Photo: Venetian Village

One would be hard pressed to visit a place more “Naples” than the collection of shops, service providers, and dining opportunities than what can be found at Venetian Village.

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

Info: Boomers retiring in record numbers!

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!

Nature: South Florida’s spectacular National Parks

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:

http://www.southfloridaparks.org/parks/

Be sure to check each of the parks’ features and offerings — and sign up for the newsletter.

Update: The cost of living in Naples

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.

Weather: lowest high temperature.

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.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2018!

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.

RL Caron

To initiate contact, type my name (without the space) and add @gmail.com or send me a text via two-three-nine-eight-two-five-five-six-three-five

More unique photos of Naples at my website:

http://rlcaron.com

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!

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.”

Veteran’s Day, 2017

Please remember the real purpose of this holiday: to honor the many thousands who gave, ultimately, a life. Or one more limbs, or made other profound sacrifices so we could live in the most prosperous, free, and inclusive country in the history of the world. The United States of America.

Veteran’s Day 2017

Social: The Naples Digital Photography Club

Today (November 9th) is the second Thursday of the month — and for some 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.”

To say that this is one of the best managed and successful clubs in the state would be an understatement. The monthly general membership meeting is only one of many 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 events offered year-round.

Meetings are held on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College off Lely Parkway. Full information on the meetings and all the rest are here: http://dpi-sig.org.

Info: changes in credit score math

When people talk about their credit score in the context of a home loan, they generally are referring to the number provided by the Fair Isaac Corporation — known as FICO. That index isn’t changing.

However, three other credit tracking entities, Equifax, Experian, and Trans-Union, together operate VantageScore — and that is the one that is being tweaked in at least two important areas. One relates to closing inactive accounts — which had been at least informally known to affect credit scores negatively because one’s rating was based on current debt as a ratio of the total credit available. In the future, closing unused credit lines may affect credit scores positively or not at all.

In a more important way, the new formulas will assess ‘trending’ on the total debt — meaning one will be rated at least partially on whether the amounts owed are collectively going up or down. Those who are paying debt down will likely be looked upon as less risky than people who are still piling it on.

Read more here or here.

 

Fact: Is Naples huge or small?

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!  Continue reading Fact: Is Naples huge or small?