The strong sales and member momentum that began in 2020 has continued through the first quarter of the new year at The Founders Club as evidenced by a record-breaking increase in new club memberships, an array of new homesite sales, and new model homes under construction by some of Sarasota’s finest luxury homebuilders. 13 lot sales since January have amounted to nearly $2.75 million.
Award-winning builder London Bay, who also handles sales and marketing for the community, kicked off the year with the sale of its Davidson model. A second elegant model, the Cameron, also recently sold. The homes boast expansive views of the golf course and tranquil nature preserve, as do nearly every home in The Founders Club.
More than a dozen new homesites and homes have been purchased in the last four months showcasing a variety of options available through The Founders Club’s flourishing Builder Program. Comprised of four luxury custom homebuilders – AR Homes, John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, and London Bay – the builder program gives homebuyers access to a variety of architectural styles and customizable floor plans complementing the community’s natural beauty. A trio of models underway illustrate the possibilities that await.
Lee Wetherington Homes has begun construction on the Turnberry, its newest custom model home at The Founders Club. Offering 4,199-square-feet of indoor living space, the inspiration home is situated on the community’s 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course at 3712 Caledonia Lane. The Turnberry’s spacious, open floor plan offers an expansive kitchen, dining room and great room, along with a den for homeowner flexibility. The outdoor living area offers an alfresco kitchen and a custom swimming pool by LeeSure Water Pools, a Lee Wetherington company. The Turnberry will be ready to inspire The Founders Club homebuyers later this year.
Builder John Cannon Homes has also commenced construction on a new model with views of the community’s championship golf course. Located at 8293 Archers Court, the three-bedroom, three-bath Adelaide will offer more than 5,000 air-conditioned square feet and a gourmet kitchen with a nearby chef’s pantry and a deck for growing herbs. Encompassing an entire wing of the home, the owner’s suite features a private study, exercise room with sauna, and a luxurious bath with its own courtyard. The expansive outdoor living area will feature a fully equipped kitchen and ample space to create an entertainment oasis. A bonus room, golf simulator room, and a pair of guest suites complete the home.
AR Homes has recently commenced construction on the new Annabel model. Located at 3727 Caledonia Lane, the home will offer 3,630-square-feet of living space. With three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, the Annabel will showcase an expansive outdoor living area overlooking The Founders Club’s legendary oak trees.
“This season, interest in The Founders Club has surpassed our expectations,” said Melissa Dovey, sales executive at The Founders Club. “From a variety of luxury home designs, to an all-season, active lifestyle, to proximity to beaches and Sarasota’s cultural district, we offer everything today’s homebuyer is seeking – and more.”
With a variety of amenities to indulge in both active and leisurely pursuits along with the fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course and acres of nature preserves, membership has remained apace at all three club levels: Social, Associate Golf, and Golf.
The Club recently completed a $600,000 course renovation that included updates to the bunkers and greens. Golf is a core part of life at The Founders Club. No tee times are required and crowds are never an issue, since membership is limited to 275. Members can walk the course at their own pace – utilizing one of only a few traditional caddie programs available in Sarasota – and enjoy the game as it’s meant to be. The Club’s 7,094-yard, par 72 layout features a backdrop of mighty oak, pine and palm trees and is dotted with tranquil lakes, unspoiled wetlands and natural buffers of untamed landscapes.
The Founders Club blends luxury in a natural setting. Sales Executive Melissa Dovey said homebuyers regularly share their enthusiasm for their new community.
“I recently had a couple tell me they have best friends here, and they haven’t even closed yet! It really speaks to the welcoming spirit of The Founders Club and its friendly residents,” said Dovey.