7 Reasons You Should Be In Southwest Florida

Here’s an interesting statistic I just found. There are 78 million baby boomers  in the U.S., and professionals predict that one-sixth of them will spend part of their lives in the state of Florida. That’s almost 13 million new residents of Florida between now and 2023.” It’s no surprise to anyone who lives here! Here are just 7 reasons why Southwest Florida, especially Bonita Springs, is among the top choices.

7. Boating, Fishing & Golf– Our area has some of the best waterfront in the world. Fishing and golf are not hobbies here, they are ways of life.

6. Pristine – The word “pristine” comes up often when explaining our area to an outsider. It best describes the litter-less streets, low crime, clean beaches, expertly shaped landscaping and conscious efforts of residents to keep it that way.

5. Sunsets – Sunsets in Southwest Florida are very special to say the least, and for lovers, nowhere will you find more romantic sunsets than on Florida’s West Coast. Around the time of the setting sun, if you are anywhere near 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.

4. Weather –Bonita Springs’ 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.

3. Beaches – Bonita Springs has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida and it’s no wonder, since the word “bonita” in Spanish translates to mean just that, “beautiful”. The beaches that line the coastline attract people in from all over the world for the sun and the miles of soft, white sand.

2. The People – This one is easily #1. People who live herecome from all around the world – mid-westerners, New Yorkers, Canadians, Europeans and everyone in-between. SouthwestFlorida is a global melting pot with one common denominator:everyone is extremely happy to live here! This attitude shows on the suntanned faces of most everyone you’ll meet.

1. The Colony Golf & Bay Club– Amidst scenic nature preserves and overlooking the glorious waters of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Bonita Springs, The Colony Golf & Bay Club offers spectacular high-rise and mid-rise towers, custom single-family homes, villas and classic coach homes. Each distinctive residence within The Colony’s 809 exclusive acres is a modern-day renaissance representing the ultimate union of art and function. While this private, gated community defines grandeur and elegance, I realize that what usually inspires people is the lifestyle offered, including social opportunities, activities, sports and recreation, as well as security. The Colony has a unique array of amenities, and I want to make sure you’re able to experience it for yourself. I am passionate about The Colony, and once you see our little piece of paradise, I know you will be too.

Second Home Buyers & Retirees: Why buying a home in a community with Amenities is important.

Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida are rich with gated communities. A well-planned community offers a variety of housing choices, and of course, amenities.

But how do you decide which community is right for you? I always tell clients I work with that price, floor plan and location are important, but so are the community’s amenities.

To help you through the process, here are some of the main benefits you should look for when looking for a second home or seasonal retirement home within a gated community:

Architectural integrity – A planned community incorporates master architectural guidelines for the homes, which ensures that neighborhoods have a unified theme with enough variations to complement one another. In other words, it’s not cookie cutter. The Colony’s high-rise towers, mid-rises and custom single-family homes were built with the highest standards of design aesthetic and quality.

Amenities to enhance quality of life – Master-planned communities offer homes or high-rise condo’s that don’t require much maintenance coupled with amenities that make it easy to enjoy free time with friends and neighbors. Amenities will vary by community and may include golf, tennis, a Country Club, dining, social events, and canoe park just to name a few.

Sense of community – Many master-planned communities have these on-site amenities to make life’s daily activities easy and convenient. These amenities help to foster a strong sense of community, since fellow residents get to know one another through neighborhood activities and events.

The residents of the Colony Golf & Bay Club have a host of amazing amenities at their fingertips. Best part is, they don’t have to sacrifice space by settling on a smaller floor plan. The high-rises and single-family homes at The Colony offer spacious, open floor plans perfect for guests or entertaining, plus high ceilings, state-of-the-art appliances and custom cabinetry to reflect their individual personality.

Are you looking for a second home or seasonal home? Contact me today!

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle this Summer

It doesn’t matter if you’re still running your own business or retired, staying healthy is important. And summer is the best time to be active since there’s so much to do.

Many of my clients here at The Colony Golf & Bay Club are wise when it comes to growing their financial nest egg. What impresses me most is their investment in their own health  – which ensures that secure retirement down the road.

I gathered up some of the activities that Colony residents shared with me on how they are staying fit and active this summer:

  •  Playing Golf – It’s the perfect sport that keeps your mind sharp and keeps you moving. According to research presented in a recent article, burning 2,500 calories a week can greatly reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  As such, it is easy to see how playing more rounds of golf – at The Colony Golf & Country Club of course! – can factor into a healthy lifestyle.
  • Tennis – It keeps you healthy, fit and in shape, so it’s also the sport for a longer lifetime. Grab a friend and your racquet and get to the courts. You’ll see that tennis can be just the fitness vehicle you’ve been looking for.
  •  Water Aerobics – This is a great activity to do with friends in a class setting. It’s also a great stress reliever plus, in the water, you’re weightless so you get a good workout without straining your muscles.
  •  Swimming Laps – People of all ages can enjoy swimming as a workout since it is a low impact sport that protects joints from damage. It’s also a great cardiovascular workout, helps exercise your lungs, and promotes weight loss!
  • Exercising your brain – Like every other part of your body, you brain needs regular exercise to stay healthy. While residents at The Colony are quite active, they also enjoy activities that work up a mental sweat like dancing, playing Bridge or Mahjong, playing a musical instrument, doing crossword puzzles, and reading.
  • Stay socially active – Having networks of family and friends is associated with better mental and physical health and lower death rates. And it’s easy to be social here in Southwest Florida. Sitting down to a nice meal in Naples or Bonita Springs, accompanied by several companions and a stimulating discussion while music plays in the background just might be the ticket to better brain health!

What activities are you taking part in to stay healthy this summer?