Best New Home Values | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

As your new home specialist that has worked with many buyers over the years, there are three major criteria that go into the decision process:  price, amenities, and location.

There are over 55 major new home communities under construction and selling right now in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Venice/The West Villages.  Here I'll break down the best new single home values based on these criteria, plus a couple of others that should also be considered.

Legend:  Amenities scale 1= no club house or pool   2= basic pool and restrooms   3= small club house and pool, with dog park or playground  4= resort style pool and club with activities director

Legend: Location value scale 1= close to I-75 or major roads   2= close to a downtown or Main St. area   3= close to local beach under 30 mim   4= highly rated school district

Community               Preserve           Venice Woodlands           Palisades           Bay Landing

S. F. Base Price         $260s                 $280's                                  $290's                 $320's

Amenities                  3                         3                                          3                          3

Location Value          1,3                      1,3,4                                    1,4                       1,4   

Roof                          Tile                     Tile                                     Shingle                Shingle

2nd story                   n/a                      n/a                                       Block                   Block

CDD fees                  $962                   $0                                        $1719                  $0

HOA fees                  $179/mo             $195/mo                             $197/mo              $60/mo

There's a lot of similarities between these 4 communities.  I'd say the edge goes to Venice Woodlands, for a couple of reasons, one of course being no CDD fees.  Their club house will be a bit larger and more upscale than the other 3 communities.  It's location is better than Preserve at The West Villages in terms of getting to a local beach and being near a downtown area.  In my opinion, it has a much nicer natural setting than Preserve, with more water views.

Venice Woodlands new homes in Venice FL
Model home at Venice Woodlands in Venice FL

Even though Bay Landing looks good on paper, it's nearer busy I-75 (possible road noise factor) than any of the other 3 communities, and it also has a large number of town homes mixed with single family homes.

One other thing sets Venice Woodlands apart: energy efficiency.  The builder uses spray foam in the attic spaces, which is more durable and won't compress like blown insulation does.  It's estimated that home owners will experience about $100 per month savings in energy costs. 

What do you think?  Have you visited these new homes?  Do you need an objective 3rd party to help you decide?  Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's advertised prices when you're working with your own Realtor.   


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