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Old 07-09-2015, 08:34 AM
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Talk to me about Naples and and surrounding areas please. The company I work for has a location in Naples as well as Vero, Miami, and Jax. I have been informed that a position will be opening at out Naples facility within the next few months. I will be applying for transfer. What areas should I concentrate on when house shopping? No kids so school districts are not important. Thanks for any ideas.
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Naples = The land of the haves and the have more's.

Personally, I'm partial to North Naples.
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Naples is expensive but surrounding areas are cheaper such as Bonita Springs. If you have school age kids choose carefully and do your research on the districts. When the great "white flight" out of West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale took place about ten-14 years ago Naples is where they went and took lots of money with them driving up the price of property and taxes.
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Naples is expensive but surrounding areas are cheaper such as Bonita Springs. If you have school age kids choose carefully and do your research on the districts. When the great "white flight" out of West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale took place about ten-14 years ago Naples is where they went and took lots of money with them driving up the price of property and taxes.
Yep. A couple weeks ago I saw lots 4 blocks from the beach, going for a million bucks. 10 years ago they were $300k.
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:15 AM
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No school age kids. My son is 22 and graduates college this year. When looking on Realtor.com I'm seeing reasonably priced homes but I'm just unsure of the neighborhood. But I don't have to live in Naples any surrounding areas would be great.
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We recently sold our vacation home in Naples. We sold for many reasons, but the predominant one for me was, Naples was no longer different. Every new shopping mall looks like every other shopping mall, with the exact same stores. The chains outnumber the unique businesses.

We bought in 2004 and sold for about what we paid.

As for the rich and richer comment. Yes, it's true. Naples has lots and lots and lots of phenomenally rich people. It also has middle class and poor and all the way down to migrant labor to the east in Immokalee. Do not let money, or lack thereof, dissuade you from moving to Naples. In general, the closer you get to water and golf courses, the richer the people. Just like everywhere.

No worries about housing- you will find suitable housing at a price that is comfortable for you. Of course, if you don't mind a commute, you can find less expensive housing just north of Collier County.

Downtown Naples centers around 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South. I love both of these neighborhoods! Pleasant strolls, nice dining, and very good window shopping.

Lots of people have boats and even more people play golf. You will not be able to park your boat in your yard on a trailer if you have an HOA.

The population is noticeably older and slower. Most businesses close at 9pm. Several times we drove over, arrived late, and struggled to find an open restaurant. (This was completely foreign to us, as we were living in Miami Beach at the time.) A couple times we settled for frozen pizza from the Circle K. One night, we even went back for seconds!

While I know nothing of your finances, you can find good value on canal homes in North Naples right now at significantly lower price points than in the Keys or Miami Dade/Broward/Palm Beach.

Do you have kids? I think Naples is a GREAT place to raise kids!!!

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Mulefeathers, what are your lifestyle goals? A mansion on the beach with Warren Buffett money? Port Royal.

A penthouse condo on or near the water? Gulfshore Boulevard or Pelican Bay.

Home on a canal for your boat? Check out the houses west of Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples.

A house/townhouse/condo on a golf course? Lots of choices in every direction in every price range.

The more specific you get with us, the more help we can provide to you.

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PS I just read another one of your posts. If the kids are gone and you want a more exciting, fast-paced lifestyle, choose Miami over Naples, Jax, and Vero.
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If you love boating, fishing, beaching or warm winters, move. Don't think too much about it just move. Naples has great places to eat, lots of shopping, nice neighborhoods, has its own nice beaches and it is a safe place to live. Florida also has no state income tax and some if not the best homestead laws in the country. The downside is higher property taxes and high home insurance costs. Some are nervous about hurricanes but this area isn't prone to them and its not like they sneak up on you. If you want to live close to the water your budget will determine your proximity.

As others have noted Bonita Springs and areas north of Naples are very nice and can be a little more friendly on the wallet. We moved just north of Naples to Cape Coral four years ago on a job transfer and we still are in love with SW Florida. The only thing we miss is our friends and family but they visit often and several of them have now bought vacation homes or moved to be in the area they love it so much.
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Port Royal is insanely expensive...There's a mansion for sale in there now for $68MM, the owner of which was sent to prison for defrauding the IRS...
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:12 PM
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I think I'll pass on Port Royal. I'll start looking at the North Naples/Cape Coral area. Hurricanes don't bother me, I lived in Jax for 15 years. I'm not looking for on the water or the golf course. Safe neighborhood that is close enough to the water that I can launch the boat within 30 minutes or so. Thanks for all the answers.
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Where is your office? How important is the airport to you?

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The airport is not important at all. Shaw Blvd
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I googled Shaw Boulevard. Near the Cracker Barrel!!! Alriiiiiiiiiiight!!!

I was looking at buying foreclosures in Golden Gate, Lely, and Lely Estates about ten years ago. (About the time they were finishing the new Golden Gate exit off I-75) I did not buy. Other than that, I am not that familiar with the area. I will let someone else with more knowledge help you.

I will say that from work, you are just over an hour away from Broward. Two hours to South Beach.

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Given your office location I'd also suggest you look along 951 towards Marco. You can find a place on the water - or non-water - in Isles of Capri for relatively reasonable $$ and be within 20 easy, one-shot minutes of work.

Also, there are still plenty of non-HOA properties off 951 that are very nice, quiet and close to water. As the 951/41 intersection is developed the whole area will likely increase in value.
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I've lived here in Naples my entire life, and as most here have said, there are plenty of nice places for a decent price as long as you know where to look, and more importantly where to avoid. If you have any specific questions about an area let me know.
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