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richard schulze home - bonita bay

Another multi-million-dollar home is off the market in Bonita Bay. According to reports, Richard Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, recently sold his Florida estate for a cool $4.75 million.

The sprawling home was recently on the market for close to $5.5 million. At the time, the home was considered one of the highest-priced listings in Bonita Springs.

The lakefront estate offers a whopping seven bedrooms and nine baths, set on more than one-acre of land in exclusive Bonita Bay. It’s been said the home is the largest property in the entire community.

With more than 14,000 square feet of exceptional living and entertaining space, the custom-built home was designed to appeal to Schulze and his extended family of children and grandchildren. The

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meadowood real estate

A new community of townhomes is under development right now in North Naples. The planned community of Meadowood plans to offer three-bedroom townhomes in a prime setting.

A product of DR Horton Southwest Florida, the new Express Homes community is said to be attractively priced, with two-story designs starting in the high $200,000s. Buyers in Meadowood will have two different floor plans to choose from, including a more than 1,500 square foot townhome with three-bedrooms and 2.5-baths.

This particular floor plan will also offer a one-car garage, a large lanai and an island kitchen overlooking a great room. The upstairs owner’s suite will provide for a walk-in closet, while two other large bedrooms, a laundry room and a bathroom round out the top

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isles of collier preserve - naples fl

With your choice of housing and plenty of admirable amenities, Isles of Collier Preserve easily allows for a Naples resort lifestyle. With miles of kayak and hiking trails and spectacular nature and water views, the new community certainly delivers a spectacular setting.

The Isles Club is the community’s focal point for lifestyle and wellness. Here you’ll find swimming pools, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts. There is also a private waterfront restaurant for dining while overlooking Cypress Waterway. Membership is additionally offered at an adjoining private yacht club and marina.

This award-winning community is a product of Minto Communities, with home styles from Minto and Stock Signature Homes. Housing options in Isles of Collier Preserve

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ave maria

The master-planned community of Ave Maria just marked a major milestone. It closed the month of May with record home sales.  More than three dozen new homes sold in Ave Maria in May, setting a new record for the community. Not only was May a banner month for home sales, but it was also a steep increase from a year ago.

As of the end of May, Ave Maria was already reporting a 35-percent increase in new home sales over the same time period last year. That’s up from the 23-percent increase in new home sales announced through late April of this year.

The development attributes the strong sales to families and active adults. Ave Maria not only offers a number of detached homes in family-friendly neighborhoods, but also an age-restricted active adult

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naples sunset - naples fl

It’s no secret that many people are attracted to Southwest Florida for its beaches, its luxury homes and its abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. One particular city, however, is known for being an especially attractive location for affluent buyers.

Some of the richest people in the nation live in Naples. Sure, there are plenty of millionaires living in Naples, but there are also some billionaires. Naples resident Shahid Khan is said to be the richest person in Florida. Reportedly worth around $8 billion, Khan owns the Jacksonville Jaguars, a UK football club and an auto parts supply business. Another Naples billionaire is Reinhold Schmieding. He founded an orthopedic surgical tools company in Germany, but later moved its headquarters to

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larry bird naples home

A Naples lifestyle is certainly appealing. With its luxury homes, golf courses, beaches and local attractions, the rich and famous have long been drawn to the Naples area.

This includes basketball great Larry Bird. Last year Bird reportedly took his Naples home off the market and listed his Indianapolis “Dream Home” instead. That particular home sat on 1.5-acres, complete with a tennis court, swimming pool and pool house, a home theater and a wine cellar.

In comparison, Bird’s 6,000 square foot home in Naples overlooks Venetian Bay. The Park Shore waterfront home sat on the market for years without selling.

When Bird first put it up for sale in 2013, he said work commitments meant he no longer had the extra time to spend in Naples. Over a

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the dunes - naples fl

The rental market is hot in Naples, especially with seasonal renters who flee to Florida during the cooler months of the year. That’s often how investors are able to pay off their annual home expenses. From the beaches to the shops, restaurants and entertainment possibilities, it’s easy to see why so many people are interested in Naples. If you’re thinking about a Naples investment property, there’s certainly plenty to consider. But how do you choose the best investment property?


To begin with, you need to think about where you want to invest and the potential financial benefits. A property close to the beach tends to be more expensive. That’s why finding a property that’s within walking distance of the beach may be a better investment.

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luxury master bath at Kalea Bay in Naples

For luxury buyers, Naples presents a wealth of opportunity. The area not only offers some amenity-rich communities, but also some stunning residential designs for buyers to consider. As for the homes themselves, some of the most popular features in Naples luxury homes range from entertaining space to relaxation.

Gourmet kitchens

The kitchen is often one of the most utilized rooms in a home, and for luxury buyers a gourmet kitchen is key. This often includes extras like a kitchen island and high-end appliances, plus such additions as a wine fridge and walk-in pantry.

Spa-like baths

Apart from the kitchen, a home’s bathrooms are another big draw for buyers, especially luxury buyers. Many are looking for a spa-like bath, outfitted with a

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quattro at naples square - naples fl

The latest residential building to come to Naples Square is quickly attracting interest from new buyers and even some who already reside in other buildings in the community. Quattro at Naples Square buyers are no doubt attracted to the enticing downtown location and its amenities, but it’s the appeal of larger residences that has many shopping for a home in Quattro.

As the fourth building at Naples Square, buyers are drawn to Quattro for its sizeable floor plans, which are said to be considerably larger than those found in the property’s original three buildings. That has some making the decision to upgrade to one of Quattro’s 64 new residences.

Many of Quattro’s ten floor plans have been designed to live more like a single-family home than a

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hamilton place - naples fl

A brand-new townhome community is now selling in North Naples. The gated Hamilton Place community offers the ease of a low-maintenance lifestyle and the appeal of two levels of living space in a new construction design.

The coastal-inspired townhomes come in five different layouts, each of which offers three-bedrooms and 2.5-baths. In total, the new community calls for 66 new townhomes.

The new townhomes are spread across a number of buildings lining a single roadway. While most of the townhomes front the rest of the community and are surrounded by greenspace, some of the attached townhomes are set near the pool area.

Based on the site plan, these townhomes appear to offer water and wooded views. Priced starting in the low to mid $300,000s,

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