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Please check this page frequently for news from Grand Oaks about the finest new home community in Venice, Florida.  We feature stories about our stunning model homes, luxury new homes, resident events, construction progress, buyer incentives and more...



Grand Oaks Over 90% Sold


Heritage Builders is pleased to announce that is has sold over 50 of the 55 homes available at Grand Oaks. Only 5 opportunities remain to purchase in this private, gated enclave, which in the heart of Venice, Florida. Homes in Grand Oaks have luxurious touches such as custom hardwood cabinetry and granite counter tops throughout, concrete roof tiles, open floor plans, 12' pocketing sliding glass doors, paver driveways and lanais and much, much more. Time is limited to purchase one of our customizable single-family residences, so please contact us today at 941-234-0432.

Grand Oaks is the best new home community in Venice, Florida. This private gated enclave features new luxury single-family homes by Heritage Builders.




Grand Oaks Over 50% Sold

Heritage Builders is pleased to announce that is has sold over 50% of the 55 homes available at Grand Oaks. This private, gated enclave has struck a chord with new homebuyers, offering customizable residences by a true luxury homebuilder in a low-maintenance setting. The community features resort-style amenities and low monthly association fees to boot. There are limited opportunities to purchase new residences, so please contact us today.

Grand Oaks is the finest new home community in Venice, Florida. This private gated enclave features new luxury homes by Heritage Builders.


Grand Oaks Unveils New Valencia Model and
Announces Five New Move-In Ready Homes Coming Spring 2015

On October 1, Grand Oaks unveiled its new Valencia model home. This striking residence showcases the high level of finish available as standards in all Grand Oaks homes and the stunning and very popoular Sun Room structural option. Build a new Valencia at Grand Oaks from $306,900.

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 Grand Oaks is thrilled to announce FIVE new customizable homes, ready for move-in spring 2015. There is still time to personalize these residences. We profile two of these homes below. Please call us at 941-234-0432 to learn more about these exciting opportunities.


Valencia at 155 Nolen Drive
Valencia Med B



2,049 Square Feet
2 Bedrooms | Den | 2 Baths
Features Sun Room, French Doors to Lanai, Extended Owners' Shower

Sabal at 2078 Piave Lane
Sabal Med B
1,864 Square Feet
3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths
Features Impact Windows Throughout, Custom Cabinets and Granite Counters
Heritage Builders builds luxury new homes in Venice's most coveted new home community, Grand Oaks. Grand Oaks offers fully customizable new homes and stunning furnished model homes at attractive prices in Venice.



4Fabulous Features You Will Love

Think you have to sacrifice luxury in a mid-priced home? Think again.

Heritage Builders believes that everyone deserves to come home to a place that is beautiful, comfortable and suitable for their lifestyle. Heritage is currently offering standard new home packages that are a cut above what you would expect, with luxury appointments that are rare in residences starting from the high $200,000s.


1) Attractive exteriors

Numerous elevations are available to choose from, allowing for architectural diversity while maintaining community integrity. Grand Oaks takes inspiration from traditional Coastal and Mediterranean-style homes, offering rich tile roofs, paver driveways and soft exterior palettes. 

Sabal Coastal A

2) Elegant interior appointments

Granite counter tops, custom wood cabinets, tray ceilings, and 8-foot raised-panel doors are a few of the many standard features. Spacious Owners’ Suites are complimented by luxurious Owners’ bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, tubs and double vanities. Sliding-glass pocket-doors open the living room to the lanai. Recessed lighting and stainless-steel appliances add lasting quality and enduring value.

 Interior designer Lori Fountain, who typically works on multi-million dollar homes and who has partnered with U.S. Assets Group on its luxury communities including Orchid Beach Club and The Founders Club, accepted the challenge and lovingly created spectacular packages. All Grand Oaks buyers receive a design session with Fountain after purchasing a new home.

“By really researching the marketplace with Heritage Builders, we were able to give buyers a high level of amenities while keeping the costs in a reasonable range," says Fountain. "Heritage has managed to offer a wonderful range of finishes that would normally be considered 'upgrades,' but are being included as standard finishes. This equates to an extraordinary value for the discerning homebuyer."

3) Customization 

From custom desks and custom walk-in showers to roofed extended lanais, Heritage Builders works with homeowners to meet their special desires whenever possible. For example, based on a customer request, the Valencia model now offers stylish and manageably sized heated plunge pools and extended covered lanais. 

4) Resort-style community features 

This gated enclave of 55 homes includes an elegantly appointed clubhouse with a resort-style pool and spa, catering kitchen, al fresco dining and TV/card room. Residents enjoy low-maintenance living amid lush landscaping, grand oaks and natural splendor. 

Clubhouse Elevated Night


 Heritage Builders

A family legacy of distinction

From the Beau Ciel high rise on the downtown Sarasota bayfront to the 700-acre Founders Club golf community in Sarasota, U.S. Assets Group has gained a reputation for building high-caliber communities that elevate standards in the marketplace.

Tom Brown founded U.S. Assets Group in 1993. His son, Steve Brown, joined Tom at U.S. Assets Group in 2003, and they are now partners. The two recently formed Heritage Builders, whose mission is to provide luxuriously appointed homes at attainable prices in communities like Grand Oaks.

 Tom Brown has a wealth of knowledge that can only come from a lifelong experience in the development business. Tom has been a Sarasota resident since the 1970s when he began his successful career with multinational development and construction firms before founding U.S. Assets Group.

 Steve Brown handles the daily operation of the business, including construction management, sales and marketing and community planning. Raised in Sarasota, Steve went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from  Northwestern University. Steve lives in Sarasota with his wife, Bonnie, and two young daughters, Lilly and Annabelle.

 Steve's brother-in-law, Sarasota native Ed Wilson, serves as Heritage Builders’ Director of Construction. The building industry is all he has ever known, working with his father, a local remodeler, since he could hold a hammer. Ed has an extensive background in high-end homebuilding and prides himself on delivering excellent customer service. He lives in Sarasota with his wife, Alia, and their two young sons, Philip and William.

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 Tom and Steve selected the company name "Heritage Builders" in recognition of their family heritage and values. They firmly believe in conducting business honestly and with the highest level of integrity.

 For more information about Heritage Builders and U.S. Assets Group, please visit or 

Valencia and Sabal Models Sweep 2014 Parade of Homes Awards

The Valencia and Sabal model homes swept all awards at the 2014 Sarasota-Manatee Parade of Homes.  With its breathtaking Sun Room, the Valencia garnered the "Best Master Suite" award, while the Sabal took the balance of the awards by winning "Best Kitchen," "Best Floor Plan," "Best Curb Appeal," "Best Architectural Detail" and the coveted "Best Overall."  The Grand Oaks homes have been enthusiastically received by the Realtor community and Parade judges alike.  This is a distinguised achievement for Heritage Builders' inaugural entry in the Parade of Homes.  Please visit our model homes to see why Grand Oaks has garnered such recognition.


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 Ed Wilson and Steve Brown Accept the 

"Best Overall" Award at Parade of Homes

The bright and spacious Sun Room at 

the Valencia model in Grand Oaks


Spa-Pool and Plunge Pools Now Offered at Grand Oaks

Heritage Builders is currently offering heated spa-pools or plunge pools with the top-selling Valencia floor plan.  These stylish and manageably sized pools are ideal for those wanting to enjoy a warm or refreshing dip in the privacy of their own homes.  Please inquire today at (941) 234-0432 to find out more about the latest trend in pool design.

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Artist's Rendering of the Valencia Spa-Pool



Parade of Homes February 22 - March 9.  Limited Time Parade Incentives Available at Grand Oaks.

The Parade of Homes kicks off tomorrow and Grand Oaks and Heritage Builders will be featuring The Sabal and The Valencia designer furnished models.  Please visit us or call (941) 234-0432 and inquire about our generous Parade Incentives, available through March 9.  We look forward to seeing you at the Parade of Homes!

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The Sabal Model Lanai at Grand Oaks

Steve Brown and Jim Litton at the
Parade of Homes Realtor Preview Event


February Resident-Guest Brunch at Grand Oaks Residents' Club Fun for All

Mimosas, fresh coffee from our neighborhood gourmet shop at Black Gold and delectable food, care of Venice's own Upper Crust, were in order at the February Resident-Guest event held this past Saturday at the Grand Oaks Residents' Club.  The clubhouse was packed, as neighbors and friends got together to enjoy the fine Grand Oaks lifestyle.  These events are a regular feature at Grand Oaks.  A surprise, evening Resident-Guest event is in order in March, so please stay tuned for an invite from our team.  We can't wait to see you here...


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 Residents Mix and Mingle in Our Clubhouse Our Team and Residents Enjoying the Day



Resident-Guest Wine Tasting Event a Hit!  Eleven Sales to Date.  Valencia Model Sold. 

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Residents and Guests Enjoyed a Wine Tasting at the Residents' Club


January Resident-Guest at Grand Oaks

Residents and Guests mingled and savored excellent vintages presented by Venice's own Venice Wine and Coffee at our January Resident-Guest event.  This fun event was held at the Grand Oaks Residents' Club.  We will be hosting a Saturday Brunch in February, with delectable food and coffee courtesy of our friends at Black Gold, located just steps from Grand Oaks.  See why we've sold 11 homes since November at Grand Oaks today!


Valencia Model Sold!  Only One More Model Available for Sale with Leaseback at Grand Oaks.

 Model leasebacks are a great way for you to take advantage of today's prices in a rising construction cost environment and defer move-in while earning cash flow.  Grand Oaks is currently offering its stunning Sabal model home, located on one of the most breathtaking home sites in the community.  Please inquire for details.



Sales Brisk at Grand Oaks - New Residents Joining the Community Every Day!

Grand Oaks is please to announce seven sales since unveiling its model homes in November.  Our first residents move in January with new home builds closing in March.  Grand Oaks will be hosting monthly gatherings for residents, interested buyers and Realtors starting in January.  Stay tuned as plans develop!

 Grand Oaks Entry  

 Sabal Great Room 3


 Grand Oaks Entry


 Sabal Model Great Room 

 Valencia Great Room Out  

  Bridge Oak Day


 View from Valencia Great Room 


 View of Grand Oak from Bridge 




Model Homes Unveiled to VIPs and Realtors - November 2013

The Grand Oaks team unveiled the Sabal Model, Valencia Model and Sabal Move-In Ready home to its VIPs and the Realtor community on November 7.  This well attended event showcased the quality craftsmanship,  fine design and luxurious appointments delivered by Heritage Builders at Grand Oaks.  Cocktails were served the clubhouse, followed by a progressive culinary experience provided by Venice's own casual fine dining establishment, The Back Eddie.  Fun was had by all on this starry and cool evening by the lake.  To view our models, please stop by during business hours or call us at 941-234-0432 to set an appointment.

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 Grand Oaks Sales Associate, Jim Litton, with visitors   Our first group of Realtors arriving at the Grand Oaks Residents Club        
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Not a bad looking clubhouse and pool!   Passed hors d'oeuvres care of The Back Eddie at the Residents' Club        



Construction Update - November 2013

We recently completed construction of our models and the majority of our site construction.  You may tour our models by appointment.  Please call 941-234-0432 to schedule a an appointment with one of our Sales Representatives.  

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 Grand Oaks Entry    Sabal Model and Design Center        
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Valencia Model   The Residents' Club        



Construction Update - August 2013

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 Grand Oaks entry taking shape    Move-in ready Sabal coming fall 2013        


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Expansive lanais and lake vistas   Views of our signature grand oaks        



Construction Update - June 2013

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Making progress on the Sabal  

View of the beautiful grand
oaks and lake from the
Valencia sun room




Ground Breaking Ceremony - May 2013

Heritage Builders, a U.S. Assets Group Company Celebrates the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Grand Oaks!

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Pictured from left to right: Ed Wilson, Director of Construction; Steve Brown, U.S. Assets Group Principal; Becky Bishop, U.S. Assets Group CFO and Tom Brown, U.S. Assets Group Principal