A Look Back at the Park Shore Early Years
Now home to a number of luxury condominiums, the Park Shore, as we know it today, appears very different from how it once presented itself decades ago. In fact, in the mid-1960s Park Shore was simply undeveloped marshland, tucked away between the area’s white sand beaches and US 41, then the only main road linking Naples to the north. It took another six years to dig out Venetian Bay and complete the first condominiums in the area. This was only the beginning, though, of Collier County’s first planned unit development district, one of the first to grace the entire state.
Along with the bay came a natural dune system, opening the way to home sites, storm water systems and underground utilities. For more than a decade spanning from the early 1970s to 80s new residential units began to fill in the space. The first included the mid-rise apartments and townhomes of Colony Gardens, soon followed by Horizon House, said to be the most luxurious and tallest building of the time. Over the years the Venetian Villas were constructed, as were the impressive units of Esplanade Club, with unmatched Gulf views from every home.
The late 1980s brought Venetian Village, or rather “The Village”, the region’s renowned upscale dining and shopping destination. A second phase was added on in 1990, providing waterfront restaurants, boutiques and galleries.
Two decades after residential construction first began in Park Shore the area added The Vistas, followed by Le Parc and The Enclave, with just one impressive home per floor. Other residences later joined including Park Tower and Le Rivage. The most recent addition was in the mid-2000s when Aria joined the other properties as the newest luxury beachfront condominium building in the area.
From a sparse beginning Park Shore has evolved substantially over the years to become one of the most highly celebrated upscale destinations in all of Naples today.