(still a best-kept secret? One of the best options to live on the bay)
Despite its successful and long history – a book has been written about it – and nearly full Golf Club membership it seems Windstar on Naples Bay is still a best-kept-secret in Naples, Florida. At an open house last Sunday I heard a lot of “never been here” or “did not know it was so nice back here.” Once not too long ago with a bunch of realtors packed on to the Naples Princess cruising south on the bay I pointed to east shoreline of the bay and asked the realtors what was over there. Few knew. Two miles of shore line, Tom Fazio’s first Florida gulf course, properties ranging from $200,000 condos to multi million dollar single family homes and throw in a water shuttle to your own private beach on Keewaydin Island. Too funny. How could you miss it?
I am often asked “How is the market doing in Windstar?” Well let’s take a look at the numbers this morning and see how supply and demand are fairing and make some predictions. Supply is tightening in Windstar and supportive of future price increases. With 33 properties on the market this morning and 14 properties sold in the last 120 days an inventory of 9.43 months results. Twelve months supply is considered equilibrium. Go below this equilibrium level and prices should rise over time. Interestingly purchase volume is also accelerating as the every 120 day period sales rose to 14 from 11 recently.
Why here though? Why is this place so beautiful? Naples Bay, the end result of the Gordon River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico offers a variety of lifestyles in the Florida Sunshine. Boaters love the idea of a short run to the Gulf, or a trip “down the back” to beaches and Marco Island and beyond. The more adventuresome boaters might head to the Keys or the Bahamas or north to the barrier islands of Sanibel or Captiva or Tampa. You get the idea. Year round boating in the Florida sunshine. And that’s just part of the story.
Life on the land is not so bad either. Take Windstar on Naples Bay for example. Here you may enjoy the community amenities: newly renovated yacht club clubhouse, pool, spa , full-time harbor master and boat shuttle to Keewaydin Island.
(take the shuttle down the back bay to your own private beach and relax)
Windstar on Naples Bay is perched on the east side of Naples Bay facing west for some of those wonderful Florida sunsets. Right next door is the Naples Botanical Garden and even if you are not into all things horticultural you may enjoy seeing the tropical gardens and plan life – nothing like up north.
Walking the grounds around Windstar on Naples Bay you will find Tom Fazzio’s first Florida golf course and an abundance of wildlife around the place. Bicycle and walking lanes are provided on the quiet roadways. Apply to join the golf club if you would like. Venture into the club house (membership optional thank you) and the second floor dining room and lanai will provide you some of the best views of the bay. An active tennis program, health club and a number of fitness classes will also keep you going.
Head south along the grounds and you will find the Southpointe Yacht Club on property – a deep water marina, club house and pool. The first and third Mondays of the month here you will find a standing party and plenty of new and friendly folks to get to know.
Heading north on the property and behind the club house find the water shuttle to take you to Windstar’s private beach on Keewaydin Island – a seven mile barrier island with few inhabitants accessible only by boat. Enjoy a walk down the beach for some shelling, see the shore birds by the hundreds, and enjoy the waters of the Gulf of Mexico without a lot of other humans around.
(some like to take their toys out on the big water)
How’s the real estate here? A wide offering of properties ranging form two bedroom condos to multi million dollar homes provides options for just about every home buyer. A look at the real estate market here shows supply at 10+ months and mildly supportive of further price increases.
At our open house two weekends ago a realtor walked in with an offer and the negotiations began. A second group made an offer and competing offers began. Working with our seller we were able to negotiate an agreement and the place went “pending.” So what? Well the so what is a number of groups came in that day saying how expensive and overpriced the place was. Too funny. Buyers are coming to Windstar and they see the lifestyle and the rewards of owning by the bay.
(maybe you would like to sit out on your lanai and enjoy views of the bay)
Life on the bay. Not bad on a winter’s day. We are off this morning for business in the sunshine
If you would like to know more about living here in Naples and Marco Island, Florida please give us a call at 239.595.3921. We have toured or owned property in Naples for nearly forty years and we are truly fortunate to call this wonderful paradise our full-time home.
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We look forward to meeting and talking with you soon,
Mark Goebel PA, Nan Goebel PA and David Goebel, PA
Co-Founders of the Naples Best Addresses team
Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
REALTOR Coldwell Banker 5th Avenue South
Mobile: 239.595.3921 239.595.3920
No legal, investment, or tax advice is being given in this Blog. Consult with legal, financial and tax professionals before acting on any real estate transaction. Actual real estate price and sales results are subject to market forces and are not completely predictable. The writings of this Blog are intended for the sole use of our clients. We are pleased to announce a portion of our real estate earnings go to support the The Naples Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity Collier County, The Race For The Cure Citrus Ride, The Seacrest Country Day School and The Naples Winter Wine Festival. Some of the data relating to Naples homes for sale and Naples real estate for sale on the NaplesBestAddresses.com website comes in part from the Broker reciprocity program of M.L.S. of Naples, Inc. The properties displayed here may not be all the properties available through the MLS reciprocity Program. This information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. Buyers and sellers are responsible for verifying all information about their purchase prior to closing. Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate. Contact us to learn more about Naples real estate trends, the florida rental market, Naples design ideas like coastal contemporary and transitional designs or just get a feel for the place like Naples Florida population trends.
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