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palisades - naples fl

A well-known developer and real estate firm in Southwest Florida is now making plans for a new Naples community. Although few details are being released just yet, it could open the door for new custom homes in a desirable part of Naples.  

Seagate Development Group recently closed on some acreage in North Naples for a project it plans to call Palisades. Seagate paid nearly $5 million for about 12-acres of property on Yarberry Lane.

That’s close to Windward Isle, which also happens to be a newer Seagate development. That luxury community is home to just 28 residences and is newly sold-out.

According to those with Seagate, the popularity and success of Windward Isle is what led them to start the process of developing Palisades. The existing

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naples pier at sunset - naples flPhoto: Valerie

Affluent Naples is well known for its beautiful homes and high-end shopping. A favorite of celebrities, people flock to Naples for its upscale lifestyle possibilities. It’s no wonder that some of the most sought after communities in Naples are rich with options.

Port Royal

Some of the priciest homes in all of Naples tend to be in Port Royal. This is where you’ll find luxury waterfront homes, many of which are custom builds. The exclusive Port Royal Club offers access to the beach, swimming, tennis and more.

Pelican Bay

On the other end of Naples is Pelican Bay. This exclusive community also offers a waterfront lifestyle, with direct Gulf access. The master-planned community additionally offers a private beach, access to the

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compass landing - naples fl

For low HOA fees and a great location, it’s time to consider the impressive offerings of Compass Landing in Naples. This single-family community of Coastal and Craftsman-style homes delivers plenty of amenities at a more affordable price point, while also sitting close to everything you need and want in the Naples area.

Buyers can choose from five different available floor plans in Compass Landing or choose from one of the quick move-in designs from Mattamy Homes. Options in Compass Landing include both one- and two-story designs.

The single family homes typically start at around 1,900 square feet of living space, with some of the largest available floor plans in Compass Landing commanding more than 2,900 square feet of space. Buyers will

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ave maria - naples fl

The award-winning community of Ave Maria just hit a brand new record when it comes to home sales. The master-planned community has now recorded more than 450 new home sales for the year.

That’s an impressive 55-percent jump in home sales over the same time period last year and puts the community on pace for a record breaking year. The new sales come from Lennar Homes, CC Homes, Pulte Homes and Del Webb Naples.

The news comes as the fast-growing community of Ave Maria also just received the honor of being ranked one of the nation’s Top 25 Selling Master-Planned Communities. Ave Maria is a repeat winner of Community of the Year.

It has also picked up several other awards in recent years for its design and its sales. The self-sustaining town

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avalon park - ave maria fl

The new Avalon Park at Ave Maria continues to show strong demand and interest. This Pulte community offers single-story and two-story home designs in a range of sizes.

With nearly a dozen different floor plans to choose from, the home designs typically include anywhere from two- to seven-bedrooms, and at least two-baths. They also come with either a two-or three-car garage.

Avalon Park homes are being offered as part of two different collections. The Distinctive series includes floor plans starting at around 1,600 square feet of living space.

Some of the largest homes are part of the Echelon Series, with the most spacious homes sometimes commanding more than 5,300 square feet. Homes in the community sit within walking distance of Ave Maria’s

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ventana pointe - naples fl

Homes are now pre-selling for the new community of Ventana Pointe. Opening soon in North Naples, Ventana Pointe offers your choice of 77 homesites, with its lots being released in phases.

Homes in this community come in seven different designs from Pulte, with floorplans ranging from two- to five-bedrooms. The homes also come with two- to four-baths and up to a three-car garage. 

Priced starting in the $400,000s, the smallest floor plan provides around 1,600 square feet of living space. This single-story home includes three-bedrooms and two-baths.

Three of the floor plans are two-story homes. Perfect for families, these layouts come with four to five-bedrooms and up to around 3,400 square feet of living space.

Some of the home designs in

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mike ditka

Naples is known for its stunning homes and unmatched natural beauty, making it easy to see why the city is so popular when it comes to attracting the rich and famous. Although you may come across the occasional actor or actress in the city, it’s not just movie stars who live in Naples.

The city is also a favorite of tv and radio personalities, musicians, sports stars and business entrepreneurs. TV’s Judge Judy reportedly owns a home in Pelican Bay, while Fox’s Brett Baier owns a vacation condo in Naples.

According to reports, talk show host Sean Hannity owns a tower penthouse at Moraya Bay in Naples, while Jane Seymour, also known as Doctor Quinn the Medicine Woman, is occasionally spotted in the city. Other former and current famous residents

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villages of monterey - naples fl

As a community for all lifestyles, the Villages of Monterey offers a variety of home designs and a number of impressive amenities. Made up of four distinct neighborhoods and more than 400 residences, buyers can choose from single-family homes, villas or condos.

This means a range of styles and price points when it comes to considering any one of the available residences in Villages of Monterey. First developed starting in the early 1990s, some of the homes in this planned community sit on lakefront lots, while other homes exist on quiet streets and cul-de-sacs.

This family-friendly community offers your choice of home styles, with some two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans, as well as some larger layouts with four- or more bedrooms, making them an

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valencia trails - naples fl

For a contemporary, resort-like lifestyle and atmosphere, come home to North Naples and the impressive new Valencia Trails community. This 55+ active community is rich with amenities and possibilities.

With a dynamic list of opportunities to choose from, Valencia Trails offers a massive clubhouse with your choice of indoor and outdoor dining options. You’ll also find a social hall, card rooms, a sports lounge and a catering kitchen on the property.

Other options include a fitness center, a massage room, steam rooms and a nail salon. Additionally, you’ll find things like an arts and crafts center, plus outdoor walking trails, a dog park and a fire pit.

Other amenities of Valencia Trails range from the development’s swimming pools to its tennis

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coconut palms in naples fl

It may be a decent-sized city and popular tourist destination today, but the City of Naples actually began well more than a century ago. That’s when some first began seeing the potential for Naples as a winter retreat.

Originally eyed as a prime fishing and hunting location, it wasn’t long before word got out about Naples, and others began the quest for something new. Originally founded in the late 1800s, the purpose of the Naples Town Improvement Company was to drive more visitors to the region.

Company leaders saw Naples as the perfect location to make a winter retreat. They purchased around 3,700-acres between Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Flash-forward a few years, and developers had already constructed some beach homes, a pier, a

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