Deep down in sunny Florida’s panhandle resides the beautiful city of Naples. A part of the Naples-Marco Island region, the popular tourist destination that is Naples is home to 21,600 residents who reside in approximately 6,500 households. In addition, there's a community of slightly over 315,000 in the surrounding region-courtesy the 2009 census.
Naples Real Estate
Naples is a wonderful beachside community for both its residents and the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit her every year. Known worldwide for its pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters off the Gulf of Mexico, Naples homes for sale include a diverse blend of seaside villas, high-rise condos, gated communities, golf suburbs, as well as homes further inland that were built in the 20th-century. Collectively, the city boasts almost 1,000 suburbs and neighborhoods, and approximately 85% of Naples’s inhabitants belong to either home owners or condominium associations.
For those interested in living in Naples, it’s widely-considered a city for individuals or couples who have previously owned a home. This could be due to the high-demand for housing there and the very desirable quality of life—which, as you could surmise, makes investing in Naples real estate more expensive than other properties in the Naples-Marco Island area.
Pelican Bay, Beach Walk Gardens, Antigua condo community, Lake Park community (further inland), and the Cedar Hammock community: all of these are a mere sampling of some of the best communities to live and play in.
Naples, Florida is also a very desirable location on the Floridian pan-handle because of its reputable population. Approximately 65% of couples are married, almost half of the adult population has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and unemployment is one of the lowest in the entire Southeastern U. S. -about 2.1%. The crime rate, according to the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Rate (UCR), is also significantly lower than the average (measured in crimes per 100,000 people) state and national average.
Financing in Naples for homeowners and prospective homeowners is abundantly available. For qualified buyers, 30-year loan rates are commonly as low as 4% and may carry APR’s as low as 4.36%. There is never a Naples real estate agent ready at your beck-and-call to help you find the perfect home in Naples.
Naples Culture and Attractions
Naples, Florida hasn’t always been the vivacious little city it is today. As early as the 1970’s, it was just another small town along the west coast of Florida. Fast-forward to 2010 and it’s now one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations—not only for the gorgeous shoreline, but for the immensity and diversity of its culture and wonderful attractions.
Good to know, but “What’s there to do?, ” you’re probably asking. Start with the fact that Naples is widely-known for its abundance of lush golf courses—many of them overlooking the Gulf. Not enough? Naples is the epicenter of boating, boating and yacht clubs, museums and art galleries (such as The Von Liebig Art Center and Fifth Avenue Design Gallery), and hundreds of exclusive, unique shopping venues to choose from.
Everything that’s beautiful around Naples isn’t necessarily man-made. While the beach is certainly heavenly, other little oases exist around Naples as well. The Everglades wildlife refuge is certainly one of them; world-renowned, the Everglades (specifically, the National Wildlife Refuge division) are visited by millions yearly and are only a short drive from Naples. Then there’s Corkscrew Swamp. Corkscrew, just to the north of Naples, is a wildlife preservation area that’s owned by the National Audubon Society. This wetland hosts a manmade walking bridge over dozens of acres of endangered species, including trees, exotic birds, and alligators.
There’s more. As part of the Ten Thousand Islands region, there are dozens of quaint, small islands that are just off Naples’s shore. Then there is the beautiful Gordon River. The Gordon River is deeply rooted in history and lore—and is lined almost completely with tropical mangroves.
Where there's water, there will be fishermen and boating-fanatics. Naples is definitely the place to be for fishing-via the Gulf's warm waters and year-round tropical climate. The number of fish species is huge in the ocean, in nearby canals and estuaries, and in further inland backwaters. Are you a boater? Then you won't be disappointed with the availability of boating opportunities, as well as boating clubs, group fishing expeditions, and even yachting activities.
Wining and Dining
Naples certainly isn’t lacking in the culinary department, either. With quaint little sidewalk cafés, gourmet delis, roadhouse steakhouses, classy bistro joints, and delicious seafood eateries—Naples has cuisine for virtually everyone. There is also a plethora of foreign-themed restaurant; among them are Thai, German, American, French, Asian, Italian, and Irish—plus many more.
It is just, overall, a great place to reside and the Naples real estate market is worth navigating!