Naples : Florida

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What Naples is like for active adults
Naples represents the gold coast of southwest Florida. People who say they don’t like Florida might not have seen this upscale retirement community. Its downtown is as sophisticated as any in the world, but charming too – you can pull up to a 5 star hotel’s valet parking, and then walk 50 feet to a old-fashioned bar where you can listen to Irish singers. High end shops vie for your credit card.  Surrounding the walk-able downtown are beautiful residential streets, conveniently situated next to the white coral beach that goes for miles, with condominiums and homes lining much of it. The average age in Naples is quite high, it is definitely a popular retirement spot. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area is one of the most popular parks in southwest Florida.

The downtown neighborhoods are lovely and feature both private homes and small condominium associations. Many other active adults 55+ choose to live in the many expensive gated developments along various waterways. Naples has every type of active adult community imaginable, and most of them are quite expensive. Golf courses are just about everywhere, but tend to be more on the Bay side of town.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are many active adult communities in Naples (see link at top right).
Naples is a dynamic, fast-growing city of 20,000.  The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Naples/Marco Island area to be $310,900 for the 4th quarter of 2013.  Many homes near the beach and in waterfront developments will sell for much more than that. 

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What is special about this retirement community

• Naples Beach and adjacent neighborhoods • Charming and upscale downtown area • An upscale development for everybody • Active cultural life • an affluent and prosperous town • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a huge preserve • Naples claims it has more golf holes per capita than any other town in the country.

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What is not special about this retirement community

Oppressively hot, humid summers;  traffic is intense and only going to get worse; really high prices, although they have fallen lately; everybody seems rich.

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What kinds of people like retiring here
Naples is a growing, vital community. The majority of the population seem to be in retirement, and they are extremely affluent.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, Finance, Retail, Healthcare, Real Estate
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Climate and Physical Environment
Naples is the west coast of Florida, with many bays and waterways. It is on one of the best beaches in the world. The terrain is flat and tropical. Warm winters and hot humid summers.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Naples has been listed as one of the top small art towns in America. The Naples Players, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonic Center of Naples, and the Sugden Theater are just some of the cultural attractions in Naples. If that isn't enough it is less than an hour away from more theatres in Ft. Myers to the north. There are various community and dinner theatres. The libraries are first rate and artists thrive in the many art galleries.
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Crime
Crime in Naples is a little less than two thirds the national average.
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Medical facilities

In addition to Naples Community Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic has a facility in Naples. Sometimes it seems like every other building houses a medical practice or facility - there is no shortage of medical care here!

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Transportation

The city is served by the Naples Municipal Airport and the Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. Southwest Florida International Airport, in South Fort Myers t is just a short trip up the Interstate. Most of the low-cost carriers are there, offering convenient non-stop service to many destinations. Car traffic is intense in season.  Naples is way above average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links

Naples on Wikipedia

Naples Florida

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Facts about NAPLES
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Boating Community,Cultural Center,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: john

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