Naples Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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If you're looking at the Sunshine state for a vacation or retirement home, or perhaps a place to resettle your family, Naples is bound to be on your list. Named for its older Italian cousin, the city enjoys the same warm sunshine and semitropical maritime climate year round. A winter resort for the likes of Thomas Edison, Cary Cooper, the Lindberghs, and Heddy Lamar 100 years ago, Naples today is just as enticing for very much the same reasons. Open to Gulf breezes and sheltered from the semitropical sun by 21,800 trees and palms maintained by the city's Parks and Parkways Division, Naples is a wonderful place to call home for even part of the year.

The Magic of Naples, Florida

Any list of attractions and activities is superficial at best. Birdwatchers will delight in the thousands of species that either live year-round to the greater Everglades and Gulf region or pass through during annual migration, from the Great Blue Heron to the Purple Gallinule to the Roseate Spoonbill to the Snowy Egret. Sea excursions off Marcos Island or from any local marinas open the door to deep sea fishing, sailing cruises, and dolphin watching. A variety of local arts centers and galleries are a mecca for the culturally focused. Countless tennis courts and a healthy complement of Florida's more than 1,000 stellar golf courses are also nearby.

Among the residential areas of Naples, in fact, are several highly rated golfing communities. These include Lely Resort with 12 neighborhoods of its own, from Crest Preserve to Mustang Island, spread over 3,000 lush and verdant acres. While Fiddlers Creek sits on 4,000 acres of its own, properties will be build on only one-third of this land. With a full-service marina and 72 holes of championship golf, this community is almost encircled by protected nature preserve.

Other Naples neighborhoods and communities include Port Royal, on the southern rim of the city limits. With the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Naples Bay to the east, and Key Island to the south, Port Royal is ensconced in a beautiful natural setting. Old Naples is laid out on two square miles, a grid of streets designed for pedestrian traffic. This is the heart of Naples--where the earliest settlers, from the 1887 wealthy Kentuckians to the movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s, made their homes.

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