Ave Maria Named Top 50 Master-Planned Community


One of the country’s fastest growing master-planned new home communities is Ave Maria in eastern Collier County close to everything. It has earned a reputation for one of the most ideal places for people who want to re-locate or retire due to its blend of small town friendliness and conveniences and the cultural sophistication of a large city in a location with nice weather and a beautiful environment.  It’s 30 minutes to Naples beaches, shopping, dining and cultural venues, and a 2-hour drive to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  Ave Maria was named last month as a Top 50 Master-Planned Community in the U.S. for 2014, according to the John Burns Real Estate Consulting firm. Its popularity is attributed to the affordable value and quality of life that Ave Maria offers.  When Ave Maria is completed, it will include 11,000 homes on its 4,000 acres located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais roads.

More than 130 communities were evaluated for the Top 50 Master-Planned Community rankings; Ave Maria enjoyed 227 new home sales in 2014, an increase of 31% over 2013.  Single-family home prices begin in the high $100s.  Three distinctive builders---national builder Pulte Homes, leading active adult brand Del Webb and award-winning builder CC Devco---homes in the Ave Maria community.  Buyers can choose from 34 floor plans with several options.  A premium lifestyle is celebrated with top amenities, including a private park with interactive fountains, slides and pools; Panther Run Golf Club featuring an 18-hole golf course, lessons and group clinics; tennis; North and South Park with sport fields (softball, bocce ball, volleyball and more); a dog park; amphitheater; café; art studio; fitness center, an organic farm; a Publix supermarket; and Town Center with entertainment year round at the resort-style pool, cascading spa and lap lanes.

The neighborhood of Ave Maria has been specially designed with an eye towards a place where residents can live, work and play.  It’s a place where residents of different generations and backgrounds can find all their daily conveniences in one area---shopping, professional offices, employment opportunities, schools recreational facilities and cultural attractions.  Nature is celebrated throughout Ave Maria from native plants that were reintroduced to the area to over 100 miles of walking, biking, and nature trails throughout the town.  Two on-site parks offer a wide variety of organized events and activities for family fun.

Del Webb residents embrace an active adult lifestyle with 1 and 2 bedroom residences, ranging in size from 1,157-2,400 square feet, priced from the mid $100s; Maple Ridge homes by CC Devco boast elegant large homes and luxury standard features with 3-5 bedrooms and 1-2 story floor plans ranging in size from 2,569-5,103 square feet, starting from the low $200s; and there are also innovative smaller 2-story floor plans from the high $100s for 3-5 bedroom models, ranging in size from 1,970-2,635 square feet.  Pulte Homes offers traditional neighborhood family-friendly single-family homes within walking distance to the amenity-rich Town Center.  The homes feature 3-6 bedrooms, 1 and 2-story designs, ranging in size from 1,570-3,514 square feet, beginning in the low $200s.

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