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town of big cypress - naples fl

A new town with a brand new vision could be coming to East Naples. Developers hope to soon transform eastern Collier County with new homes, jobs, schools, restaurants and a community park.

The Town of Big Cypress is planned to anchor three villages and become a destination in itself. The developer already has approval to build Rivergrass Village.

Later this month, county commissioners will take up a request for Longwater Village and Bellmar Village. Altogether, the three villages are expected to include space for 8,300 homes and make room for a projected 11,000 residents.

Plans call for the area to be an attractive option for a variety of future homeowners, including families, retirees, and second-home owners.

Once all of the villages are

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bent creek preserve - naples fl

With a range of exciting floor plans and countless amenities to choose from, Bent Creek Preserve in Naples is simply ideal for families. The newer construction development offers a lakeside clubhouse, complete with steam rooms, a fitness center and an event salon.

You’ll also find a swimming pool and spa, Har-Tru tennis courts, bocce ball and pickleball courts. Other options include a playground for the younger crowd, a catering kitchen and a billiards room.

Buyers in Bent Creek Preserve have their choice of villas or executive homes. Some of the villas offer around 1,400 to 1,500 square feet of living space and start with two-bedrooms and two-baths.

Many of the homes of Bent Creek Preserve, however, were designed with growing families in

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admiralty house - marco island fl

Enjoy the luxury of Marco waterfront living when you choose from one of the available units of Admiralty House. This established condo community was first built in the mid 1970s and is still praised today for its beautiful condos and its admirable views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

With around 200 condos to choose from, there are five different floor plans for prospective buyers to consider in the 18-story building. Most layouts tend to range from around 600 square feet to nearly 900 square feet of living space.

Buyers can opt for a one-bedroom condo with island views, or a more spacious two-bedroom with island or water views. Some of the floor plans come with wrap-around balconies for enjoyable outdoor space.

The property also offers a

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la perle - naples fl

An intimate new boating community is coming to The Moorings. Expected to deliver in 2022, the new construction residences of La Perle front Hurricane Harbor and should deliver some fantastic Gulf views.

When finished, the entire development will consist of just 15 residences and 11 boat slips. Floor plans start at just under 2,300 square feet of living space, with some of the largest residences commanding more than 2,900 square feet of space under air.  All of the units come with three-bedrooms and up to 3.5-baths. The new luxury condo community consists of two buildings.

A four-story waterfront building will make room for 12 condos. There are four units planned for each floor of the building.  Another three-story building houses three units at

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hemingway place - naples fl

Luxury homes in an intimate setting is what you’ll find with the upscale community of Hemingway Place. Located in central Naples, the gated community offers space for just 23 custom homes in a prime setting.

Spread out across about 10-acres of a Cypress preserve, the graceful homes of Hemingway Place commonly come with picket fences and front porches. They also deliver a great deal of privacy and exclusivity.

All of the homes of Hemingway Place come in a two-story design. Reflective of Old Naples and the charm of yesteryear, some of the custom homes are designed with Victorian and French architectural styles points.

It’s common to find homes with around 3,000 to 5,000 square feet of living space, but some of the homes in the community are

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valencia trails - naples fl

Naples already has some fantastic neighborhoods, but one of its most recent residential additions is gaining a lot of attention. Valencia Trails is the newest 55 and over community to open up in North Naples.

It is an active neighborhood that boasts the enjoyment of a resort-style lifestyle.  A massive clubhouse is the place to go for clubs, events and entertainment in Valencia Trails.

The club also offers dining options, a resort-style swimming pool and lap pool, as well as a resistance pool. In addition, you’ll find tennis courts, pickleball courts and bocce courts.

An outdoor firepit offers space for gathering with friends and neighbors, while the community additionally includes a dog park. Other options include the club’s full fitness

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 paradise coast sports complex

It hasn’t been in operation very long, but Paradise Coast Sports Complex is already said to be making a big impact on the rest of Collier County. The $100 million complex sits off I-75, and provides space for sports, the arts and entertainment.

When finished, it’s expected to include more than 20 sports fields, but some teams are already using it. A 3,500 seat stadium is open, as are ten multi-sport turf fields. They can readily be used for things like soccer, lacrosse, football and even field hockey.

County commissioners approved another $33 million for the complex in late 2020 to fund the second phase of the project. Future plans include adding a half-dozen baseball diamonds and some softball fields as early as next year.

A Great Lawn can

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audubon country club - naples fl

Enjoy easy access to golf, dining and more at the celebrated Audubon Country Club in Naples. This premiere country club offers a newly renovated golf course and golf shop, but the amenities certainly don’t end there.

The 18-hole golf course is said to be challenging for more serious golfers, but also fun for those just starting out in the sport. Golf instructors are on staff, plus the club hosts monthly golf tournaments, weekly events and some championships.

A tennis center tacks on seven Har-Tru tennis courts, two pickleball courts and a tennis shop. The club offers access to league play and tennis events. Members can also take advantage of private lessons and clinics at the club.

In addition, the private club also offers a large clubhouse

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compass landing - naples fl

For new construction that’s close to everything you want and need in North Naples, consider the exciting new community of Compass Landing. The gated community offers some exceptional home designs, as well as top amenities.

Buyers in the single-family home community are treated to such extras as a swimming pool and spa, plus a clubhouse with a fitness center, kitchen and multi-purpose room. You’ll also find a tot lot for younger residents.

Another advantage of living in Compass Landing is the inclusion of lawn maintenance and low HOA fees. There are no CDD fees in the community.

As for the home designs of Compass Landing, buyers can choose from a single or a two-story floor plan from Mattamy Homes, with typically around 1,900 to 2,900 square

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port royal naples fl

Photo: Naples News

Now home to multi-million-dollar lots and ultra-luxurious estates, Port Royal sets the standard for upscale living in Naples. While the area once looked very different than it does today, it wasn’t long before an eager developer conceived plans to construct a grand new community.

A former advertising exec first came up with plans for the neighborhood well more than a half-century ago. He designed it as a getaway for the wealthy and named it after a Jamaican port city.

Crews used the dredge-and-fill method to turn former marshland into land that could be used to build the impressive new neighborhood. The developer planned to market the homes toward wealthy buyers, with homes designs of around 2,500 to 3,000 square feet.

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