8060 Grand Lely Drive, Naples, Florida 34113
Lely Resort, a Beautiful All Ages Community in Balmy Naples, Florida, Has a Wide Range of Home Prices and is Popular with Baby Boomers
Surrounded by lakes and preserves, beaufiful Lely Resort is a luxurious master-planned community along Florida's southwestern coast and is near the heart of Naples. Stock Development, a local company, started the community in 2001, but over the years, other builders have left their mark as well. Development continues today, with Lely Resort stretching across 3,000 tropical acres. Although not age restricted, most residents are age 55 and better.
At build-out, the community should have 4,500 residences in nearly 40 distinctive neighborhoods. The grounds are nicely groomed and dotted with palm trees, flowering bushes and blooming gardens. Homes range from modest condominiums and town homes to larger single-family houses and estates. Most residences include two to four bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, two to four bathrooms, outdoor living space and a one to three car garage.
Prices start in the high-$100,000s. Estate prices, however, can reach into the millions of dollars. Please check with Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
Lely Resort is well-appointed with two clubhouses. The Players Club has a full-service spa, arts and crafts studios, a fitness center, a business/computer center, a dance studio, a lagoon-style pool, and a lap pool. Classes at the Players Club range from aerobics to painting to pilates to yoga. The second clubhouse, called The Village Center, offers the residents of the Ole neighborhood a movie theater, bistro, pub, and outdoor pool. Homeowners also enjoy three challenging golf courses.
The resort has a rich menu of day trips, neighborhood happy hours, book clubs, workshops, seminars, fashion shows, and special interest groups. Being bored in Lely Resort is hard to do.
Downtown Naples is beautiful, with brick streets lined by high-end boutique shops and other retailers. 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South are particularly fashionable. Gallery Row appeals to upscale antique hunters, while several open-air shopping districts along Naples Bay are perfect for fine dining, shopping, strolling and people watching.
Naples' beach is roughly 10 miles long and is clean, sugar white and usually crowded. It has been voted one of America's best beaches and has several named stretches of sand, including Vanderbilt Beach and North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach. Naples also calls itself the "Golf Capital of the World," and it claims to have more holes per capita than anywhere else in the country.
NCH Healthcare System has two hospitals here. Both are accredited by the Joint Commission. Naples also has a VA outpatient clinic.
Summer high temperatures usually top out in the mid-90s. Winter temperature highs are in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 50s. Average rainfall is 50 inches per year with the usual summertime afternoon showers.
Visit www.lelyresort.com for more information.
Sticking out into Hurricane Alley, Florida was a land no nation seemed to want. Ruled successively by Spain, France, England, and the Confederate States of America, the state had a backwater reputation. Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, there were few cities. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.
In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way to Key West. The Great Florida Land Boom, the build-up to World War II, and the space industry also helped turn Florida into one of the nation's most populous states. In 1900, there were about 500,000 residents. Today, there are more than 20 million, almost 351 people per square mile.
Why do people keep coming? Tourism marketing is one reason. Annually, millions visit Orlando's theme parks and the state's 663 miles of white sand beaches. Taxes generated by the billion dollar vacation industry allow Florida to prosper without a personal income tax. Budget-sensitive retirees have flocked to its cities and shorelines.
If you can ignore the hurricanes, the state's climate is relatively mild. Only five other states are sunnier. Florida's system of state universities and community colleges is sizable, and its big cities are meccas for culture and the arts. Sarasota is a good example. Its Ringling Museum Complex contains internationally known art museum, a circus museum, an historic theater, and a 66-acre garden. Museums near Orlando range from a Zora Neale Hurston gallery to a Madame Tussauds.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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