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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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 in an area much more prone to major hurricanes than Sarasota or Venice.
Buying a new construction home? Contact me! Working with your own Realtor costs you nothing when buying a new home from a builder.
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.