Naples, FL Top 10 in 2016


#1 Florida City to Live, Retire or Buy a 2nd Home in 2016

Naples, Florida

Is Naples Florida a Good Place to Live?

As a Naples native, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “Is Naples, Florida a good place to live?” You may be thinking, “Is Naples safe?, “What’s the weather like in summer?” or “Are there lots of fun things to do?” Those are just some of the many questions that may be on your mind if you are thinking of moving here, looking or a second home or potential retirement.

When considering Naples you may be waivering between the Gulf Coast and the East Coast of Florida. You might wonder, “what is it that sets Naples apart from other cities in Florida?” Soon, the differences become crystal clear. The benefits of living in Naples over other Florida areas are tremendous in most every way.

Without further ado, here’s the top ten reasons why Naples, Florida is hands-down the best place to live in Florida and quite possibly the world!

10. Beaches – Naples, Florida is knows for it’s beautiful white sandy beaches. Naples has some of the cleanest sand and Gulf waters that you will ever experience. There are 17 miles of beaches in Collier County. The Naples beachfront is rated with the best in the world. They often make top 10 lists of the best beaches across the globe. Recently Dr. Beach, Stephen Leatherman, included Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park beach in Naples, FL and nearby Barefoot Beach in his Top 10 Beaches.

9.   Safety & Low Crime – Is Naples, Florida a safe place to live? Naples is a safe city compared to the rest of Florida and the nation. According to, the Naples crime rate is far below both the Florida and National average. “The overall crime rate in Naples is 18% lower than the average of crimes committed in Florida. When it comes to violent crimes, Naples, FL shows a crime rate that is 59% lower than the Florida average. The crime rate is also 47% lower than the national average. When it comes to property crimes, Naples, FL is shown to be 12% lower than the Florida average.” Furthermore, “there are a total of 95 Naples police officers. This results in 4.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 10.8% greater than the Florida average and 43.9% greater than the National average.”

8.   Neapolitan Architecture – Unobstructed views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico are a Naples hallmark. Homes in Old Naples are not surrounded by tall, overbearing buildings that block the sun and skyline. City leaders have gone to great lengths to keep your focus on the Neapolitan architecture and natural, tropical greenery of Naples. Local government has placed strong restrictions on signs, billboards and building height in the city of Naples. A prime example of our strict sign regulations is the “golden arches” on US 41 North. Instead of the usual 30 foot high signs that you see in most cities, Naples has a small McDonald’s sign down on the ground. You won’t see that most places in the United States or even internationally.

7. DiningNaples has some of the best dining in the U.S. Some favorite Naples restaurants are Osteria Tulia, The Grill at the Ritz Carlton, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar and The Turtle Club right on Vanderbilt Beach (park your toes in the sand while you dine!), just to name a few.

6. Pristine The word, pristine, comes up often when explaining Naples to an outsider. In another word, clean. It best describes the litter-less streets, low crime, small signs, clean beaches, expertly shaped landscaping and conscious efforts of residents to keep it that way. Neapolitans respect their piece of paradise and work hard to ensure its beauty.

5. Boating, Fishing, Golf –  Naples has a plethora of things to do in the great outdoors. Fishing and golf are not hobbies here, they are ways of life. Naples has some of the best waterfront in the world. Growing up in Naples, we fished late into the night at lighted docks and the Naples Fishing Pier. We caught snook and snapper right off the dock and ate them soon after — now that’s fresh seafood!

And then there is the golf. As a top golfing destination, Naples has over 70 golf courses to choose from. Many homebuyers want to live in Naples golf communities regardless of their level or desire of play. Many of the higher-end luxury homes are in golf communities like Talis Park, MediterraGrey Oaks, Collier’s Reserve and Quail West. There’s something about being able to drive your golf cart from your garage right to the first tee without getting in the car.

Naples Beachfront Homes for Sale4. Sunsets Sunsets in Naples are very special. Around the time of the setting sun, if you venture down any of the Old Naples avenues that end at the Gulf, you are bound to be shoulder to shoulder with several others looking West. When the sun hits the horizon put your cocktail down and join the clapping, for you have just witnessed one of the most sacred moments on the Gulf: Sunset. And if you’re lucky, one day – if you don’t blink – you will see the elusive “green flash.”

3.   Weather – Naples weather has average air temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest summer months are July, August and September. The best weather months are November through May where there is little rain and less humidity. Gulf water temperatures range from the 60’s in the winter to the mid 80’s from spring through fall.

Fifth Ave South Naples, FL

Fifth Ave South in Olde Naples, FL

2. Downtown Old Naples Old Naples is the heartbeat of the city. Don’t let the name fool you. Nothing in this downtown area looks “old.”

Old Naples is the cultural essence of the city. It’s where Naples began as a tiny fishing village. Among the new homes and buildings, several historic beach cottages still remain as reminders of the early history of Naples dating back to the 1900’s.

Today, it’s where Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South districts define the modern Neapolitan lifestyle.  Specialty shops and outdoor cafes dot the sidewalks in these quaint, yet sophisticated local hot spots. Besides dining, dancing and a bit of nightlife, cultural festivals and art shows are common here on the weekends from November through Easter.

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1. The People – This one is easily #1. Neapolitans come from all around the world mid-westerners, New Yorkers, Canadians, Europeans and everything in-between. Naples is a global melting pot with one common denominator: “Everyone is extremely happy to live in this little piece of paradise.” This attitude shows on the suntanned faces of most everyone you’ll meet.

Once you’ve experienced it for yourself, I’m sure you will agree that Naples, Florida may be one of the best places to live and enjoy life you could ever find. You may even decide to buy your own piece of paradise and become a neighbor and fellow Neapolitan.

If you’d like to explore real estate & homes for sale in Naples, Florida, please feel free to browse our listings.


Naples, FL Top 10 in 2016 — 164 Comments

  1. We have been spending the winters in Naples for the last 11 years and I would agree with everything you have stated about Naples except the #1 point, the people. One thing we have come to realize is that many,(not all), permanent residents really dislike the snowbirds that are there in the winter.

  2. Thanks so much for the post !! I have been looking at Naples the past few weeks; this only reinforced my determination to get there !!
    Currently we are living in the Northeast (near Allentown, PA) but only here because of the economy (which has also turned bad here!!). We are from south Florida; left there in 2014 (and miss Florida everyday). A friend suggested Naples and I recall passing through there a few times!! I DO love the West Coast; the crowds are a bit more layed-back it seems!
    I’m 55 and would be looking for fulltime employment; have a multifaceted professional background. My wife also will be employed,and we need to find a good private or public school for my 9 (soon to be 10 year old son) — who will be in 5th grade next semester. I saved this webpage to my Favorites; will go through all the suggestions given.
    Thanks again for posting!!!

    • Hi Phil: I left North New Jersey 11 years ago and this is where I’ll stay. Your right about the Florida west coast being more laid back and less frenetic. It’s delightful. For a time, I did business and traveled the U.S., as a professional from here easily, especially with today’s communications and the airport in Fort Myers. There are also good jobs available locally with steady growth mostly in service businesses, and/or smaller companies. The two top rated public high schools are Barron Collier & Gulf Coast (see Your soon to be 10 year old could attend one of the elementary schools in those high school districts. We’ll send you some homes with those schools in mind just to get an idea of the market. Best. Gorana & Steve

  3. Hi Mark,

    I am thinking on relocating to Naples with applying at NCH. I am in my early 40’s, single, no kids and active in about everything in life. Would I get board or are there things to do?

    • You won’t be bored.There are plenty of outdoors sports and activities to do year round. There are numerous ways to meet people here through singles clubs and the social scene.I met my wife whom I’ve been with 10 years downtown on Fifth Ave dancing.The streets do”roll up” after 1 AM, except for a few establishments. There’s enough live music options to enjoy, and South Beach is a little more than 2 hours away. Key west with its Duval St. is a slightly smaller version of Bourbon St. It’s accessible by a fast Hydrofoil in about 3 -3.5 hours out of Ft myers, where you can day trip for 6 hours or overnight at a B&B. We’ll send you some official tourism videos to give you more information. All the Best. Gorana & Steve

  4. Just my husband and I – no kids no grandkids. We love 5th and would be interesting in living there. Do folks actually live on 5th ave or is it just tourists. Thanks

    • Hi Joan:
      People actually live there above the shops and restaurants, taking advantage of all 5th has to offer by just going downstairs, including the beach at the west end of the avenue. There are currently 8 listings for condominiums with at least 2 bedrooms,2 baths, ranging in size from approximately 1,500 sf to more than 1,800 sf with a Fifth Ave S address. You can also live just “off Fifth” on a street, which runs perpendicular to it, if you prefer. There are some terrific new villas or existing townhomes, a very short walk away. We’ll send you a list for your review. Best. Gorana & Steve

  5. Fantastic site here, my wife and I are considering moving to Naples I
    We’ve visited quite a few times and like a lot of others on this site we are from NJ. We have approx 10 years before retiring and are planning, however I must ask this question, is Naples a safe place for African Americans we are not trying to cause any problems just want to live in peace and harmony !!!!

    • Cory & Laura:
      The Naples area has a mix of people, including Hispanics and African Americans. Our church right near the beach has some of this mix of parishioners, and our Jamaica Outreach program, is one of our most important, building safe places on that island for our sister parish families to live in. The choir visits annually and is a huge hit. Naples itself is one of the lowest crime rate counties in the state. There’s plenty of sunshine and warmth to share, and “live in peace and harmony”. Best
      Gorana & Steve

      • Guys,

        Thank you, so much!!!!! We look forward to one day meeting you guys in the Naples area, May god continue to bless you and your family.

  6. Hi Mark,
    My husband and I are considering a move to Naples from NJ. This is our third trip here and we are always trying to get a feel for where we would like to live. We have fallen in love with Naples Park area with it’s close proximity to beach, dining, and just about everything! We love the neighborhood feel without being in a gated community. I have 3 kids 12,11,& 8 and wondering about the schools here and wether or not this is a year round residential neighborhood with other kids. Also, my oldest daughter has Down syndrome and I need a good middle school for her! The houses seem a bit smaller in Naples Park as we would need a 4 bedroom but I’m guessing to be this close to the beach it’s a trade off :-) Any info would be appreciated! Thanks! Jami

    • Hi Jami,
      We made the move from NJ ourselves 10 years ago and wish it had been sooner. The Naples Park area has a number of families with kids, and there are also some rentals being so close to the beach, which can have families with kids.Schools are Naples Park Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle School, and Barron Collier High School, which is top rated. For more see There is an exceptional student education “ESE” program, which you can learn more about at Lots and homes are smaller, but a quick search shows 16 homes with 4 bedrooms, around 2,000 sf and up.
      Some are newer construction with pools. We’ll send you the list. As you said, being so close to the beaches, in a residential community, is a trade-off worth weighing. All the best.
      Gorana & Steve

    • Hi Michael, according to Naples Park “The overall crime rate in Naples Park is 13% lower than than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 7.33 daily crimes that occur in Naples Park.Naples Park is safer than 35% of the cities in the United States. The number of total year over year crimes in Naples Park has decreased by 4%.”

      I hope that helps. I think you are pretty safe anywhere in Naples. I’ve lived here since 1979, including on Vanderbilt Beach and never been a victim of crime (knock on wood!). Did have a car wash attendant steal something out of my car (which could happen anywhere) but by the time the cops came the item miraculously appeared on the dashboard.

      Please call our office at 239-417-1115 and we can help you find the perfect home in Naples Park

    • If you want to bike ride or walk to the beaches and the Gulf, living in a single family home residential community without any restrictions, you can’t find a better or more reasonable value in Naples. Single story homes dating to the 1970-80’s are being updated or replaced by 1 to 2 story homes with modern floor plans. The area is surrounded by very upscale communities, and has shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and a multitude of activities within easy reach.

  7. Hi We are a young family exploring the idea of moving to the Naples area. We visit often to Boca Grande where my parents live part time and just got back from a little overnight stay in Naples. We were completely blown away with the cleanliness and all the amenities Naples offers. The restaurants we went to were out of this world! We love to boat and my husband plays hockey and golfs. We have a young son (3). We are from Buffalo NY and are sick and tired of the weather here. My husband has an opportunity to retire young in 3 years when he is 41 yrs old and we thought it might be a great idea to start something new. We want to spend between 350,000 to 400,000 in a gated community. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for a few nice neighborhoods to keep an eye out on. Also we want to look in some areas that have more young people around. Thank you!

    • Hi Stan: We think you meant Botanical Place Condos in Naples, which is a newer (2006) condo community off Bayshore Drive. It backs up to Sugden Regional Park and Lake Avalon. 3 bedroom units start just below $200 K for resale and fees are reasonable.There is a nice clubhouse with social room, fitness center and pool, where we attended a friends birthday party. The entire community underwent a “face-lift” with paint and landscaping in the last couple of years. We’ll send you some listing examples with maps. It’s only about a couple of miles to downtown Fifth Avenue. Hope this helps.

  8. Hi everyone! For those who wants to rent first I suggest Aster at Lely, we just sign up with my wife after having a look at pretty much every single condos in Naples. This is a resort and the prices are great! For Rentals Call Chrissi at (239) 207-7656

  9. Hello! looking to relocate from MA. Husband, myself, 2 kids near high school age.. would need good high school: son plays ice hockey?! i am a school teacher and hubby owns liquor store; would like to do same in Naples.. would def like to have a home with ocean view; possib budget of approx 700000 or more….

    • HI: We’ll email you separately about property possibilities. North and central Naples are locations where the two highest rated high schools (according to “”), Barron Collier HS, and Gulf Coast HS are located. The list we send will have properties in those school districts.We have a son in Gulf Coast and two daughters, who are graduates and went on to college. Great school environments.

    • If you’re looking for around a 2 acre vacant lot to build on, you’ll want to consider either The Oaks Estates or Logan Woods. It allows you to have some land, but still be fairly close to the beach & town. We live in The Oaks, have horses in the backyard, yet are only 6 miles to the beach. For a vacant lot, price/acre runs in the low $100K’s to over $200K, depending on whether it’s a corner lot near the main road or well away from traffic. As you’d expect, the further inland, the lower the price/acre.If you go as far inland as 18 miles, price/acre is around $10K. However, most shopping has not reached out that far yet, and you’ll have to drive 8-10 miles one way to do any major shopping. Add a home to the land and you’re looking at a starter fairly new and far inland in the $200K’s, and up depending on whatever size, amenities, newness, proximity to beach, shopping and town you want to be. We’ll send you some possibilities for each.

      • Hi we are considering a move in the next few months and would need a couple of acres without HOA, with Good high school-Can you recommend an area

        • Hi Kay:
          A few good residential communities closer in to the Gulf with acreage are Livingston Woods,The Oaks Estates, and Logan Woods. All are in the H.S.School districts of Barron Collier or Gulf Coast, which are the top rated public high schools in Naples (see Livingston Woods acres cost more, because they are closer to the water. We have a bias to The Oaks, because we live there, and have a couple of acres which are zoned for the horses, which are daughters ride. The high school by foot is less than a mile away for our junior class son. He prefers to drive, naturally. The beach is about 7 miles away. We’ll send you some properties in all three, so you can get an idea of value. All the best
          Gorana & Steve

  10. Purchased a 2 bedroom condo in Wiggins Bay with beautiful view of the bay/river end of 2014. I feel like we won the lottery! Can’t believe what a great price we purchased it for. The residents call the place a “Hidden gem”. It’s North Naples and we are 7 minutes to the beach but our place offers a boat shuttle with the membership to Tarpon Cove (reasonable fee for all the amenities we get). Prices have gone up and we purchased at the right time. We live in Chicago and are thinking of relocating. I have a good job and I am worried about finding work in the area.

  11. My husband and I are looking for a condo at Turtle Lakes Blvd, Naples, Florida. Can anyone tell me if this is a safe area. It seems to be close to the beach and stores. Please advise. Thanks.

  12. My husband and i and our 23 yr old daughter plan on moving to Naples or Sarasota Florida. My husband is disabled and im retired. We’re looking to rent a 2 bedroom..1 or 2 bath. I need ground level, no steps due to my husbands disability. Im looking for something with a pool and as close to the beach as possible. We’re in our late 50s and want to enjoy the year round beautiful weather. We plan on buying something to fit our needs when our pending law suit is settled. Our main concern is the in Florida. I have family in sarasota and i need to follow up and get info for our needs. Can you help me with my request thank you!!

  13. We’ve been in Naples when relatives lived there a while ago and loved it. They owned a home there, but we’re on a fixed income and things seemed out of reach in the single family market. How is the 55+ Communities market there? Either condo or mobile home. Thanks.

    • Hi Anne:

      The 55+ community has a good number of possibilities in Naples. Just checking the current listing, there are over 40 properties available, ranging from $60K for a mobile home with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and up. Many of communities offer a pool and some even a spa along with a wealth of amenities and activities. Most are spread just southeast of downtown Fifth Ave S, along Rt-41 and are convenient to shops and restaurants. They are a short drive to downtown and Marco Island. We’ll send you the the list of available properties.

  14. I am planning on relocating to Florida and Naples was highly recommended. I am a 47 year old single female and was wondering if their are people my age? I came down a few weeks ago to look at homes in Naples park that I saw for rent but I am unsure of the neighborhood. I would like to rent at first since I have a dog. Also, I am starting over and have always dreamed of going into Real Estate but every time I mention this to someone they try to discourage me. I was told that everyone in Naples is a Realtor and it will be too competitive. What are your honest thoughts?

    • Hi Stacey, I am 48 years old and moved to Naples from Australia last year. My Husband and I know Naples from owning a vacation home in the 90’s when we lived in England. We love Naples and love living here. We both just started playing tennis and found that it is a great way to meet fun, active and positive people.

      There is a new to Naples “Club” that you can join in on and people have said it is a great way to meet people.

      If your passion is Real Estate, then go for it. It is true that everyone is a Real Estate Agent, but this shouldn’t deter you if you are a hard worker. There are doggie daycares for your dog whilst you are building your business.

      I started Naples Organizer last year and am enjoying it very much as it is what I am passionate about.

      Good luck!

  15. Hello,

    We currently live in St Petersburg, however, we are really interested in moving to Naples. We would like to buy a home in a non-gated neighborhood that of course is a good school district. Our children are 5 and 7. We would have a budget between $300,000 to $550,000. Really appreciate any insights you may have.


    • Hi Deborah,

      Ryan will be contacting you directly about non-gated communities that would fit your needs. We look forward to helping you find the perfect place for your family in Naples.

      Thank you,

      Mark Weber, Broker/Owner

  16. Hi We owned for 6 year home in Naples Fla. Sold last year, decided we would like try renting a condo, no luck in finding a reasonable price condo from Nov to April. Disappointed we didn’t think it would be a problem! You would think there would be one condo building for snow birds, but we will keep trying, Naples is beautiful! We sure wish there was a site of condo for rent for snowbirds Nov to April. Thank You.

  17. Hi we just got pre approved and we are looking to buy a house in Hollywood Fl/Fort Lauderdale. We just decided we wanted to check Naples as well because we heard that it is a nice city to live in. On the pre approvel letter we have listed Broward county
    …does that mean we can only buy in this county?

    • Normally a pre approval doesn’t require you to buy in a specific county. It just says that you are approved for financing up to a certain amount, subject to an assessment of the property you choose to buy coming in at a value, sufficiently above the loan amount, that the lender is comfortable with the loan

      If the lender added Broward County to the letter, it may be they are most comfortable with assessed values there, and you’ll need to ask them if Collier County, in which Naples is located, is OK. If it was added just because you mentioned it, then you certainly have no restrictions where you can look. However, we would suggest getting a new letter, without any county listed, so it doesn’t confuse a seller or their agent (not in Broward County) in making an offer.

      We would be delighted to help you look at possibilities in Naples. Please email us if you have more questions about the letter, or if we can help in your Naples search.

  18. Hi Mark, I live in Fort Lauderdale and looking to move to Naples. We have a 12 year old and a 15 year old. Would it be a good move for us? Is there a lot to do for them? Both girls, thanks.

    • Hi Janet

      We have two older girls, and there was plenty for them to do as teens whatever their interests. Both our girls like to ride horses and you can live 10-15 minutes from the beach, as we are, and have horses in the backyard. The schools and county parks offer ample activities. Also, one of our daughters took dance for a number of years through a private studio, and acting through one of our local playhouses. The Naples Philharmonic, “Artis” offers programs for young musicians, and we have a friend whose daughter 13 plays serious tennis and attends the Sanchez-Casal Tennis academy. Basically, you name the activity and you can find it here, in many cases offered by the schools or park system.

      Aside from things to do, parents always worry about safety, and Naples has the lowest crime rate of any of the coastal counties, except in the lower populated “panhandle” part of the state, according to recent Florida Department of Law Enforcement Statistics. It’s a great place for teens to live, and become involved in something they want to try, which maybe becomes their passion. Please let us know if we can help you in your search, Steve

    • Hi Tony:

      WE agree and are delighted to hear that you are finally going to have time to enjoy your home here. I grew up in NJ and lived in Bergen County for many years, working in NYC. I still have many friends in North Jersey. My job required me to travel around the world during my career, and Naples compares well with the best of them! I’m here year round, but know many snowbirds. Some stay here at least 6 months plus a little, evidently for residency income tax purposes. A number of them wind up staying year round.

      • Hi Marlene:

        They’re top notch, as you might expect from an area with both a high number of retirees, and a growing number of year round younger families. The oldest and most established is the NCH Healthcare System, which is one of the most progressive in the country. It’s 3 hospitals and an alliance of more than 500 independent physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. We also have Physicians Regional Medical Hospital, and just being finished is the Landmark Hospital. So there a depth of medical care, which I have only found equaled in much larger metropolitan areas in my prior travels, as an institutional salesperson for JP Morgan throughout the country.

  19. Hi,

    Although I live in Boca Raton, I’ve visited Naples many times but mostly work related and stayed at La Playa. We are thinking to move to Naples in 1-2 yrs after living in Boca Raton for 16 yrs. However, we don’t know what areas to avoid due to crime and also the up and coming ones. Also not interested in the million dollar plus neighborhoods. Any advice?


    • Hi Julie:

      Naples has the lowest crime rate of any of the Florida coastal counties, except in the lower populated panhandle area, according to recent Florida Department of Law Statistics. There are few ares, which you have to avoid. Mostly it’s a matter of personal choice. Gated or ungated community,for example? A small home near the beach, or larger one with more acreage further inland, but still 15-20 minutes to the beach? Do you want to live in and around a golf course, or not? Examples of a gated community for new construction, 4 to 5 miles from the beach, would be Marbella Isles, or a gated resale community of homes recently built by the same developer is Marbella Lakes. Both have a lot of choice, and homes can be purchased for around $500K and up, coach homes in the $300K’s, and side by side villas around $400K. Both also have resort type clubhouses with pools, spas, tennis, the new rage “Pickleball” at Marbella Isles, and even indoor basketball courts! There are many more under $1 million communities, both new and existing to choose from.

      An example of a non gated community, with a range of homes, mostly under $1 million, is Oakes Estates, where we live, or Logan Woods. You can have acreage with either an existing home, or build a new one “custom” to your own preferences. We like it a lot. It’s about 6 miles to the beach, and have horses in the backyard for our daughters who ride. It would be great to help you find your Paradise Coast new home for a year or 2 from now. You can start the process of “window shopping” whenever you want, or we can show you some examples when you come over for a visit staying at LaPlaya. Just email us your preferences at

    • Hi Maria; Deciding between a condo or home involves a number of choices and personal preferences. One thing you don’t have to worry about is that there are still plenty of choices of either currently available. At this moment, there are 371 low rise condos(1-3 story), townhomes, or attached villas, and 516 single family homes, both with 3 bedrooms and at least 2 baths in Naples listed on the broker MLS system. The midpoint in the distribution of prices for either is different. For sharing at least one wall with a neighbor, the midpoint for any kind of attached home is $320K, while the midpoint for the single family is $399K. So price is a key difference. Another key difference is whether you want a private pool. Some single families have private pools, while only the attached villas (or rarely townhomes) may have one. There are community pools in many cases, however. Non gated, residential single family homes have the most freedom in terms of having pets or changes in their home appearance. Single family homes in gated communities may have association rules, much like condominium communities, limiting pets and home appearance. So there are key differences between and within the two kinds of properties, and it’s important to sift through the possibilities with your preferences in mind. We’d be delighted to help.

    • Just bought at Winding Cypress (239-417-1115) in south Naples. Great location – 15 minutes to Marco Island and down town Naples 5th ave. Can’t say enough about how great they were on our pre-construction when we bought in Dec and we just closed in July. Can’t wait to find a job down there and turn our vacation home into permanent. Good luck!

    • Hi Debra:

      The Naples area is one of the fastest growing in the country. Most of the jobs are in service related businesses, which take care of the needs of the people who live or vacation here, including such places as hotels,food services,and hospitals (a new one is nearing completion in Landmark Hospital). There are many small businesses, which are being established, or growing to meet these needs, There are also larger companies, such as Arthrex, which has pioneered the field of arthroscopy, and developed more than 8,500 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopaedics worldwide. It is expanding dramatically. If someone has skills in construction, there are numerous new developments, renovations, and projects going up around town. In short, it’s a very good time to find a job in Naples.

  20. Im from boston , I LOVE NAPLES, Now I know you say you can find homes and communities in certain price ranges , I find that wrong , every gated community in Naples has a mandatory golf memebership that costs thousands of dollars a year, what I have on the east coast, in a gated comunity with all the ammenitites and one mile from the most beautiful beach , I could not touch in NAPLES , and trust me I visited and my children grew up vacationing in NAPLES , it was always my dream to live there , but to be honest , your misleading alot of people , yes you can find affordable homes im not saying that but for a second home, with the things people are asking you for , Is not in the places that they think there going too , Im sorry if i sound negitive but Im speaking from experience from when I was looking to buy , and trust me NAPLES was my first choice but what i have here on the East coast compared to Naples if i put my community and home there i would not be able to afford it !!!

    • Hi Deb, thanks for the comment. It’s simply not true that “every gated community in Naples has a mandatory golf membership.” Here are just a few gated communities off the top of my head that do not have mandatory golf memberships: Marbella Lakes, Marbella Isles, Riverstone, Windward Isle, Saturnia Lakes and Isles of Collier Preserve. Also there are non-gated communities that are just as nice and safe with even low or no community fees like: Oakes Estates, Tall Pines, Pine Ridge, Moorings, Park Shore and Livingston Woods.

      If you really know Naples, as we do, finding a home with low community fees is easy in Naples. There are many options to choose from. Call our office at 239-417-1115 for information on all these communities & more.

      • Deb’s comment is so far off the mark it is rediculous. You can buy into many gated communities without golf. Look hard enough you can find a a reasonable priced house gated or non in a nice safe neighborhood. Look out around Collier Blvd. A little further east and north Naples. Not more than 20 minutes to the beach and shopping. The New Naples.

      • We lived in Calusa Bay for eleven years and couldn’t have been happier. 2 pools, choice of design and size, close to beach off of Goodlette, tennis, club house, exercise equipment, small library and wonderful people, garage -very reasonable second home.

    • We bought our home back in 1973. There is no way that I could afford to buy in Naples now. So many people come here and find they just can’t afford housing costs. Even rentals are expensive. It’s definitely beautiful but it’s much easier for the wealthy to live here. Hard for so-called middle class. I was in the secretarial field and my husband in optical for our whole lives here. Now we are retired but we sure couldn’t have afforded to move here and retire. Definitely not in that category. Love it here and feel fortunate, if not overly steam heated, to be here.

  21. Hi Mark! Does Naples have any good outpatient speech centers for children? Our 5 year old son has a rare speech disorder called Childhood Apraxia of Speech and needs intensive speech therapy. We are up in MA now and are doing some research for services down there. Thank you in advance. :)

    • Hi Kendra: Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. It may not be “intensive” enough, but the Collier Public School System does provide an Exceptional Student Education (“ESE”), which not only assists students in it’s public schools, but also offers help in private schools. Communication is so important for learning. For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth McBride, ESE Coordinator at (239) 377-0106 or

    • Many SLP/SLSs are retiring to that area. I am for one in the next few years. However, I do know of one right now. She is in Estero. Please look up Florida’s Speech and Language Assciation (FLSHLA) too. Good luck! Early intervention prognosis is excellent for Apraxia!

  22. Retired and single Love social and churc life. Ride a bike and love the beach.looking to move this year from Michigan. Any advice? Heard good things about Naples!

  23. Hi,looking to relocate currently work for the electric co in ri.any jobs down in the Naples area?need a pet friendly area,prices on small houses??

  24. Hello I live up north by Philadelphia with my husband and 4 children 16,12,7,7 within the next year or so we are looking to relocate to Naples. I do loan servicing work for a credit trying to see what school districts are the best. I would like to be close to shopping, and a close drive to beach. any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Jenn,

      You could go with the Barron Collier High School district, Naples High or Gulf Coast High. They are all excellent school districts, with Naples High being closest to the beach. We would have to know more about your price range. The closer you get to the beach, the more expensive it gets. There are some reasonable options for families like yours. I have a 5 and 10 year old and we are very happy with the Barron Collier district. My son and daughter go to Osceola Elementary School.

      Ryan Ehmen form my office will be reaching out to you to help with finding you the perfect home in Naples.

      Best regards,

      Mark Weber, President & Owner

      • Hi Mark,

        Thank you so much for your quick response you agent Ryan has already reached out to me to help with the process.

        Thanks so much for the helpful information.

        • I agree with Mark, Jenn. My kids go to Barron Collier High school and Osceola Elementary and they like it and so do I. Plus it’]s 5 minutes away from everything! Good luck!

  25. Hello,
    I’m a Professional hair colorist/hair stylist & I live in NYC. I would like to move to Florida and start a new life out there. I’m single. I have lot bad memories in NYC. I would like to buy a new home near a lake or beach area. Which areas are good and safe?

  26. Hello Mark, I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and just applied for a job at NCH. If I am fortunate enough to get this job, I will be moving from NY to Naples with my 96 year old Mom. My question is does Naples have good support for the elderly that live in their own home as far as Home Health Service and are they reliable and safe?? My Mom is my biggest concern. Hopefully we can find a nice 3 bdrm/2 bath home to rent at first.

    • Hi Doreen:

      Naples has a number of Home Healthcare Services, which you can see in the Google search link below. The services and the town have consistently been in the lowest in the state for crime, and the lowest of any coastal county, where most people live, except in the “panhandle” area of the state, which is not as highly populated (Florida Department of Law Enforcement Statistics 2013). We’ll be sending you a separate list of rental possibilities for you and your mom shortly. Also,they’re building a new hospital in North Naples called Landmark, which may be another job possibility. All the best

      White Sands Realty

      Naples senior home care link below. If clicking on it doesn’t work, you can Google “Naples senior home care”, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

    • I am a RN with NCH, moved from Poughkeepsie, NY 15 years ago. It was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I really love it here. Your mom will be fine here, there are tons of support for the elderly.

  27. trying to find a snowbird area of Florida that we can have a small yard for our dog and places to walk the dog regularly.
    Does Naples have anything to fit the bill?

    • Hi Lynn,

      Yes, Naples is dog friendly. You could have a home with a small year in Old Naples, Park Shore or even a gated community like Marbella Lakes. It depends on your price point and how close you want to be to the beach. Please call our office at 239-417-1115. Thank you!

  28. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for this article! It is a very interesting read! My husband and I live in Boston and looking to buy a 2bed 2 baths condo in Naples, hopefully in the $120.000-130.000 price range, initially to give it out on rent until we are able to move there. Do you have any suggestions about any nice neighborhoods appropriate for young couples with children? Thank you!

  29. hi I live in Boston, MA and after this winter we are ready to move somewhere warm. were in our early thirties, we have two small boys. my requrements are: very good school system (doesnt have to be private), very safe neighborhood, preferably near the beach. home not bigger than 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. as far away from sinkhole areas as possible. aslo, we have no family there so friendly people would be much appreciated :). do you believe Naples,FL is a good fit for us?
    THank you all for your help :)

    • Sounds like Naples is a great fit for you and your boys. Naples is Not prone to sinkholes like northern parts of Florida are.

      The schools are great in Collier County and we have plenty of safe neighborhoods with 3/2’s close to the beach. Give me a call at (239) 417-1115. Myself or one of my agents will surely be able to help you more.

  30. Hi Mark,
    I am looking at condos at Turtle Lake. Is this a nice safe community? Please advise. Thanks, Nancy

      • This is the valed email. I don’t know why you are having a problem. If you can tell me the message or send me a screen shot of what you get when you are entering my email. thanks.

        • Hi Nancy, the first time you put your email in it had a zero instead of an “o”. It’s all good now. You should get an email from us shortly. Thank you for sticking with us!! – Mark Weber, Broker & Owner

  31. Hi,

    We’re looking for a duplex, multi family home or 3bed with in-law apartment, ideally with at least 2 acres. This is for my family to live in one unit, and the other(s) for rental income until my mom moves in. Where/what part of Naples would be a good place to find this? Would we need to go north to find it under 200k ? Many thanks, Kris

  32. I’m two years from retiring from SUNY. I’ll be leaving as a full professor who has been a program director, assessment coordinator, and department chair. I’m young, and would like to continue working in my next chapter. What does Naples have to offer someone like me?

  33. I now live in tampa and the area I live in has lots of families and children. I am a single senior that would like to live near more people my age. question is I have heard naples is too expensive. I would love to have a 2 bed.2BATH VILLA. WHAT ARE PRICES for these in a nice area?

    • Patricia, the Naples area offers many opportunities and there are plenty of Villa’s that could work for your price range. I will email you and go over the options and see what properties fit best. The Naples market is one of the strongest in the country but I’m confident we will find you a place to call home!

  34. I would like to move from NY to Naples FL I am retirement and have a limited monthly income could someone let me know what options are available to me. Thanks

  35. I have a real estate investor/construction management company in the Boston area. I am looking to spend some time in Naples while purchasing properties to either renovate and resell , or build new and sell. Is there someone that I could work with on your team? Looking for a business relationship that can benefit both sides.

  36. Visited the west coast of FL last year scoping out areas from Clearwater to Naples and absolutely fell in love with Naples. I’d move tomorrow if I could but sadly not retirement age and need a job. I’m in mortgage underwriting. How’s the job market there?

  37. Hello, I’m looking to dock my 25 ft sailboat in Florida, do you have any homes that would rent me a slip? Thanks

    • Home prices are on the rise in the Naples area. I would suggest putting money down on new construction or a resale as soon as you are able to. Please call our office at 239-417-1115 we would be happy to find you the perfect home to begin anew.

  38. Just make sure you have a couple million In the bank and an income that will,permit you to maintain the lifestyle. Be prepared to dress Well any time you step out of the house. The are plenty of beaches but I am not sure how much of them are accessable to the public.

    • Hi Elaine, thanks for the comments. You can live comfortably in Naples for a lot less than a million bucks. The average home price is closer to $250,000. Most people wear shorts and flip flops. All the beaches are public access, even the ones in front of $70 million dollar homes in Port Royal!

      • Hello Elaine, I currently live in Naples and do not have millions in the bank. In old Naples you can access the beaches at all avenues running east to west. Thats one of the great things about Naples.
        You can fish from the pier without a license. Everyone you meet will have a smile on their face and say hello. Can’t think of a better place to live !

    • Elaine – I don’t know where you get those ideas because I rarely wear anything but flip flops and shorts in Naples! Even at the nicest restaurants you can “come as you are”. No judging here! I ditto what everyone else has said about the beaches – they are more accessible than most beaches in the country! Walking and swimming on the beach and enjoying the sunshine every day of the year doesn’t cost a dime!

      • You’re right on Mary! When I’m not working I’m in shorts and flip flops. Our beaches are accessible to all and enjoying them is free to all! Thanks for your comments.

  39. Hi, I am interested in learning all about Naples. My husband and I intend to purchase a second home and have heard wonderful things about Naples. Any information you can provide is appreciated. Just getting started…..hope to purchase in 1 year.

    • live in northeast husband suddenly died parents live in naple fl want me to move there what is a good place for me to live with kid in naples fla

      • Sorry to hear about your husband. Many neighborhoods close to schools are loaded with families with kids. It really depends on your price range and needs. Kids are welcome in most every neighborhood in Naples. I’d start by deciding which school is right for your child and then narrow it down by deciding how close you’d like to be to other facilities in Naples like the beach and shopping.

  40. My wife and our 2 boys ( currently 15 and 12) are considering a move to southwest florida in 1 or so year. This would make my older son a freshman at college and younger son freshman in high school. We both work in the medical field her an RN and myself Medical Sales. Anyone have recommdation for a employment agency, high school, colleges and locations in and around fort myers. Thank you

  41. Hi Mark, I’ve been searching for a new home. I’m in my mid 50’s with two kids 17 & 21. I need steady work with good pay and a modest home. Kids need to work as well. I’m not a rich lady and work hard. Wondering if there are larger companies hiring that have a retirement plan as well health ins. for families that doesn’t cost your right arm. Good old working class family not ready to retire. I do own my own home and would like to relocate in about 1.5 yrs. Any advise will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and Happy New Year!!

  42. We are looking to retire in less than a couple of years. We are wondering what we could get for our price range….up to 200,000.00. We are mostly interested in outdoor living…so view of some water if possible…and upper story 2 bedroom condo. Could be one bedroom. We are also interested in what we might be looking at regarding hoa fees, taxes and insurance. Thank you

  43. I’ve seen good prices in the “Naples Manor” area but i’ve seen the crime rate in this neighborhood is pretty high, is this accurate?

    • Naples Manor has always been relatively low priced compared to the rest of Naples. For Naples, it’s a very run down neighborhood that isn’t well taken care of. In my opinion, prices reflect this fact. Of course there are homeowners in there who do take good care of their properties. They need to band together to improve all the homes in Naples Manor and ensure property values rise accordingly.

      We wouldn’t know about crime in neighborhoods. You would need to contact the Collier County Sherif’s office for crime information.

  44. What can you get from about $250000 to $30000 for a retirement type home and whats the insurance run down there for a home?


    • John, There are many different options for properties ranging from Single Family homes to Villas & Condos but it depends on your needs and preference. Insurance rates will depend on what year a home was built and location but roughly $1500-$2000/year would be a good estimate. I will email you for more details on your home search.

  45. My husband and I are looking to move from Winter Park to Naples in the next 6 months. We have a 1 year old and almost 4 year old. How are the public schools and where is the best place to look to rent for a bit before we buy for young families?? We would like to be close to parks, grocery, and not too far from the beach.

  46. Hello,
    We are trying to buy a condo in Naples, our price range is $120,000. We’re not sure where to look and what’s a good location. We’ve heard that we have to apply and they have to approve you if you buy a condo, and there’s some other rules…is this true? What’s the whole procedure? Please comment and let me know where to look exactly. Thank you.

    • Hi Alda,
      We will send you some properties to your email address in your price range in some good locations in the Naples area. First you need to have a contract on a property before you apply to the association. You will also get copies of the rules & regs, condo docs, budget and other items to review. Although the condo association must approve your application, you must approve of the documents or you may cancel the contract in writing within the allotted 3-day period for resale condos. Please call our office to speak to an expert Realtor who can walk you through the entire process. 239-417-1115

  47. My wife and I are retiring in the next year or two. We live in Jacksonville. We have never been to Naples. We would like to get some information on Naples. Can you provide some literature for us?

  48. Hi! Love these posts! We are from Chicago and are thinking of moving to Naples. My husband is a heavy equipment operator. is this type of job needed there? How is the home building market there? We also have two middle school age kids. Is there stuff for them to do there?

    • Hi Mary,
      Sure there is lots of construction going on and need for equipment operators. Yes, there would be plenty for your kids to do. Kids in Naples do sports year round plus there is tons to do at the beach and on the water. From fishing to paddle boarding and more.

      Give our office a call at 239-417-1115.

    • Heavy equipment operators are paid between 14.00 and 20.00 per hour. Home building is moving along at a steady pace (I’d say a decent 3bedroom in a secure neighborhood should be 175,000 to 215,000) and don’t forget the HOA dues and taxes and insurance. You won’t be living in house on the beach for anything less than 400,000.

  49. Mark,
    I just started to look in the area of these 3 High Schools – Gulf Coast, Barron and Golden Gate. My husband, myself and my 10th Grade daughter want to move Jan 1st. I am coming on Nov 1st for 2 days – I am either going to concentrate on finding a rental or if I feel confident about understanding the market there I would prefer to buy. Of coarse I am getting a lot of information from several agents and websites. What I am hearing from agents is that those ZIP codes are selling well but under $200 for a 2BD 2 Bath are not desirable, the market is up 14% this year – but what I am finding on-line is that there are a lot of sales in the lower to mid $100s. I am able to rent for a year and have found several year rentals for $1300 – $1500. If you can offer any advise or recommendations, I would appreciate it

  50. I am a Service and Parts Manager at an automotive dealership and looking to relocate my family to Naples. My wife and I have a 10 year old and are looking for a great place to raise a family. What are the job prospects like for the automotive industry in that area?

  51. Mark, my wife and I plan to retire within the next two years and are planning to move to the great state of Florida. We have no children at home but do have a couple of horses. My wife is an avid rider in the disciplines of Dressage and Eventing ( dressage, show jumping, and cross country jumping). We visited Naples last year and loved the community. My sister, who lives in Marco Island was our tour guide. We are going to visit again this Christmas while we are in the local area. For us to move that direction, we need information into equine stables in the local area. We are very active people in our early 50’s so this is very important to us. Any help would be appreciated. Information as to which neighborhoods to visit on our next trip would be great.

  52. Hi. Thanks for this information. I’m looking to buy in Naples as a retirement investment and my mom would live in the home for now (she would relocate from Myrtle Beach, SC while I stay in NYC). Looking for two bed/two bath with very little carpet. Please contact me. Thanks!

    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for reaching out. Naples sounds like the perfect place for your mom and you (eventually). I will have one of my best agents, Steve, contact you. You can reach us by phone as well at 239-417-1115.

      Mark Weber, Broker & Owner

  53. Looking for a condo in Naples, Florida under $90,000.00. Looks like inventory is low right now. If anything comes up new, please let me know. Thanks, Nancy

  54. Dear Mark,
    My wife and I are both neurologists and we are thinking to move to Naples and work there, we have a 2-yr old boy, do you think that is a good idea to work in Naples, or is it just a touristic place that neurologists are in no need? Please advise…

    • Hi Rob,

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, I definitely see a high demand for neurologists in Naples. I’ve seen one myself for a spinal issue and there was a hefty wait for an appointment. Also, Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist who has become a celebrity for his writings and lectures has a thriving private practice in Naples, Florida.

      We have a 4yr old and 9yr old. I’ve lived everywhere from California to Switzerland. Naples is definitely my number one choice for living and raising a family.

      Feel free to contact me to speak more about Naples.

  55. Nice article – why no mention of families? I realize Naples is known as a retirement place – my wife and I are considering relocating to Naples with our elementary and middle school children. What is it like there for families like ours?

    • Hi Reg,
      You’re right! Naples is a great place to raise a family. I personally have a 4 yr old and 9 yr old. Naples is ideal because children don’t get exposed to sights like strip clubs or the like when driving down the street. The schools are great here, bot public and private. Children spend a lot of time outdoors in sports which keeps them active and healthy. I definitely need to update the article to include Naples families! Thanks. Derek from my office should have contacted you, if not, please let us know how we can help. – Mark Weber, Broker & Owner

  56. Just bought a house in Naples and couldn’t be more excited! In the Oakes Estates area. It was a great priceaand sits on just over 2.5 acres :)

  57. Good Morning,
    I have lived on the east cost of Florida for thirty something years now. I am in the process of getting my 440 insurance license and have many years of admin experience. I am seriously considering taking the leap of faith, and moving to the beautiful west coast. Can someone advise on where the most reasonably priced city to live? I am a single professional with a beautiful very small, very quiet shih tzu. I am currently in Sanford ….not my cup of tea, have loved in South fl for most of my life. So in closing looking for employment and a peaceful place to live. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Erika,
      Naples is the crown jewel on the West Coast. It can be quite pricey close to the beach but there are still some deals out there on foreclosures if you know where to look. We would be happy to assist you find the perfect Naples home. Call our office to speak to a real estate expert (239) 417-1115.

  58. Hello,
    After a recent visit to the Fort Meyer area me and my wife fell in love with south west Florida.
    We are considering renting for a year after purchasing a suitable piece of land to build a monolithic home on. Can you direct me to anyone that can related prices on vacant land? We’re hoping to pursue our careers in H.V.A.C. Sales and Network Security in paradise.
    I’m looking forward to your reply. Thank you!

  59. Hello, my husband and I live in Miami, FL and would like to move to Naples to raise our 2 year old. I work in Medical Coding/Billing and my husband work in the corporate office of a leasing and selling heavy machinery for construction companies, which he’s wanting to change careers if needed. How and where do you recommend we do 1St ? We need guidance, what places are good to live in and good for daycare and school. We are willing to lease an apartment but we don’t know where to begin ? Please help :)

    • Hi Gloria, making the move to Naples is a great choice! Although I like visiting Miami for a day or so, Naples is much more laid back and easygoing. I’d be happy to set you up with one of my real estate agents that can help you find the ideal place close to day care and schools for your 2-year old. Please call the office at 239-417-1115 and we will help you get on the right track!

  60. Would like to know the best place to work, go out and live would be for a 50 year old woman who has an active lifestyle. I’m looking to rent a condo for starts.

    • Hi Theresa, Olde Naples is a great place to live downtown for someone with an active lifestyle. You have plenty of nightlife and the beach is right there for walking, running and swimming. Another good area for an active lifestyle would be Pelican Bay. You should be able to find a condo to rent in Pelican Bay on our website. Please call our office at 239-417-1115 to speak to a Realtor who can assist you.

    • Hi,
      I live in Lincoln NE and want to move to Fl.
      I am a 53 year old white female.
      I am very active like to swim, ride my bike,
      And like the nite life as well


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