All Blog Entries by Mark Washburn

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palazzo at naples

Prospective residents of the new luxury community of Palazzo at Naples now have the choice of a custom-designed home or a quick delivery home. With just 85 home sites to choose from, the single-family home community includes choices ranging from around 2,000 square feet to upwards of 4,000 square feet, close to prime golf courses and beaches.

One of the first quick delivery homes to become available within Palazzo at Naples is a 2,200 square foot home scheduled to be ready for a new owner to move in this fall. The floor plan offers a tile roof and two-car garage, priced at $599,995.

This particular home includes the infusion of plenty of natural light with a southern exposure and open floor plan. Interested buyers can expect to find upgraded maple

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Florida Health Map

A new report once again ranks Collier County residents among the healthiest in the entire State of Florida. According to the 2017 County Health Rankings, residents of Collier County come in second place overall, right behind St Johns County when compared to all 67 counties across the state.

The study, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, gives Collier County the number two spot for health outcomes. This includes a number one ranking for length of life and a spot in the top 10 for quality of life.

In addition, the county also receives an admirable number five in the category of health factors. Included in this is the subcategory of health behaviors, which presents Collier County with

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naples cay real estate

From sensational views to abundant amenities, Naples Cay presents the luxury of a beachfront lifestyle, right in sunny Naples. This premiere community offers the enjoyment of resort-style conveniences, complimented by a prime address right on the waterfront.

This private, gated community is surrounded by natural preserves and boasts more than a mile of Clam Bay frontage. With private beach access, residents enjoy a relaxing, tranquil environment, with a tropical setting to match.

In addition, the resort-style amenities extend to the swimming pools, tennis courts and a boardwalk to the Gulf. There are also fully stocked exercise rooms, saunas and steam rooms for residents to use, along with other building-specific amenities.

The six high-rise towers that

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hammock bay naples fl

Surrounded by natural beauty and extraordinary amenities, there is much to discover within the luxurious community of Hammock Bay. This gated, country club development offers prestigious condominium homes, amazing features and lush, natural surroundings.

Found near Marco Island, Hammock Bay is one of just a select number of communities in the entire world designated by Audubon International as a “Gold Certified Signature Sanctuary”. This recognizes the development’s high level of sustainability within a natural environment.

Beyond this, perhaps most recognizable is the Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club. The 18-hole, championship course blends in with the existing environment, providing one of the most scenic courses in the entre region.

With onsite PGA

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81 seagate dr unit 2201

There’s a new record sale price for a condo in Naples, this one tied to a sprawling penthouse unit in Seasons at Naples Cay. The luxury high-rise offers a stunning collection of high-end residences, accented with upscale finishes and surrounded by sensational amenities.

The record-breaking sale comes from a $14.75 million home, complete with five-bedrooms and five-baths. This sophisticated residence was sold fully furnished, with custom designs and fine art included. The home décor also includes the unit’s Italian porcelain flooring, name brand, Sub-Zero and Gaggenau appliances and quartz countertops.

Perhaps even more luxurious, however, is the unit’s private elevator, fitness room and sauna, along with the breathtaking views. The unit is not alone in

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naples park

From 1950s and 1960s-style bungalows to massive, new construction homes, tear-downs continue to transform Naples Park, the oldest neighborhood in North Naples. Once built-up to accommodate the blue-collar community it served, the area is under a transformation, with increasing land costs boosting the profitability of tearing down the older homes and starting over again.

Vacant lots are rare to find in some parts of Naples too, with sometimes the best solution being to tear down an existing home when searching for a desirable location. That has many buyers searching for older homes, not to renovate but to tear down and start from scratch. While not all of the homes are all that old, buyers often seek out properties in this community and others for their

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talis park golf

As residential developers eye new options for Southwest Florida, some reports suggest they are rethinking the need for more golf communities. It’s a trend that’s been witnessed in recent years, as some developers have changed their plans, ditching the golf courses and instead filling the acreage with more homes.

It happened in 2015 when the developers behind Kalea Bay in North Naples petitioned to change the zoning from a planned 18-hole golf course to dozens of single-family homes. While that original petition was denied, Stock Development also requested amending the zoning of its San Marino community around the same time, projected to up the housing options there by about 300 homes by removing the proposed golf course.

While the real estate market has

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mangrove bay naples fl

With the luxury of private boat docks, private swimming pools and graciously appointed homes, Mangrove Bay features a generous selection of extras, with a desirable location to match. The one- and two-story homes are right on the Gordon River, providing many homeowners with exceptional waterfront views.

While a boatlift is optional, all residents may also launch kayaks and Jet Skis from the community’s private boat ramp, or hop on a water shuttle to one of the many nearby restaurants. Mangrove Bay is mere blocks away from premiere dining establishments, shops and entertainment, offering the best of a waterfront lifestyle, mixed with the convenience of being close to everything you desire in the Naples area.

The resort-style atmosphere of Mangrove Bay

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venetian village - gulf shore boulevard naples fl

From boat docks and fitness centers to private beaches and upscale shopping, the amenities are plentiful within the neighborhood of Gulf Shore Boulevard. This highly desirable location is both elegant and distinctive, with a reputation for containing some of the most stunning features and homes in the Naples area.

Starting in Old Naples, with its sophisticated shops and upscale dining, Gulf Shore Boulevard leads to some of the most favored communities and premiere beachfront locations. With some fantastic areas for catching a sunset, living in luxury high above the nearby waterfront and extending to the large community swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis and more, the options are truly limitless in the neighborhood of Gulf Shore Boulevard.

Other common

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Graphic: Gallup and Healthways

The City of Naples is not only one of the most coveted places to call home, but it turns out the city is pretty great when it comes to overall well-being and happiness, too. That’s according to a new Gallup-Healthways survey, giving the top spot to Naples for the second year in a row.

The report takes a look at the well-being and health trends of people living in cities all across the nation, giving the Naples metropolitan area the highest well-being score of any of the 189 communities in the survey. In fact, the Naples/Immokalee/Marco Island area has been one of the top 10 communities on the list for the past several years.

The survey looks at residents who have the highest sense of purpose, as well as a positive

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