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January 2014

Found 8 blog entries for January 2014.


Wine Spectator magazine calls the Naples Winter Wine Festival “the most successful charity wine auction in the nation.”  This annual event, which started in 2001, brings the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a spectacular 3-day Gala in Naples.  Luxury Institute ranks the Naples Winter Wine Festival among the Top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans---a ranking based on prestige, exclusivity and quality.

To attend the festival, it costs $8,500 per couple to just walk in the door.  But once you walk in, you’ll find yourself among Michelin-starred chefs and top sommeliers.  The Naples Winter Wine Festival was recently held this year over the weekend of January 24-26.  The auction took

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Tin City’s charming boardwalks, tin-topped buildings and bayfront shops and eateries overlook the working docks of Naples Bay.  Tin City is an air-conditioned indoor marketplace that recalls Naples’ nautical past.  The heart of Naples’ waterfront is its area waterways.  In the 1920s, Tin City’s tin roofed buildings were the hub of economic development and transport made possible by the railroad.  This stretch of the Gordon River waterways as a result became the center of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing and boat construction.  Today, Tin City holds its historic Old Florida charm, including a mix of more than 40 quirky local shops, 2 waterfront restaurants and a wide range of water and boating activities for all ages.

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The historic Naples Municipal Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Naples.  Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, today the Naples Pier serves as an iconic landmark standing tall after 100 years as a beacon for fishermen, people-watching, gorgeous Florida sunsets and long walks to look into the Gulf of Mexico waters.

As a favorite spot in Olde Naples for fishing and sightseeing, the Naples Pier is a top location for fishing, and you do not need a license.  There are benches along the Pier as it extends into the Gulf where you can sit and people-watch, enjoy the beauty of the area and take in the breathtaking scenery.  A snack bar is located on the Pier where you can grab a coffee, smoothie or snack and enjoy a Southwest

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Mirasol at Coconut Point is a gated community featuring townhomes and condos located in Bonita Springs.  The location is ideal for new homebuyers close to the Coconut Point Mall featuring nationally recognized retail stores and a variety of restaurants.  Mirasol residents enjoy walking and biking to the shops, dining and entertainment venues at the Coconut Point Mall.  Nearby are also the Miromar Outlets, Gulf Coast Town Center, country clubs, parks, highways and beaches.

Four luxurious open floor plans are now available.  Low-rise buildings with attractive appointments such as tile roofs, paver driveways, and spacious garages are nestled around 3 sparkling lakes at Mirasol.  Amenities for the entire family to enjoy include a resort-style pool, spa,

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Naples’ City population is shrinking.  The 11.4% decline from 2000 to 2010 in the city’s population is largely due to wealthy out-of-towners buying second homes who maintain a primary residence somewhere else; a shortage of buildable land; an aging wealthy population; and strong demand for luxury vacation rentals or second homes.  The city’s population now stands at just over 19,500. 

The region overall has seen a spike in population in Collier County and Lee County, up 27.9% and 40.3%, respectively.  The average home in Naples sold for $1.16 million compared to $355,000 for the rest of the region.  Home prices may be out of reach for all but wealthy buyers who purchase second homes here but don’t count in the population census since their primary

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Vice President Joe Biden’s younger brother has bought a house on 5 acres on Keewaydin Island in Collier County for $2.5 million.  James Biden and his wife Sara purchased the house and property on December 23 from Brian Gaines of Fort Lauderdale.  The property is assessed at $1,193,423 on the Collier County property appraiser’s website. 

Keewaydin Island is a barrier island located off the coast of Naples.  It is monitored every evening by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for Loggerhead Turtle nesting activity.  Keewaydin Island is a private beach.  About 50 private lots and 15 private homes can be found on the island, chiefly on the south side of the island. 

As a barrier island, Keewaydin Island has no cars, roads or bridges.  Locals and visitors

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Only 10 units are left for sale in The Strada Residences at Mercato in the sophisticated mixed-use community that is 90% sold.  The Strada at Mercato features 92 residences in 2 distinctive buildings overlooking Strada Place.  Buyers who choose the exclusive Strada are looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle and daily luxury living.

Just as residence sales have been strong, so too have sales for Mercato’s retail division down below, including new tenants Nordstrom Rack, Second Cup and Mark Loren Designs.  Other Mercato retail favorites are Whole Foods Market, Silverspot Cinemas and other nationally known shops and cuisine from around the world, adding to the cosmopolitan lifestyle where residence owners can live, work, and play without a car.  Close enough

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Pulte Homes’ brand new community, Camden Lakes, is now open.  Camden Lakes is a gated community providing natural gas, featuring 150 single-family homes located in premier North Naples.  Three spectacular lakes surround homes designed in a European architectural style.  The homes are located at School Access Road and Livingston Road.

The 8 different home designs offer open floor plans, featuring a great room, screened lanai, and a fire pit for entertaining.  There are 5th bedroom and bonus room options.  The 1 and 2-story single-family homes include 2-4 bedrooms, 2-3.5 bathrooms, ranging from 1,761 to 3,347 square feet.  The Camden Lakes homes are priced from $327,990 to $476,990.  The amenities start with a community clubhouse, fitness center,

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