While they serve as landmarks around Southwest Florida and the Caribbean, there’s now one less builder to construct the iconic chickee hut in Naples. OB Osceola, a legend of sorts in the region for constructing chickee huts, no longer commercially builds the structures.
Up until his retirement, Osceola was one of the last remaining old guard Seminole builders responsible for constructing the many chickee huts you see around the region. He and his father were two of the first to build the huts commercially, and he’s well known in the area.
Osceola’s final hut was actually a rebuild project. Decades ago, he helped construct the roof of the original chickee hut over the dock at the Cove Inn. Not too long ago he helped rebuild
While praised for its amenities and its home designs, Winding Cypress also holds the distinction of being at home with nature. The 1,100-acre community offers a true dedication to the maintenance of its nature preserves.
More than 800 acres of land set aside as natural preserve surrounds the homes of Winding Cypress. Not only does it help protect the environment, but it also offers some pretty spectacular views.
The development also includes several dozen acres of lakes. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for residents of Winding Cypress to connect with nature, from the bird wading overlook to the community garden.
The property also features a linear park, a boardwalk and an outdoor yoga studio. In addition, you’ll find a dog park
A massive Bonita Bay mansion is on the market and depending on who you ask it may just be a real bargain. The home, which currently belongs to the founder of Best Buy electronic stores, is on the market in Bonita Springs for $5.5 million.
With around 14,000 square feet of living space, there’s plenty of home to go around. It’s the largest home in the Bonita Bay community and was originally built for $9 million.
Billionaire Dick Schulze built the home in 2000 as a retreat for his ten children and dozens of grandchildren. Surprisingly, he’s not exactly downsizing with his next home.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. According to some reports his large family has outgrown the sprawling mansion in Bonita Bay and they’ve already moved on to a new
A new luxury condo community is currently going up in South Naples. Work is progressing on the Antilles condominium community of Naples, located in the Collier Boulevard corridor.
Touted as a resort-inspired alternative to bundled fee and high membership communities, Antilles promises to deliver a luxury lifestyle at a more manageable price point.
Eventually home to more than 200 condos, prices are set to begin in the mid $400,000s. Options include your choice of a grand coach home, a classic coach home or a condo in a low-rise building.
Antilles will soon offer two of those low-rise buildings, each of which are set to contain twelve homes built over ground level parking. These two- and three-bedroom floorplans will range from around 1,400 to
For the enjoyment of private boat slips and Old Florida-style architecture, Mangrove Bay presents an ideal option for homebuyers searching in the Naples area. This waterfront community not only allows for outstanding views and Gulf access, but also easy access to the countless shopping and entertainment opportunities of 5th Avenue South.
Constructed on the final significant waterfront acreage for residential development in Old Naples, prospective residents can choose one of the five waterfront designs or one of the two inland designs for homes in Mangrove Bay. This offers up the possibility of floor plans ranging from around 2,500 square feet of living space to 4,000 square feet of living space.
The calendar may still say winter, but things are about to be in full bloom at Naples Botanical Garden. The garden is gearing up for a full two weeks of fun celebrating one of the world’s largest plant families.
Naples Orchid Fest tips off in mid-February and runs through late February. The annual festival provides visitors to Naples Botanical Garden with the opportunity to learn everything and anything about orchids.
You’ll find some daily tours, demonstrations and drop-in programming throughout Orchid Fest. Part of the celebration also includes the two-day-long Naples Orchid Society Show and Sale. This particular event is filled with orchid-themed displays and vendors.
They’ll be selling orchid supplies and a large selection of blooming
As the very first location in Naples to offer condos on the beach, Coquina Sands now supplies your choice of condos, single-family homes and estate homes in an enticing location. Once considered as the northernmost section of Naples, Coquina Sands to this day offers an incredible location and some of the city’s most desirable residences.
From beachfront condos with direct access to the sand to canal homes and gulf access estates, you’ll find a rich collection of different home designs to choose from in Coquina Sands. While some of the older homes of the area have since been remodeled, others have been torn down and replaced with newer construction.
Still standing today is Bahama Club. The first beach co-op to go up in Naples, Bahama Club was
From its views to its private inclusions, there is plenty to love about living in the Lake Park neighborhood of Naples. This charming community is close to everything you need and want in the area and is full of opportunity for its residents.
To begin with, you cannot beat the location of Lake Park. Centrally located in Naples, the well-established neighborhood puts area residents with an easy walk or bike ride of the beach, downtown, plus some of the city’s best dining and shopping options. The quiet streets, tall trees and lake views certainly don’t hurt, either.
The larger Lake Park neighborhood is actually made up of a number of smaller, more distinct neighborhoods and parks. This offers plenty of
If you’re hoping to make it to the century mark, consider a move to Naples. According to those who track longevity, there are “longevity hotspots” all over the world, including right here in the United States.
Living in such a place is said to help make it easier to make healthy lifestyle choices. This could include a place with a large number of neighborhood groups or simply a place with easier access to a farmer’s market than fast food.
According to Parade magazine, good health care, affordable housing and social opportunities can all help with longevity. That’s why the magazine recently put Naples in the number four spot when it comes to the best places to live to reach the age of 100.
The publication ranked eight U.S. cities, including
For the Southwest Florida lifestyle without the hefty price tag, consider searching for your next home in Bonita Shores. While it’s possible to find some larger, five-bedroom homes on the water in Bonita Shores, the boating neighborhood also offers some options that are more affordably priced.
This non-gated community doesn’t have a lot of extras that tack on to monthly living expenses, but it does provide an ideal spot for many searching for a home in this part of Southwest Florida. In turn, homes don’t stay on the market long in Bonita Shores, especially if you’re in the market for one of the lower priced homes in the neighborhood.
In particular, homes priced less than $350,000 typically tend to sell fast. Some of the more expensive homes in