Photo: Seashells on Barefoot Beach

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Daybreak on the Sand

Daybreak on the Sand

Photo: Shopping and Dining at the Water’s Edge

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The Village at Ventian Bay

The Village at Ventian Bay

Info: Co$t of Land

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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.

So, what’s the cost of land in Naples? Try $16M an acre! Now, that’s for primo water views and/or Gulf access. Here’s the math: Researching recent sales in Aqualane Shores and Port Royal, we can point to one purchase at $13,975,900 per acre. Now, there is another value to land with direct water access —  based on the linear footage along the dune line or a seawall. In that realm of measurement, there is a sale on record at $80,000 per foot! Multiplied by 206.3 — the number of feet along one side of a perfectly square acre — equates to $16.5M per acre.

At the other end of the ‘cost per acre’ spectrum — a recent sale of 5 acres for $12,500 in “The Estates” reduces to $2,500 per acre.

Talk about choices: $2500 buys you an acre in the eastern part of the county, or about one-third of an inch at the beach!

 

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Photo: Waterfront Dining

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The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach

The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach

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Photo: “The” Beach!

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View south from the Naples Pier

View south from the Naples Pier

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Weather: Summer Rain

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It’s a well circulated misconception that it rains every  day during Florida summers. Not quite. We’ve had two days in a row without heavy afternoon rains here on the southwest coast, and today is so far sunny with only an occasional puffy cloud.

Now, we do get plenty of rain here — nearly 5 feet of it annually — about 30% more than the US average. Three quarters of our annual rainfall happens in the summer and fall. Even at that, it’s a rarity to be under cloud cover and wet conditions for an entire day.

When it rains here, it really rains. But in relatively small areas at a time.

I keep an umbrella in the car, but rarely use it. Locals generally wait in the car for a shower to pass — or simply drive out of it and run the errand a mile down the road.

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Photo: Demolished 10 years ago

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The Vanderbilt Inn in June of 2006

The Vanderbilt Inn in June of 2006

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Photo: Affordable, short stroll to the beach!

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15 minute walk to the Gulf, under $400K

15 minute walk to the Gulf, under $400K

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View depicted below: $4+M

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Four bed, 6 bath luxury home attached. Prestige neighborhood, ready access to dining, shopping, and the Gulf. Contact me. I know the agent.

My user name is RL and the email goes to naples.net.

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Photo: Naples’ Park Shore neighborhood.

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Showtime!

Showtime!

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Info: Population update.

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Before the end of 2016, the population of Florida will cross the 20 million mark. It was just half that in 1980.

1000 people per day are relocating here.

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Photo: The Ritz Carlton on the Gulf

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The other Ritz is a golf resort!

The other Ritz is a golf resort!

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Photo: City Docks, Naples

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City Docks, Olde Naples

City Docks, Olde Naples

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Info: Beach Access

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Can it occasionally be difficult to find parking reasonably close to a stretch of white sand beach and aqua-colored water? Sure, but mostly at predictable times such as high season holiday weekends.

Both Florida state law and local ordinances are heavily tilted toward easy access for all residents and visitors — assuring the global treasure that is our coastline is enjoyed universally.

Our beaches can also be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort. I invite anyone to challenge my claim that the stretch of road from Bonita Springs to Ft Myers Beach — through a series of keys and over tropical toned passes — is one of the most visually appealing in the entire country.

Need a little ‘insider’ information on where to find beach parking on any day of the year? Contact me!

My user name is rl and the account is @naples.net

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Info: Parking meters … where are they?

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We have them … but only on City streets and parking lots adjacent to the beach. You won’t find a single meter in any of Naples’ three downtowns: 5th Avenue South, 3rd Street South, and City Docks. Even the parking garages are free! More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Info: a “green flash” sighting helper

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“The Green Flash” is a worldwide phenomenon — but lots of people learn about it in Naples. That’s because watching sunsets is in Southwest Florida second only to golf as a favorite sport.

Only a handful of folks I chat with on the green flash topic claim to having seen one. That, I believe, is because of two factors.

(1) The name. It’s not really a flash — more like a blip. A very brief one, like a half a second. Don’t look for a bolt of green lightning. The photo below — a fake I created to make the point — is what you are looking for.

(2) Weather. It takes a very clear mass of air and a sharp horizon to create the optical  conditions necessary for seeing ‘the green flash.’ We don’t get much cool, dry air here other than in the winter. Some winters. If you’re not wearing a sweater — it’s probably not going to be a good evening for experiencing your first green flash.

It’s however worth the effort. Legend has it that those who have seen a green flash at sunset (or sunrise) will henceforth never go wrong in matters of the heart.

Works for me!

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Photo: The legendary “Green Flash” sunset

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Digital simulation of "The Green Flash"

Digital simulation of “The Green Flash”

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Events: Sunset over the Gulf

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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. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: Sunset at Barefoot Beach

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Sunset Ritual

Sunset Ritual

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Living: at the junction of luxury and privacy

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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.

However for a very special kind of individual requiring an extra level of security, privacy, and anonymity … the choices are not so bountiful. For those potential buyers, living in a free-standing home in an easily accessible location — such as on the beach or even behind an easily bypassed guardhouse — is out of the question. Some high profile individuals require a retreat that offers complete cover in and out of the home. A place that not even the glossy city mags know exist — or ask to feature in a cover story.

Curious about what Naples might have to offer in a coordinated bundle of ‘secret hideaway’ features? Call me.

This is what I do.

See also: Blog post of June 25, 2016

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Photo: an unusually calm Gulf

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Park Shore, Naples FL

Park Shore, Naples FL

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Photo: Sunset made right.

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Doc's Beach House - Barefoot Beach

Doc’s Beach House – Barefoot Beach

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Photo: the beach at Clam Pass

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Looking north from Clam Pass County Park

Looking north from Clam Pass County Park

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New Construction: Marbella Isles and Riverstone

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I have spent a fair amount of time recently in two GL Homes communities literally ‘coming out of the ground’ here in the Naples area: Riverstone and Marbella Isles. It’s an astounding sight at both locations! Homes are finished and legally occupied as concrete blocks and roof tiles are being delivered next door! We see signs “Private Residence” on neatly mowed lawns next to places that are yet to acquire doors and windows. It this a ‘hot’ market or what? In both communities, one is likely to be driving on streets the GPS has yet to hear about. In some neiborhoods, the bulldozers and paving machines that carved the layout are still on the premises! More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: Biz-Jet pilots always smile on this approach.

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Short Final to KAPF 05

Right base turning short final to KAPF 05

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MLS: One day of sales: 108

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Information on transactions recorded Monday (6/27) on the SWFMLS (SouthWest Florida Multiple Listing Service) shows 108 closed sales and 120 new listings. Thirty-three listings dropped off the MLS while 38 others were resurrected after having expired earlier. Now, this is the broad market: yesterday’s transactions ranged from a sale at $3M down to a listing under $30,000, a factor of 100 to 1. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: Area of rapid development in downtown Naples

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Looking northwest from 1200 feet above Radio Road at Livingston

Looking northwest from 5th Avenue South over the Gordon River Bridge

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Finance: Jumbo loans for 10% down?

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Jumbo loans are defined as a mortgage for more than $417,000 that usually require both higher credit scores and larger down payments — generally in the 20 to 30 percent range. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Info: Free admission to the Naples Zoo!

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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! More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Info: Boomers retiring in record numbers!

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According a report just released by 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. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Vote: Funding for Everglades National Park

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We enjoy such an abundance of nature here in SW Florida that it is sometimes easy to forget we have three National Parks and one Preserve — each a manageable drive away.

Everglades National Park is one of 20 nationwide in line for part of $2M grant — the allocation of which will go to the sites garnering the most votes from the public. Here’s the link to assure our own treasure of nature gets the help it needs to rebuild the Flamingo Visitor Center. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Events: Summertime Jazz

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One of the most enduring (and endearing) of Naples traditions has already marched into its 31st season! We are referring to, of course, the free outdoor jazz concerts at the Naples Beach Hotel. Three remain on this year’s schedule: July 16th with the Vodkanauts, August 20th featuring the Betty Fox Band, and the always spectacular Late Night Brass group to wrap it up on Saturday, September 24th. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: early flight of a 12 week-old eagle

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A just-fledged eagle on Conservation Collier property in North Naples

A just-fledged eagle on Conservation Collier property in North Naples

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Info: The co$t of entry in this resort town

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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. More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Dining: Bernie’s Diner on 41 North

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Waiting in line for breakfast is mostly an in-season (meaning winter) phenomenon — but returning snowbirds or those visiting during the summer might note Bernie’s City Diner. It’s on US41 North just across from Falling Waters and next to the new Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs dealership that is still under construction.  More: Read the rest of this entry…

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Photo: Wiggins Pass in North Naples

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Cove Towers at Wiggins Bay Marina

Cove Towers at Wiggins Bay Marina

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Info: Celebs love Naples

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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.  More: Read the rest of this entry…

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NEWS: Braves 2nd attempt at Naples move.

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A months-old proposal to relocate the Atlanta Braves spring baseball operation to Naples wilted on the vine when residents of neighborhoods near the proposed sports complex rose in near unanimous objection. Now, there’s a new plan — actually two different locations being considered. And some competition this time: from Palm Beach and Sarasota counties.  More: Read the rest of this entry…

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News: US Senate to consider HR 3700

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This is a bill that earned bi-partisan support in the House. HR 3700 would, if enacted, make it easier for first time buyers and others to purchase a condo — a primary mode of second home and resort ownership here in the Sunshine State. Urge your US Senator to support the “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016.”

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Info: Cost of renting in Naples

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The most recent market update from NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors®) shows the average price of a rental property at $2500 per month.  More: Read the rest of this entry…

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