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collier healthiest county


Not only is it one of Florida’s most popular places to live, but it turns out Collier County is also one of the healthiest. In fact, Collier County was recently named one of the healthiest counties in the entire State of Florida.

The ranking comes from a joint analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers looked at a series of factors to come up with the rankings, including quality of life, economic factors and social factors.

In the latest ranking, analysts put Collier County once again in the number two spot, helped by local longevity and quality of life. The county has ranked high on the list for several years. Collier County took the number one spot just in terms of

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Hadley Place - Naples FL

Affordable new construction is now available to buyers near Downtown Naples.  Hadley Place provides for single-family living at a more attractive price point.

Currently there are some available homes and some available floor plans for prospective buyers to choose from within Hadley Place. The single-story floor plans from DR Horton’s Express Homes division generally include three- to four-bedrooms and two-baths, along with room for a two-car garage.

Priced starting under $300,000, the homes of Hadley Place include at least 1,500 square feet of living space. Some of the largest floor plans in the community, meanwhile, offer buyers the option of more than 1,800 square feet of living space, and are priced in the low to mid $300,000s.

Don’t let

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naples wine festival 2020

Quickly approaching its 20th anniversary, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is just weeks away from another showing. Described as one of the most prestigious charity wine auctions in the world, the festival brings in world-class wine and food to festival goers in private homes across the Naples area.

The wine festival also includes a highly anticipated live auction featuring exclusive wine and travel experiences. The 2020 festival will offer auction items including a two-week vacation to Australia and Fiji, a private flight to Washington DC, a two-week sailing adventure, wine tastings and a trip to Hawaii.

Also up for auction is a round of golf with the legendary Jack Nicklaus, a trip to New York City, admission to the 2021 PGA Championships, a

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quail creek - naples fl

A major renovation project has just wrapped up at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples. The more than three-decade old private club recently completed an $18.5-million-dollar project aimed at enhancing the opportunities for members and prospective members alike.

The most recent renovation project included integrating the old tennis and fitness facilities into a massive Sports Center & Spa. The 33,000 square foot facility now houses golf and tennis operations, wellness and spa offerings at the club, the property’s swimming pool and its fitness center.

Quail Creek plans to use the new and improved offerings to help blend skills and conditioning at the club, including cross training. The renovation project has also involved the enhancement of the

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mangrove bay - naples fl

The opening of a highly anticipated Wellness Center makes the latest addition to Mangrove Bay in Naples. Perched right along the Gordon River in Old Naples, Mangrove Bay pairs waterfront living with the enjoyment of newer construction homes.

While wellness centers typically offer a range of health-related services, the newly opened Mangrove Bay Wellness Center features a fitness center, concierge office and a resident lounge. The center also offers a viewing deck and a paddleboard/kayak storage area for residents.

In addition, the property offers a furnished Dock Pavilion for classes and social gatherings. The new center only complements the private residences of Mangrove Bay. Each home in the community offers up its own private boat slip, as

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850 central naples fl

Construction is underway in Midtown Naples for the new Eight Fifty Central residential development. The three-story condo building will eventually offer your choice of nearly two-dozen condos, along with some ground-level retail and office space.

Crews officially broke ground on the stylish new condo project in October. The condos of 850 Central are expected to include open floor plans with high ceilings and light filled interiors.

Prospective residents can also expect to find two- and three-bedroom floor plans, with around 1,300 to 1,800 square feet of living space. Conceptual drawings of the new construction building show large private terraces and relaxing shared community space.

The 850 Central condo building will also offer its residents

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admiralty point - naples fl

For luxury condo living in the Moorings, consider the upscale residences of Admiralty Point. This dual high-rise development sits right on the Naples waterfront, with more than 140 private condos in an enjoyable setting.

Nearly 100 of those condos are at home in the building known as Admiralty Point I. This beachfront building was first delivered in the mid 1970s but continues to be just as sought out today as it was years ago.

Buyers here are treated to two- and three-bedroom floor plans, ranging from around 1,600 to 2,200 square feet of living space. Residents also enjoy the advantage of views of the Gulf, Moorings Bay and Doctors Pass, plus some condos supply their own private rooftop gardens.

The building also provides for the ease and

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the dunes - naples fl

From private beach access to a prestigious residential club, resort-style amenities are the norm at The Dunes. This impressive development of high-rise condos and coach homes not only enjoys a superb location in North Naples, but also presents a wealth of opportunity for residents.

One of the best amenities of The Dunes is access to the Plantation Club. This offers up the enjoyment of tennis courts, a fitness center and a swimming pool. You’ll also find a spa, a social room and on-site dining options for residents to choose from.

Residents of The Dunes also have the opportunity to enjoy membership at The Floridian Club. Close to The Dunes, this club provides the luxury of private beach access and pool access.

Beach shuttle service takes

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windward isles - naples fl

Potential buyers are invited to view furnished model homes in the intimate luxury community of Windward Isle. The new gated enclave is under development in North Naples, where just a handful of buildable home site remain available.

Plans eventually call for 28 single-family homes to grace the award-winning community. There are eight different designs from Weber Design Group and RG Designs, coming in both one- and two-story floor plans.

The open-concept homes of Windward Isle are designed around coastal West Indies-style architecture. There is also the option of building a custom residence.

One particular floor plan in Windward Isle is a model home with 4,200 square feet of living space. The home includes a ground level guest suite, an

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vineyards country club - naples fl

The renovation of Vineyards Country Club is now in full swing and could be finished by the end of the year. If progress continues as planned, this means a projected reopening date for the club of sometime early next year.

The club renovation is currently in its second phase. Phase two includes enhancing the exterior of the clubhouse, expanding Mr. P’s Pub, adding a new golf prop shop and expanding the bocce courts. It also means card rooms, locker rooms, terraces overlooking the course and a new entry lobby.

It’s all part of a multi-million-dollar plan to help modernize the club and push it forward into the future. The main lobby was opened up, allowing for sweeping views of the landscaping and golf course. Crews also incorporated new

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