Wednesday, July 6, 2016 / by Mike Shoaff
Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird's Naples house has been bouncing up and down since he first tried to sell it for $4.8 million in March 2006.
The 6,007-square-foot custom mansion didn't sell then and was withdrawn from the market.
Bird re-listed it for the same price a month after he became president of the Indiana Pacers in July 2013, according to Realtor.com.
He cut the price to $4.6 million in July 2014, then almost immediately re-listed it at $4.8 million, the national real estate listing side said.
But the Park Shore at 308 Neapolitan Way still had no takers, so in late June the price dropped back down to $4.6 million again, Realtor.com reported.
Although the basketball hoop that once graced its four-car garage is gone, the classically styled mansion still shows signs of its 6-foot-9-inch owner in the form of extra-high door frames and ceilings.
Bird's nest also has a 500-gallon saltwater aquarium, wood-paneled home theater, summer kitchen and chic ...
Monday, April 11, 2016 / by Mike Shoaff
While Port Royal reigns as the most upscale address in Naples, other communities such as the Moorings and Park Shore are catching up as the newest mega luxury places in Naples.
Smaller homes are being demolished and replaced with top of the line luxury houses created by a large variety of local builders.
Don Stevenson, of Don Stevenson Design, compared a new home he designed in the Moorings to many he’s done in Port Royal.
“Those homes in the Moorings over the last few years have increased in value,” he began. “A lot of my particular clients have moved from gated communities to the Moorings neighborhood to be closer to downtown and the beaches. It has been extremely hot and popular for the last three years.”
Stevenson said the reason the homes are getting so pricey there is because the land is now so valuable.
“The value of the land real estate has gone up so dramatically,” he explained. “You cannot find a lot to build a house on ...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 / by Mike Shoaff
With population figures in the Golden Gate Estates area expected to quadruple, Collier County’s Community Planning Section is about to begin a restudy of the Golden Gate Area Master Plan -- the first of its kind in a decade.
The restudy process will include a series of public meetings, starting Wednesday.
About 100,000 people live east of Collier Boulevard, but county officials say that number could grow by an additional 300,000 to 400,000 before it's completely built out.
“Around here there's no crime, most of the people, we know each other so it's nice to live over here,” said Ernesto Alicia, a current resident.
Another long-term resident, Annette Kaniola, is on the board of the Golden Gate Estates Civic Association, which is also hosting Wednesday’s meeting on future development.
“Everybody still wants the rural feel, I certainly want it," she said. "You can tell I live on two-and-a-half acres and it's very quiet."
Still, she admitted she wouldn& ...
Monday, March 21, 2016 / by Mike Shoaff
Construction has concluded on a custom home designed by local architecture and planning firm Weber Design Group and built by Preferred Builders of Florida.
Situated on over 2 acres in Naples Pine Ridge Estates , this transitional Tuscan style home offers almost 8,000 square feet of elegant indoor and outdoor living spaces. Completed in a stucco finish with towering stone features with ornate brackets and gable ends, the home's exterior exudes a stately curb appeal. An oversized three-car garage features a raised central bay with triple recessed architectural embellishments for added aesthetic interest.
From the circular drive, a curved arch entry system features large double wooden doors accented by decorative glass inserts as well as a palatial window above. Upon entering the grand foyer, the formal living areas are appropriately positioned allowing for an easy transition defined by unique ceiling designs, French sliding glass doors, and vistas of the pool and landscaping be ...