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ave maria - naples fl

There’s plenty to celebrate this year when it comes to the blossoming Ave Maria community. Developers just announced record-breaking home sales, with 350 new home sales as of late June alone.

That’s twice as many new home sales for the first half of 2021 as Ave Maria recorded for the first half of 2020. It’s no wonder that Metrostudy has ranked Ave Maria the top selling single-family home community in the area for the past 21 consecutive quarters.

The ranking is based on annual home starts and move-ins. Over the past 12 months nearly 700 new homes have sold in Ave Maria. The community has reportedly had several consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.  

The 4,000-acre town has enough space at buildout for 11,000 homes, 300 hotel

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omega at bonita bay - bonita springs fl

As more and more buyers come discover the luxuries of the new Omega at Bonita Bay high-rise, the building quickly approaches 70-percent sold. Home to just 67-residences in all, 45 of them are already sold.

Three of the building’s four penthouse units are under contract. Of the remaining units available in the building, the developer is making finish selections as the condos are completed.

This means prospective buyers need to act fast. Some of the remaining tower residences feature a total of around 4,600 square feet of living space, including some outdoor space.

They come with a dining area, great room, a family room and a double-island kitchen. The units also come with a terrace, complete with an outdoor kitchen and grill.


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soce flats - naples fl

For urban sophistication in Downtown Naples, come home to the unique, new construction possibilities of SoCe Flats. This new luxury condo development is a boutique property with just 18 residences.

The project offers a modern twist on Olde Naples, with a prime location and refined offerings. Development and design professionals worked together to create the new property and offer it up to new buyers in the downtown area.

As part of a single, three-story building, buyers can choose from a studio, a one-bedroom plus a study or even a two-bedroom condo at SoCe Flats. Floorplans generally range from around 600 square feet of living space to more than 1,100 square feet of living space.

A communal rooftop adds in a spa with sweeping views of the

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naples seniors

Long considered a top location for retirees, Naples just received yet another honor. The city was just named one of the top locations for senior health in the entire country.

The ranking comes from the Mesothelioma Center. It recently came out with a list of what it considers the “10 Best Cities for Senior Health”, and Naples was number five on the list.

The center credits Naples for having the highest average retirement income. The ranking also points out that at 82 years old, Naples is one of the cities with the highest average life expectancy.

Other things also give Naples a boost, including its top rating for air quality, which is especially important for aging seniors, especially those with lung conditions. As for local healthcare,

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metropolitan naples

The dawn of East Naples is closer than ever as two developers aim to break ground soon on projects that could finally generate a new, brighter future for Bayshore. This long neglected community has tried for years to redevelop itself.

Located only about a mile away from the upscale offerings of Fifth Avenue South, Bayshore has long been in need of something new. County leaders have tried to lure in new development before, but with two new projects on the horizon, Bayshore’s future looks brighter than ever.

One of those projects is a $250 million complex of shops, restaurants and condos. It’s hoped the trio of towers called Metropolitan Naples will eventually bring in even more new upscale redevelopment to East Naples, while also increasing

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ardena - naples fl

Some desirable new model homes are currently underway at the new Ardena on Livingston Road. This brand new, single-family home community is one of the most anticipated new developments from Pulte Homes in North Naples.

The two new furnished model homes should be completed sometime later this summer. The Layton floor plan offers up to four-bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It includes at least 3,000 square feet of living space, as well as a three-car garage.

The home also comes with a two-story foyer and a large walk-in shower in the owner’s suite. As well, you’ll find a flex room, a gathering room and a dining room.

The other model home currently under construction in Ardena is the Sanibel. This is the largest home design available in the Ardena

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reflection lakes - naples fl

For affordable luxury and a pet-friendly setting, consider taking your home search to Reflection Lakes of Naples. This gated, newer construction community offers your choice of low-density condos, attached villas or single-family homes.

Originally featuring designs by Engle Homes, the homebuilder constructed nearly 300 residences in the mid 2000s. The development was then taken over by Lennar Homes, which plans for a total of more than 600 private residences when the neighborhood is complete.

Most of the homes of Reflection Lakes start at around 1,300 square feet of living space, with some of the largest residential options topping 3,400 square feet of space. Buyers can expect to find plenty of upgrades throughout the homes, including wood

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cedar hammock - naples fl

With the combination of challenging golf and an environmentally-friendly community, Cedar Hammock appeals to a variety of lifestyle interests in Naples. This bundled golf and country club is tucked away alongside lakes and towering trees, creating a more natural, yet upscale setting for prospective members and residents.

At home alongside hundreds of acres of preserves and pine forest, more than half of Cedar Hammock is dedicated to natural space including wetlands, lakes and wildlife preserves. The environmentally-friendly setting, of course, is just part of the property’s appeal.

Nestled within the acreage is a challenging 18-hole golf course, a Pro Shop, a putting green and an aqua driving range. As well, membership at Cedar Hammock

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wiggins lakes and preserves - naples fl

Enjoy a peaceful setting with lake and preserve views from the condo community of Wiggins Lakes and Preserves at Wiggins Bay. The low-rise condos of Wiggins Preserve all come with private lanais and plenty of desirable extras.

In all, the community is made up of 212 condominium residences and five lakes. Options include several two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus a den and even three-bedroom units built in the early to mid-1990s.

The property offers four units per building, each of which includes a garage. Second floor units come with vaulted ceilings.

Some of the condos of Wiggins Lakes and Preserves have been updated with new stainless steel appliances, new flooring and other new and more modern additions over the years. The quiet, non-gated

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del webb naples at ave maria

For customized, new construction homes in a 55+ community, consider Del Webb in Ave Maria. This new active-adult community offers your choice of carriage homes, attached villas and single-family homes.

There are a total of 18 home designs in Del Webb to choose from, ranging from two- to five-bedrooms. Homes in this community also include at least two-baths and a garage, priced starting in the low $200,000s.

Homeowners in Del Webb enjoy access to the planned amenities of Del Webb and the greater Ave Maria community. This includes two clubhouses.

The Oasis Club is an amenity center for Del Webb Naples homeowners. It includes a fitness and movement studio, sauna, steam room and locker rooms.

You’ll also find an activities room, a café, a

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