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Naples’ Best Communities for 2018

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Clients often ask me which are Naples BEST communities, but the answer to that is always dependent on how one responds to my follow-up question – What matters most to YOU? 

With so many options in golf course communities, gated/nongated communities, Gulf-front communities, 55+ communities and more, what one deems as “best” is more or less determined by the type of residence, budget and lifestyle they desire. Fortunately, no matter what matters most to you, there will be many fine options from which to choose, and ALL are good. To drive that point home, just consider what a remarkable year of recognition it has been for Naples.
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After starting the year by being named one of America’s Best Performing Cities by the Milken Institute, we went on to earn national distinction as America’s healthiest and happiest city for the third consecutive year (something NO other community has achieved). This soon followed by achieving honors as America’s Best Place to Retire, acclaim as America’s Best Beach Town and, in recent weeks, credit from Forbes for being one of America’s Best Places for Business and Careers.

The point here, no matter where you move, you’ll be residing among the most remarkable city in America. It’ll be difficult to go wrong regardless of where you go. However, if asking the Collier Building Industry Association, you’d get a different answer as to Naples best communities. Each year, during the Sand Dollar Awards Program, the CBIA takes time to honor feats of greatness from our area’s leading builders as well as recognize the standouts among Naples best communities. Criteria for judging include quality and design of the amenity packages within the community, recreational activities, outdoor features, overall ambiance and more. The following are certainly worthy of the “Community of the Year” distinction received for 2018.

Naples Best Communities for 2018

Ave Maria (Community of the Year for Homes Priced under $500,000)


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Overview of Ave Maria

This is the fourth year that Ave Maria has been recognized Naples best community. It has additionally earned distinction as one of America’s Top 35 Master-Planned Communities and its Del Webb neighborhood has been designated among the nation’s Top 20 Places to Retire. Ave Maria is set among the eastern peripheries of Collier County (at intersection of Oil Well & Camp Keais Roads). Comprised by more than 4,000 acres, when Ave Maria is fully built-out, it will be home to 11,000 residences. There are more than 40 floor plans from which to choose among the options in single-family homes. Prices range from the upper $100s to more than $500,000. Ave Maria isn’t your typical residential enclave, but more of its own township. The community is graced with the Catholic Ave Maria University, church and more than a million square-feet of retail, office and business operations allowing convenient access to shopping, dining and more. Amenities here include the Panther Run Golf Club, tennis, bocce, swimming, sport fields and lots more. Click Here to See Ave Maria Homes for Sale.


Naples Reserve  (Community of the Year for Homes Priced From $500,000 to $1million)

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Naples Reserve main activity complex

The Naples Reserve community, along with varied home builders and developer iStar, earned more that a dozen different awards during this year’s Sand Dollar program. These include distinctions for community landscaping as well as specific awards for single-family home designs as well as interior designs. Located some ten minutes from downtown Naples, the Naples Reserve is set among a 668 acre expanse which borders the rustic Picayune Strand State Forest (the 4th largest state forest in Florida). Naples Reserve is nuanced with almost two dozen interconnected waterways as well as a 125 acre lake enabling fun for those who enjoy kayaking and fishing. Other recreational activities here include swimming, bocce, volley ball and walking or biking among the trailways. The community is also complemented with a grand club house, fitness center, cafe, tiki bar and more. Click Here to See Naples Reserve Homes for Sale


Quail West (Community of the Year for Homes Priced More than $1million)try this quail west

Set in North Naples, Quail West has already been well regarded among the most prestigious and picturesque of elegant enclaves. Yet, it has recently gone from great to greater following expansions and renovations to its 70,000 square-foot club house. There’s also a new 12,000 square-foot fitness and wellness center.

View from the new exterior seating area at the renovated club house.

View from the new exterior seating area at the renovated club house.


Other amenities here include two championship golf courses, tennis, an indoor swimming facility known as The Solarium, dining, spa services and more. Be assured, the quality of the amenities here equal the architectural mastery reflected among the homes. For home buyers who have the means to not only discern luxury, but demand it, Quail West remains a top option among Naples best communities. Click Here to See Quail West Homes for Sale


Although these are being honored as Naples best communities for 2018, keep in mind that there are still many other excellent neighborhoods of Naples that have been similarly distinguished in former years. They might not be dominating news headlines this year, but they’re still dreamy. For more insight on Naples best communities or to arrange a tour among the top neighborhoods, connect with me by submitting the form below.

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