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Landscaping and linear park provide a natural connection at Naples Reserve

Posted on February 16, 2016

From the moment residents and visitors make the turn into Naples Reserve, they sense an immediate connection to nature and water – an experience foreshadowing the unique lifestyle of this special community. The entry parkway wanders through a 70-acre nature preserve of slash pines, sabal and cabbage palms, and hugs a large lake featuring a half-dozen Spanish water cannons. Tropical landscaping introduces mature palms, flowering plant beds and rock walls laced with lush green foliage and colorful blooms, all native to South Florida.


The blending of natural and planted landscaping demonstrates iStar’s commitment to developing an environmentally friendly community, a place where residents connect with nature and their neighbors and have opportunities to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.


iStar, named Developer of the Year by Builder and Developer magazine, designed Naples Reserve with 22 lakes, Southern Coastal-style architecture and nature as an amenity. Whether paddling the 125-acre Eagle Lake, walking along neighborhood streets shaded by mature trees or exploring the linear park, nature and beautiful landscaping are a constant throughout the 688-acre community.


Karen Day, iStar’s landscaping consultant, selected plants and trees native to the region and beautiful in their varied greens and seasonal blooms to provide prismatic color no matter the month.


“We’ve created a tropical design that is very different from most gated communities in Southwest Florida,” said Day. “Anytime you get a really good feeling inside a community, it’s usually the landscaping.”


Day’s goal was to create wow moments throughout Naples Reserve – from lakefront homes and amenity buildings, neighborhood entrances and along the linear park – with landscaping that’s easily maintained and reduces water usage.


The meandering linear park is more than a hiking, biking and jogging path. It’s another opportunity to engage residents with their natural environment, creating the sense of walking a trail instead of strolling through a residential neighborhood. Extensive landscaping visually separates the trail from homes and backyards as it navigates a loop road circling Naples Reserve.


The linear park was designed by iStar and Paul Basham, president of Basham & Lucas Design Group, and provides an alternative mode of transportation throughout the community.


Day selected a variety of flowering and exotic trees from all over the world that have been grown and flourish in our Southwest Florida climate. They will be identified with plaques featuring educational details.


“The design of the linear park is extraordinary and consistent with iStar’s desire to create a community that allows residents to genuinely connect with their natural surroundings,” Day said. “The assortment and mix of colors throughout the year will be impressive. The plantings, for the most part, will be allowed to flourish naturally with minimal manicuring.”


Planned for 1,154 single-family homes, Naples Reserve also features the under-construction waterfront Lakeshore Club, Outrigger Welcome Center, a lakefront tennis and pickleball complex, and neighborhood parks. The community borders the 76,000-acre Picayune Strand State Forest.


Naples Reserve is located 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101.


For more information, visit the Outrigger Welcome Center at 14891 Naples Reserve Circle, or online at

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