Ave Maria Turns Ten
Ave Maria University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month on its campus and around the college town. The Catholic University was founded by Tom Monaghan, the Domino’s Pizza mogul and philanthropist, and he built the university around a town and the Oratory Roman Catholic worship sanctuary. La Piazza, its central focal point and town, is Ave Maria’s first commercial area with shops, restaurants and offices with condominium residences on the upper floors.
The community is centered around the Ave Maria Town Center that provides residents with access to an abundant number of amenities. There are coffee shops, a local pizza restaurant, a pub, boutique shops, salons, a walk-in clinic, Publix supermarket and many other conveniences. There is also a private water park, golf club, organic farm, over 100 miles of nature and biking trails, free cultural events, parks and playgrounds, dog park and pickle ball.
Students attending Ave Maria University, located in eastern Collier County, come from 48 states and 35 countries. The school has 978 students. Events celebrating the school’s achievements centered on Catholic values began this month. One of its more special events is the Mother Teresa lecture, featuring Sister Dorothy, who joined Mother Teresa in her work, and a dedication of the Mother Teresa Project at a museum in town.
Many families are choosing to move to Ave Maria---home sales are brisk in this East Naples neighborhood. Five distinctive builders including Pulte Homes, Lennar Homes, Del Webb and CC Devco offers a wide variety of home styles with 25 brand new floor plans for homes starting in the mid $100s to the low $400s. Three, four and five 3,4, bedroom floor plans are available at Ave Maria.
Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in eastern Collier County. The main entrance on Oil Well leads to the Town Center.