Did You Know That the West Villages is Part of Wellen Park?

It’s true! The fast-growing master-planned community in south Sarasota County has a new name and lots of plans for future development. It’s not only the fast growing in the area, it is the fourth fastest-selling master-planned community in the entire U.S., with an average 1,300 sales per year. Keep reading to find out why.

 

The West Villages is now a district within Wellen Park which has gained an additional 7,000 acres and includes two more districts: Playmore, which encompasses CoolToday Park, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves; and Downtown Wellen, an adjacent shopping and entertainment district scheduled for completion in early 2022. Downtown Wellen’s 175 lakefront acres will include waterfront dining, a town hall, children’s playground and splash pad, food truck kiosk area, plus e-bike, paddle board, and kayak rentals.

 

Wellen Park is a next-generation community designed to deliver an approachable, fun-loving experience focused on living well at every stage of life. It includes Florida’s most beautiful beaches — Just 15 minutes away, highly ranked arts & culture, 18-hole golf courses & country clubs, and a network of parks & trails connecting it’s neighborhoods. It also has A-rated schools & renowned continuing education with the best healthcare right around the corner including numerous hospitals and health centers. There’s something for everyone – and everything for you.

 

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From boutique shops to live music, all-day eateries to stunning sunsets, there’s always something fun happening and Cool Today Park is a big part of the action. Baseball fans have plenty to cheer about at the new Spring Training Facility for the Atlanta Braves. And when it isn’t hosting games, CoolToday Park is the perfect place for concerts, movie nights, happy hours, and other fun events for the community.

 

Just down the road from Cool Today park is GranPark, the best location to live that ballpark life. It’s the newest exceptional community from Sam Rodgers Homes, known for superior craftsmanship, fresh designs, and customized luxury! If you are familiar with nearby Gran Paradiso in Venice or GreyHawk Landing in Bradenton, then you know Sam Rodgers Homes.

 

Sam Rodgers Homes’ 50+ years of experience as Florida’s preferred luxury custom home builder has given them the unmatched ability to build the best quality homes with personalized floorplans. By combining a Sam Rodgers Home with all that Wellen Park has to offer, you can be sure to meet and exceed your expectations. Come visit the area, then contact a GranPark neighborhood specialist to guide you through every step of planning for your new lifestyle within beautiful Wellen Park.

 

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Another Exceptional Community from Sam Rodgers Homes

We’re excited to announce that Sam Rodgers Homes will soon be breaking ground in our brand new, upscale neighborhood of GranPark within the master-planned community of Wellen Park! This September we will begin the construction of 42 homes in the $500,000 to $1 million range in the new Playmore District at the southwest corner of Tamiami Trail and West Villages Parkway. It will be a 63-acre gated community, of which 21 acres will get developed. The balance of the property is nature preserves and wildlife habitats. This new Sam Rodgers Homes location is on the same larger block of space in which the Atlanta Braves spring training complex sits and will also have common boundaries with Island Walk.

 

Rebranded back in April, Wellen Park was formerly known as the West Villages and began along Tamiami Trail and River Road at the former Taylor Ranch. North Port annexed parts of it in 2000 and now consists of several gated neighborhoods including a commercial district. At build­out, Wellen Park will contain some 20,000 homes and 50,000 residents, or about two ­thirds of North Port’s current population. It’s compared to other master-planned or contained communities such as Lakewood Ranch in northern Sarasota County and Manatee County, The Villages near Ocala, or Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County.

 

Wellen Park is a special place, full of good vibes and fun times that only slow down when you decide it’s time. You’ll begin each day with a smile, surrounded by everything you need to be your best and happiest self. Thriving connections. Friendly neighborhoods. A downtown with shops, restaurants, and sunsets galore. There are hundreds of ways to brighten your days, enlivened by the natural wonderland of Florida’s always amazing West Coast. Imagine your best day ever… every day with the same quality construction, customized design and personalized floor plans you’ve come to know from Sam Rodgers Homes in nearby Gran Paradiso.

 

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Interested? Good!

Just let our professional team guide you through every step of planning, financing, construction and closing for a smooth homebuilding experience. To get started call your GranPark neighborhood specialist, Nancy Jorges, at 941.303.8411 or click here to join our VIP interest list.

 

Fun, Safe Summertime Activities Are Waiting for You in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice!

To say that this summer has been a little different is to put it lightly, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all out of options for Suncoast fun. Sam Rodgers Homes builds in areas that have no shortage of exciting activities. These areas, including Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice, are full of attractions, entertainment, restaurants, beaches, and much more for you and your family to enjoy. Despite Covid-19, many of these fun and family-friendly attractions are still open or have reopened with safety precautions in place. While this is not one of the higher-risk areas, it’s good to know that there are safety precautions in place (even in low-risk spaces) to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy! So, if you’d prefer to stay away from others as much as possible, but are looking for a change of scenery beyond your living room, this information may be just what you need. Check out our list of fun, safe summertime activities in the area.

 

 

Get a (Socially Distant!) View of the Sunset at the Beach
If you’re trying to avoid heavily trafficked beaches, you should definitely check out all the beaches between Bradenton and Venice. Bradenton Beach, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key, Nakomis Beach, and Venice Beach are just some of the beautiful, idyllic beaches within 30 minutes of our communities. By the late afternoon, most beachgoers have already packed up and called it a day, making it the perfect time for a socially distant picnic while you stay to watch the sunset. Grab some snacks, your favorite beverage, and a blanket and enjoy the beautiful West Florida Coast sunset while resting assured that you’re safe!

Take a Stroll Down the Riverwalk
The Bradenton Riverwalk overlooks the Manatee River and is a 1.5-mile, ADA-accessible park spanning downtown with many features. It is a beautiful option for residents of the greater Sarasota area who are looking to take in stunning views while remaining socially distant. The riverwalk is a popular destination for Bradenton residents, but it’s also a place that makes it super easy to socially distance while you stroll, run, bike, picnic, or fish on the pier. Set your own pace and take in the beautiful sights, but be sure to bring a mask just in case you decide to venture off to the more public options nearby.

Restaurants Too Crowded? Have a Picnic in the Park
With restaurants reopening, it can be tempting to make a reservation at your favorite spot. Restaurants do have social distancing precautions in place to help make for a safer dining experience. However, if you’re not comfortable diving back into the in-person dining scene, you still have plenty of delicious options! Get takeout from your favorite local spot and have a picnic outside. From the beaches to Bayfront Park, there are plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces where you can have dinner. Pro tip? Check out one of the incredible food trucks that call Sarasota home. Big Top Brewing’s food truck rally is a great opportunity to find awesome local food trucks like Smokin’ Momma Lora’s BBQ!

Embrace the Outdoors
A little-known fact about the Venice area is that it’s home to the Myakka River State Park, an area where you can bike, hike, kayak, or go on a fun guided boat tour. This is one of the hidden gems of the area, but it’s definitely not to be missed. Though the Myakka State Park is definitely the largest of its kind in the greater Sarasota area, there are plenty of other beautiful parks where you can get some exercise or simply get out in the sun, including Lake Manatee State Park, Rothenbach Park, and Oscar Scherer State Park.

Fishing and Boating
There are few areas better for fishing and boating than the greater Sarasota region. The best part? Whether you’re enjoying a casual day on the water or are bringing your trusty fishing rod for a little more action, it’s one of the safest family-friendly things you can do! If you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one at one of the many marinas in the area, fish off one of the piers, or find your own exclusive spot along the beach or in the parks. Kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and jet skiing are also great options if you’re looking to get active. These activities can be done alone with your significant other, kids, or the entire family. One of our favorite marinas is Marina Jack’s, and we also love Sharky’s Pier in Venice, but there are so many other options to explore until you find the perfect one for you!

Do You Golf? If Not, Now May be the Time to Start.
Across the country, many Americans remain deeply divided about leaving the house for work and leisure activities – except, apparently, when it comes to golf. Golf has experienced a bit of a renaissance during COVID-19, with more new players flocking to the courses than they have in a long time. With safety precautions — no ball washers, no rakes in the sand traps, a foam pool-noodle ring for touchless ball retrieval from the hole, and a closed clubhouse — in place, you can have a blast while remaining socially distant. Take your pick from golf courses in the area, such as: Waterford Golf Club, Capri Isles Golf Club, Lake Venice Golf Club, Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club, Venice Golf & Country Club, Jacaranda West Country Club, and the Myakka Pines Golf Club. There are also public courses available. If you’re not too familiar with golf or it’s just not your thing, try out miniature golf at Evie’s Golf & Family Fun Center or Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf.

Redefining What It Means to Live in the Moment
Though this pandemic has brought its challenges, it has also been a fantastic opportunity for taking a breath, re-engaging with nature, spending time with family, and evaluating what matters most to us. It’s been a reminder to make the most of every minute and not take a moment for granted. Luckily, the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice areas are full of manmade and natural wonders that are perfect for helping us do just that! With Sam Rodgers, each home is designed to take full advantage of the natural features that surround us – and each home is customizable to include the features that matter most to you and your family.

As a special summertime offer, Sam Rodgers Homes is offering $15k off Design Center Options to help customize your home. Start taking full advantage of the best of the Suncoast from the comfort of your own home and enjoy all the area has to offer. Click here to get started.

How Sam Rodgers Homes Private Outdoor Spaces Help You Make the Most of Every Moment

Summer’s officially here, but it looks a little different this year. Travel plans, amusement park adventures, and crowded beaches are being minimized in response to the spread of COVID-19, leaving countless families wondering what to do in order to make the most of their summer. Practicing social distancing doesn’t have to mean completely sacrificing your summer; it just means taking a few extra precautions to help make sure that you and your loved ones enjoy it safely. The best way to do that, of course, is to stay home – and when you live in a home with private outdoor spaces, it also means going outside. Sam Rodgers Homes have been offering homeowners the best of both worlds when it comes to the indoors and the great outdoors for a long time, but it’s more evident now than ever before. Wondering what features and amenities families and guests can enjoy in the outdoor space of a Sam Rodgers Home? Just keep reading.

 

Travel Plans Ruined? Time for a Staycation

Switching your vacation plans to staycation plans after months of quarantine can be demoralizing, but some homes make it something to look forward to. Sam Rodgers Homes are created with a few goals in mind, all of which seek to optimize the living experience. One of the most important of these goals is to give each family its own private outdoor oasis. Life is too short not to live in the moment and owning a Sam Rodgers Home  means you don’t have to wait even one moment to start enjoying your outdoor space.

 

Outdoor Amenities in Sam Rodgers Homes

What can homeowners expect to find in the outdoor spaces of a Sam Rodgers Home? The answer is: whatever helps them live their best life. Our varied home designs are created with a variety of lifestyles in mind, but they all have one thing in common: they turn home into the number-one place to be. Check out some of the private outdoor amenities available in Sam Rodgers Homes:

  • Covered lanais that are perfect for grilling out in the summer and huddling by a fire in the winter, having amazing conversations with loved ones all the while.
  • Beautiful swimming pools, bringing the relaxation of the beach to your own backyard.
  • Outdoor kitchens so you don’t have to miss any summer barbeques (or winter cookouts!).
  • Outdoor bars that’ll keep all friends and guests entertained.
  • Fireplaces: decorative in the summer and useful in the winter.
  • Smart entertainment features surrounding your outdoor space and attached to your home.

 

It’s sort of like living in the perfect summer resort year-round, with features specially customized according to your preferences. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term “dream home,” doesn’t it?

 

 

Sam Rodgers Homes have outdoor spaces that have all the amenities of a beautiful five-star hotel – except better, because they’re all exclusively designed for you. For over 50 years, Sam Rodgers has been building best in class, tailor-made homes for families to live in and love. Passionate about making your living space your own? For a limited time, you can get $15,000 off Design Center options for your customizable Sam Rodgers Home. Click here to learn more.

 

Sam Rodgers Homes Are Still Selling Despite the Coronavirus

Sales started off very strong in March, but by the middle of the month, demand dropped dramatically, however it is nothing like the last recession. We’re continuing development and we’re still putting inventory in the ground. We’re just doing it more strategically.

We have embraced what is now becoming the new normal for the wider real estate industry – going virtual.  In both Sam Rodgers Homes Communities, GreyHawk Landing in Bradenton, and Gran Paradiso in Venice, we have made our models available for online virtual tours. These tours allow you to simulate a home walk-thru, interactively, choosing where to walk and how you want to explore. They also allow you to look up at the ceiling, down at the floors, out the windows and spin 360 within each room. We have an up-to-date site map available to choose from available lots as well. With these features you can enjoy browsing and learning the details you want to know from the comfort of your own couch. Click HERE to take a tour.

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Yes, from virtual tours to FaceTime showings, we’re still selling homes in the current environment. After the initial online shopping and questions are answered online and by phone, many homebuyers will drive through the community to get a feel for it and when they see what Sam Rodgers’ Homes have to offer they can’t help but fall in love. Most buyers have still wanted to see homes in person at that point and schedule private tours which we have made individual to them with no other customers present. During those appointments we have refrained from handshaking and practiced social distancing, plus taken extra steps to clean and sanitize high-touch point locations (door handles, restrooms, etc.) between appointments.

Although the virus has increased the favor of online shopping over foot traffic to our sales centers, builders have been selling homes remotely for years. The pivot today is that the tools that builders have at their disposal are substantially different than they used to be. It makes the process so transparent and frictionless for the consumer, that we’re actually seeing a transition that benefits the market beyond the coronavirus. The trend is sure to continue even after the virus. In addition to virtual, and online options, sellers and buyers have been granting power of attorney to their real estate lawyers, and closings are conducted with only the essential people present.  Documents can be passed along via messengers or scanned and electronically signed using DocuSign. Even remote online notary services, are now available in Florida allowing title searches and closings to be conducted entirely online.

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This all being said we’re better positioned to take advantage of an economic recovery than we were in the Recession. Back then, we had systematic issues with home building, and the mortgage industry was a disaster. We’ve learned to be disciplined about putting the right amount of homes on the market at any given time and not creating an excess supply. So generally speaking, we believe the industry is set up to recover. When that occurs is anybody’s guess.

We can tell you that we’ve had a ton of hits on our virtual home tours. We’ve scheduled a surprising number of virtual appointments leading to sales, and lately we have even begun to notice more foot traffic. Homebuyers, no doubt are tired of staying home and are already coming back to explore our communities. We’d like to think that people are attracted to the safety and security we’ve offered and with the especially low interest rates, buying a new luxury home like the ones offered by Sam Rodgers Homes seems to be irresistible.

If things continue to recover like this, our existing communities will be sold out in no time. Grand Paradiso is getting down to the last few premium lots while GreyHawk Landing isn’t too far behind.

For limited opportunities in Gran Paradiso,
please View Our Homes Now or Call Nancy Jorges at 941.303.8411

And for interest in Sam Rodgers Homes at GreyHawk Landing,
please Click Here or call Vivian Militello at 941-304-0765.

Tour a Sam Rodgers Model Home Anytime, from Anywhere!

 

Tour a Sam Rodgers Model Home Anytime, from Anywhere!

Nothing is better than seeing the quality of a Sam Rodgers Home in person, but a virtual tour allows you to see the space in-depth without having to physically travel to our location. You can view the homes almost like you would in person and decide which one you really want to come see up close.

From the comfort of your own couch you can imagine yourself in the space walking from room to room, and rotating a full 360 degrees, not only from left to right, but you can even look up at our unique vaulted ceilings and down at our exquisite floors. Want to experience the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces? You can do that too! Simply make your way to the pocket sliding glass doors or the numerous windows that create a particularly cheery ambiance.

How do you do it? First click the play button to load your tour. In order to get the full experience, you will want to open full screen mode. To do that click the three dots in the lower right of the window for the home of your choice. Once you click you will see three icons. The bottom one is full screen mode. Click it and prepare for your virtual experience.

The tour starts in walk-through view where you can go anywhere in the house with the click of a mouse. The circles on the floor will guide you where to click and walk or you can hold the mouse button down and slide to the left, right, up or down to look in other directions.

Once you’ve explored every room of the house you can try a few more features. On the bottom left of your screen you will see three more icons. The one on the left is called dollhouse mode and will let you see a 3D view of each room in relationship to the home. Hold the mouse button sown and spin it around any way you want and click to enter any room of your choice.

The second icon is floor plan view which gives you a 2D view from above. This may give you a more natural assessment of each rooms location and how they adjoin. You can also click to enter any room back into walk-thru mode.

The third icon is the measurement mode. You can use the tape measure in this mode if you are curious about the actual dimensions of the desired space. Hit the plus sign to start measuring, then click the points you want to measure. Click the check mark to end your measurement and hit the “X” to leave measurement mode and you will be back in walk-thru mode.

When you are done exploring this home and want to see another simply click the full screen icon in the bottom right corner or hit the “esc”, escape key on the top left of your keyboard.

You can also share this tour with someone or view it in full VR mode if you have VR Goggles by clicking the appropriate icons. We’ll leave some of the details to learn and practice more on your own.

Now you’re ready to take a virtual tour of a Sam Rodgers Home.

Just CLICK HERE and choose a home.

 

 

The Heart is Where the Home Is, Now More than Ever

In these unprecedented times, our first instinct can be to focus on the ways in which our lives have been thrown off course. However, when times are toughest, we find our thoughts turning to the ways in which our families and communities manage to find light – often by creating it themselves. As we continue to hunker down with our loved ones and do our part for neighbors, friends, and community members, we experience a massive shift in perspective. Where our days used to be organized around work and social obligations, they are now less structured – or, to put it better, they are structured differently. 

What do we do without the hour-long commutes either way, without the organized chaos of the morning school run, without the breakroom chit-chats around which we developed our schedules? The obvious answer, of course, is kind of anti-climactic: stay home. What else? 

Well, it seems like the longer we stay home, we find new opportunities to rediscover it – to re-examine our relationship to the place and people who are so easy to take for granted in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We find that living at home and existing at home are two entirely different things – and we find ourselves, seemingly out of the blue, with the time to explore what that means to us. 

To some families, it meant diving right into the kinds of pastimes that hadn’t been experienced in years: puzzles, movie nights, monopoly matches, and a host of other activities that the kitchen island feels made for. For others, it meant really getting to relax on the couch for the first time in forever, and for others it was finally getting some use out of that home equipment. It’s been meals made from scratch, friendly competition, inevitable bickering, and lounging in the sunny backyard. Maybe it’s been a combination of all of these things or none at all. Maybe your family is still adjusting to this new normal, which is OK, too. 

We won’t minimize the worries that come with this uncertain time, but feeling this weight doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy that old family recipe that hasn’t seen the light of day in forever or those old home movies that you had to break out the DVD Player for. It means appreciating these small but powerful moments of joy, laughter, and togetherness even more – because, for the first time in a long time, we’re able to truly give them the time and attention they’re worth. 

Home is a special thing to us, and we’ve been in the business of creating homes for a long time. Through it all, one thing has rung true – and, though we’ve never been in a situation quite like this, it rings truer than ever: the moments we have at home become the pillars of who we are. These are the memories that bring us comfort, encouragement, and joy. Even when things go back to normal and we inevitably revel in the opportunity to go back out into the world full-throttle and leave home at last, we can be sure about one thing: inevitably, there’ll be a time – and probably earlier on than we think – when we can’t wait to come back. That’s the beauty of home, and that’s the magic we see in every home we build. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Sam Rodgers Homes and how we help make that magic come to life, reach out to us.

We are available by phone and to schedule virtual meetings, showing you our home features, and answering questions as we go. If you would like to come in to view a model, we can schedule individual appointment times, unique to you where no other customers would be present and where safety and social distancing will be practiced.

For interest in Gran Paradiso
Please Call Nancy Jorges at 602.531.2274

For interest in GreyHawk Landing, please call
Vivian Militello at 941.304.0765

Covid-19 Update from Sam Rodgers Homes

In order to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of Florida citizens Governor Ron DeSantis issued a mandatory safer-at-home order for the entire state of Florida for the next 30 days. The order states that movements and personal interactions outside of the home are limited to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. Despite all efforts to practice social distancing, as of Thursday, April 2nd, we will no longer be able keep our sales offices and model homes open.

We are available by phone and to schedule virtual meetings, showing you features, and answering questions as we go. If it is determined to be absolutely necessary, we can schedule individual appointment times unique to you where no other customers would be present.

This is expected to be in effect through April 30th, but this is a rapidly-evolving situation and we will post any changes to this protocol as conditions warrant. In the meantime, we know that with interest rates at nearly all-time lows, you may now want to secure your dream home, and we will make ourselves available to you in every way possible.

For interest in Sam Rodgers Homes at Gran Paradiso,
please call Nancy Jorges at 941.303.8411.

For interest in Sam Rodgers Homes at GreyHawk Landing,
please call Vivian Militello at 941.304.0765.

Together we will get through this.
Stay safe and healthy.

Sam Rodgers Homes Welcomes New Senior Vice President of Operations, Randy Turkovics

Sam Rodgers Homes is proud to welcome Randy Turkovics back to our exceptional team as Senior Vice President of Operations. A veteran with more than 30 years of experience in production and in semi-custom and custom home operations, Turkovics has unmatched degrees of experience, expertise, and vision, and we could not be more thrilled about the operational achievements Sam Rodgers Homes will see under his leadership.

Turkovics’s experience encompasses all aspects of land development, high-end luxury single-family homes, production homes, and multi-family product lines, as well as some commercial properties. Over his long and groundbreaking career, Turkovics has held a variety of leadership positions in the new home industry, including Division President for franchise builder Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Senior Vice President of Operations for Canadian Builder Mattamy Homes in Ottawa and Charlotte North Carolina, and most recently Division President of Pat Neal’s semi-custom home division, Neal Signature Homes. Recognized by his peers and respected as a visionary leader in the industry, Turkovics brings an exciting vision to our team.

Over the course of his three decades in the semi-custom and custom home industry, Turkovics has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, spearheading an array of initiatives in construction management, sales, risk management, and new business development. At the core of Turkovics’s success is his passion for motivating and mobilizing teams, inspiring those around him to perform their very best and recognizing them when they do.

Turkovics’s career-long propensity for product planning and development is matched only by his consummate professionalism. With notable successes in compliance management of construction, purchasing, design center operations, and sales, Turkovics’s expertise is rooted in various specialties across the home building industry.

The Sam Rodgers Homes team is overjoyed to be welcoming Randy Turkovics and his extraordinary portfolio of work to our family. As a leading homebuilder in Tampa Bay, we are confident about and excited for the visionary plans and victories he will set in motion throughout his tenure. To learn more about Sam Rodgers Homes, click here.