As I started planning this tour of Naples Florida video, I realized there is so much to talk about in each area in Naples that they deserve to have their own videos about the area. So if you haven’t yet, subscribe to my channel, so you don’t miss them. In this video I’m going to give an over view of Naples Florida. You’ll no longer be confused when you hear people talk about Olde Naples
, North Naples, East Naples and Golden Gate Estates
If you want to get technical, everything outside the City of Naples, is considered unincorporated. Although the way I see it is when you write you’re address in all the other areas it’s still considered Naples, Florida, so for the sake of this video I’ll be referring to everything as Naples. There are not specific lines drawn to , so there could be discrepancies of what people consider North Naples and east Naples for example. But this is how I break down the area because I feel it’s the easiest to explain and understand if you’re new to the area. So that’s my disclaimer – don’t come for me online.
Starting with downtown Naples, located as far southwest as you can go on the gulf coast of Florida. It’s commonly referred to as Olde Naples
. The area encompasses from Port Royal
up to around Golf drive / where the Four Seasons Hotel and residence is.
Here’s what you’ll find in Olde Naples. The 2 main streets, fifth Avenue and third Street south are filled with boutiques, dining, shoppes, hotels, and cultural places like the theater and art centers. The appeal of downtown is the walkability. The parking garages are free and so is street parking, if you can find a spot. There are art shows and an amphitheater in Cambier Park along with a huge playground and a tennis center. The streets line with beautiful mature trees, and it is peaceful walking through the side streets.
You can enjoy different marinas and places to explore off the side streets, like . A ton of luxury dining and shopping around every corner. Plus you’re able to walk to the beach the Naples pier go fishing and watch the fireworks from the pier certain times a year. There are SO many events throughout the year that happen in downtown. It’s really the epicenter, especially considering that the beach Is just at the end of 5th avenue. I do already have a video about the pros and cons of living in downtown Naples.
The Naples Airport is a private airport that is close by downtown as well, making it very easy to travel in and out of town.
We’re going to move up the coast and head north. Around the four seasons is where we get into Coquina Sands
and Park Shore
area and Seagate Drive, they kind of all blend together if you don’t know the distinction. They’re mostly single-family homes and beachfront condos. It is most of it’s residential although there’s a few fun places to go to like Venetian Village which is on the water in Park Shore. The appeal of this area is the proximity to the beach but also there is a lot of waterfront homes with direct Gulf access. All of these communities are west of 41 so if you hear people talking about that that’s what they mean. The area ends at Pine Ridge Road, which is right near Waterside Shoppes and the Naples Grande Hotel for perspective.
The entire area between Pine Ridge road and Vanderbilt Beach Road along the coast encompasses Pelican Bay.
There are 87 subcommunities that make up Pelican Bay, there is a private beach club, free trams that get you there and every amenity you can imagine (including golf), all within 88 acres of park and recreation areas.
Within Pelican bay is the exclusive Bay Colony
, the utmost in privacy and elegance. its gated, has its own beach and tennis clubs with mostly condos and only one single family community, Called Bay Colony Shores. You can walk to the beach, join the Bay Colony golf club AND use all of the top facilities at Pelican Bay as well. If you’re looking to really be exclusive and protect your privacy, you can live at The Strand at Bay Colony. There are only 12 homes that are right on the beach through another gate.
As I mentioned, Pelican Bay ends at Vanderbilt Beach. This area is made up of condos lining Vanderbilt Drive
directly on the beach and others across the street on the bay. Making it a great place to live or have a vacation home, with a movie theater, boutique and dining close by at the Pavilion. There are single family homes too along US 41 to the west. This is known as Naples Park
, they are popular for airbnb rentals due to their location and zero restrictions. The waterfront single family homes are referred to as the Connors, they also have zero HOA fees and restrictions.
North Naples stretches this area here (map). It’s popular with families due to the highly rated school districts but also the conveniences of being close to everything. Multiple grocery stores, target, Walmart, dining, shops and the hospital. There are multiple parks, water slides and a Children’s Museum in the area. Plus the beach at Delnor Wiggins or Vanderbilt Beach is a close drive as well. There are a LOT of residential communities up and down both Vanderbilt & Immokalee Road that offer a lot of resort style amenities which is another thing that draws in the families. All types of communities from affordable condos to multi million homes on some of the best golf courses, North Naples offers something for everyone.
Heading East you have where the newer construction is, you have Founders Square, a mini golf courses, dining but there is not a lot of commercial spaces out here other than that. There is more coming but it’s mostly just acres and acres of homes sitting on at least 1.14 acres. If you drive another 25 minutes you’ll run into Ave Maria, which is an entire community developed by the Domino pizza founder, Tom Monahan.
You’ve probably also heard the name Golden Gate Estates
. Before I got into real estate I had heard the name but the first time I went out there I was awestruck. So many roads of home, and it’s so vast. This location has grown exponentially and become so popular due to people wanting to get land and get out of the restrictions of HOA’s. The area is more affordable and has zero restrictions. The smallest lot size is 1.14 acres with most being around 2.5-2.73 acres. And then obviously there are larger lots as well.
As we go back into town, we go to what I refer to as Central Naples, you’ll find country clubs, luxury homes on 2.5+ acres, and every type of community in between. This area is attractive for the reason I mentioned. Its centrally located, to me Pine Ridge Road is really the middle of Naples. Close to so much shopping, dining, box stores, home depot, Lowes, Costco, and everything else you can think. The school zone is all A rated so it’s appealing for families due to the location. It’s a quick drive to the beach, close to I75 to get on the highway. When I lived in this area, I pretty much just went back and forth on Pine Ridge road all day long because everything I needed was along there.
Continuing south past Golden Gate Blvd, we are into what is considered East Naples. This is a massive area, just East of downtown / Olde Naples the entire way past Collier blvd heading east. this area is seeing some of the most growth. It’s close to Marco Island and if you follow US41, you’re going to get into the everglades. If you stay on this road, you will get to Everglades City and end up the entire way in Miami if you kept going. This was the main road to head east before I-75 was built.
Remember, as the development happens and moves east we are running out of space for development. Eventually we run into the Everglades and protected land. But Collier County does require alot of preservation and conservation which is good, so pretty much what you see developed throughout Naples, is as developed as its going to be, unless older homes are torn down and rebuilt. So while they still have some room now, East Naples and the area in the Estates heading north to Ave Maria is where the main development will happen in the next 5-7 years. They’re anticipating another 5,000 homes.
I know this is a lot of information and a lot to process,. There was so much more I wanted to include on each areas, but if you have questions about the lifestyle and what you’ll find nearby in each area, comment below and I’ll be happy to answer your questions and email you a copy of my FREE Relocating to Naples guide
Plus if you have’t yet, subscribe to my channels and hit the notifications button because I will be breaking down each area in my upcoming videos and you won’t want to miss those. .