Info: Downtown Art Show January 6 & 7.

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!

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

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

Info: More on the rental market

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

Info: Population update.

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!

Info: a “green flash” sighting helper

“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!

Weather: Chilly!

Well, that’s a relative thing. Temperatures dipped to 46º overnight — probably the coolest we’ve experienced since the first of the year. We ran the heat for a couple of hours this morning to bring the house back into the low 70s.

A young lady who cuts my hair — a Florida native — told me last week of a new word learned while visiting relatives in Pennsylvania.

“Furnace.”

Info: Co$t of Land

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

Living: at the junction of luxury and privacy

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