Being famous has its downsides … especially when a celebrity craves privacy and the experience of “living like a normal person.” It’s a fact: many from the ranks of easily identified persons love their Naples hideaway. You cannot buy a map featuring “Homes of the Stars” in Naples. Continue reading Info: Celebs love Naples
The official name is Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It’s one of the best small zoos anywhere — and Collier County residents get free admission on the first Saturday of every month. The full story on how that happened is here.
All you need is a photo ID that shows a Collier County (or Naples City) address. But one need not be a full-time resident to qualify: if you actually live in Michigan but own property here, you are good to go. Just bring your photo ID and a utility or cable bill that shows a local address! Continue reading Info: Free admission to the Naples Zoo!
What do Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alabama, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Virginia have in common? The first seven, listed alphabetically, lost population. The remaining eleven showed anemic growth that was below the national average of seven-tenths of one percent annually.
Florida, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington state are the fastest growing, all at rates over double that national average.
Source: © Copyright 2017 The Herald-Dispatch, Tim Henderson. All rights reserved.
Waiting in line for breakfast is mostly an in-season (meaning winter) phenomenon — but returning snowbirds might take note Bernie’s City Diner. It’s on US41 North just across from Falling Waters and next to the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs dealership. Continue reading Dining: Bernie’s Diner on 41 North
It’s a rare day in Naples during which the temperature fails to reach 70º.
However, it will struggle to top 60º today and Friday! Inland, overnight lows will dip down to near freezing. And there’s snow in the upper reaches of the state!
One has to go back to 2015 to find temperatures in the 30’s here in SWFL.
However, by the weekend, things will be back to normal — daytime highs will reach the mid-60s on Saturday, 75 or so on Sunday afternoon, and we’ll probably cross the magic 80º mark on Monday.
That might shed some light on why we don’t have LL Bean stores in Florida.
This blog is dedicated to providing a unique view — primarily in pictures — of a place everybody loves: Naples, Florida. Actually, it’s about all of Southwest Florida — close to a million people spread over three counties: Collier, Lee, and Charlotte.
Some of us are lucky enough to be year-round residents. Many have plans to move to the Naples area upon retirement; others are here regularly for “season” or visit as often as possible. My original blog offerings are for all of you.
I am a full-time commercial photographer and licensed real estate agent (MVP Realty Associates) with almost a quarter century of “insider” experience in the area. I’m here to provide information — so feel free to contact me with your questions, requests, or comments.
Great news for buyers as we usher in 2018. It’s the most favorable buyer’s market in recent memory. There is huge a huge inventory of both new construction and aggressively-priced resales in every segment of the market — and especially so in the luxury classes. So go ahead and do your preliminary shopping online.
Then contact me with questions that cannot be addressed in the listings. Insider stuff. Contacts. Connections. It’s what I do. And it will never cost you a penny.
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It’s a national and even an international event! This year’s New Year’s Art Show has drawn artists from 30 states and 4 countries. It’s the 22nd annual event.
The free admission show runs from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th in one of the nation’s primo downtowns, Fifth Avenue South. The event is hosted, as always, by the Naples Art Association.
I know that’s over a week away — but you really don’t want to schedule anything that would prevent you from attending!
As a certified Resort and Second Home Property Specialist, I’m in daily contact with some component of the new home industry because, frankly, I truly believe there can be significant upside to brand new construction over that associated with the resale market. Now, blanket statements never apply universally and I readily admit one should weigh both options as part of the due diligence associated with any sizable transaction. The new construction market does have some very attractive aspects that most buyers of second home properties should at the least seek to have weighed and evaluated by qualified professional advisors. Continue reading Info: The co$t of entry in this resort town
Attempting to put a number on the cost of renting is akin to establishing the length of a piece of string. However, there are generalized conclusions available from poking around the MLS, speaking with agents who specialize in the rental market, and becoming familiar with the numerous large apartment complexes coming out of the ground and opening for business.
Some of the latter are offering large (up to 2,000 square feet,) well-equipped units at about $1.35 per foot per month for a full year lease. (Longer leases are not legal in Florida.) The supply of brand new units, plus the attractive rates offered to get the occupancy rate up quickly, will likely put downward pressure on existing rentals of all types, private and commercial alike. I would expect to find a dollar a foot or even less for some newly-vacated properties. Continue reading Info: More on the rental market
At the end of 2016, the population of Florida had crossed the 20 million mark. In 1980, the people who were here marveled at how the state’s population had reached 10 million.
One thousand people per day are relocating to Florida — which means it only takes three years to add a million residents! Montana has one million residents total, and seven other states have smaller populations.
How much of the in-migration is happening in Southwest Florida? I’d venture a guess of about 100 per day — based on the fact that there were 107 house closings yesterday (12/20/17.) Now, not all those home sales were to newly-arrived people. However, most people purchasing a different home will be selling or have sold their prior residence.
If you are or will someday be joining that hundred per day club, call me. I can put my 20 years of local experience to work saving you time, effort, and maybe an expensive mistake or two!
With the 2017-18 season well underway, the rental market is once again ‘very tight.’ A search of the local MLS-controlled public access sites for a January and February rental at a rate of between $2,000 and $4,000 per month in Naples, Marco, Ft Myers Beach, and Bonita-Estero — reveals only about 100 properties.
Is that all there is? Well, no. Continue reading Rentals: what to expect.