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April 2018

Found 8 blog entries for April 2018.

naples botanical gardens - bayshore arts districtPhoto: mark_whitton

One of Southwest Florida’s most unique neighborhoods, the Bayshore Arts District has gradually transformed itself into a funky Naples neighborhood. Officially recognized as an arts district for more than a decade now, businesses of the Bayshore Drive triangle area of Naples are just now starting to get more widespread recognition.

Tenants of the district include a jewelry boutique and design studio, plus specialty artists including photographers, painters, illustrators and fabric designers. In fact, the one-mile long district is filled with artist studios and shops, plus designers and more. While some of the more recent interest and foot traffic in the district is credited, at least in part, to the Wang Opera Center, some artists

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 mediterra tennis court

While many Southwest Florida communities offer up tennis, the tennis available within Mediterra truly raises the bar. The community’s award-winning tennis program is known as one of the best in the nation, complete with a total of eight Har-Tru tennis courts.

Included in that is a coliseum court and a stadium court, overseen by a USTA Certified Tennis Professional. The program also boasts more than a dozen league teams, perfect for those of all abilities, plus tennis-themed activities ranging from cardio tennis and clinics to round robins.

The club additionally offers traveling teams and an annual Club Championship, plus tennis lessons, again for those of all abilities. A few years back Venus Williams even hosted a tennis clinic at the

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la mer - 4051 Gulf Shore Blvd Naples fl

A true waterfront icon in the Naples area, La Mer continues to attract interest from new buyers decades after it first graced the city’s skyline. The building was the very first high-rise of its kind to come to Park Shore, and its certainly one you can’t easily forget.

Constructed in the late 1970s, La Mer was uniquely designed around a central atrium with hanging gardens. The open-air atrium has been a feature now for decades, recently updated and renovated to reflect a more modern look, while at the same time retaining the original charm that first attracted people to the building so many years ago.

Along with the soaring atrium that perhaps gets the most attention, the building’s lobby also contains a reflection pond. The beachfront condo

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naples square - naples fl

New condos are going fast in Downtown Naples, where the newest construction homes of Naples Square are nearing a sellout. Units within Phase III of the property are currently up for sale, and less than one-third of all units still remain available.

Those units already sold include one of the building’s three furnished models. As well two floor plans within Phase III, the Emerson and Dorset are also already sold out. Many of the newer floor plans are larger than those presented in Phase I of Naples Square.

The development offers a variety of one- to three-bedroom plus a den floor plans, also enjoying terraces and open living space. The single- and two-story designs of Phase III start priced in the mid $700,000s, all with at least 1,700 square

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stonecreek clubhouse - naples fl

The much-anticipated StoneCreek clubhouse is now open within the newer construction community of single-family homes in Naples. The massive clubhouse brings 13,000 square feet of recreation, entertainment and social offerings to StoneCreek, with a full-time lifestyle director on staff to coordinate all of the exciting classes and events for residents.

The newly completed clubhouse boasts an impressive fitness center filled with all of the latest equipment, plus an indoor sports court. In addition, the clubhouse also includes a game room, multi-purpose room and card room, plus a social hall.

On the outside, the offerings extend even more, covering upwards of six-acres of property just for the amenities of the community, alone. Here, the

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marquesa isles - naples fl

A new community of twin villas is coming to Naples, where construction crews recently began clearing land for construction of Marquesa Isles. The gated community sits just off County Barn Road and Davis Boulevard, with eventual plans calling for more than 150 villas to be built at the site.

A development of Neal Communities, Marquesa Isles could be open as early as next fall, complete with designs influenced by British West Indies-style architecture as well as the classic coastal designs of Caribbean plantation homes. In addition to the new construction residences, an amenity center will join the twin villas of Marquesa Isles, including a swimming pool and spa, plus a fire pit and cabanas.

The space will also make room for a community kitchen,

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naples restaurantPhoto: Johann Napp

Facing some stiff competition from several other southern cities, it seems that Naples rises high above most of the rest, gaining high marks when it comes to the top southern foodie towns in the nation. Southern Living recently came up with its list of “The South’s Best Food Towns 2018” based on a reader survey, and Naples certainly gets a nod as one of the true favorites on its latest list.

In fact, Naples comes in at an admirable number four on the list of favorite southern food cities, only topped by cities in three other locations including those in Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama. Some point out that’s just confirmation of the city’s rise when it comes to national recognition of its restaurants, with past showings on

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celebration park food trucks(Photo: David Corban Architect)

It’s time to prepare for an entirely new culinary experience, as a new food truck park is coming soon to East Naples. Planned for a spot just off Bayshore Drive, crews are now taking their first steps toward completion of the planned attraction, named Celebration Park.

While it’s expected that the venue won’t officially open up to diners until late summer or early fall, crews will be hard at work, in the meantime, constructing a tiki bar, restrooms and making space for around a dozen food trucks plus seating at the site. Actual construction of the project should take less than six months, but the entire idea has been in the planning stages for years.

The creator is the same force behind Three60 Market, noted as a

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