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Play Ball! A Guide to Spring Training in Southwest Florida


Baseball is back! With summer year-round, Florida is a total melting pot for MLB Spring Training. Southwest Florida is home to four of the top teams in the league: The Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Atlanta Braves.   


Hailing out of Sarasota, the Baltimore Orioles have called Ed Smith Stadium home since 2010. Ed Smith Stadium underwent a total renovation in 2011, making the stadium practically brand new.


The Pittsburgh Pirates have hosted spring training games at LECOM Park in Bradenton since 1969. The stadium, formally known as McKechnie Field, is named after Bradenton resident and Baseball Hall of Famer, Bill McKechnie, who led the Pirates in 1925 to the World Series.


If you’re a Tampa Bay Rays fan, you won’t have to travel too far to see your favorite team in action. The Rays play at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, less than two hours from Tampa.


And the newest team to join the Florida Spring Training roster is the Atlanta Braves. Located in North Port, the Atlanta Braves will be throwing their first pitch in the brand new CoolToday Park on March 24th.





Sam Rodgers Homes is proud to build where these incredible teams play and builds beautifully appointed homes throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. Fresh designs, superior craftsmanship and personally tailored home plans to suit each family’s needs are the pillars of the Sam Rodgers brand.


View our move-in ready homes or explore our floor plans and models to see how we create luxury without limits throughout Southwest Florida.


To schedule a tour for one of Sam Rodgers’ beautiful luxury homes, get in touch with an associate by filling out the form below!


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2019 Parade of Homes: Everything You Need to Know


The 2019 Parade of Homes: Manatee-Sarasota Counties is almost here!


The Parade of Homes is an annual showcase of luxury Gulf Coast properties. This year, the event will run from February 16th – March 10th.


From gated communities, custom golf course homes, and waterfront properties to affordable, family-oriented urban developments, some of West Florida’s finest homes will be on display starting this week.


At the Parade of Homes, award-winning builders like Sam Rodgers Homes are recognized for their luxury homes featuring quality craftsmanship, outstanding design, concern for sustainability and usage of energy-saving features.


This year, the Parade of Homes lineup will feature two original Sam Rodgers models:


#55 of the 2019 Parade

The Acadia at GreyHawk Landing West  


This spacious, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features dramatic 12-foot ceilings in the great room and a large open kitchen.


The master suite features a tray ceiling and abundant natural light. The adjacent master bath includes a walk-in shower and an expansive walk-in closet with easy access to the laundry room.


A 3 car garage provides ample space for outdoor toys and extra storage. A large lanai is great for relaxing as well.


#106 of the 2019 Parade

The Genoa at Gran Paradiso


This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features tall, 12-foot ceilings in the great room and a large open kitchen.


The master suite features a tray ceiling and abundant natural light. The adjacent master bath includes a walk-in shower and an expansive walk-in closet with access to a conveniently located laundry room. An oversized 2 car garage provides ample space.


Visit these model homes at the Parade of Homes to see first-hand what Sam Rodgers Homes is all about. While many of Sam Rodgers’ homes are move-in ready, buyers can customize any home to their personal style and preference!


It’s truly Luxury Without Limits—when other builders say no to custom upgrades, Sam says Yes!


Following the Parade of Homes, be sure to visit the rest of Manatee-Sarasota County to explore all the area has to offer: pristine white sand beaches, lush landscapes, exotic tropical flowers, areas rich in history and culture, vibrant urban areas with exciting things to see and so much more!


To schedule a tour for one of Sam Rodgers’ beautiful luxury homes, get in touch with an associate by filling out the form below!


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Nine Reasons to Buy a Home in Sarasota-Manatee County in 2019

As the new year begins and people come off the high of the holidays, it’s a hot time to buy a home—especially in West Florida.

Why? The weather is at its annual peak time. People are out and about. Florida home prices are leveling off—but these aren’t the only reasons.

Here are the nine reasons to buy a home (or at least begin home shopping) in Sarasota-Manatee this year.


Pristine weather

There’s nothing but gorgeous, dry and breezy days during West Florida’s winter. Shoveling snow? More like offshore fishing. You’ll find all kinds of catches in the Sarasota Bay, which is nationally-renowned for its plenty of good fishing spots.

Shopping and entertainment

Both Sarasota and Bradenton’s quaint downtown areas offer plenty of unique shopping options for every type of shopper. Whether you’re a top-of-the-line shopper or casually looking for some hidden thrift gems, Sarasota-Manatee is the perfect place to spend an afternoon wandering. When Spring rolls around stop by CoolToday Park and catch the Atlanta Braves in action.

Dining options for everyone

With casual bistros, eateries, cafes, and high-end restaurants at every corner, residents of Sarasota-Manatee have to fight the temptation to go out every night!

Beautiful sandy beaches

Current residents and visitors of West Florida all rave about the area’s white sandy beaches (or “Florida snow” as it’s known around Sarasota). Siesta Key Beach is a favorite spot for locals—take a walk down its shores and you’ll surely see why!

Growing arts & culture scene

In Sarasota especially, you’ll find opera, theatre, art galleries, symphony, the famous John and Mable Ringling Museum and music performances nearly every weekend. There’s no shortage of arts and culture around the city!

Golf courses galore


Some of the most beautiful and rigorous golf courses in the country can be found in both Sarasota and Bradenton. Keep the clubs within range—you’ll likely find yourself on the course all year long.

A true family environment

While Florida beaches often carry the “party town” reputation, Sarasota-Manatee boasts a quieter, pristine, and more laid back environment. An area perfect for parents raising children and empty-nest couples, Sarasota and Bradenton are communities made for those who enjoy a more tranquil, coastal lifestyle.

Shining real estate markets

In Sarasota and Bradenton, home shoppers will be pleased to find a diverse range of home sizes, styles, and features. Whether you’re looking for something closer to the water, a luxury home nestled under giant Florida oak trees, or a modern home nearby vast greenlands, Sarasota-Manatee County has homes to fit every style.

Within Sarasota-Manatee, Sam Rodgers Homes builds its finest homes. With each and every home design, Sam Rodgers considers the details, the long-term investment on the buyer’s end, and the elements that make Florida outdoor living truly enjoyable in one of the finest counties in the state.

Because every Sam Rodgers home can be customized exactly how you imagined it, there’s no better outdoor living experience in West Florida. When other builders say no to custom home features, Sam Says Yes.

With all nine reasons above, there’s not a better time to get in touch with Sam Rodgers Homes. Contact us today to explore the joys of building a home in Sarasota-Manatee!

Happy Holidays!


To our Sam Rodgers Homes family —


It’s that time of year again. The time of get-togethers, gatherings, travel, warmth, food, presents, friends, and family galore. It’s the time of year when we spend more time with those we love most, new friends and old.


Stores are flooded with last-minute shoppers, people are rushing for holiday presents, and restaurant reservations are set. Let’s face it—holiday mode can get a bit hectic.


But even during this season of rushing, the joy of the holiday season is what helps us to slow down, take a deep breath, and reflect on the best part of life—spending it with those we love.


As a family company for over 50 years, we understand the immeasurable value of loving, laughing, and living among family. Business is important and the joy of home ownership is what fills us, but the holidays remind us that our people are everything to us.


At Sam Rodgers Homes, we are so grateful we can play a part in helping you and your own family realize your dreams of home ownership.


No matter the need, preference, or ask—when it comes to your home, Sam says YES!


From our entire Sam Rodgers Homes family, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and joyful holiday season.


Happy Holidays,
Sam Rodgers Homes

A Time to Give Thanks


With Thanksgiving week upon us, we’re baffled by how quickly 2018 has flown by.


As we sit down with our families to exchange words of gratitude and share plenty of food (and pie!), we consider the root of our thankfulness: is it circumstantial? Is it grounded in the idea of always giving thanks, because whether it’s family, friends, or food, we always have something to be thankful for?


As you sit down with your loved ones, we encourage you to consider the same things: is there a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Have your needs been met in this last year that may have been overlooked?


When we root ourselves in thankfulness, we’re striving to spend this Thanksgiving weekend—and every day—as a positive and grateful response to all of life.


Let’s be grateful together for what we have, what we share, and what is to come in the new year.


At Sam Rodgers Homes, we are immensely thankful for your interest, your home purchases, your referrals, and—most of all—we’re thankful for the opportunity to help your home ownership dreams come true.


From the whole Sam Rodgers team, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday in a home that you’re proud to call your own.


Blessings to you and your family,
The Sam Rodgers Team

Sam Rodgers Wins Best Social Media Marketing at 2018 Manatee-Sarasota BIA SMC Awards

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SARASOTA — Last week, the annual Manatee-Sarasota BIA Celebration of Excellence Awards announced Sam Rodgers Homes as the winner of the 2018 Best Social Media Marketing Award, a prestigious recognition among home builders in the industry.

For luxury builders like Sam Rodgers, social media channels are where prospective buyers consistently spend their time. To stay front of mind with online users, posting regularly and keeping the company page interesting with engaging content is a must.

Sam Rodgers Homes was able to do just that—and do it better than anyone else.

With the help of CEA Marketing, a Clearwater-based advertising agency specializing in homebuilder promotions, Sam Rodgers Homes created a consistently positive mobile experience popular among prospective homebuyers. 

“There’s no doubt that our social media provides a connection to our buyers as well as current homeowners,” a Sam Rodgers associate said.

To stay connected with more information about Sam Rodgers Homes and to view the award-winning social media channels, follow us on Facebook

7 Tips to Create an Incredible Florida Outdoor Living Experience

Pool and Outside Dining Area

While Florida is known as a beach destination all year long, the Florida weather does start to cool and the ocean gets a little chillier when autumn rolls around. Florida’s fall season is never short on outdoor activities, however. In fact, with lower humidity (and even a need for a light jacket at night!) fall is ideal for spending time outside. There are paddleboarding, kayaking, team sports, and the list goes on. But perhaps the most fun (and affordable) activities this fall are right in your backyard. Although Florida is slow to cool off, it’s a sweet relief after a grueling summer. Time to invite over some friends and family and put that backyard to use! Whether you are working strictly on a lanai or encompassing the entire backyard, lighting, seating/dining areas, fire pits/fireplaces, and grills are given top priority when it comes to outdoor décor.











There are 7 key elements to crafting an outdoor living area.

Covered Lanai
The lanai (or covered porch/patio) is a versatile area of your Florida home. Decorating it—and your entire backyard—will bring personality and character to your backyard.
Under the lanai, enjoy alfresco meals rain or shine, a perfect choice for those who love sipping on afternoon tea in the shade!

Outdoor Kitchen

Take your barbecue pit to the next level. With an outdoor kitchen, the days of carting dishes across the house are long gone. Cook, eat and clean all on one terrace. Outdoor kitchens always draw crowds—where there’s a kitchen, there’s a party bound to take place.

Outdoor Bar

If you’re the life of the party, an outdoor bar is just the thing for you. Flex your mixology skills in front of friends, family, and guests.

Smart Features & Entertainment

With football season in full swing, a TV is one of the better choices for the perfect outdoor living atmosphere. Grab some chips and salsa, hit the patio, and watch your team compete every weekend.

Swimming Pool

Not only is a pool a beautiful centerpiece for your outdoor living experience, but it’s great for exercise, perfect for cooling off, and it gives your home a true luxury feel.

Outdoor Fireplace

Pour your go-to drink, gather with your favorite people, and sit around an outdoor fireplace chatting for hours under the beautiful Florida night sky.

Oversized Lots

If you and your family spend a lot of time outside, consider purchasing an oversized lot. If kids need more space to run around or you’re looking to make additions to your outdoor living experience, this is the perfect way to do it.

With each and every home it designs and builds, Sam Rodgers Homes considers the details, the long-term investment on the buyer’s end, and the elements that make Florida outdoor living truly enjoyable.

Because every Sam Rodgers home can be customized exactly how you imagined it, there’s no better outdoor living experience in West Florida. When other builders say no to custom home features,
Sam Says Yes.

Get in touch with a Sam Rodgers sales rep today to explore a beautiful Sam Rodgers home for yourself!


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Renovating Your Kitchen? Here’s 5 Things to Consider Before You Do


With the holidays just around the corner, the time is ripe to start thinking about home preparations.


Is your home ready for guests? Are you looking for in-home upgrades? Is a new or renovated kitchen in order? If you start now, you can make all of the necessary upgrades, or consider moving into a Sam Rodgers home with an existing dream kitchen. If by some chance, it’s not quite what you had in mind, it can be, because Sam Rodgers says Yes to customization. Either way, plenty of entertaining is on the horizon and a new kitchen is one of the most practical upgrades to be enjoyed this time of year.


Before you make any calls to upgrade your current kitchen, here are 5 things you should know.


Pay for your design.

At the end of the day, your kitchen renovation will only be as good as its design. By hiring a veteran designer with plenty of experience, you won’t be incurring the risk of something to regret. The cost for the design portion of a renovation is typically anywhere from 3 to 10% of your overall budget and well worth it.


Because the paychecks for designers at home centers, cabinet shops, and kitchen stores come from the retailers of products they’re selling, your design choices will be limited to the options they make available. When you pay for your renovations yourself, however, you don’t need to worry about limitations or conflicts of interest.


Keep your budget on track.

To avoid “over-improving,” it’s a good rule of thumb to cap your kitchen renovation budget at 15% of your home’s value, according to John Bredemeyer, President of Realcorp. (Check your town assessor’s site or a real estate site). According to Money Magazine, divvying up the budget should look something like this: about 30% on cabinets, 14% on appliances, 10% on countertops, 5% on lighting, 4% on plumbing fixtures, 2% on paint, 1% on tiles, and 35% on windows, labor, flooring, etc.




Upgrade without breaking the bank.

Because many currently occupied homes were built before the turn of the century, many kitchens are undersized. If a significant renovation is what you want (i.e. knocking down walls and starting from scratch), there are a couple things you can do to expand your kitchen space affordably:

  • Use current space. By stealing some prime square footage from a hallway, closet, porch, or something unneeded, you can expand your kitchen space at up to half the cost (depending on project, location, the home, etc.).
  • Use light, airy colors. Ample light is critical. White, light neutrals (i.e. pale gray, beige), and pale pastel shades reflect natural light, keeping the kitchen clean and fresh. Just a few popular choices to accompany this thought include white subway tile, quartz, and light granite.


If it ain’t broke, keep it.

By limiting how much of your old kitchen you replace, you can cut your upgrade costs pretty significantly. If your original kitchen windows are in fair shape, or if the original wood floors underneath your tiling are decent, you could potentially save thousands of dollars. Keeping the appliances and plumbing fixtures where they currently are (instead of having to remove and reinstall them) will save you a few hundred dollars as well.


Moving soon? Keep it cosmetic.

If you plan to list your home for sale within the next 5-10 years, it’s better to keep your kitchen renovations cosmetic rather than spending thousands of dollars on tear-downs and complete overhaul projects. For instance, consider repainting old cabinets, refinish your wood flooring, install a new faucet, or touch up other current kitchen hardware. Whatever the project, keeping it strictly cosmetic is a better time and money saver for those looking to put their home on the market within the next decade.


Because a kitchen upgrade is one of the most significant changes you can make to a home (and a huge player in increasing your home’s resale value), it’s well worth the work (and the cost) to give yourself your dream kitchen.


At Sam Rodgers Homes, our kitchen designs are customizable and personalizable from the largest fixtures to the smallest details. Our Design Studio team is always ready to address your kitchen needs and preferences.


Get in touch with a Sam Rodgers Homes rep today to start  building your dreams in one of our homes!


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Homeowners Build Equity as Local Housing Market Ascends


In general, the inventory of available homes in the United States has been fairly low over the past few years.


As the national housing market has picked up stronger steam and home prices have skyrocketed, prospective home buyers have become increasingly frustrated as their quest for “the dream home” seems endless.


Florida is no exception. Since the housing market in Florida, was off to a strong start as 2018 rolled in, buyer motivation to keep their home search going is as high as ever—especially for those who plan to stay in a new home for at least the first five years.


A Boost in Local Home Values


While home sales may have declined during the summer of 2017—the housing market has been widely regarded as strong since the start of this year.


Declining home sales did not reflect a lack of interest among prospective buyers. If anything, it was quite the opposite. Those looking to buy a home last summer were gung-ho in their searches, with in-home tours and offers flying across the local market. They just couldn’t find what they were looking for.


What was lacking, was inventory—and in sufficient quantities. The lack of available homes coupled with a steady stream of attracted buyers kept home prices climbing through the end of 2017. Homes on the market became much more demanded and desirable, even for those in the luxury market.


Changing Course


It’s no wonder more prospective buyers are looking to make a move to this area.


Zillow recently reported that the markets that have appreciated the most in 2018 included the surrounding area, where values are up by 95.2 percent.


In all likelihood, encouraging appreciation figures like this will drive buyers to continue searching for a West Florida dream home.


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Time to Find What You’re Looking for?


Yes, it can be tough to find your luxury dream home with less homes on the market, but Sam Rodgers Homes is constantly building and has homes ready now.


While it may be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for elsewhere, we guarantee you’ll find it here. Sam Rodgers Homes offers Florida luxury through quality construction and while many builders say no to customization, Sam says YES!


Whatever your customization preferences may be, Sam Rodgers Homes can get you into your dream home in no time. Before you invest countless hours searching, simply visit Sam Rodgers Homes before summer’s end!


By sitting down to discuss your family’s specific home needs, we’ll determine:


  1. Which of our magnificent, move-in ready homes is the one for you
  2. How we can collaborate to design and build the home you’ve always dreamed of


Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour in one of our beautiful model homes!


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The Lavicks

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From Chris and Nancy Lavick:

“We are writing to thank each of you for all of the work and care you showed us throughout the very long process of building our house. This is the first house we have ever built. We absolutely love it and are so very pleased with how everything turned out. We have great respect for each of you and such appreciation for the personal touch, attention to detail and responsiveness throughout the process. Your willingness to go above and beyond is something we’ll never forget. You are all very warm, generous and caring people. And you build quality homes! We are very proud of our Sam Rodgers home and look forward to raising our family in it. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”