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naples cay - naples fl

For exceptional views and an upscale setting, Naples Cay is one of the most coveted beachfront communities in Naples. Made up of a half-dozen high-rise condo buildings, Naples Cay provides space for nearly 300 individual residences.

All residents of Naples Cay are treated to some jaw-dropping views and experiences. The condos of Naples Cay overlook the Gulf, the Bay and some incredible city views. The property also includes dozens of acres of natural preserves and several hundred feet of white sand beach frontage along Clam Bay.

In addition, community amenities extend to include such luxuries as swimming pools, a fitness center, steam and sauna rooms and tennis courts. The property also provides boardwalk access to the beach.

You’ll find

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esplanade - marco island

Marco Island is a prime location to enjoy a boating lifestyle, and likewise, the island also enjoys some great options when it comes to boating communities. While it’s hard to pick just one, some of the best boating communities on Marco Island offer not only the ease of a waterfront location, but also some additional amenities.

The Esplanade

Once such community on Marco Island is The Esplanade. This waterfront condo community sits right on Smokehouse Bay. Constructed in the early 2000s, the mid-rise condo buildings contain around 70 waterfront residences with sensational views.

Each unit at The Esplanade includes its own private balcony overlooking the marina and Smokehouse Bay. The property’s marina offers more than 70 boat slips, while

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goodland flPhoto: T toes

For laid-back charm on Marco Island, you’ll want to take a second look at the small community of Goodland. Found on the island’s southeast corner, tiny Goodland is home to a mere 200 or so residents.

For generations, this quiet community has been known as a great place to fish and enjoy the island lifestyle. Although developers once eyed the area as part of an ambitious building project, much of that failed to ever come to reality.

It wasn’t until around the mid-century mark that a road was constructed, and homes began going in. Despite the influx of surrounding development, however, the small community of Goodland never grew very large.

Even so, you’ll still find a nice public boat ramp, marinas with boat launches and a full

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isles of collier preserve - naples fl

For the appeal of coastal luxury in Naples, come home to the grand community of Isles of Collier Preserve. This distinctive new community offers your choice of single-family homes, luxury coach homes and villas, designed for “casual contemporary” living by Minto and Stock Signature Homes.

A number of fully furnished model homes are on display in Isles of Collier Preserve, most of which are single-family homes. There are also, though, some one-story villas and some coach homes for prospective buyers to consider.

Priced from the high $300,000s to above $1 million, the homes of this community are constructed to appeal to a large range of prospective homebuyers. The villas are the most affordable and start at around 1,500 square feet of living

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omega - bonita springs fl

A brand-new luxury high-rise is currently under construction at Bonita Bay. Crews recently broke ground on the 27-story Omega tower.

Already, the tower is reportedly more than 50-percent sold, including both the 7th and the 15th floors which are completely sold out. In all, Omega makes room for 67 new residences, including tower residences and a smaller collection of four penthouse units.

All of the remaining tower residences are priced starting in the $2 million range. The only remaining penthouse unit is priced well above $6 million.

The spectacular tower residences easily top 4,000 square feet under air. The homes also come with expansive outdoor terraces.

 In addition, buyers are treated to massive great rooms, dining rooms, interior

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enclave of distinction - naples fl

For exclusivity in a coveted North Naples location, consider the impressive new home designs of Enclave of Distinction. This alluring new community will eventually welcome in just 27 residences, with options including custom builds or existing luxury home designs.

The majority of homes in Enclave of Distinction have at least 3,200 square feet of living space, while some of the largest homes in the community can easily top 5,000 square feet of space. Each home comes with its own private swimming pool, an optional spa and some of the latest technological additions.

The homes come in either a single- or two-story design, and typically include three- to five-bedrooms. It’s common, too, to find such luxuries as high ceilings, top appliances and

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enbrook real estate

A brand-new community of twin villas is now selling in Naples. The gated Enbrook community will eventually make room for nearly 300 attached villas and an array of shared amenities in a desirable location.

The twin villas come from DR Horton’s Freedom Homes division of low-maintenance homes. The villas start priced in the low $300,000s.

For this price point, buyers can expect to find around 1,500 square feet of living space. While the floor plan across the community is consistent, buyers do have their choice of a homesite and potentially some upgrades.

Depending on this, some of the villas currently for sale in Enbrook are priced closer to the mid $300,000s. Situated around two large lakes, all of the one-story villas offer space for

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manatee cove - naples fl

Single- and two-story home designs are available in Manatee Cove, where Pulte is currently offering eight impressive floor plans for new buyers to choose from. When finished, the new Naples community will make room for more than 160 single-family homes and added amenities.

There are no CDD fees in Manatee Cove. The community also offers an attractive starting price point. 

The homes start priced from the low $300,000s to the $500,000s. The smallest floor plan includes around 1,400 square feet of living space, with two-bedrooms, two-baths and a two-car garage.

A slightly larger floor plan can accommodate up to four-bedrooms and up to three-baths. It also offers some flexible space than could be used for a den, plus it comes with a large,

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 founders square - naples fl

A new mixed-use development is on track to become one of Southwest Florida’s newest destinations. Founders Square is a 55-acre development at the corner of Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road in North Naples.

Anchored by a collection of restaurants and retailers called The Pointe, Founders Square is set to welcome in around 10 locally and nationally known restaurants. All of the dining establishments will be stand-alone restaurants, with many of them focusing on outdoor dining.

Founders Square will also serve as home to hundreds of apartments, a large medical office building and a self-storage facility. The idea is to bring together a collection of luxury residences, dining options, shopping, medical services and more in one location.


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retire in naples

If you’re looking for a top city to live out your Golden Years, Naples is one of the best cities in the nation. That’s according to the latest ranking from the experts at U.S. News & World Report.

The website recently came out with its list of the “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.”, and not surprisingly, Naples is close to the top of the list. The city came in at an admirable number four on its latest ranking, right behind such other top Florida locations as Sarasota, Fort Myers and Port St Lucie.

Cities in Florida easily dominated the list this time around, helped in part by the lack of a state income tax. Retirees are also drawn to the state, and to the Naples region specifically, for warm weather, recreational opportunities and fantastic

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