This is a good moment to repeat one of my periodic disclaimers: I am not dispensing or selling advice.
I will always attempt to provide accurate information, sourcing when doing so lends clarity. By design and intent, this blog is informal, breezy, and hopefully informative. My primary readers are people who love Naples and Southwest Florida and wish to someday live here; if not full time, then as one of our many seasonal residents and visitors. Continue reading Info: Co$t of Land
According a report from CRE (Councilors of Real Estate,) baby boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day! Talk about demand for second homes or a shift in one’s choice of a legal residence!
The study also predicts continued societal shifts to what has become known as the “shared economy,” changing business paradigms as pioneered by airBNB, Uber, and Lyft. Continue reading Info: Boomers retiring in record numbers!
While we have the same number of sunsets here in Naples as does the rest of the world, several unique conditions combine to make our sunsets special. Among the treats: warm water that generates spectacularly tall clouds; even warmer air makes watching comfortable; and — apart from the Pacific Coast — the experience of observing the sun setting over a large body of water.
The photo below was captured last evening at the north-westernmost point of land in Collier County: the public park at Barefoot Beach. It’s a rare evening that this mile-plus stretch of sand hosts less than the density depicted below. Sunset watching is far too disorganized and informal to be a termed a ritual — but it’s an easy fit for a memorable event and a long-time local tradition. Continue reading Events: Sunset over the Gulf
We are so blessed with natural beauty, abundant sunshine, and solid infrastructure that its easy to forget we are surrounded by three National Parks and one National Preserve: Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Big Cypress, in that order.
All four facilities come under the management umbrella of the South Florida National Parks Trust — and they have a new website they’d love to have you visit:
Be sure to check each of the parks’ features and offerings — and sign up for the newsletter.
Astronomical? It can be, so there is always a buzz.
Several sales were recorded this year at over $2000 per square foot — and there is a good choice of offerings on the market going as high as $6000 psf!
At the other end of the pricing spectrum, and certainly not so close to the water that salt corrosion is a problem for the infrastructure, there are hidden gems such as the golf club (two 18-hole courses, tennis, bocce, 9 pools, and a restaurant) condo pictured below at a buck-twenty a foot for nearly eleven hundred feet of clean, convenient, and delightfully economical living for snowbirds, investment rental, as a full time residence for a single person or an entry level first responder or teacher with a small family.
Now, for $129,900 this isn’t a candidate for a feature story in one of our many city magazines. But the listing has appraised at that level so will probably will not last long on the market. Want to know more? Call or text me.
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.
Naples abounds in luxurious living potential: from Gulfside mansions in Port Royal and Aqualane Shores to high-rise condos with spectacular views, the choices are vast.
Search the MLS and you’ll find over 150 active listings with prices north of $5M — with 4 over $40M! And that doesn’t count the so-called ‘pocket listings’ that many firms keep out of the online sites. Continue reading Living: at the junction of luxury and privacy