Nature’s Greatest Gifts

Conservancy of SW Florida
Conservancy of SW Florida
Conservancy of SW Florida

Conservancy of SW Florida
Conservancy of SW Florida

While finding their real estate property in Naples, I like to give my clients a little time to discover one of Naples’ greatest treasures:  the Conservancy of SW Florida.  After I take my clients on a tour of Naples, highlighting our beautiful beaches, amenity rich communities and unique real estate opportunities, they head out for a tour of a different type.  Marine life, terrestrial life, flora and fauna are all tucked away in one place known to Neapolitans as The Conservancy.  It’s been an exciting time for them as they have been undergoing some changes and renovations as part of their Sustainable Campus Initiative but still provide a memorable time at the Nature Center.   They’ll be having monthly eco-themes, a mini Nature Zone where many of the Discovery Center residents are located as they created the new Dalton Discovery Center.  They now have “Take Action Tuesdays” where you can get hands-on knowledge on preserving our paradise and “Sensational Saturdays” which is a celebration for the entire family.  This will prove to be a great year for the Conservancy as they’ve scheduled their Earth Day for April 16 and the “Magic Under the Mangroves” gala fundraiser in March, sure to be a success.  Try their “Dining for Wildlife” in April and the Red Snook Catch & Release Tournament in October.  A few days ago, as a volunteer for the Naples Chamber of Commerce, I was fortunate to participate in a get re-acquainted tour that included a 45 minute narrated electric boat cruise that took us through the winding backwaters off the Gordon River and provided us with a “boatload” of new knowledge.  The volunteers are simply a walking Wikipedia!  It was followed by a tour of the touch tank in the temporary Nature Zone that offered live encounters with a 6 year old sea turtle, a baby horseshoe crab and some slippery little reptiles.  It’s also a great opportunity to take a walking trail tour where I came across the Gumbo Limbo and the answer is no, just in case you thought it was the name of a new tropical cha-cha.  It’s actually a hardy, smooth-trunked tree that sheds a papery-thin red skin.  Some of you may remember that the Ritz-Carlton on the beach has a lovely little beachside cabana that serves great fare and refreshing libations of the same name.  Plan to be stay a while, in other words, pack a lunch, if you care to try to identify some of the 140 species of birds that have been recorded at the Nature Center.  The dozens of volunteers, interns, administrators and just some concerned citizens have joined forces years ago to make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience that melds learning and conservation so that our future generations will be able to enjoy the Naples we’ve come to know and love.  One of my clients commented just last week that she always had such a hard time describing Naples to those friends and family that hadn’t yet discovered Naples.  Then, frustrated because she just couldn’t find the right word that would sum up how she felt about Naples, she simply gave a heavy sigh and said “paradise.”  ‘Nough said.   For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

The Pelican Bay Lifestyle and Amenities

Pelican Bay ©Rick Bethem

Pelican Bay ©Rick Bethem
Panorama View
Waterside at Pelican Bay © Rick Bethem
Waterside shopping at Pelican Bay
Naples Philharmonic © Rick Bethem
Naples Philharmonic

Yesterday’s blog article reflected on the current housing market for single family homes in Pelican Bay centrally located west of US 41 in Naples, Florida.  Today, I’d like to entice you just a little to think about Pelican Bay as your second home selection.  Your little slice of paradise, your “I’m getting out of this snow and heading to Naples” or, your pied-ά-terre, if you will.  Call it what you may but one thing is certain, the more time you spend in Naples, the more time you’ll work into your schedule until the day comes when you’ll have to make the timely decision to make Naples your homestead (living here six months and a day) which also brings about a $50,000 reduction on your assessed value of your home and caps you at a 3% property tax gain.  You see, we’re not just another pretty face down here, we’re also functional in saving you money!  Ok, back to Pelican Bay:  nestled on two and a half miles of pure white, ever-clean sand lies one of the best amenities Pelican Bay has to offer: beachfront dining.  And that’s not all, there are six tram stations throughout the community that pick you up and give you a great ride through the mangroves to get you to the beach.  Pelican Bay has four beachfront restaurants, three that are ready for business all year long, beach-side services that include cabanas and chaise lounges (just bring your towel) dine indoors in air conditioned space or alfresco under the great canopy that also provides a respite from the sun.  There’s a fully stocked bar with a tv that provides a relaxing time to just take in the juxtaposition of the pure white sand merging into the emerald green waters and the cobalt blue sky.  Take a leisurely walk or an energetic run on the beach and before you know it, you’ll be at the Ritz-Carlton at Vanderbilt Beach where taking another stop at the Gumbo Limbo may be just what the doctor ordered.  Need a vigorous workout?  Pelican Bay has a new million dollar fitness facility that offers a multitude of exercise classes, to include beach-side fitness classes, massage and therapy for those taut muscles.  The Community Center, as it’s known, also has computers for use, art, bridge, social and educational programs and events.  There’s an area known as The Commons where the Pelican Bay Foundation is housed.  At the center of the facility are the tennis courts and pro shop and they offer a variety of programs for every level of play.   Canoeing and sailing are also available.  Got golf?  You bet.  Pelican Bay residents have an opportunity to become a member of the the Club at Pelican Bay which is a private equity country club.  The link is provided for your convenience: www.theclubpelicanbay.com On the fringe of Pelican Bay is the well known Naples Philharmonic and the Naples Museum of Art and adjacent to that is world renowned upscale shopping at the Waterside shops.   The Village at Venetian Bay is just a 5 minute drive where you’ll experience boutique shopping and waterfront dining nestled on the Venetian Bay.  Olde Naples and the 3rd St shopping district are just a few miles down the road and no matter what time of year you’re here, you’ll never be bored as we maintain our cultural and art events year round.  For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.