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A Place to Call Home: Find the Best of Both Worlds at The Founders Club

When choosing a luxury home community in which to build a custom home, some people don’t really have an exact community in mind, but for homeowners like Humberto and Deborah Vainieri, they knew exactly what they wanted and found it in The Founders Club.

Humberto and Deborah were one of the first families to move into The Founders Club nine years ago and enjoyed the fact that it was located east of I-75 so they could be in close proximity to Downtown Sarasota and the beaches, as well as still being able to appreciate the natural beauty that The Founders Club has to offer.

“This community is very peaceful; half of the acreage is preserved. There’s wildlife and quietness. You can go into town, though, and it’s only 15 minutes away. It’s a great location if you like both worlds,” said Deborah.

Most recently, Humberto and Deborah enjoy the fact that they are so close to the Mall at University Town Center, a new shopping center that brings together world-class fashion and dining to Sarasota and is located just one exit away. Of course, the Vainieri’s are also fond of the many activities offered by The Founders Golf and Social Club, as well as the unique group of people they are pleased to call their neighbors and friends.

“What sets apart this community – it’s the friendliest, warmest atmosphere in terms of people that live in the community we’ve ever experienced. We’ve lived in several other clubs across the country; this BY FAR is the friendliest and nicest,” said Deborah. She also added that the activities at the club are VERY well attended in season and that the reason it’s so friendly is that the club is the CORE of the social activities. “The club and community are almost one. It makes our membership very eclectic and very friendly.”

The Founders Golf and Social Club’s professional staff maintains a full calendar of social, sport and wellness activities in its 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Neighbors and friends get together to enjoy wine tastings, gourmet kitchen and cooking classes, luxury auto and boating showcases, monthly mixers, and many more fine living programs. The golf and country club community also features a fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment as well as a variety of fitness classes like Yoga, dance classes, or Pilates to help keep members fit and healthy. You can also spend your days on the Har-Tru tennis courts, the basketball courts, the sand volleyball courts, or playing a round or two on the dramatic and rewarding Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course. Limited to just 275 golf memberships, The Founders Golf and Social Club offers year-round golf with no tee times required and features Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program.

This ideal setting for community camaraderie is further enhanced by the luxurious dining experience offered at the Club: The fine dining room offers an elegant setting for a luxurious dining experience, while the bar and grille and outdoor verandah overlooking an oak hammock provide a casual atmosphere for a delectable lunch. Reservations in our dining rooms can be made for two, but after arriving, you may find yourself seated in a table of eight enjoying food, drinks, and fun. The Vainieri’s attribute this to the mutual interests of the residents and members.

“For whatever reason, we seem to attract similar-minded people; a lot of retirees and families; a nice mix of people. Everyone gets along. There’s a camaraderie here. It’s not just friendly, it’s welcoming. When there’s someone new to the club, the majority will make an effort to make them feel comfortable and welcome.”


From Left to Right: Chuck  Adams, Superintendent – Sarasota; Janelle Bates, Sales Executive – The Founders Club; Deborah and Humberto Vainieri, Homeowners; Roland Nairnsey, Director of Sales; Deb Harris, Sales Executive – The Founders Club; Steve Walker, Project Manager
From Left to Right: Chuck Adams, Superintendent – Sarasota; Janelle Bates, Sales Executive – The Founders Club; Deborah and Humberto Vainieri, Homeowners; Roland Nairnsey, Director of Sales; Deb Harris, Sales Executive – The Founders Club; Steve Walker, Project Manager


The community isn’t the only thing that drew the Vainieri’s into The Founders Club: The golf and country club community also features only 262 home sites among the 700 beautifully landscaped acres. Each is generously sized to adequately furnish your dream home and is also surrounded by lake views, nature preserves, wetlands, a golf course, or often all four. Humberto and Deborah say they chose London Bay Homes, the preferred builder at The Founders Club, to design and build their custom home in Sarasota because they simply had the best design and construction methods.

“With other builders, you see the same floor plan over and over and over again. We didn’t want that. In the end, no other builders could compare with London Bay. I gave all the other builders my 3-page wish list; nothing was missing from it with London Bay. They did it all!”

Deborah added, “Everyone is always looking to make it the most aesthetically pleasing. We’d meet with them over and over again; they NEVER said to us, ‘ok, are you done yet?’ They wanted us to be happy; they made us feel very special. It’s a unique experience. It’s been such a fun process.”

London Bay Homes was honored with the award for America’s Best Builder and its professional team architects and designers strive to create exquisite custom estate homes for all of their clients using their signature Private Label Living process. This process embodies the company’s singular commitment to the highest possible level of personal service by striving to anticipate every client’s needs, wants, and desires—often before the clients themselves even realize them. Humberto and Deborah shared that their experience with London Bay was exceptional and that the home was finished on time and as promised.

“London Bay was proactive in making changes to improve the original design throughout the project. They have an extremely competent team of many individuals who guided us through the many decisions we had to make during construction. We were always kept well-informed every step of the way. When our input was needed they wasted no time in contacting us to discuss any issues that arose.”

Deborah added, “They designed a home on a beautiful lot with hundred-year-old trees overlooking a pond on the 7th fairway and green and fulfilled our wish list. We’ve been in the new home for less than a month busily getting it ready for the upcoming holidays when all of our children and grandchildren will be here.”

Contact us if you’re looking for a place to call home with neighbors you’ll consider friends and custom estate homes that are everything you’ve ever imagined. You can also download our brochure to learn more about The Founders Club.

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