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Our REALTORS® invite you to explore a life of serenity and luxury on the Paradise Coast. World-class shopping, extraordinary dining, dozens of golf courses, picturesque beaches, and access to Florida's unspoiled natural wonders await those who reside in these Paradise Coast condos.

8477 Bay Colony

Pelican Bay | 8477 Bay Colony Dr., Unit 1401, Naples, FL 34108 | Listed by Gil Clark and Kelly Clark Prue

  1. Race to this world-class building and admire the 6,155 sqft. of amazing redesign done to this special unit. Three screened-in balconies, an office, four bedrooms, and an unbelievable kitchen are yours to relish for years to come. With unobstructed views of the sand and sea, this gated community also offers a resort-style pool and spa and membership to the Bay Colony Beach Club and Tennis Club. Settle for nothing less than incomparable splendor in one of the most exclusive residences in Naples.

9235 Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Beach | 9235 Gulf Shore Dr., Unit 702, Naples, FL 34108 | Listed by Mari Vesci

  1. Although this 11-story beachfront residence is one of the most desirable in Naples, only 19 units grace this building, offering privacy, peace, and quiet. This 3,820 sqft. unit is one of the largest on the floor, providing three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a single partial bathroom with an additional den. The master suite overlooks the Gulf while the family room showcases the bay. Spend hours cooking out on the lanai with a built-in grill or prepare a feast in the oversized kitchen. On-site amenities include a heated pool, exercise room, and access to The Ritz-Carlton and La Playa.

8473 Bay Colony

Bay Colony | 8473 Bay Colony Dr., Unit 801, Naples, FL 34108 | Listed by Doug Treadwell and Diane Nadotti

  1. Escape to the Sunshine State and live an unrivaled lifestyle in this beautiful beachfront unit. A fully renovated kitchen is begging for dinner guests with its quartz countertops, center island with glass cooktop, and built-in oven. Before dining, relax at the bar with separate wine cooler and refrigerator. Retire to the master suite with remodeled bath and beautiful wood flooring while your guests enjoy time spent on their own private screened-in lanai. With a pool, fitness center, and social room on-site, residents will enjoy maintenance-free living just feet away from white sandy beaches.

8171 Bay Colony

Bay Colony | 8171 Bay Colony Dr., Unit 2003, Naples, FL 34108 | Listed by Suzanne H. Klym

  1. Fall in love with life in Naples in one of the most prestigious buildings in town. Penthouse living without the penthouse price, you'll receive views of the sunrise and sunset without ever leaving home. Residents will also enjoy membership to World Class Bay Colony and Pelican Bay, providing access to private dining clubs and private beaches. Only a short drive away from Naples' best shopping and entertainment venues, this unit must be seen to be believed.

8930 Bay Colony

Bay Colony | 8930 Bay Colony Dr., Unit 1502, Naples, FL 34108 | Listed by Kurt Kluberdanz

  1. Live simply with your partner, children, or four-legged friend in this cozy condo. A private elevator leads you to the 15th floor where you'll soak in front to back views of Florida's sunny skies. The expansive screened-in balcony and inviting great room provide plenty of space to relax and unwind. A manageable 2,600 sqft. unit with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. With access to a private beach, you'll spend hours gazing at the sunset and lounging by the sea.

4021 Gulf Shore

Park Shore | 4021 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Unit 1203, Naples, FL 34103 | Listed by Tade Bua-Bell and Emily K. Bua

  1. A 12th story condo that offers unbelievable sunset views, you'll feel like you're on a permanent vacation in Venetian Bay. Entertain guests or host family dinners in the dining room with an adjacent morning room. Relax for hours in a library with a full bath and walk-in closet. The master suite, with a dreamy jacuzzi tub, has a terrace separate from the guest bedroom terrace, giving everyone in the home the privacy they desire. Only a short stroll from the beach, shopping, and dining, this condo with gorgeous custom interior features let you kick back and enjoy beachside bliss.

Bonita Bay | 4931 Bonita Bay Blvd., Unit 1103, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 | Listed by Ginger Lickley and Michael Lickley

  1. This lovely 3/3 in luxurious Azure tower is one of the finest condos in Bonita Springs. Redesigned and fully updated, step off of the private elevator and marvel at the wraparound views of the Gulf of Mexico through floor to ceiling windows. A master bedroom with an additional built-in and enchanting entertainment area with a modern electric fireplace will delight owners and guests alike. Bonita Bay caters to those with an active lifestyle, offering on-site amenities such as 5 golf courses, 18 tennis courts, fitness center, and a full-service marina.  

Contact us today to view these stunning condos before they're taken off of the market!


Smart Home Features

Smart home technology has been popular in the luxury real estate market for years. From security to green living, comfort, and entertainment, today's smart home technology offers limitless possibilities for discerning shoppers. Our REALTORS® are here to help you keep up with the latest wave of smart technology, with our guide to smart home features buyers are looking for in 2020.

Smart Security to Protect Your Investment

  • Smart Home Security System
    Whether you're competing on the market with the very best Naples homes for sale or looking to upgrade a property for your own use, a smart security system is a perfect place to start. Smart home security systems allow you to monitor and control your home's security from across town or the country.

  • Smart Lighting for Security and Convenience
    Smart lighting systems are another great option for home security, allowing you to turn on lights so that it looks like the home is occupied even when you're away. Combined with some of the other features on our list, smart lighting is also ideal for making sure that your home is comfortable and approachable as soon as you arrive.

  • Video Doorbell to See Who's Knocking
    Opting for a video doorbell as part of your smart home security means that you'll never have to wonder who's knocking at your door. Some systems even allow you to unlock the door remotely so that deliveries can be made.

Convenient Control of Your Home

  • A Smart Hub to Control All of Your Devices
    With so much smart tech available, it's crucial to have a centralized hub where you can control everything from one app or device. This is one area of smart technology where you can expect continual improvements in the coming years, as smart home features become more standardized.

  • Smart Thermostats to Stay Comfortable
    A smart thermostat is a must-have in any luxury home, allowing you to control the home's temperature from a distance and even learning your preferred temperature settings so that the home is always the right temperature at the right time.

Going Green without Sacrificing Convenience

  • Smart Irrigation to Keep Your Property Beautiful
    A regular irrigation system works on a timer and is set to provide a pre-determined amount of water at specific times. Smart irrigation systems take climate, temperature, and a host of other factors into account to provide just the right amount of water at the right time. It's a great way to keep outdoor spaces looking their best and go green in the process.

  • Eco-Friendly Smart Appliances to Make Life Easier
    Smart appliances for the kitchen and laundry room are always a hit with buyers while making life easier for homeowners everywhere. Start with a smart refrigerator, which allows you to check the contents without opening the door, keep a grocery list handy, and even order fresh groceries via WiFi connection.

  • Fresh Air without Allergens
    If you suffer from allergies or like to keep the freshest possible air flowing in your home, then a smart air filtration system can be an excellent addition to any property. These systems bring fresh outside air indoors, but only after filtering out common allergens like pollen to help manage allergies.

Whether you're shopping for a home, searching for an investment, or aiming to maximize your return when selling a home, smart home features are key in the luxury real estate market. As smart home technology becomes more standardized and versatile, the options for customizing your properties will only increase. Contact us today to learn more about selling homes in the Naples area. 


Our REALTORS® invite you to work on your golf game all year long in beautiful Bonita Springs. This stunning city on Florida's Gulf Coast is tucked between Naples and Fort Myers, giving residents quick access to world-class dining, premier shopping, and some of the country's best beaches. Golfers consider Bonita Springs a paradise as this area is home to over 50 public and private golf courses. With nearly 300 days of sunshine each year and winter temperature averages rarely falling below the 50s, you'll have endless opportunities to work on your short game. See the properties we currently have listed in the area that are truly a golfer's paradise. 

23650 Via Veneto

  1. The Colony at Pelican Landing | 23650 Via Veneto, Unit 1703, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 | Listed by Lynette Grout
    Enjoy all the amenities you can imagine with this luxurious Bonita Spring penthouse. Boasting 2,800 square feet, this penthouse in The Colony features 3 beds and 3 baths plus plenty of space for entertaining. Start your mornings out with a cup of coffee and enjoying stunning sunrise views from the east-facing lanai. Perfect your golf swing at the championship 18-hole golf course, or challenge your friends to a game of pickleball or tennis at one of the courts. The options are truly endless for this Bonita Springs retreat! 

  1. Pelican Landing | 24501 Woodsage Dr., Bonita Springs, FL 34134 | Co-Listed by Mike Hagan & Teresa Rucker
    Located in the Pelican Landing development, this recently updated and expanded home is perfect for golf enthusiasts or fans of other warm-weather sports. The development offers access to two 18-hole champion golf courses. Or spend your time on the tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball courts. When you're not outside enjoying these activities in the Florida sunshine, you'll have plenty of space to relax in this spacious lake view estate with 3,913 square feet! 

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Our REALTORS® invite you to experience life on the largest Barrier Island within Southwest Florida's Ten Thousand Islands — Marco Island. Within only 24 square miles, you'll find six miles of inviting sandy beaches and more than 100 miles of pristine waterways. Situated just south of Naples and approximately 100 miles from Miami, residents of Marco Island can enjoy the best arts, culture, shopping, dining, and entertainment that Florida has to offer on both coasts. See some of the can't miss Marco Island properties currently listed by our team highlighted below.

1240 Ember Ct

1240 Ember Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145 | Co-Listed by Scott Needles & Stacy Witthoff

  1. This two-story custom-built home with waterfront views will help you comfortably sink into the Southwest Florida lifestyle. 3,500 sqft. of space features four full bathrooms, four spacious bedrooms, and a cozy den which can be used as an additional bedroom or office. Stroll through each room and discover the beautiful custom details that await. Built-in bookcases line the study, brilliant interior finishes lead you from the built-in cabinets in the eat-in kitchen to the spacious master suite. Outside, an attached three-car garage, a pool, a kitchen, and oversized private dock with 100-feet of water frontage offer endless opportunities for you, your family, and guests to enjoy the Sunshine State at its finest.   

130 Hollyhock Ct

130 Hollyhock Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145 | Listed by Natalie Kirstein

  1. Yacht owners will love the spacious luxury living in this 5,100 sqft. home. An open floor plan surrounds you with captivating views and exquisite contemporary accents. The spa-like master suite is a heavenly retreat. The generous gourmet kitchen is outfitted for extravagant dinner parties. Serenity is offered outside as well, with an oversized pool, private shower, and gentle spa with cascading waterfall. With quick access to the Gulf and the Marco River, not to mention 125 feet of waterfront dockage for yachts, this spectacular Marco Island home has it all!  

1808 Woodbine Ct

1808 Woodbine Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145| Listed by Stuart Miller

  1. With views like this, you'll want to spend all your time on the water! This two-story Florida style home is in the ideal location for sailing with deep water and direct access to waterways. Or relax and soak up the sun while watching boats sail by from the wrap-around deck. Besides having 2,838 sqft. with 3 beds and 3 baths, this home has plenty of space for entertaining and hosting guests. Perfect for your Marco Island adventures, this property features an over-sized garage for stowing your kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes. 

207 Angler Ct

207 Angler Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145 | Listed by Mari-Jo Koval

  1. A remarkable detailed home, completely furnished and ready for move-in, this property in the Marco Beach subdivision boasts two stories of lavish enhancements. The stunning curb appeal is only rivaled by the amazing features adorning all 2,600 sqft. Each ceiling hangs over you with uniquely rich detailing, the exterior walls showcase dazzling architectural features, and the full outdoor bath and kitchen make living outdoors an effortless possibility. Spend hours with guests at the wet bar, swimming in the heated pool, or lounging on the first-floor lanai.

846 Wintergreen846 Wintergreen Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145 | Listed by Laurie Zoerb

  1. A perfectly sized home for those who desire serenity and simplicity in life, this 2,400 sqft. single-story home has plenty of space to relax. Its split floor plan with vaulted ceilings, a great room, formal dining area, and kitchen with breakfast nook maximize the home's space while never feeling cramped. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, guests and family members have room to visit. A hot tub within the master suite offers indoor relaxation while the outdoor pool set alongside 50' of dockage presents the ultimate tranquility under the sun.

Contact us today to view these stunning Marco Island homes for sale before they are taken off the market!


Tennis on the Paradise Coast

With stretches of sugar sand beaches and endless waves, it's tempting to spend all of your time in Naples along the seashore. However, avid tennis players know that the weather is just as beautiful off of the water. The Paradise Coast is a haven for outdoor recreation, and there are numerous places in Naples where you can improve your tennis game. Our REALTORS® encourage you to grab your racket and meet a few friends at one of these area parks and athletic centers.

  1. Veterans Community Park — 1895 Veterans Park Dr., Naples, FL 34109
    As you settle into life in Naples, you'll join the many families that flock to Veterans Community Park. Conveniently located between Interstate 75 and US 41, this North Naples park is one of the most popular in Collier County. With separate amenities for adults, children, and even dogs, you can spend a full weekend exploring every exciting activity offered. For tennis lovers, there are four lit tennis courts so you can play from 8 am until 10 pm Monday through Saturday throughout the year. While you play tennis, your children can get involved in baseball, softball, and volleyball or go for a relaxing hike through one of the tranquil nature trails. There is also a covered multi-purpose rink, playground, and Rover Run Dog Park on-site, providing fun for families of all ages.

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