Naples, Florida is going through an amazing transformation. Real Estate is my career therefore I eat, drink, and breathe it on a daily basis so it is very surprising for me when I turn down a street that I don't recognize from the time I drove down the same street two weeks ago.
As I was taking a drive through Olde Naples this morning looking for an "off-market" property for sale for a client who wants what is not currently being offered on the Multiple Listing System I turned from Gulf shore Blvd. South onto 17th Avenue South and was blown away. Three houses on the south side of the avenue, which had been there two weeks ago, are now gone with work crews and machinery diligently reshaping the land. Three small signs sit in the front yard; Stock Development, Foresite, and Grande Bay Builders. These projects sit just across Gulf shore Blvd. South where on the beach block between 16th Avenue South and 17th Avenue South three homes are in various stages of completion. For someone who has not been back to Naples in the past 6 months this corner of downtown would be truly unrecognizable.
This same scenario is repeated throughout Naples including commercial construction on 5th Avenue and 3rd Street shopping area and all along HWY 41. Huge swaths of land including the Naples Square project and Mangrove Bay located just off of Goodlette-Frank Road. Large national developers are back in Naples in a big way with new communities announced by Toll Brothers, WCI, and Lennar Homes.
Included in this transformation are new and refurbished amenities. Naples has been busy creating a brand new 15-acre park called Baker Park that runs along the Gordon River into the downtown district. The new park will feature plenty of green space and a 2-mile path that meanders along the river complete with services to put your canoe or kayak in the water easily. The Naples Zoo and The Conservancy are also in the middle of major renovation projects as is the Naples Botanical Garden.
The small town of Naples is blossoming before our eyes. If you have not been down here recently the sun is shining, the Gulf of Mexico is glistening, and the beach breeze is as refreshing as ever.