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.