Enjoy what Naples is all about in this very clean, very cozy home. Boasting a large living room and kitchen with a pass through window to the Florida room, entertaining friends or family could not be easier. The dual lanais and floor to ceiling windows in the den make this a perfect home to add the style of pool you love. At the end of the night, when everyone leaves retreat to your large master bedroom and spa like master bathroom. If being out and about is more your pace this centrally located, Lakewood neighborhood home makes time at the beach or downtown Naples an easy getaway.
Fabulous opportunity to build in the desirable Tigertail Beach area! Surround yourself with gorgeous newer homes and build your dream home on this 100×110 water direct lot offering southeast exposure. Quick unencumbered access out to Gulf through Smokehouse and Collier Bay. Great location, short walk to beach, shopping, and restaurants. Your piece of paradise awaits.
Paradise awaits you in the gated community of Falling Waters Beach Resort! Live like you vacation as you float down the lazy river offering waterfalls, tropical landscape and an exquisite resort feel. Take advantage of the large clubhouse with a full-size kitchen, dance floor, library and big screen TV. Looking for more adventure? Hit the tennis center, bocce courts, shuffleboard courts or take a stroll down the bike and jogging path. When you’re ready to call it a day, head back to your lakefront condo and cook out on your spacious screened lanai with summer kitchen as you watch the sunset over the lake with your loved ones. This getaway offers plantation shutters, a detached garage for your toys and electric hurricane shutters. Don’t miss you chance on this hidden gem perfectly located between the heart of Downtown Naples and Marco Island!
Joan and Bob Zaleski knew they wanted to spend their retirement flying, but factory-built planes were too expensive. So, they decided to build one themselves.
It took two years, four months, and eight days for the married couple to build the plane from the ground up. They say it’s a tough feat to accomplish, especially in that time frame. Some people start and never finish.
“It was a piece of cake,” said Bob Zaleski, 66, a former pilot for American Airlines, as he sat inside the pilot’s lounge at Naples Municipal Airport, steps away from the hangar housing their shiny white, red, and charcoal plane.
While the experienced pilot did confess that putting a plane together was more challenging than not, he also said he felt confident in their ability. He flew for 40 years as a commercial pilot and was a licensed aircraft mechanic.
His wife, Joan Zaleski, 59, spent decades working in general aviation.
To understand why they embarked on this journey, you have to know their story.
The Zaleskis met in the late ’70s at a flight school in Chicago. She worked in the office, and he was a flight instructor. He taught her how to fly a plane when she was 19.
After tying the knot, they knew someday they’d have a plane of their own.
Most every summer, they would attend AirVenture, an annual air show, which attracts thousands of aviation enthusiasts to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“I would always come back from that pining for an airplane,” Bob Zaleski said.
They didn’t have a Sling 2 at the air show, so they flew out to California to take a ride in the model.
That sealed the deal. They would build a plane.
“We didn’t think about it for very long,” said Joan Zaleski. “We were off and running. We tend to fly by the seat of our pants. We never have much of a long-term plan.”
Originally from Illinois, the retired couple decided to sell their house and move down to sunny Naples in 2014.
“When we told our friends we were moving down to Naples and building a plane, they all thought we’d lost our minds,” Joan Zaleski said.
Her husband saw this as incentive.
“When you tell your friends something like that, well, you got to do it,” Bob Zaleski said.
The couple started the project in 2015, and spent at least 20 hours each week on the plane. They made sure to stock their work space with plenty of food, water and tools.
Amateur-built aircrafts are built by individuals and licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as experimental, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Costs range anywhere from under $10,000 to more than $100,000, depending on equipment and performance. A new factory-built Cessna 172 would cost more than $250,000, according to the association.
The Zaleskis spent $105,000 on their plane, which is set up with the latest GPS technology.
The Zaleskis saved money, but at a price.
The plane was shipped to them in a kit, which included a manual, and thousands of parts and 14,000 rivets, or fasteners.
“In that moment I thought, ‘What did we do?'” Bob Zaleski remembered.
“It was a little intimidating,” his wife said.
Despite the difficult task ahead of them, they moved forward, putting in the time and making friends along the way at the airport.
Sometimes, those friends would chip in, especially when it came tougher jobs, like placing the wings on the aircraft.
“A lot of the male pilots were surprised I, as his wife, was out here with him. They said they couldn’t even get their wives to fly in the plane,” Joan Zaleski said.
The couple documented their project from start to finish on a Facebook page titled Hangar 1404, which was created solely for the project. The page has more than 500 likes.
When Bob Zaleski turned on the engine for the first test flight, his wife, who stayed on the ground, took a Facebook live video to capture the momentous occasion for their family and friends.
She said she wasn’t really worried about her husband the first time he flew the plane.
“I was so excited,” she said. “I knew how we built the airplane, we know how it flies, and we did a lot of ground testing.”
Fast-forward to today, and the couple is flying everywhere. At least once a week. They’ve flown as far as Chicago for Thanksgiving, and around town. Sunset in Marco Island? No problem. The two just jump in the plane and take off, sometimes with their dog. The aircraft has some luggage space in the back.
Bob Zaleski said it’s pretty economical to fly their plane, which can travel up to 1,000 miles with one fill up of gas. As far as speed, they can go up to 130 miles per hour.
Now that they can fly, Bob Zaleski said he felt inspired to take it a step further and build a four-seater plane. But his wife was quick to say no.
“We want to be fliers, not builders,” Joan Zaleski said.
The couple hopes to fly for as long as they can.
“It’s so beautiful up there and really brings about our sense of adventure,” he said.
“It’s the ultimate freedom,” she added.
Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, continues to offer elegantly appointed residences at Quail West Golf & Country Club.
Stock recently began construction of its 6,064-square-foot Casa Bordolino model. The estate features furnishings by Sam Baker of Beasley and Henley Interior Design.
A blend of California casual and European charm, the Casa Bordolino estate will be a four-bedroom, four-and-two-half bath home. The grand estate will feature a library, great room, formal dining room, outdoor living area, and a four-car garage. The home will also include a master suite with separate his and her closets and baths.
The estate will have warm colors featured throughout, predominately creams and tans, enhancing the European charm. The main floor will be travertine laid in an old-world pattern accompanied by wide-plank wood flooring.
The kitchen will feature a 48-inch Majestic Range against a backdrop of custom tile backsplash in an ivory, gray and caramel pattern. A butler pantry will be equipped with an ice maker, warming drawers, sink, and dishwasher. Kitchen cabinets are planned to be a fawn shade with Carrara solid surface countertops, a porcelain farm sink, and bronze faucet.
The second floor, accessible by staircase or elevator, offers an entertainment area, game room with a bar and balcony view, and additional bedrooms and bathrooms. Finishes include wood floors and elements brought in by the light fixtures and soft lines of the iron stair railing.
Stock Custom Homes is working on custom estates on Marco Island, in Old Naples, Pine Ridge Estates, and the Wellington area of Palm Beach.
Online at stockcustomhomes.com.
Azure at Hacienda Lakes by Toll Brothers, leading builder of homes, is a new gated master planned community located in the Naples area. Azure will include more than 400 homes featuring all-new exterior designs and resort-style amenities.
This winter, homeowners will be able to enjoy Azure at Hacienda Lakes’ private residents’ clubhouse. The 9,000 square-foot amenity center will include a resort-style swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, a flex room, and a social room with a catering kitchen. Its interior design theme will feature a neutral color palette highlighted by distinctive accent pieces, a combination of wood and tile, and patterned fabrics.
Chris Adams, Senior Project Manager for Azure at Hacienda Lakes, said construction is well underway on the clubhouse, with significant progress being made each week.
Azure at Hacienda Lakes offers three unique home collections, perfect for a variety of lifestyles, including coach homes priced from the mid-$300,000s, single-family Estate Collection homes priced from the upper $300,000s, and single-family Signature Collection homes priced from the upper $500,000s. Many of the community’s home sites feature water or preserve views.
The community is near Naples’ 5th Avenue South shopping district, beaches, golf courses and country clubs, and Artis–Naples – home of the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic.
The Azure at Hacienda Lakes sales center and five decorated model homes, located at 8786 Saint Lucia Drive in Naples, are open daily. Visit AzureAtHaciendaLakes.com.
Additional Southwest Florida Toll Brothers communities include Bonita Lakes in Bonita Springs, Palazzo at Naples, and coming in summer 2018, The Isles at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota. For more information, visit TollBrothersFlorida.com.
The Ronto Group’s gated Orange Blossom Naples community on Oil Well Road in North Naples is offering the combination of new single-family homes and a fully amenitized resort lifestyle from the $200’s. As planned, Orange Blossom will include approximately 1,600 residences at build-out. Fully developed buildable home sites are available. New single-family homes priced from the $200’s by Lennar Corporation and Pulte Homes offer a variety of floor plan choices. Furnished models by both Lennar and Pulte are open for viewing. Homebuyers have recognized Orange Blossom’s value. Nineteen sales have been processed since the end of March.
Pulte’s Orange Blossom offering includes nine one and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,674 to over 3,800 square feet base-priced from the low $300’s to the $400’s. Residences by Pulte feature 52 and 62-foot home sites with lake and garden views. The floor plans include two to six bedrooms and two or three-car garages. The plans’ gathering areas are perfect for entertaining. Flexible spaces are designed to allow working families to easily manage their busy home lives. Four distinctive exterior architectural styles are available.
Two furnished Pulte model homes are now open for viewing. A model featuring Pulte’s one-story, 2,684 square-foot Dockside floor plan is base-priced at $349,990.The floor plan includes three bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half baths, and a pool. The one-story, 1,972 square-foot Canopy model floor plan features a gathering room, a café, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a pool and is base-priced at $297,990. A flex space can be used as a den, formal dining area, or fourth bedroom.
Homebuyers have expressed significant interest in Pulte’s Summerwood floor plan. The versatile open-concept 1,861 square feet plan offers two to five bedrooms and two or three bathrooms and is well-suited for families alike. The one-story plus an optional upstairs loft home design features an open kitchen with a center island that overlooks a gathering room that is well-suited to both entertaining and everyday living. Granite countertops and a walk-in pantry are included in the kitchen. The optional loft space features an additional bedroom and bath.The plan’s two-car garage includes an expanded area for golf cart parking or extra storage. The Summerwood floor plan is base-priced at $297,990.
Lennar’s furnished models showcase the homebuilder’s Executive and Manor home collections. One and two-story residences ranging from 1,677 to 3,857 square feet under air come with Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” pledge that provides extras and upgrades at no additional charge. Some of those features include brick pavered driveways and patios, tile roofs, granite countertops in the kitchen areas, GE stainless steel appliances, tile in the wet areas, and crown molding in the living areas.
Lennar’s Executive home collection includes six floor plans base-priced from the $200,000’s to the mid-$300’s. These residences provide 1,677 to 3,231 square feet under air with three to five bedrooms and two or three baths. The Manor home collection features five floor plans ranging from 2,244 to 3,867 square feet with pricing from the low $300’s to the low $400’s. The residences provide retreats within Orange Blossom’s fully amenitized ambiance. The floor plans offer four to six bedrooms, two to four baths, and two and three car garages. Lakefront home sites are available. Lennar’s Tivoli Manor home model features 2,267 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, including a master suite, three full baths, an open kitchen with breakfast nook, a family room, a separate formal dining room, a covered patio, and a three-car garage. The Tivoli floor plan is base-priced from $327,999.
From its landscaped gated entry feature, to its amenity complex, Orange Blossom has been created to provide opportunities for fun throughout the day. The setting offers an ideal environment for working families with children and for retirees who enjoy an active, healthy living experience. Two resort-style pools and a spa surrounded by palm trees and green spaces serve as the centerpiece of Orange Blossom’s amenity offering. Chaise lounges line the pool decks. Tiki huts and cabanas provide shady places to relax, or to enjoy a beverage from the outdoor bar. Two full-length basketball courts, a pair of tennis courts adjacent to the pool complex, a beach volleyball court, bocce ball courts, shaded picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, and a fishing pier at one of the community’s sparkling lakes offer additional possibilities for outdoor fun. A poolside Community Center includes a social room for gatherings and events, a catering kitchen, and a fitness center. The Community Center also features covered outdoor terraces for socializing with neighbors, family members, and guests.
Orange Blossom’s location provides a value to working families and retirees intent on enjoying a resort lifestyle while residing at a Naples address. K-12 schools, retail shopping venues, a grocery store, family restaurants, bars, a public golf course, and a planned regional park are minutes away.
The Ronto Group is also developing the Naples Square community in downtown Naples; the Seaglass high-rise tower at Bonita Bay; the new Omega tower that will be the final high-rise built within Bonita Bay; and the TwinEagles gated golf course community in North Naples. Ronto is now converting reservations to contracts for Phase I residences at Eleven Eleven Central, a new walkable/bikeable, access-controlled community to be built by the developer on Central Avenue between 10th Street and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples.
The Orange Blossom Naples Welcome Home Center at 1948 Oil Well Road is open daily. Visit OrangeBlossomNaples.com.
A sophisticated resort lifestyle is offered within the recently completed clubhouse at Milano Lakes, a new luxury apartment community off Collier Boulevard in South Naples.
“Milano Lakes is designed to encourage an active lifestyle with an abundance of opportunities for physical activities and social gatherings,” said Krys Hamilton, leasing specialist for Milano Lakes. “Our new residents will find the clubhouse the centerpiece of community life offering a variety of wonderful amenities.”
The clubhouse at Milano Lakes is a 5,488-square-foot building that reflects the influence of Mediterranean architecture. Facilities include a resort-style swimming pool and pool deck complete with cabana stripe market umbrellas. The well-equipped fitness center offers all of the most popular apparatus.
The interior was created by Design Group West with architectural ceiling details and a custom designed entertainment wall. A special feature is a built-in banquet seating detail for lounging and conversations around a full-size pool table. A sports court rounds out the amenities.
Located on a 23-acre site, Milano Lakes will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings when completed, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, 96 detached garages are planned.
Occupants may choose from four floor plans, ranging from a one-bedroom design with 808 air-conditioned square feet and 889 total square feet, to a three-bedroom apartment home with 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,545 square feet.
Each unit includes laundry facilities, a master suite with a walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a dining area, and a lanai. Elevators in each building make apartment access convenient.
Online at www.milanolakes.com.
Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities led by Gary Hains and David E. Torres.
Other projects by FL Star include Sapphire Cove, a new community of single-family homes off Collier Boulevard in Naples, and Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee.
FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.