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!
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.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has surpassed 300 home sales to push the community past the $150 million mark.
Naples Reserve is off to a strong start, with first quarter 2018 sales increasing 49 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.
Naples Reserve still has a select number of move-in ready homes available within Parrot Cay, Sparrow Cay, Savannah Lakes, Egret Landing and Mallard Point.
Parrot Cay is a neighborhood featuring a blend of single-family lake- and nature-view custom estate homes ranging from 2,811 to more than 5,000 square feet. Parrot Cay homes by Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes offer great room floor plans with outdoor living spaces starting from the high-$700,000s.
Located near Naples Reserve’s Island Club, Sparrow Cay offers one- and two-story home designs with open floor plans, flexible study space for personalization, optional summer kitchens and 2,384 to 3,516 square feet of living space. Sparrow Cay builders Ashton Woods and Stock Signature Homes offer designs with three or four bedrooms and up to four baths starting from the mid-$400,000s.
Savannah Lakes neighborhood features home designs, some with extended lanais, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. The neighborhood’s one- and two-story homes offer three to four bedrooms and up to four-and-a-half baths, priced from the high-$300,000s.
Egret Landing is the community’s most popular neighborhood with its offering of lake- and nature-view single-family homes. Nearly 35 percent of Naples Reserve homebuyers selected from the collection of one- and two-story homes with three to four bedrooms and up to three-and-a half baths from Ashton Woods and D.R. Horton, starting from the low-$300,000s.
Mallard Point, a nature lover’s paradise, features three-bedroom floor plans with up to 2,200 square feet. Priced from the mid-$300,000s, the Ashton Woods-built homes feature secluded lake and nature preserve views.
Coral Harbor, Naples Reserve’s newest neighborhood of two-bedroom, two-bath attached villa homes introduced last year, is more than a third sold. Offering lake and preserve views, the D.R. Horton-built homes start from the high-$200,000s.
Created amongst 22 lakes and open water views, the 688-acre community emphasizes lakefront living. Lakes provide opportunities for using the community’s new Hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding, and scenic vistas. The community’s 125-acre Eagle Lake features a tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.
iStar has completed the community’s initial lakefront resort-inspired amenities, including the $7 million Island Club social center featuring a 5,160-square-foot clubhouse and an adjacent 3,500-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a movement studio for spinning, Zumba and yoga. Outdoors, a resort-style zero-entry pool offers dedicated lap lanes and room for relaxation.
Indoor and alfresco gathering areas at the Island Club include a lakeside fire pit and casual beverage and dining options at the Chat ‘n Chill Tiki Bar and Latitudes Cafe. At the Outrigger Center, a variety of watercraft options are available for residents’ use, as well as a flex-space available for game days, special events and other activities. Cruises on the community’s two Duffy electric boats depart from the center’s floating docks for residents to explore Eagle Lake and Kontiki Island. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.
The lakefront Match Point complex, now open, offers residents access to five tennis and pickleball courts. Nearby, the Walk & Wag dog park provides a place for residents and four-legged friends to enjoy together. An additional dog park – Paws Awhile – is also planned, as well as a Kid’s Cove playground and picnic area and a linear park for biking, hiking and jogging. Navigating a loop road circling Naples Reserve, the park is designed to engage residents with their natural environment and provide an alternative mode of transportation throughout the community.
Naples Reserve residents receive complimentary one-year social memberships at Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, a yacht club along the Gordon River offering a marina, indoor storage for 600 boats, two waterside restaurants, outdoor pool and sauna, and access to Naples Bay.
The South Naples community, Naples Reserve offers 16 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the high-$200,000s to more than $1 million.
Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101. Visit 14885 Naples Reserve Circle or online at www.naplesreserve.com.
You don’t have to be a pro to tackle every home fix-it problem that arises. Home repair expert Bob Vila offers simple fixes for three very common household issues:
Unclogging a toilet. Sooner or later, every homeowner faces a clogged toilet. Be prepared by having a toilet plunger on hand. When the problem arises, be sure there’s enough water in the bowl to cover the rubber top of the plunger. If not, fill it to that point with water from the tub or faucet. Place the plunger over the drain in the bottom of the toilet. With a sharp downward thrust, the rubber cap will invert, forcing air into the drain. When released, the vacuum created will suck up air and water to loosen the blockage. Try that up to three or four times. If that doesn’t do it, try using a snake-like auger device, which threads through the drain via a crank handle.
Resetting a circuit breaker. Always have flashlights and batteries on hand. If the power goes out, check to see if your neighbor’s homes are affected too. If so, it’s a utility company issue and all you can do is report it. If yours is the only house affected, head to your circuit breaker panel or fuse box with a flashlight. See if one of the circuit breakers has tripped; it will be the one breaker pointing in the opposite direction or showing a visible red indicator—or both. Flip the switch and the power should return. If you have a fuse box, check for the blown fuse: the one that is blackened and darker than the others. Unscrew it and replace it with a new one.
Maintaining a fireplace. What’s better than a fireplace on a chilly evening? Not much. But you’ll need to make sure the flu and damper are in good working order, and that you know how to dispose of ashes safely. Brush the ash into the center of the hearth. Scoop it into a metal container with a lid and place it outside, away from the house and any combustible materials, such as leaves. Let the ashes sit for two weeks before disposing of them—or using them as fertilizer—and have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a pro once a year.
If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.
Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:
“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.
Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.
Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”
Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:
The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.
(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)
There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.
If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.