The year 2020 hasn’t been the easiest year for many people, but it has shown us to be appreciative of the many wonderful things in our lives and grateful for the beautiful Sunshine State and everything it has to offer. For an increasing number of residents at The Founders Club, that includes their luxury home and the Sarasota luxury community where it resides.
The Founders Club has seen a significant uptick in its sales activity, with total sales amounting to more than $20 million for the past 10 months. Our sales activity is a mix of new home site sales, model homes sold, and new homes under construction by some of Sarasota’s finest luxury homebuilders.
“The interest throughout this year has been tremendous,” said Melissa Dovey, sales executive at The Founders Club. “We’re seeing people come from all over – as close as Lakewood Ranch, to California, Chicago, Kentucky and Texas – motivated by optimal weather, favorable financial opportunities, expansive open spaces, privacy and proximity to beaches and Sarasota’s cultural district.”
Prospective homeowners are drawn to The Founders Club’s 700 beautifully landscaped acres dotted with 262 home sites and filled with hundreds of protected live oaks and a natural habitat that attracts a variety of birds and wildlife. Each home site is generously sized to adequately furnish your dream home. Estate home sites range from a half acre to one acre and every single home is surrounded by lake views, nature preserves, wetlands, a golf course, or often all four, making an oversized home site ideal to truly appreciate all The Founders Club has to offer. Prospective homeowners looking to uncover the luxury living treasure of The Founders Club can schedule a tour of one of our available model homes. The Founders Club actually partners with multiple reputable, luxury home builders to provide you with the option of choosing the one that's right for you. Ranging from quaint custom villas to exquisite estate homes, the models available for viewing will allow you to walk into a new world of architectural elegance and distinguishable design.
Aside from the gorgeous luxury custom homes, people are also flocking to The Founders Club’s carefree Sarasota lifestyle and the many luxury amenities offered by The Founders Golf Club. The Founders Golf Club is thrilled with the recent record increase of 35 percent in new memberships, year-over-year. 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.
Residents enjoy the golf and country club community’s professional staff, who maintain a full calendar of social, sport and wellness activities in the 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Club events include wine tastings, gourmet kitchen and cooking classes, luxury auto and boating showcases, monthly mixers, and many more fine living programs. The member-owned club offers casual and fine dining, a golf pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, along with Har-Tru® tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a picnic pavilion. In addition, the Club has just added Whatmore Performance Training. This organization has fitness trained athletes from the Challenge European tour, Korn Ferry tour, Canadian tour, Latin America, PGA Tour, LPGA and Symetra tour, Legends tour and Long Drive.
Golf is a major draw at The Founders Club with 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 Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program. Our 7,094-yard, par 72 layout golf course was carved from the natural landscape, with each hole sculpted in harmony with the natural beauty of its surroundings. It features a breathtaking backdrop of mighty oak, pine and palm trees and is dotted with tranquil lakes, unspoiled wetlands and natural buffers of untamed landscapes. The Club recently completed a $600,000 renovation on the course, which included updates to the bunkers and greens.
Members also have access to state-of-the-art practice facilities utilizing Trackman® Technology to get a skillful jumpstart before taking part in different men’s, women’s, and couples’ golf events held at The Founders Club. Members can also work on their game at the Club’s putting greens, short game area for practice sessions and large driving range.
The Founders Club has also expanded their health and safety protocols, integrating new UV sanitation technology, HEPA Filter Air Purifiers in the gyms, and increased cleaning to ensure their members are healthy and happy.
“Because of what’s transpired this year, health, safety and wellness have become key priority items amongst homebuyers,” added Dovey. “Today’s buyers are looking for lots of open green spaces, and outdoor activities. When you add in the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, one of the top courses in the region, the array of outdoor amenities like the Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball court, open to all residents, regardless of Club membership, it provides for an ideal mix that checks all the boxes.”
“This summer, we saw an even higher interest for our limited summer membership,” said Juliette Valin, general manager at The Founders Golf Club. “Many were looking for things to do outside with their families, and our location provided them with an ideal setting surrounded by lush and mature greens complimented by a variety of active programs, such as tennis, yoga and Pilates. Our golf course is also in the best shape it’s ever been.”
The beautiful surroundings and amenity-rich environment of The Founders Club is complimented by a robust building program comprised of four builders – AR Homes, John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, and London Bay Homes – all who provide homebuyers with an expansive portfolio of customizable floor plans to fulfill a variety of scenarios. Each premier builder offers various architectural styles that seamlessly blend with the aesthetic and natural beauty of the community. Our preferred homebuilders have several projects currently in progress and new model homes available for viewing.
Located at 9272 McDaniel Lane, the newly completed Davidson model by London Bay Homes (pictured above) features plenty of space to accommodate a larger family or visiting guests with three bedrooms and an open-concept design that provides the ideal setting for entertaining, allowing guests to move freely between the kitchen, dining room and great room. Double doors swing open from the foyer to reveal a large study that can be customized to accommodate overnight guests or be utilized as a home office.
The Cameron by London Bay Homes is another opportunity to see the quality of homes built in The Founders Club. It is a three bedroom, three bathroom estate home with 3,092 square feet under air that overlooks a tranquil nature preserve and the community’s Robert Trent Jones, Jr. –designed championship golf course. The great room and dining room open to the outdoor living and dining area, which includes an outdoor kitchen, and overlooks the custom pool and spa adjacent to a spacious pool terrace surrounded by lush landscape.
Find peaceful natural surroundings and exquisite luxury homes when you visit The Founders Club. Schedule your tour today.