Capturing Naples Reserve
Dennis Weinman says that the most important thing in photography is the subject. The longtime photographer has found no shortage of interesting subjects since purchasing a home at Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre South Naples community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes.
“I recently took a picture of two people playing pickleball with a beautiful sunset in the background,” he said. “I ride my bicycle and take pictures of the community itself, the people, the plants and trees.”
Weinman enjoys nature and landscape photography, and the plantings at Naples Reserve are something he especially appreciates. Karen Day, iStar’s lead landscaping consultant, created a “wow” factor with her vibrant landscape design that makes an impression on everyone who visits the community.
“A lot of communities do all the same landscaping; everything is the same because it’s easy,” he said. “But the landscaping here is fantastic.”
To give Naples Reserve a naturally subtropical look, Day combined mature palm trees from iStar’s own nurseries on the east coast of Florida with a curated collection of native, drought-resistant, low-maintenance plants with layered combinations of colors and textures.
“Naples Reserve doesn’t have the traditionally manicured landscape that residents of Southwest Florida’s gated communities are accustomed to seeing,” said Don Mears, vice president of land and development with iStar. “Here at Naples Reserve, the landscaping evokes a sense of discovery and plays a critical part in establishing the sense of place that makes the community so unique.”
The uniqueness of Naples Reserve is what drew Weinman and his wife, Karen, to the community. “We fell in love with it for a lot of reasons,” he said. “We liked the home sizes, because we wanted to downsize, and the location in South Naples, as well as the clubhouse and other amenities.”
Created amongst 22 lakes and sweeping open water views, the 688-acre community emphasizes lakefront living with Southern Coastal-inspired homes and amenities along the water’s edge. Lakes provide prime opportunities for using the community’s new Hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and enjoying scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.
iStar has completed the community’s initial lakefront resort-inspired amenities, including the $7 million Island Club social center featuring a 5,160-square-foot clubhouse and an adjacent 3,500-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a movement studio for spinning, Zumba and yoga. Outdoors, an expansive, resort-style, zero-entry pool offers dedicated lap lanes and ample room for relaxation.
Indoor and alfresco gathering areas at the Island Club include a lakeside fire pit and casual beverage and dining options at the Chat ‘n Chill Tiki Bar and Latitudes Cafe. At the Outrigger Center, a variety of watercraft options are available for residents’ use, as well as a flex-space available for game days, special events and other activities. Cruises on the community’s two Duffy electric boats depart from the center’s floating docks for residents to explore Eagle Lake and Kontiki Island. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.
The lakefront Match Point complex, now open, offers residents access to five tennis and four pickleball courts. Nearby, the Walk & Wag dog park provides a place for residents and four-legged friends to enjoy together. An additional dog park – Paws Awhile – is also planned, as well as a Kid’s Cove playground and picnic area and a meandering linear park for biking, hiking and jogging. Navigating a loop road circling Naples Reserve, the park is designed to engage residents with their natural environment and provide an alternative mode of transportation throughout the community.
A best-selling South Naples community, Naples Reserve offers 18 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million.
Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101. Visit the community at 14885 Naples Reserve Circle or online at www.naplesreserve.com.
About iStar Land & Development:
iStar Land & Development creates unique communities, considering the best use of the land with a focus on future residents. iStar has financed and invested in over $10 billion of residential projects since 1993, making it one of the largest investors in luxury condominium, multifamily and master-planned residential developments in the U.S. Its portfolio has included interests in over 18,000 condominium units in the nation’s top markets, and 65,000 acres in master-planned communities with the potential for an estimated 50,000 single-family and multifamily units. Offering a fully integrated platform, the team includes best-in-class developers, architects, builders, marketers and community liaisons.
iStar (NYSE: STAR) finances, invests in and develops real estate and real estate related projects as part of its fully integrated investment platform. Building on over two decades of experience and more than $40 billion of transactions, iStar brings uncommon capabilities and new ways of thinking to commercial real estate and adapts its investment strategy to changing market conditions. The company is structured as a real estate investment trust, with a diversified portfolio focused on larger assets located in major metropolitan markets. Additional information on iStar is available on its website at www.istar.com.