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Bonita Bay was the initial brain-child of Bonita Bay Group. It is one of the original master planned communities in the Naples / Bonita area. In a nutshell, Bonita Bay is a beautifully landscaped major place to have a residence. As Bonita Bay was coming close to build-out and the developer was in the process of initiating planning and construction in several other major communities, I would take clients in to Bonita Bay just to show them ‘what the parent looks like’!
90 holes of Championship Golf make Bonita Bay a golfer’s dream come true! Wonderfully located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, this community offers the perfect blend of recreation and relaxation. Designated an award winning community by the Urban Land Institute, Bonita Bay is comprised of 2,400 acres that presents residents with a collection of single family and coach homes, and Hi-Rise buildings directly on Estero Bay. With 5 Par 72 courses designed by leaders such as Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio, this private club offers exciting and challenging play for golfers of all levels. Amenities also offered include a clubhouse, meeting and conference rooms, fitness center, numerous parks, lighted tennis courts and a marina. The social activity of this club makes it a wonderful draw for many as it hosts a variety of community activities including concerts on the river. Suffice to say that Bonita Bay is a beautifully maintained and mature landscaped community.
Bonita Bay is built round the concept of a country club environment. As membership requires an initiation, not everyone chooses to join. It is purely optional. The community is completely under the control of the owners and the ‘club’ is membership controlled and financially strong. There is a golf membership which gives members the ability to play any of the five courses and all club amenities; some 20 Har-Tru tennis courts with a very active tennis program; and social (dining) privileges. There are no food or beverage minimums. Golf and tennis members also can use the world-class fitness center which includes a junior Olympic sized lapped swimming pool. Aside from the country club, there is also a very affordable restaurant on the harbor called Backwater Jack’s and an equity boat club which provides both wet and dry storage facilities. A Boater uses the Imperial River out to Estero Bay to access the Gulf of Mexico.
On September 24, 2013 in Bonita Bay, there were 124 active listings ranging in price from $159,000 for a 1-bedroom condo to $3,999,000 for a 7000 sq. ft. significant estate home. At this time, we are in a strong Buyer’s Market. The market is currently very active. For comparison, in early 2011, there were 230 listings which really shows a considerable change in market conditions.