Naples is a great place to live. Condos here rival those in much larger cities for luxury and amenities plus many buildings are easily walkable to restaurants, shops, and amazing beaches. However, there are many communities in the Naples area to consider so how do you know which is right for you? Here are some of the pros and cons to consider when starting your search for a Naples condo.
Pros of living in Bonita Bay include low density development, mature trees with shaded walking and jogging paths and buildings offer phenomenal amenities including on site restaurants. The closest to airport is just about 20 minutes away and there's an onsite marina on the Imperial River which leads to the Estero Bay which provides gulf access for residents. Last but not least, there are five 18-hole championship golf courses. Additional community perks include spectacular club houses with restaurants and live entertainment, parks throughout the community, a real grass Croquet course, resort style pool with fire fountain, satellite pools throughout community, and an off site beach club. Overall Bonita Bay has an incredible upscale feel.
The area is not beachfront however a remote beach club is part of the amenities. The Beach is around a 20 minute drive. There is an awesome tennis club but its not included in the HOA and can be pricey but it is an above average tennis program.
Pelican Bay has 2 Oceanfront restaurants, Marker 36 and The Sandbar, that are literally on the sand. You hear the waves as you eat and drink. Marker 36 is more upscale while The Sandbar is more kid friendly. Both restaurants often host Live entertainment. There is an incredible tennis program PLUS it's included in the HOA. In addition there is a 27 hole golf course, the beach is walkable, and there is a trolley service (oversized golf carts) that will drive you to the beach on the boardwalks through the mangroves. Bay Colony is part of Pelican Bay and is written about below. The community offers Beach wheel chairs and beach club amenities include beach cocktail service and more. Last but not least, Artis Center is walkable and has broadway/dance/pop performances.
While it's not a boating community, there are marinas and boat clubs within 10 minutes from the Bay Colony section of Pelican Bay.
Bay Colony is one of the most exclusive communities in all of Naples and Southwest Florida. The building boasts tight security and concierge services. Several buildings within the community are right on the sand and feature a private beach club. Since it's so close to beach, no trolley service is necessary. Beach service includes fresh towels, chaise lounges, beach umbrellas. Favorite foods and drink service is offered at the water's edge or pool side. Bay colony residents have use of not only Pelican Bays amenities but also have their own exclusive amenities such as their own tennis club, beach club, and restaurant.
Exclusivity comes at a price, units at Bay Colony start at 3,000,000 and go up to 11,000,000. Although it's not a boating community there are marinas near by.
Park Shore is a boating community with many buildings. Some are right on the sand and others are just a short walk to the beach. There's no trolley or shuttle required. Venetian Village lies within the community and offers Bayfront shopping, restaurants, and live entertainment. Having upscale shopping destinations within your neighborhood is a real luxury.
Although the restaurants in Venetian Village are waterfront there are no ocean front restaurants like with Pelican Bay and no golf course.
The Moorings is a boating community with an old Florida feel. The highrises here are 10 stories or less which makes it feel less urban. Boat slips are included with many of the
condos and the marina is within walking distance. The Moorings is also walkable to shopping and restaurants at venetian village and close to old Naples.