As most of us already know, Naples has been voted the "Happiest and Healthiest Place To Live" in the United States year after year. Naples has now been voted the #1 best city to retire to in Florida! With pure sunshine, pristine beaches, highly rated schools and a healthy lifestyle, its easy to see why Naples is the happiest place to live. But what makes it the best city to retire to?
The report was based on the following aspects:
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For the 2nd year in a row, Naples, Florida and the surrounding areas of Marco Island and Immokalee, have been ranked the #1 happiest and healthiest communities in the United States according to the
1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
2. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. Charlottesville, Virginia
6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California
8. Lynchburg, Virginia
9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
10. Boulder, Colorado
Reference Articles: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2018 Community Rankings
As a luxury real estate agent I am constantly asked what is the best neighborhood to live in, who has the best amenities, where is the best golf course, etc. I can tell you that there are many gorgeous communities behind luxurious gates in Southwest Florida and there really truly is something special about all of them. But, a select few stand above the rest in terms of their special features.
For the past few years, I have embarked on a quest to review and summarize the top rated gated communities of Southwest Florida. Without further ado, let’s kick off the list of the Top Rated Gated Communities in Southwest Florida (Note: this list is alphabetized by city and then by community).
This list is a work in progress. I look forward to adding many more top rated gated communities of Southwest Florida to my list of reviewed, approved, and revered!
A WCI planned community, Pelican Preserve offers its residents the Florida lifestyle and then some! There truly is something for everyone in this beautiful community designed specifically for folks 55 and better, Pelican Preserve comes complete with 27 holes of golf, a magnificent town-center, tennis, volleyball, swimming, fishing pier, and incredible nature views. Read on to see why I’ve added it to my list of the 2018 Top Rated Gated Communities of Southwest Florida.
Designed by renowned golf architect, Chip Powell, the 27 holes at Pelican Preserve include ample water, sand, and grass hollow hazards. There are also beautiful practice facilities and a well-equipped pro-shop. After a round, relax in the clubhouse at the spa, fitness center, dining area or locker rooms!
Building A offers: Destinations Restaurant, Ceramic and Art Studio, Hobby Shop, Game Room
Building B offers: Indoor Theatre, Magnolia Room, Computer Room, Card room
Building C offers: Fitness & Aerobics, Juice Bar, Indoor Walking Track, Indoor Lap & Aerobics Pool, Locker Rooms, Sauna & Steam Rooms, Spa Treatment Rooms
Building D offers: Tennis Pro Shop, Outdoor Activities Administration, Restrooms
Outdoor Amenities include:
6 lighted Har-Tru Tennis Courts
Pickle Ball Court
Resort-Style Swimming Pool
Butterfly Garden & Garden Area
Pelican Preserve offers beautiful residences in the shape of condos, coach homes, attached villas, and single family homes. The homes in Pelican Preserve have styles and features that meet a wide variety of preferences and budgets with prices starting in the mid $100’s ranging to over a half million.
Located in the heart of Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, Shadow Wood & Shadow Wood Preserve, respectively, are master planned communities developed by Bonita Bay Group with three fantastic and challenging golf courses, lighted tennis courts, several delicious dining opportunities, and a very active social and events calendar. For these reasons and more, Shadow Wood and Shadow Wood Preserve makes my list of the 2018 Top Rated Gated Communities of Southwest Florida.
The two courses located within Shadow Wood (in the Brooks) are called the North and the South courses and were designed by Robert Cupp. The facilities include a beautiful clubhouse with locker rooms, driving range, short game area, pro-shop and convenient snack bar.
The third course is located in Shadow Wood Preserve and is deemed the most difficult of the three with plenty of areas to get in trouble between tall grass, water, and sand! The Preserve also has a full service clubhouse, pro-shop, locker rooms, restaurant, driving range and more!
The tennis program is open 365 days of the year and offers members 9 Har-Tru lighted courts meticulously maintained. The staff and teaching professionals are top-notch and run a fun yet competitive program.
Dining & Social
Speaking from personal experience, the food at Shadow Wood is first class! I actually had the pleasure of cooking at The Preserve during my college years. The kitchen is incredibly clean and well run – turning out delicious cuisine is the staff’s passion! Between the two developments there are two full service clubhouses with a variety of casual and fine dining options. You will not be disappointed with the food!
Residents of Shadow Wood and Shadow Wood Preserve also have the option of joining The Commons Club which is available to all homeowners within The Brooks. The Commons Club provides private beach and beach club access on Bonita Beach, a fitness and spa facility with lap pool, dining privileges at Rosie Spoonbill's, and access to the enrichment center which offers ample social activities.
Shadow Wood and Shadow Wood Preserve offer beautiful homes of various sizes and price points. The Preserve has 293 homes that include coach homes, villas and single family residences. Views include the Estero Bay Nature Preserve and the historic Mullock Creek. Residents can kayak, canoe, and enjoy picnic areas!
Shadow Wood (in the Brooks) has over 1400 home sites lined with 85 lakes, green fairways, and 350 acres of preserves. Homes include custom estate single-family, custom single-family, traditional single-family, villa and coach home options.
While all of Pelican Bay is not behind gates, this sprawling development includes some of the finest in Naples’ luxury living with various subdivisions behind gates and exclusive tropical amenities that will make you sing with joy! Located in the heart of Naples 34108, Pelican Bay offers its residents private beach access, restaurants, private golf, and so much more. Pelican Bay is the perfect addition to the list of 2018 Top Rated Gated Communities of Southwest Florida.
The Club at Pelican Bay is a private, member owned club located in the center of the community. It offers members 27 holes of championship golf.
Two beautiful tennis facilities are accessible within Pelican Bay and offer a total of 18 Har-Tru meticulously kept courts.
Residents enjoy access to Pelican Bay’s 3 miles of pristine white sandy beach, the North & South facilities, and several dining options – The Sandbar and Sunset Café for casual options and Marker 36 for elegant beach front dining. The beach attendants keep the beach area clean and setup chairs, umbrellas and cabanas from 9am to sunset. Members can also use complimentary kayaks and sailing boats, arrive by the tram system to avoid parking, and enjoy volleyball, shelling and fishing!
Pelican Bay’s amenity complex is over 25,000 sq. ft. and contains a fitness center, spa, art studio, pro shop and a very active social events calendar.
Within Walking Distance
Pelican Bay is neighbored by the prestigious Waterside Shops and Dining of Naples. Several fine and casual restaurants as well as high end fashion, department stores and boutiques exist for the pleasure of attendance! Residents can also take a short stroll to Artis Naples to frequent the Naples Philharmonic and The Baker Museum.
Pelican Bay is comprised of 6,500 total homes which include high rise condos, luxury apartments, coach/carriage homes, villas and single family homes. There are 95 different subdivisions with each offering unique amenities. Pelican Bay is anchored by the Ritz Carlton, Naples Grade Beach Resort and Waterside Shops. It also offers 88 acres of parks and recreation!
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A special new gated community has emerged in Naples, FL 34119, Esplanade Golf & Country Club! This Taylor Morrison development is currently under new construction with some of the amenities ready for use and others still to come – some homes complete and others still to be built. The location is convenient to many of Naples’ finest attractions. Located just east of I-75, near several of the other Top Rated Gated Communities. Read on to discover the fabulous plans for Esplanade, one of my picks as a 2018 Top Rated Gated Community of Southwest Florida.
The 18 hole championship golf course is complete and open for play. It offers lush fairways and tees positioned for various skill levels. The neighborhood is currently "bundled golf" for an annual fee of $2550. At buildout, some of the multi-family dwellings will not be bundled but for now, all current homeowners are enjoying the beautiful greens.
Esplanade has four Har-Tru lay courts with lights for play anytime of the day or night. One court has stadium seating a wonderful pro-shop for both the tennis and golf enthusiasts. There will also be pickle ball courts once amenities are complete.
Dining & Social
Amenity completion in Esplanade will include a 15,000 sq. ft. clubhouse including a grand lobby, reception and administration offices, art & display gallery, grand ballroom, private fine dining, fireplaces for gathering, bar & grill, lounge, outdoor patio dining and outdoor event pavilion. There will also be a convenient fresh market for quality produce, fish, flowers, and more!
Residents will also have an 8,000 sq. ft. wellness center, spa & salon, swim center with lap pool, resort style pool area and an open-air tiki bar!
At build-out, Esplanade will offer 1,121 homes among its 1,000 acres of nature preserves and wetlands and over 170 acres of lakes. The neighborhood composition of home options include 75% single family homes and 25% coach (multi-family) homes. Coach homes start with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the mid $300s and single family homes start in the mid $500s.
Click here to see the current inventory of homes for sale in Esplanade. There new construction options and customization is endless!