People love living in Naples for dozens of reasons. The Florida city is nestled near to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, and also has several parks and sanctuaries for nature lovers including Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Not only does it boast great scenery, but Naples is a well-maintained and affluent community, said to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the US, and is also the Golf Course Capital of the world. Whether you’re searching for the golf course lifestyle, a more suburban feel, or a happening downtown urban scene, Naples has something to offer you.
Old Naples is a historical gem in the area. Also known as the Naples downtown area, it's situated right on the water and includes several small sub-communities including Bayfront, the Naples Pier, Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South, and Crayton Cove. Many of the homes in the area are historic and feature large open floor plans. There are also a number of maintenance-free options, like the luxury condos and townhomes at Naples Square. The area itself is pedestrian friendly, and often times residents will ride bicycles or walk during nice weather to the many restaurants and shopping boutiques in areas like Third Street South.
In 2011, AARP ranked Naples as one of the Top 10 places that nature lovers should retire for the beautiful beaches, parks, and exceptional air quality. With a combination of low crime rates and a stable housing market you’ll see in upscale areas like Park Shore, and the area becomes a dream for retirees. The Park Shore suburb, located on the waterfront, is ranked as the #1 place to live in Naples and in the entire state of Florida by AreaVibes. It was first developed back in the 1960’s and many of the original homes are still in the area, as are renovated high-rise condos interspersed with spacious natural parks and upscale shopping and dining in Venetian Village at Park Shore.
Another highly-ranked neighborhood, Coquina-Sands, offers slightly more affordable living (as well as some luxury options) in the area. The community includes both beachfront and bayfront properties, as well as quiet private streets with single-family homes. It’s convenient to the water, shopping destinations, and has the main thoroughfare through town, U.S. 41.
With so many lovely communities in the Naples area, you may find that the right one for you is different from one of these suggestions. To compare the options Naples has to offer, visit the AreaVibes website. They’ve compiled information on all of the area neighborhoods, and sorted them by both the best and largest, and included lots of information on what you’ll find in each unique area.
Street Advisor also has a handy search tool that can help you narrow down your options and provides recommendations for you based on user reviews on the site. The website allows you to select different criteria around people, price, personality, things to do, and additional options like access to health care.
Naples is the perfect place for nature lovers, active adults, beach goers, urbanites, golfers, and more as a place to retire. If you’re someone who loves luxury and the outdoors, you'll find the perfect fit in Naples.
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