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.
DR Horton and Neal Communities have begun work on two large new home communities east of I-75 off Laurel Road.
Neal is building a 700-home community that will be called "The Villages of Milano". A couple of model homes and what looks to be a sales center seem to be near completion as of this writing. You can see this development on Jacaranda Rd, between Boundary and Laurel Rd.
I've been told that DR Horton is developing a site for 800 homes, with ground being broken just west of the Willow Chase subdivision on the north side of Laurel Rd. It looks like DR Horton will be developing the former Stay N Play RV park and surrounding area.
On top of that, Neal is also planning on a 250 home community further east on Jacaranda at Border Rd called The Woods of Venice.
With more than 1700 homes that will be under development in these new communities, plus the ongoing construction at Grand Palm, Islandwalk, Sarasota National, and Gran Paradiso, you'll need a new homes spe…