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valencia bonita - bonita springs fl

For affordable luxury in Bonita Springs, consider the 55+ community of Valencia Bonita. Created for active adults, homebuyers can choose from single-family homes or villas, with garden, preserve or waterfront views.

Designed for living and entertaining, many of the homes of Valencia Bonita come with a large amount of living space, including screened-in and covered patios. With several different home collections for buyers to choose from, options start in the high $300,000s, but there are also some homes priced starting in the $600,000s.

A monthly HOA fee covers the community amenities, landscaping and upkeep. When complete, Valencia Bonita plans to welcome in nearly 1,000 homes in nearly two-dozen different floor plans.

Residents enjoy the

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eleven eleven central - naples fl

Construction of Eleven Eleven Central now moves on to Phase II of the project. The second phase of the Downtown Naples development is already more than 50-percent sold and Phase I is completely sold out.

With Phase II, buyers can choose from seven different floor plans of around 1,400 to 2,500 square feet of living space. Priced from the high $700,000s, some of the largest available floor plans are priced upwards of $1.5 million.

Buyers can expect to find open floor plans with a dining area, great room, and an island kitchen. The home designs also include a separate laundry room and a covered balcony.

Generally, Phase II consists of two- to three-bedroom floor plans with up to 3.5-baths. Many of the homes come with a den, while those on the

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cape marco - marco island

From water and beachfront views to tennis, swimming and more, some of Marco Island’s most luxurious neighborhoods have it all. The top five neighborhoods also tack on sensational floor plans that appeal to the wants and needs of luxury condo buyers.

Cape Marco

Found on the island’s southwest corner, Cape Marco is home to a half-dozen high-rises with outstanding views and top amenities. This gated community tacks on fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis, guest suites and a beachfront setting.

South Seas Club

Right along Clam Bay, South Seas Club consists of four high-rise buildings with outstanding views overlooking the Gulf and the island itself. The luxury community features beach and waterfront condos with access to boat docks, tennis

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seychelles - naples fl

For more affordable, Southwest Florida luxury, consider the inviting community of Seychelles. Modelled after the exclusive islands, this gem of a community takes its inspiration from the beautiful beaches and deep blue waters of the Seychelles Islands.

Featuring a collection of British West Indies-style carriage homes, Seychelles will eventually make room for more than 220 condos, spread out across 28 two-story buildings. Priced starting in the high $200,000s, the homes of Seychelles typically range from around 1,300 square feet to 1,700 square feet of living space.

The new construction carriage-homes from Neal Communities come in four different designs. Buyers can expect to find two- to three-bedroom floor plans with up to a two-car garage.

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longshore lake - naples fl

From young families to retirees, Longshore Lake in North Naples has amenities for all interests. No matter whether you enjoy spending your time out on the tennis courts, out on the water or relaxing poolside, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from in the community.

The Club at Longshore Lake provides a lakefront swimming pool, fitness center and tennis center with Har-Tru courts. Staff members are also on hand for group and private lessons and tennis clinics, while younger residents can take advantage of tennis camps, clinics and competitions.

You’ll also find a number of social mixers and dinners designed specifically for tennis enthusiasts. In addition, the clubhouse offers a range of dining options, from more casual selections to fine

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naples reserve - naples fl

For an eco-friendly community rich with amenities, consider Naples Reserve in South Naples. Joined by mature palm trees and low-maintenance, native landscaping, many of the homes of Naples Reserve offer lake views, which makes it an ideal spot for birding in a natural setting.

It doesn’t hurt either that Picayune Strand State Forest borders the community. The massive state park is filled with marshes, cypress swamps, protected pinelands and wildlife.

With nearly two-dozen lakes in the community itself, it’s easy for residents of Naples Reserve to get out on the water. Hydrobikes are available for use at the Outrigger Center, while the site also offers the option of taking an electric boat cruise on Eagle Lake.

Other options for recreation

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ardena - north naples fl

For the latest in estate homes, consider the upscale new community of Ardena in North Naples. Featuring your choice of a one or two-story floor plan from Pulte, the estate homes of Ardena come with such desirable features as chef-inspired kitchens and large owner’s suites.

Priced starting in the mid $600,000s, there are also some estate home designs in Ardena priced over $1 million. With 77 homesites to choose from, the homes of Ardena feature water and preserve views.

Generally, buyers can expect to find at least 2,500 square feet of living space, with some of the largest floor plans in the community commanding upwards of 5,000 square feet of living space. The homes also include either a two- or three-car garage and some flexibility for

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marco island flPhoto: Garen M.

As the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is known today for its beautiful beaches and its ample opportunities to enjoy life out on the water. While the picturesque island offers an enticing location for residents and visitors alike, it also maintains a rich and unique history.

Its roots can be traced all the way back to 500 AD. That’s when the Calusa people inhabited what we now call Marco Island, as well as much of the rest of Southwest Florida. It was Spanish explorers, however, that reportedly gave the island its name.

It’s thought that centuries ago, Juan Ponce de Leon made landfall on the south end of the island. When Spanish explorers arrived in the mid 1500s, they called the island “La Isla de San Marcos”,

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the commons club at the brooks

From the beach to the golf course, The Brooks offers up some outstanding amenities. Made up of several master planned communities, including a number of different housing opportunities and neighborhoods, residents of The Brooks are treated to a full range of available options.

At the heart of the greater community is The Commons Club. The club provides access to The Beach Club, a large fitness center and spa, dining and social activities.

The large property also includes an 18-hole golf course designed by Gordon Lewis, several Har-Tru tennis courts and a heated swimming pool and spa. In addition, you’ll find bocce ball and a golf shop.

Membership opportunities are contingent upon the different communities that make up The Brooks. Some

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marco island yacht clubPhoto: Garen M.

Home to luxury homes and luxury yachts, Marco Island certainly appeals to an upscale boating lifestyle. Some of that appeal can be tied to the long standing Marco Island Yacht Club.

The club is the very first thing you see as you cross the bridge and enter Marco Island. While the club has entertained people for generations, the trend of luxury yachts on Marco island only seems to be gaining in popularity.

It’s said that demand for boat slips on the island currently outweighs the number of available slips. To help alleviate the issue, the city council recently approved a request from the Marco Island Yacht Club to build more than two dozen new slips capable of accommodating luxury yachts.

The new slips will reportedly be

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