Recent Closed Sale in Surfsedge in Park Shore, Naples, FL

Ever feel like you just can’t get close enough to the beach unless you’re living on top of it?  You know, the kind of luxury living where you can dip your toe in the sand at a drop of the hat?  Well, this luxury living just got more affordable at Surfsedge conveniently located a few steps away from the swanky Venetian Village in Park Shore Naples.  If you ask me, this 7th floor condo is so well placed because it’s high enough to give you a bird’s eye view of not only the gulf, but the gorgeous Venetian Bay across the street, but not too high where you can’t feel attached to the happenings around you.  Sort of like keeping yourself tethered but by your choosing.   This little jewel of 1274 square feet is the perfect size for a weekend getaway when the rest of the world is bearing down on you.  Slide into the seat on the plane, exhale and just anticipate the glorious sounds of the surf slamming into the beach for that enticing sound that can rock even the hard-core amnesiac to sleep.  Surfsedge has been renovated from stem to stern to include impact windows and doors, updated elevators and lobby, the amenity level that includes the party room (because the party’s always better with chic surroundings!) exercise room and library.  Outside, the hub for all activity is at the pool deck which also had it’s own face lift.  Residents just need to bring a towel, their SPF and a good book because they’re supplied with their own beach chairs.  Hose off at the outdoor shower, slip into a change of clothes and you’re off again for an evening across the street at Venetian Village, where you can enjoy boutique shopping with styles from chic casual to simply elegant. Set in the true Italian waterfront style, take advantage of eating alfresco with forever views from the upper deck on Bayside’s terrace overlooking Venetian Bay.  I’m sure it might get better than this somewhere in the world, but you’d have to travel to the Grand Canal in Venice, and frankly, that’s just a bit far for your already wearing bodies.  Listing Price on this condo was $699,000 and it’s new owner is enjoying a closed sale price of $610,000.  Looking for your own piece of mind?  Contact Ruth Bethem directly at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.  Or, simply drop me an email with the subject line “looking for my own piece of mind” and I’ll know exactly what you mean.

Beautiful Vacant Park Shore Residential Lot for Sale

Layout of the lot in Park Shore

Build your dream home on this beautiful quarter acre residential BUILDING LOT in the much sought-after Park Shore of Naples, FL.  This home lot is within walking distance to Venetian Village where you can enjoy boutique shopping with styles from chic casual to simply elegant.  Highlighted scheduled social events throughout the year such as the famous Boat Parade have made Venetian Village a must-stop spot. Set in the true Italian waterfront style, take advantage of eating alfresco with forever views from the upper deck on Bayside’s terrace overlooking Venetian Bay.  The sugar white sands of the beach at Horizon Way are just a few minute’s drive from your slice of paradise.  Just “around the corner” are the Waterside Shops offering valet parking, personal shopping and current trend fashion shows where there’s something in their event calendar to satisfy every family member. For those especially fond of the cultural arts, tickets to the Naples Philharmonic, lovingly known as “The Phil” by Neapolitans, offers a plethora of selections from orchestra to the arias, ballet to the Blues, there’s always something to entertain yourself with at The Phil.   Right next door is the visual arts center, the Naples Museum of Art, displaying world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other art forms and just about a mile north is the much anticipated Mercato. An experience of inviting streetscapes combined with upscale shopping, fine dining and the ever popular Silverspot Theatre, where you can dine and take your cocktail into the theatre with you while your reserved, leather seats are awaiting you.  Luxury doesn’t stop there: head a mile down the road and you’ll find the Ritz-Carlton at the beach with world-class amenities and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort within 1/2 mile of the Mercato in the other direction, taking full advantage of the breathtaking beauty of the Paradise coast.  There’s also world class galleries, shopping and eateries at the 5th Ave and the 3rd Street shopping district awaiting your arrival in Olde Naples.  Don’t wait any longer, Naples is recovered and we’re on are way to a stable market.  Currently, there are only 8 vacant lots available in all of Park Shore, the Moorings and Coquina Sands under $1m.  Lot size is 125x117x83x100 and is .27 acre zoned for R1-10A with a building potential of up to 7,500-8,000 s.f. of living with a maximum of 30ft building height.
Please direct inquiries to Ruth Bethem toll-free at 877-777-7545 or email direct to

Oh What a Feeling!

How incredibly satisfying it must feel to know your funds can benefit so many for countless years to come.  Kudos to Tom Galisano, one of Naples’ billionaire residents, who has generously pledged a $5Million dollar match grant to the Children’s Museum of Naples.  On schedule to be completed in 2011, this is just what this county needed to add to the diversity to many of the other cultural attractions that are magnets to our visitors and residents alike.  The Naples demographics have changed over the last 25 years and the dream of having a venue for the whole family, to include and about, kids of all ages, to “play, learn and dream together” as stated as part of their mission statement, was the dream of the Museum’s founder, Allyson Loos, and in 2002 the 501c3 not-for-profit organization was formed.  With 30,000 square feet of exhibition space to fill up, it will have ten permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, a Family Resource Library, classrooms, birthday party rooms, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a gift shop.   This is going to be something so different and so very special, that whether you have children or not, it will be an experience you won’t want to miss.   Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the museum’s master plan and exhibit design will help in all areas of the child’s development to include problem solving techniques which combined with many other social skills that will foster the child’s growth.  One gynormous aspect to this museum is that it will be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) green building certified by the US Green Building Council with a learning lab as to how you can make changes in your own home to make it green.   The Museum includes recycled materials, rainwater harvesting, natural sunlight, a wind turbine and low VOC paints throughout making it optimum for the safety and health of the children.
This is going to be the happening place for families and kids as the Museum will feature programs like community festivals, summer camp, after school programs, art classes, field trips, outreach programs, parenting workshops (boy, those classes should fill up quick!) and preschool groups and more. So, a big C’Mon THANK YOU to all the contributors, whether for their monetary donation, their time contribution or simply believing in their dream long enough to make it a reality, your community appreciates you.  To learn more, go to

Historic Palm Cottage Readying for Christmas

Get ready, set, go!  Yes, it’s nearing that time of year, and as of today, we’re under 100 days and counting until that wonderful jolly, bearded guy shimmies on down the chimney (yes, we actually have many lovely homes with fireplaces in Naples) or perhaps by boat.  But no matter how he arrives, the one thing we can count on is that it’s always a fast and furious time for families to get their “list” completed.  So, before all that happens, take some time to visit one of our historic homes, actually the only home in Naples listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Palm Cottage, nestled right on 12th Ave slightly east of the pier in Olde Naples, is the perfect place to take some leisurely time just for you.  This year, for anyone that has taken the tour in year’s past, may see a bit of a difference this year:  it will be decorated to better suit what a home in Naples may have looked like during the holiday season in the early 1900’s.  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine, which nowadays, could be a welcome change.  Built in 1895, and one of the few remaining Tabbie homes, the walls and slab were built from a construction material formed from taking sand and sea shells and burning them at an intensely high heat, forming it into an ancestor of what we commonly know today as concrete.  Hollywood stars such as Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery and Heddy Lamar were frequent guests of the owner, Laurence Brown.  An interesting factoid:  the house was purchased in the late 1970’s by the Collier County Historical Society for $100,000 and restored in 1996 for over $300,000. Santa will also be available for the “youngins” under 10 years of age on December 9 through 11 from 5 – 7 pm.  No reservations needed and volunteers are on hand.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact them at either 239-261-8164 at the Naples Historical Society or online at

Pending Real Estate Sales up 13 Percent in Naples

The monthly newsletter for Downing-Frye Realty has been released. Here is the report from our General Manager and Vice-President Mike Hughes:

In comparing July 2010 with July 2009, pending sales in the Naples beach area increased by 13 percent while the available inventory decreased by 7 percent. At the same time, the Naples beach area median closed sales price for single-family homes increased to $1,117,000 as compared to a median of $500,000 in July 2009. All statistics point to a steady recovery of the Naples real estate market.

The overall median closed price for properties over $300,000 increased in July 2010 compared to the same month last year.

According to Mike Hughes, General Manager and Vice-President of Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., “The overall medium sales price of properties priced over $300,000 has been steadily increasing for several months. In December 2009 the median was $505,000, in March 2010 it was $549,000 and in May 2010 it was $585,000. In July of 2010 it went up to $592,000.”

Pending sales in the $1 million to $2 million property market increased by 82 percent during July 2010 compared to July 2009, and overall pending sales increased by 15 percent.

“As of mid-August, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. has closed over 2,000 transactional sides for the year. That’s incredible,” said Hughes. “In a tough economy, we continue to see promising results.”

If you need more information on the real estate market here in Naples, Florida, please don’t hesitate to call me directly toll-free at 877-777-7545 or search for properties for sale in Naples on my website