Naples, Florida is a paradise that has been discovered by many looking to own their piece of real estate in Southwest Florida – including some notable celebrities.
Just like us average Joe’s, celebrities are drawn to Naples for it’s quiet sophistication, amazing beaches and privacy. It’s easier to blend-in and avoid the celebrity stalkers of New York and LA.
There are not many paparazzi or autograph hounds to bother them as they grab a bite on the terrace at Handsome Harry’s on Third Street South or browse the chic stores at Waterside Shops.
Drawn to the tropical weather and upscale community, Naples has a large population of second home owners — many of whom are wealthy and may own several homes around the world. Celebrities are not much different in that regard. Some are full-time residents and others may live here only part-time or visit periodically when their schedules allow.
A Naples resident for over 10 years, Larry Bird, former NBA star and president of the Indiana Pacers is selling his Naples home (see photo to above). Bird is spending less time in Florida and more time focused on the his team’s NBA title run. Bird’s home is located in the exclusive waterfront neighborhood of Park Shore at 308 Neapolitan Way, Naples, FL 34103. The property is currently listed for sale on the MLS for $4,800,000. Call White Sands Realty at 239-417-1115 for more information.
This luxury home, built to Mr. Bird’s specifications, is 6,007 square feet of living area with large media room and waterfront views of Venetian Bay from almost every room. For outdoor entertaining, the home features a tiki hut, summer kitchen and infinity-edge pool overlooking the boat dock. Boat access to the Gulf and beaches is available through Doctors Pass.
Other notable celebrities with homes in Naples include:
- Sean Hannity – the award winning conservative talk show host and author owns a penthouse condominium in the luxury beachfront residences of Moraya Bay Beach Tower.
- Mik Ditka – the legendary NFL player, coach and television commentator has owned a home in Wilshire Lakes since 2002.
- Alex Lifeson – the lead guitarist for Rush owns a condo in Pelican Bay.
- Bob Seger – the rock star owns a home in the prestigious waterfront community of Seagate and a condo in Kings Lake.
- Neal Boortz – the nationally syndicated talk radio host owns a condo penthouse in the Dunes.
- Peter Thomas – a popular voice-over artist, lives with his wife, Stella, in Olde Naples.
- Robin Cook – the writer is a Naples fixture who owns a Park Shore penthouse with views of the Gulf of Mexico and a secret rooftop hot tub.
- “Judge Judy” (Judith Sheindlin) – the television star and her husband live in the exclusive luxury enclave of Bay Colony in Pelican Bay. They live in an 8,550 square foot penthouse purchased in 2005 for $6,900,000. You may run into her at Costco, Waterside Shops or elsewhere around town.
- Matt Birk – Two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl & now Super Bowl XLVII champion center for the Baltimore Ravens retires and decides on Naples, FL as his new home. Matt loves going to dinner and never having to change out of his shorts and flip-flops. The Birks maintain a home in Naples, since moving to New York for Matt’s new executive position with the NFL.
- Barbara Walters – Barbara Walters retired broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Barbara Walters has often visited Naples to see her daughter and recently purchased a beachfront residence for her visits.
In the meantime, if you’re in Naples and run into any celebrities please let them be. Just like you, they deserve a little peace and quiet as they enjoy their homes and the beautiful white sand beaches Naples is famous for.