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An article in today’s Naples Daily News describes the twenty-second floor Naples Cay penthouse commanding a record price of $14.75M. The story is on the front page of the Business section. Or click here for the online version.
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…
The term “Naples” applies to two vastly different areas. Legally, Naples is a small incorporated city in the very south-western part of Collier County. Its population was estimated last year to be 20,600. It’s what we locally call “downtown” and includes some very luxurious waterfront communities such as Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Park Shore, and The Moorings. Naples is but 14.4 of the 2025.5 square miles of Collier County — about 7 tenths of one percent! More: Read the rest of this entry…
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 Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs dealership. More: Read the rest of this entry…
I’ve heard estimates of up to one hundred as the number of new communities, assisted care facilities, and rentals coming out of the ground here in Naples. Driving by and through those that feature new home construction, one trend is apparent: more three-car garages than ever before. About one in four new houses offer more than two spaces.
Is that because families own more cars today than in the past? Statistics seem to refute that: fewer than one in five homes have to deal with three or more cars, only a small increase over 25 years ago.
One in three buyers now shop for listings with three-car garages, while half prefer two spaces. The one car garage is the choice of only one in 10 buyers.
Reasons are many, but one factor locally is the increasing number of multi-generational homes with either a young person returning home after college or children taking care of aging parents.
Source: “America Is Building More Three-Car Garages Than One-Bedroom Apartments,” Bloomberg (Oct. 26, 2016) and “Garages in New Homes: 2015 Data,” National Association of Home Builders (Oct. 21, 2016)
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. More: Read the rest of this entry…
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 125 house closings yesterday. 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!
For the second year running, Naples has been named the happiest and healthiest community in the US. Read about it here at Daily Mail.com.
Source: The 2016 Community Well Being Rankings list, by Gallup-Healthways.
“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 disc of the sun, seconds before slipping beneath the water line, turns from yellow to green for that brief moment.
(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. 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!
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…
In addition to the obvious, every Publix supermarket in the area provides clean, safe, and well-marked restrooms for anyone who passes through the doors. Three rooms: the traditional two, plus one for family functions. The safe part refers to the fact that these facilities are located in the front of the stores — next to the busy checkout lanes. That, plus the constant attention the rooms are given by staff, places customers in the most criminal-averse situation possible.
The stores in this area are in a near perfect grid — just a few miles apart along our major highways.
Another often unexpected human urge is hunger, and the Deli in each Publix is a treat for both the palate and your wallet. Soups, salads, and custom-made sandwiches are attracting an ever-increasing number of workers on lunch breaks. Most stores have seating areas, both indoors and out.
I’m usually fairly well-organized in my daily travels inspecting the almost limitless array of residential real estate opportunities in the area. More often than not, my day concludes after a visit to one of what must be a couple of dozen Publix stores here in Southwest Florida.
This one is going to be short but informative informative:
Link to Open Table to discover the Top 10 Restaurants in the Naples area, updated to current.
I moved here two decades ago — back in 1995 when the population of Collier County — a vast area of over 2,000 square miles — was less than 250,000. It’s 330,000 now and growing so fast there are almost 100 new residential communities, rental complexes, and assisted care facilities coming out of the ground!
I have accumulated a wealth of both historical and current knowledge of this community — information that can help anyone interested in living or investing here “cut to the chase.” I spend my days as a commercial photographer and real estate buyer’s agent (MVP Realty Associates, Florida SL3311935) and am RSPS certified (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist.)
As such, I have professional subscription access to a huge amount of information that may or may not be easily obtained or dependably accurate as the result of a casual web search. Sharing that with potential Naples residents is what I do. More: Read the rest of this entry…
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. More: Read the rest of this entry…
The Naples Area Board of Realtors® recently crunched the numbers on nearly 56,000 residential real estate transactions, taking a look at the original list price/final sale price ratios in each of the 12 months of 2016.
While these averages of averages rarely produce conclusive information on specific future transactions, this report did show significant patterns that are worth passing on.
From a buyer’s perspective, the months of January, February, March, October, and November seem to offer the best chance of getting a favorable offer accepted: with homes selling for close to 80% of list. The study shows that in the seven other months of 2016, the final price on listed properties was closer to 90% of the original price point.
The MLS shows 1,312 homes for sale at one million dollars and over. That’s about a 16 month inventory, given that there were 952 sales in the same price grouping in all of 2016.
That’s a decent buyer’s market, especially going into a three-month period in which the lowest priced offers have the best chance of going to closing. Call me if you’d like the inside word on a particular property or neighborhood.
The 30-year fixed mortgage fell two points this week, to 4.17 percent. Rates have been within a two basis point range over the past three weeks. Source: Freddie Mac
If you are a potential buyer (or represent one as an agent) contact me. I can suggest sources of mortgage money from my list of Preferred Vendors — compiled by MVP Realty, where I am a Florida licensed Sales Associate. Not all mortgage brokers are equally pleasant and efficient. I will poll my fellow agents within the parameters you specify and send you information on the highest ranked individuals or firms.
This, and all information I convey on the Naples market, is offered at no cost to buyers, sellers, or agents. I am not recruiting for listings or to represent anyone as a buyer’s agent.
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…
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.
Here’s a timely tip to our seasonal residents and visitors, who are constantly on the lookout for interesting and productive things to do.
February 9th marks the second Thursday of the month — and for over 300 photography fans that means reserving the evening for the monthly meeting of DPI-SIG, the Digital Photography and Imaging Special Interest Group of the Naples Free Net. Now you know way it has an a/k/a of The Naples Digital Photography Club. Many old-timers (the club was formed a decade ago) continue to refer to it, affectionately, as “Dippy Sig.” Thursday will mark the 150th consecutive meeting of this primo example of a well managed and successful social group.
The monthly general membership meeting (free and open to the public) is only one of the regular get-togethers sponsored by the club. There are photo outings, special groups for Photoshop, Lightroom, Women (and guys too,) Lighting, and a Round Table gathering. All events are well attended — and many members enjoy the social aspects as much as the artistic, instructional, technical, and artistic happenings offered year-round.
Meetings are held on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College off Lely Parkway and start at 7pm. Full information on the meetings and all the rest are here: http://dpi-sig.org.
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. More: Read the rest of this entry…
With ‘season’ fully underway, it’s not surprising to hear people comment that the rental market is ‘very tight.’ As with most things, it’s all relative. Searching the local MLS-controlled public access sites for a January and February rental at a rate of between $9,000 and $4,000 per month in Naples, Marco, Ft Myers Beach, and Bonita-Estero — reveals about 100 properties.
Is that all there is? Well, no. More: Read the rest of this entry…
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. More: Read the rest of this entry…
According to the Open Table App/web site, this month’s 10 most highly rated restaurants in Southwest Florida are:
- The Capitol Grill – Naples
- The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton
- Caffe Dell’Amore
- The Perfect Caper
- Chez Boet
- Turtle Club
- Bha! Bha! The Persian Bistro
- Cote D’Azur
- Restaurant Bonjour
Those who live here year ’round have the luxury of being able to wait for the off season — yielding our place in line to those who are here for a limited time. One of the delights of being in Naples full time is the pleasure of enjoying our many upscale restaurants freely and without lines or perking problems. Many of these same places offer specials for “locals,” especially during the week.
When: Saturday, January 28th
Time: 11am to 2pm
Where: Cambier Park, downtown Naples
What: For a $20 donation, attendees get a hand crafted bowl and the chance to sample a variety of soups made by some 50 area chefs.
Benefits: the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
More info here.
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
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! Finished homes are issued CO’s 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 neighborhoods, the bulldozers and paving machines that carved the layout are still on the premises! More: Read the rest of this entry…
We don’t have seasons here — such as warm, cold, snowy, or nice. It’s nice all year ’round.
We do have wet and dry — with the latter more famously called “season.” That means when snowbirds and winter residents are here. More: Read the rest of this entry…
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…
After a ‘first ever in 28 years’ cancellation last year due to an unexpected tornado, the Naples Daily News Half Marathon is expected to get off to a glitch-free start tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 7am. The race begins and ends at Cambier Park.
Over time, the race has attained national status with its flat, fast course and generally benign weather. Over 2,000 runners — elite runners among them — will be competing for cash and other prizes.
Those who winter here — or choose Naples as the place to spend some vacation time are never disappointed in the number of interesting and/or unique events held here during ‘season.’
Being a spectator at a world-class running event isn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday morning!
Alternately, Cambier Park changes character entirely Sunday afternoon when the facility hosts a good ‘old-fashioned’ band concert. The Naples Concert Band plays at the shell from 2 until 4pm.
On Monday, our downtown park is the concluding point of the Martin Luther King Junior parade — which starts at 11am at South Broad in Olde Naples.
Prime season in Naples means a delightful array of restaurants offering Sunday brunch — often with special pricing and/or entertainment.
It’s also a time of peak demand — with what some estimate to be a near doubling of our ‘normal’ count of 300,000+ residents. So making a reservation today is something you’ll be glad you did on Sunday gliding past the lines waiting to get into one of the 55 places listed on Open Table as offering a specialized Sunday Brunch.
Enjoying excellent food in the company of good friends — either al fresco or in a dining room open to the warm breezes of winter in this sub-tropical Paradise — is one of the rare pleasures in life! Cherish every moment!
A pair of bicycle events today and tomorrow will interfere with travel in the north part of Collier County. Click here for the full story from the Naples Daily News.
Add in the possibility of rain to drive tourists off the beaches and into restaurants and shops while others converge on art shows in Naples and Estero and you’ve got some real potential for frustration or worse.
Best bet: allow twice the time to get to your destination. Safely. And in a positive state of mind!
Yesterday, January 2nd, was technically a holiday. Most non-retail employees had the day off — the Monday observation of New Year’s Day.
Yet the MLS recorded this activity, as compiled by NABOR:
- 164 new listings, 55 closings, and 81 deals that went pending
- 46 listings dropped out of the market
- 34 contracts were extended while 22 homes returned to the market after a pause
- And while there were 7 price increases, 154 listings chose to post a selling price decrease
It appears the trend of the past continues: the first quarter of the year is definitely a buyers market!
It’s a rare day in Naples during which the temperature fails to reach 70º. I thought we had one on Friday, when dawn broke at 48 degrees and it remained cool through noontime. But by afternoon, the sun had warmed the air over Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF) to 72.
The lowest high temperature here in all of 2016 was on February 7th, which started out at 51 but only managed to move up to 60º by early afternoon. The coldest overnight low of the year was recorded on January 25th, when the temperature dipped to 44 degrees.
That probably explains why we don’t have LL Bean stores in Florida.
It’s a national and even an international event! This years New Year’s Art Show has drawn artists from 30 states and 4 countries.
The free admission show runs from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday January 7th and Sunday January 8th 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!
Christmas is always the most difficult day of the year to find an open restaurant or deli. The Naples Daily News has tried to be helpful — and perhaps the printed edition will have a more complete list. A quick scan of the paper didn’t uncover one, though.
In the meantime, check this link for a short list of places that will be open today and accepting reservations. I’ll try to add to this list after making a scan of North Naples after sunrise.
Dependably, Walgreen stores will be open all day, most until 10pm, in case of unforeseen shortages in the ‘fridge or cupboard.
10:30am update: It’s pretty sparse out there! We found Mel’s and Skillet’s in Bonita Springs closed, along with all our other favorites that come under the privately owned classification. Perkins is open — with about a half-hour wait but with pleasant staff and the usual good food for the price. Traffic is very light, so not too many people (at least at this time of day) are searching for a place to chow down. Dunkin Donuts shops are also open — at least for the morning. Merry Christmas!
Best bet for finding dinner reservations — if nothing from the newspaper list pans out — is to go to Open Table on the web. You don’t even have to sign up as a member to reserve a table through the site.