Waterfront living is naturally at a premium, with developers capitalizing on breathtaking views by building skyward. Stylish condominium towers in Pelican Bay, The Brittany and The Tarpon Club by the Gulf Bay Group in Naples and Cape Marco on Marco Island are prime examples of luxury Gulf front living. Comprising condominiums and coach homes, some resorts even have their own private beachs, while Pelican Harbor on Vanderbilt Beach Road offers condominium harbor homes with 70 boat slips close to the Gulf and to golf.
Inland, many Naples developments also enjoy views of the water. Calusa Bay is another gated, waterfront development off Airport Road, with condominiums and carriage homes clustered in villages on six lakes.
Golfing communities are Naples' specialty, with such outstanding examples as Lely Resort, east of town, Collier Reserve to the north, and Grey Oaks, located on Airport Road and Golden Gate Parkway. Fiddler's Creek is a gated, planned country club community on 4,000 acres offering a nature park, country club, spa and planned 54 hole golf course.
All offer beautifully sculpted championship courses amid landscaped settings. Wilderness Country Club in North Naples, a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, is a gated clubhouse community featuring five pools, several lakes and an 18-hole golf course.
Created in 1958 by Glenn Sample at the southernmost end of Old Naples, Port Royal is widely considered Naples' most exclusive neighborhood. Port Royal is completely surrounded by nature, with the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Naples Bay to the east, and Gordon Pass and Key Island to the south. Most homes are on generous waterways, a series of man-made fingers that meander out towards Naples Bay, with direct access to the intercoastal waterway and Gulf. Ownership allows application to the Port Royal Beach Club, with tennis center, recreational green, and beachfront dining and pool.
Waterfront single family homes on narrow canals, with a few on Naples Bay and wider coves. Developed in the 1960's with many ranch style older bungalow homes. Many of these homes are being torn down for the lot value, and there is a lot of renovation going on in this neighborhood. Very light traffic. Preferred boat access to intercoastal waterway and gulf.
This is the area from which Naples grew, laid out in a two square mile grid where Avenues run east/west and Streets run north/south, stretching ten blocks from Gulf of Mexico to Naples Bay, and 20+ blocks from Aqualane Shores to the Beach Club Hotel golf course. Most direct beach access, mature landscaping, and really the only place in Naples where you have a real sense of being in a small town. Very pedestrian, where you can walk or ride a bike to restaurants and cafes. Many historic properties around 3rd Street South Shopping district. A lot of the charm of Old Naples is the low density and mix of different types of homes, along with churches, schools, the hospital, and smaller hotels, motels and inns. Enterprising Old Naples Builders are tearing down the circa 1950 homes to build small multifamily developments that offer the advantage of modern design with Old Naples location. Mostly single family homes near the beach, and less expensive options as you move further from the gulf. Strictly residential on beach with no highrises. Redevelopment of 5th Avenue South, the town's original business district, includes many new shops, restaurants, hotels, a community arts center and theater. Many hidden small lakes dot the area and offer nice water views.
Old Naples beachfront:
Single family only from Gordon Pass up to Beach Club Hotel. The larger and more private homes with less public beach access are south of 20th Avenue South, with option for membership at Port Royal Beach Club. Larger estates here are two blocks deep. This is the area with the greatest appreciation for the last few years, and there is a lot of new construction and renovation. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) restrictions on remodeling dictate that owner can only improve 50% of house, not lot, value, before having to meet new flood and wind guidelines, so many new owners are tearing down the older homes and rebuilding to FEMA specs.
Coquina, The Moorings, Park Shore:
Mostly single family homes, very residential, with mix of retirees and young professional families. The Moorings Bay waterfront area is very similar to Aqualane Shores, with more generous views. With boat access to the gulf, although bridges in most areas limit boats to 12 foot height. Designated beach access for each neighborhood, with private beach for Moorings and Park Shore.
This three square mile complete planned community, started in 1980, is virtually completed, with all the amenities most people could want, highlighted by a 27 hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course. A true community feeling is evident by several unsuccessful attempts at gaining cityhood. Extra amenities include multiple tennis courts, jogging paths, playgrounds, a county library, shopping centers, and emergency medical center. Two luxury hotels elegantly frame Pelican Bay to the north (Ritz Carton) and south (Registry Resort), with the grand modern day castle of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts and deluxe Waterside Shops adding special splashes of culture and style to the neighborhood. Interior private beach access is provided by trams via long boardwalks through a mangrove wildlife sanctuary that separates the community from a pristine three mile beach. High density residences generally offer nice views of lakes
Pelican Bay beachfront:
Setting these highrises back from the beach to preserve a mangrove estuary in fact created some of the most beautiful gulf views in Naples. In this long series of luxury towers, it seems that each new building has outdone the ones that came before it. Many amenities are typically offered within each enclave, with all the community features of Pelican Bay right nearby.
A mix of large lot country homes (Pine Ridge), new golf course communities, older neighborhoods, and small developments, this area has experienced the greatest growth in recent years. WCI, the creators of Pelican Bay, have started several new master planned communities, and numerous other new neighborhoods offer modern amenities.
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