that the inventory of homes for sale is tightening is new pending home sales.  Pending home sales are a possible indicator of future sales.  Months of supply is down from last year as well.  If you own a home, it may be a good idea to put it on the market as prices continue to climb due to heavy demand.

Summary:  Demand for housing in Sarasota County remains strong despite a slightly shrinking inventory of homes for sale.  If your home is priced right and in good condition, contact me about my advanced marketing plan to find the right buyer for your home.

Pool and Clubhouse | Renaissance at The West Villages |

I've lalways been impressed by the speed at which Renaissance at the West Villages has been selling since it opened in January 2017.

If you've been following my blog or if you've subscribed to my YouTube Channel, you've probably seen my periodic updated videos as new construction takes shape in the community.

Since I'm your Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch new construction specialist, I knew that the pool and clubhouse in Renaissance would be just about ready to be open.  Take a look at the progress:

On top of that, most of the homes in Phase 1 have already sold and/or are under construction.  Here's a look at the preparations for Phase 2:

Get a feel for the whole neighborhood in this video update for Renaissance from June:

Interested in new construction in Venice, Sarasota, or Lakewood Ranch?  Visit my website for HOA and CDD fees, or contact me for a time saving tour.

Waterside New Homes for Sale | Lakewood Ranch |

Yesterday between rain showers I visited Waterside at Lakewood Ranch, an exciting new home community.

Much like most new construction, there's bits of information all over the place for Waterside.  In my role as new home specialist, assisting home buyers for this community, I've been gathering everything I can find, and putting this information in one place in my blog and on my website,
Four builders are well underway in Waterside, with new homes eventually ringing 20 miles of shoreline over 7 huge lakes.  Thankfully, there's more emphasis on coastal themed designs than the typical Mediterranean styles we have seen for a number of years.
The planned 12 neighborhoods have been designed to be walkable to Waterside Place, as well as a planned 8 acre lakefront park.  Two communities, Shoreview and Lakehouse Cove, are the first to be under construction and already have a good selection of model homes available.  Prices start in the mid $400's and go…

New Construction Home Inspections | Sarasota FL |

I specialize in helping buyers with new construction homes.  They often ask me about having their own inspection prior to close.

You have every right to hire your own inspector.

During the construction period, in Sarasota County, a county inspector will visit a new construction home an average of 51 times.  These inspectors are checking for building code compliance.  They are not checking to make sure all your outlets are in the right place and that the plumbing doesn't leak.

To be sure, your builder will have a pre-closing walk through with you, or with me as your buyer's agent, if you can't be present to close. Your Sarasota or Venice new construction home will have a warranty, during which time you can have any structural defects repaired.

New construction homes in The West Villages

I have heard horror stories of things that a buyer's inspector found that the builder missed.  Remember, builders hire subcontractors, and not all subcontractors offer the same quality o…

Hampton Lakes New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

I recently got to tour the just completed model homes at Hampton Lakes, a brand new, new constuction single family neighborhood in Sarasota.

Hampton Lakes is located 11.5 miles east of I-75 off Fruitville Road.  Yes, it's way out there, but it has some unique features certain buyers will be looking for.

Hampton Lakes is offering 3 to 12 acre homesites, an extreme rarity among new home communities.  Future residents can build a separate garage that matches their home style, in addition to attached 2 or 3 car garages.  The size of the home sites is perfect for those buyers who value privacy, and want extra enclosed space for cars, boats, golf carts, or other grown up toys.

Take a tour of Hampton Lakes with my exclusive HD video

Visit my website and contact me for a tour.  Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

Heron Landing New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL |

Today I toured Heron Landing, a new executive home subdivision in Sarasota, east of I-75 off Clark Road.

These homes will sit on wide home sites, allowing all to have 3 car garages.  Expect prices in Heron Landing to start in the low $500,000's, which will include lot premium.

The Kerrville model home will have 5 bedrooms with options for a theater room, den, or larger closets.

The Brookside model uses contemporary wood-look ceramic tile and generous open concept living.

The Brookside model home pool has a long lake view and the option to add an outdoor kitchen.

Meritage Homes is using spray foam attic insulation, designed to save homeowners money on heating and cooling costs.

Heron Landing will have just 90 homes.  Located in an A+ rated Sarasota school district, I predict these homes will sell well.  Contact me to schedule a tour and select your preferred home site.

March 2018 Update | The West Villages Venice FL |

As your Venice and Sarasota new homes specialist, it's my job to keep you up to date on the latest news. 

I’ve been specializing in new home sales in Sarasota and Venice for a while now.
We’ve been in a tight resale market, which is causing home buyers in our area to look at new construction homes. If you’ve heard about new home starts being down nation wide, that absolutely does not apply to our local market here in Sarasota and Venice.
Listen to this blog here on my podcast:
By the way, while we’re on the subject, you absolutely need your own Realtor when you’re looking for a new home. The builder advertised prices are the same. They rely on us to help them, and you should rely on me to help you. Check out my podcast on this subject.
Specializing in new home sales in my local market means I am dedicated to keeping you as a consumer up to date, so when I was invited to a breakfast meeting…

The West Villages Fees | Venice FL |

I'm keeping you up to date on the latest news from The West Villages in Venice FL, the country's 5th best selling master planned community.

Quite a bit is happening in The West Villages, including a new neighborhood about ready to open for sales, the rapid construction progress at the Atlanta Braves spring training facility, and plans for a town center are taking shape.

At this meeting, someone sitting next to me said "Wouldn't it be nice if all these fees for the different neighborhoods (there are 7, and counting) were laid out for us to find in one place?"

Well, I'm on top of it. 

I've compiled all this information for you and put it on my website, so you don't have to go to so many different websites and talk to so many different new home sales consultants to get the information you need to help you make your best decision.

Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's published prices when y…

New Construction Home Buying Process | Sarasota FL |

What happens after you have decided on the new home community and floor plan?
So you’ve toured model homes and are ready to start the new home buying process. The next step involves reserving a home site. Builders release home sites for sale in small batches. Part of this is the local government permitting process, and part of it is the builder creating a favorable supply versus demand situation, in other words, a sales technique.

Take this next piece of advice to heart: This step in buying your new home is where failure and disappointment happens most. IF you have selected just THE PERFECT lot in the community, you must be prepared act on reserving it immediately. This is not for the faint of heart or if you are the type of person who often has buyer’s remorse. The fact is that our local Sarasota and Venice real estate market is extremely active, and there are more buyers than available home sites at any one time.

The builders know this. If you fail to reserve your preferred hom…

Oasis at The West Villages | Community Map | Venice FL

I've been getting a lot of calls and emails about Oasis at The West Villages.  The target date for sales has been pushed back to April 2018, and not much else about Oasis has been made available.

Today I did get the very first community site map for Oasis.  The intial phases will be built closest to Tamiami Trail, and continuing toward the two under construction model homes.  You can see this exclusively on my YouTube channel.

Visit my website for more Oasis information:
Remember, new homes cost the same when you have your own Realtor.  Don't waste time waiting in a sales center for someone to help you.  I'm your Venice FL new homes sales specialist covering all Venice FL new home communities.

The West Villages | Podcast | Venice FL

My podcast on The West Villages in Venice FL is now out.

The West Villages is a master planned community in Sarasota County just east of Venice.  With 7 new home communities now open or planned on 10,000 acres, The West Villages is one of Florida's hottest new home destinations.

Listen here:

Get the transcript.

New Podcast | Real Estate | Sarasota FL

I've started a podcast for Sarasota and Venice FL real estate.

Here's an example:  What's the difference between Venice and Sarasota real estate? 

Listen now:

You can also access my podcast on my Sarasota website.

Q Condos for Sale | Car Free Lifestyle | Sarasota FL

Where can you find a luxury condo with top of the line European finishes, that allows pets, in the middle of a thriving urban setting in Florida that isn't in Miami?

I've got one for you in Sarasota called Q.  Take an HD video tour:

This 40-unit town home development has a few remaining brand new, never lived-in units for sale, which you can view at  Prices start in the $700's.  Two pets up to 35 lbs. are allowed, or 1 large pet up to 100 lbs.

Contact me for a tour or for more information.

You Need A Realtor | New Construction Homes | Sarasota FL

You COULD drive to all the new construction homes and condos in Sarasota to be sure you are making the right decision, but do you WANT to?

Those new home sales consultants are backed up with hundreds of prospective buyers just like you, who want the same home site as you.  Don't wait in line!  Hire me to help you.

I can show you any model home and available home sites without waiting for a salesperson, and I can show you resales in that same community the new home sales people can't.

Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.  
Contact me for a tour and visit my websites and

Oasis at The West Villages | New Construction Homes for Sale | Venice FL

You're among the first to get a full tour of the site for Oasis at The West Villages, a new home community coming soon to Venice, FL.

Oasis will consist of 136 larger, executive style homes ranging from 2100 to 4000 square feet, with three car garages and inviting outdoor living spaces. 

The sales office and model home are still under construction, with sales expected to begin in April 2018.  For the latest news on Oasis, visit my website and remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

Sunrise Preserve | New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL

Take the first look at the site for a new home community called Sunrise Preserve on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota FL.

Sunrise Preserve is being built partially on the former Sunrise Golf Course, extending to Honore just across from The Hamptons.

Sunrise Preserve will have a total of approximately 400 paired villas and single family homes, and will be an active adult community with full time activities director, a large club house and community pool.  Prices are estimated to start in the mid $300's.

Sunrise Preserve residents will enjoy a convenient location and access to the best Sarasota schools, consistently ranked in the top 5 in the state.
For more information visit my website and remember, new construction costs the same when you are working with your own Realtor.

The Preserve at The West Villages | New Homes for Sale | Venice FL

I have for you another quick selling new home community in The West Villages called The Preserve in Venice FL.  There will be a total of 223 paired villas and single family homes, with a nicely equipped club house and community pool, for a low HOA fee of $188 per month. Prices start in the mid $200's.

Watch my exclusive HD video, which shows a lot of construction progress since my last update in November 2017.

For more information about Preserve at The West Villages visit my website

Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.

Artistry | New Homes for Sale Feb 2018 Update | Sarasota FL

The last time I updated you on Artistry new homes in Sarasota was back in November 2017.  Since then, a lot of new construction progress has been made.

The community pool is about 90% completed, and a large group of new home sites has been released for sale.  Artistry set out to be different from the prevalent Mediterranean-themed architecture found in our area's new home construction.  Artistry is marketing themselves as more contemporary, but you may have to look past some of the over-the-top decorator elements in the model homes to appreciate their floor plans.

For more about Artistry, including floor plans, pre-construction homes for sale, and HOA fees, visit my website

Che Vista | New Condos for Sale Update February 2018 | Venice FL

Che Vista condos on Venice Island in Venice, FL are progressing toward completion.  Much of the interior framing seems to be well underway, and exterior windows have been installed.  Take a look at my exclusive HD video, showing the views of the Gulf of Mexico from different ends of the building.

For the latest news on Che Vista visit my website

Manasota Key Beach | The West Villages | Venice FL

If you're interested in a new home in The West Villages in Venice FL, Manasota Key Beach is one of 5 nearby options.

Manasota Beach Road will extend to Tamiami Trail, running south of Islandwalk and connecting with West Villages Parkway, eventual home to the Atlanta Braves spring training facility and the planned West Villages town center.

Residents of The West Villages can take advantage of this boat launch and parking area at the foot of the north Manasota Key bridge, which were recently upgraded.  For more information visit

Promenade at Palmer Ranch | Town Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL

Promenade at Palmer Ranch is a new town home development at the intersection of McIntosh Road and Sawyer Loop Road in Sarasota. 

Prices start in the low $300's.  The model homes have contemporary finishes and sensible floor plans, with little wasted space, and options for a home office, a spare bedroom, or a den.

Promenade at Palmer Ranch will be gated, and will have a community pool and club house.  Expect low condo fees around $182 per month.  Two pets are allowed with no size restrictions.

Remember, new construction costs the same when you are working with your own Realtor
Visit my website for more on Promenade at Palmer Ranch and contact me for a new construction tour of this and other Sarasota new homes.

Renaissance at The West Villages | New Homes for Sale | Venice FL

As your Venice FL new construction specialist, I stay on top of all the activity in 19 new home and condo developments in the area.  I just posted a new video of the fast-selling Renaissance at The West Villages, with paired villas and single family homes.  If you prefer coastal styles, you'll find it here, mixed with familiar Mediterranean styles. 

The lake front club house and community pool look to be impressive.  You can also see land being cleared for the next phases of development at Renaissance at The West Villages.
Remember, new construction costs the same when you are using your own Realtor.  
Stay tuned for the latest updates, and contact me for a tour.

Babcock Ranch | Solar Powered Town | Charlotte County FL

Babcock Ranch new home construction is progressing nicely since my last update a couple of months ago.  The Lake House adjacent to the town square is also nearing completion.

Babcock Ranch will be the nations first 100% solar powered town, and already features electric driverless cars.  Make sure to check my YouTube channel frequently for video updates

Remember, new construction homes cost the same when you are working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for a tour and visit my website for more Babcock Ranch real estate information including a downloadable list of pre-construction homes available for sale:

Heron Landing | New Homes for Sale | Sarasota FL

Heron Landing is a new home development of 90 single family homes coming to Sarasota, just east of I-75 off Clark Road.

Heron Landings will consist of executive homes set on oversized lots.  Prices start in the low $500's.   The low HOA monthly fee is $158, which is kept low due to there being no community pool or club house.  Most homes in Heron Landing will likely be built with private pools.

Sales for Heron Landing have just begun.  Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for a tour, or visit my website for more information:

Tra Ponti Villaggio | New Homes for Sale | Venice FL

Tra Ponti Villaggio is a Tuscan themed new home development on Venice Island in Venice FL, just steps to the main downtown shopping and entertainment district.

Residences in Tra Ponti Villaggio are either semi-detached courtyard homes, or waterfront condominiums with direct access to The Venetian Waterway Trail and views of the historic Venice Train station.

The first of the condos are beginning to take shape, and more of the courtyard homes nearing completion.  Take a video tour: 

Remember, new construction costs the same when you are working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for more information and for a tour, and visit my website

New Home Specials | DR Horton | Sarasota and Venice FL

DR Horton is running a Red-Tag nationwide event and several new home communities in my service area are participating.

Neighborhoods with special new home pricing include Caribbean Village, Toscana Isles, Rapalo, Preserve at The West Villages, and Bay Street.

Example:  The popular 3/2 Pembroke floor plan with 1804 square feet in Caribbean Village is Red Tag priced at $295,885.

Contact me for the list of specific homes and prices for each of these new home neighborhoods.  The Red Tag Event ends January 28.

Zillow | Local Real Estate Marketing | Sarasota FL

More in the news today about Realtors afraid of Zillow. The problem is not data; it's how we present real estate data to potential customers online. After all, Zillow doesn't have any data we don't give them.
Zillow does a good job at presenting public information in a friendly user interface. There are not enough individual Realtors who understand user experience and online marketing, who are ready to take on the hyper local marketing necessary to combat Zillow and their 3,200 employees in their Seattle skyscraper. Gathering local information about condos, neighborhoods, new homes, videos, photos, schools, nearby attractions and amenities, is a lot of work, but it's necessary.

I decided a while ago to take on Zillow with local information, exclusive HD video, and photography that only I can provide as a local Sarasota and Venice FL Realtor. Visit my websites for a true picture of our real estate that only a local Realtor can provide.

Sunrise Preserve | New Construction Homes for Sale | Sarasota

Sunrise Preserve is coming to Palmer Ranch in Sarasota.

Sales are expected to start first quarter of 2018.  The site is quite a bit larger than it appears from Honore Avenue, directly across from The Hamptons.

Sunrise Preserve will compete with nearby Village Walk as a resort style community with full time activities director.  There will be a resort style pool and clubhouse, and plenty of sports courts such as tennis, pickle ball, and basketball.  Homes will have 2-4 bedrooms with 1593-2623 square feet of living area.

Stay tuned for more video as the site continues to be developed, and visit my website