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Why are Naples’ Homes Now for Sale at Their Best Values?
Naples proper is a very small city on the SW Gulf Coast of Florida. By boundary lines, Naples only has a population of about 20,000 people. However, in Season which runs from about January 1st through Easter, this number grows to more than 300,000 which is spread throughout Collier County, which is an enormous area in terms of square miles. For all practical purposes, Naples, FL almost didn’t exist 60 years ago. Compared to other areas in Florida, along the thousands of miles of coast land as well as major inland cities, Naples has retained its small town charm while at the same time, become a major cultural center with the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts and its companion Museum as well as a major art colony. Naples (and Bonita / Estero) are meticulously maintained with beautiful areas throughout with flowers changed with the Seasons.
The South West Coast of Florida which largely consists of Naples Real Estate, Bonita Real Estate and Estero Real Estate is a destination location. Yes, there are tourists who stay for a couple days in hotels. But largely, visitors are snow birds in Season who have discovered that they really prefer the fabulous weather during the colder days up North. And the Snow Birds will stay typically for at last a month or two, if not longer, particularly if they are renting or have made that decision to purchase.
Location wise, the Naples area is the last stopping point along the Gulf coast before you have to go over to the East Coast to drive down the Florida Keys. Naples is about 30 miles south of Ft. Myers and about 90 miles directly west of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Naples is an easy drive from six international airports (Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, with Ft. Myers being just minutes away.
The South West Coast of Florida … Naples / Bonita and Estero are sub-tropic in geographical location. There can be a major difference in winter weather patterns as one heads North even within just 50 miles. The fabulous weather along with pristine white powder Gulf beaches are two of the major magnets which draw people to this area. In the winter, the Gulf temperatures can be as low about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and will rise to about 90 in August and September. People wonder how anyone could live in a sub tropic area in the heat summer. All they need to do is to give Naples a try in the summer to realize that the year-rounders (or those owners who live here 12 months a year) actually prefer the summer months to winter. It never gets as uncomfortable as it does in the majority of northern cities.
Yes, Naples is one of the priciest locations in the U.S. and the world. Remember, Buyers drive prices, not Sellers. There are many reasons for the affluent to prefer a Naples address. To name a few … the white soft powder sandy beaches, absolutely fabulous weather, tons of upscale shopping areas (which is one of the favorite ‘sporting’ activities!), many beautiful gated communities with more golf courses per capita than almost any area in the U.S. It is also a major tennis area. You may not have played golf or tennis while you were living in that other colder climate but it is an exercise you may give a try once you have an address in SW Florida. And if you don’t want to be athletic, that’s OK too!! This is an action area with tons of things to do. One interesting point is that while Naples is a destination location for the retired, the average age in Collier County is about 44.
Naples / Collier County is home to several major land reserves, including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/, Everglades, National Park http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm, and Big Cypress National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/bicy/index.htm, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/.
Naples is the premier destination in Southwest Florida, the crown jewel on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is a great place to buy a home for sale. It is exceptionally easy to make new friends and renew other friendships as you would be surprised as to how many people you already know who have a southwest Florida address. Come join us and consider buying a Naples home for sale.
Current real estate market conditions: As of this writing in November, 2013, market conditions are very different than they were 4 years ago. Naples has rebounded sharply. When you read about market conditions in SW Florida, the articles are most likely referring to Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Leigh Acres and Punta Gorda, areas which are still feeling the effects of short sales and foreclosures. Naples’ Inventory levels have substantially fallen off and the number of monthly closings and dollar volume is much higher with each passing month / quarter. Market activity is sufficiently busy that if you are still hoping to get in on the market bottom, you had best wait for the next recline. Otherwise, get on the band wagon soon. Larry Halpin will be happy to share current market data with you. All you have to do is to ask!
If you should wish to stay abreast of the local newspaper’s reporting, go to www.naplesnews.com