Pelican Bay, Naples - Community Spotlight


Coral Ridge Properties bought 2,330 acres from Barron Collier in 1972, intending to develop the shoreline while maintaining the densely wooded region. Pelican Bay, formerly known as Clam Bay, is an example of environmental design, having conserved mangroves while allowing greater density structures to be erected on the fringes of Naples' shores. The end effect is a seamless blend of Florida's natural beauty with the luxury of Naples. Pelican Bay is a master-planned coastal area comprised of gated and non-gated communities linked by lush flora and fauna, ponds, and native Florida trees that always delight pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists.


Beachfront restaurants are rare in Naples due to commercial development limitations, but homeowners of Pelican Bay enjoy exclusive access to three of their own. At the Sandbar Restaurant, Sunset Cafe and Marker 36, inhabitants can enjoy a wonderful meal, listening to waves wash near the shore with all types of birdlife and snowbirds playing in the sand. At the Ritz Carlton in Naples on the Beach there is Gumbo Limbo. Residents of Pelican Bay will tell you that the atmosphere in their neighborhood is both bustling and peaceful. While there are several opportunities to challenge your body and mind at world-class sporting facilities, there are also innumerable choices to simply relax on the beach and do nothing. Many homeowners choose to stay on the property since Pelican Bay is its self- contained universe with a tram system on par with Disney's. However, Waterside Shops, a magnificent, premium open-air shopping experience, is only a few miles away, and Artis Naples (previously the Philharmonic) offers nationally famous performances and concerts. Pelican Bay is indeed a beautiful combination of culture and natural beauty. The real estate is on a completely whole new level. We will delve into that next.


Pelican Bay real estate consists mostly of apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family houses ranging in size from medium (three or four bedrooms) to small (studio to two bedrooms). The owners inhabit the majority of the residential real estate. In Pelican Bay 23 Listings are active at the time of this blog in March 2022. With vacant condos or residences being a common occurrence. This may happen in vacation regions and communities heavily populated by college students, where some apartments may be idle while school is not in session. However, in season during the winter months Naples completely comes to life. If you reside here all year, you may notice that many of the buildings in your area are quite and vacant in the summertime.


High-rise and low-rise condos and townhomes with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and wooded state parks are the most typical Pelican Bay properties. Single-family homes, villas, and coach homes are also popular. Most luxury houses are enclosed inside gated or non-gated neighborhoods, and each subdivision has its own architectural identity. Bay Colony is the most prestigious gated locality, with its own private facilities, and coastal high-rises. The Strand, a gated community inside a gated community with twelve spectacular beachfront houses is a must see. The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort and Naples Grande are two premium resort options inside this exclusive golf and beach enclave. Residents of Pelican Bay also have access to world-class tennis courts, a 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course, and nearly two miles of sugary white sand beaches. How refreshing is that, knowing you might just be pursuing one of the great real estate locations in all of Florida. The first time our team here at Naples Agent saw it we new we would never leave.


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Contributed by Paul Adams, Realtor - Downing Frye Realty, Inc.