Naples Reserve fitness amenities earn rave reviews

Naples Reserve fitness amenities earn rave reviews among residents

Posted on August 21, 2017

At Naples Reserve, homebuyers frequently cite the community’s location, variety of home designs and affordable association fees as determining factors when purchasing in the community.

But according to Carri Adam, Naples Reserve’s lifestyle director, fitness amenities are another important element that influences Naples Reserve homebuyer decisions.

“Homebuyers touring the community are always impressed by all of our fitness and recreation offerings,” said Adam. “Once they become residents, they realize there’s always something fun to do at Naples Reserve that keeps them active and engaged.”

Naples Reserve encourages an active lifestyle by design – a detail that didn’t go unnoticed by Michele Roark.

Before discovering Naples Reserve, Roark and her husband Roger lived in a nearby Naples community. She said Naples Reserve’s fitness amenities – starting with the lake – were a big factor in their decision to make a move.

“We’ve always been active, and we just enjoy being outside,” explained Roark. “Now, we don’t have to travel to go kayaking. We can push our own kayak in from our backyard or walk to the Island Club to use their equipment. Roger and I both use the paddleboards and kayaks provided right on the pier at the Outrigger Center,” she said.

The Roarks are also regulars at Naples Reserve’s fitness center, taking advantage of the spin bikes, strength training equipment and yoga classes.

She said they appreciate Naples Reserve’s wide sidewalks and lush landscaping on their daily bike rides and walks.

The Roarks also discovered some new recreational activities at Naples Reserve. “Bocce is a lot of fun – we didn’t expect to enjoy it so much!” said Roark.

They are also looking forward to playing pickleball at Match Point, Naples Reserve’s new lakefront racquet facility. Roark said they’ve wanted to try it for awhile, but never had access to courts. “The new tennis and pickleball facility is over the top!”

“We have played tennis before, and plan to get back into it here,” said Roark. “We don’t expect the crowds that other communities can have during season, so everything will be accessible.”

Like the Roarks, Cynthia and Steve Armstrong were attracted to Naples Reserve’s active lifestyle.

“We wanted a community that reflects a relaxed, do-your-own-thing way of life, with easy access to exercising, biking and swimming, all in a beautiful setting,” said Cynthia Armstrong.

“After seeing many communities with Mediterranean-style architecture, we fell in love with the coastal style of Naples Reserve’s homes … and when we saw the plans for the clubhouse, pool, tiki bar and fire pit area, we knew almost immediately that Naples Reserve was the place for us.”

Since closing on their home in Sparrow Cay two years ago, the Armstrongs have become reverse snowbirds who live in Naples Reserve almost continuously, with periodic trips back North.

“We exercised regularly before retiring, but we now we have more time to live an active lifestyle and pursue our passions,” said Armstrong. “The facilities at the clubhouse are world-class. The pool has been a marvelous way for us to do water aerobics and get our laps in every week.”

The couple also does Zumba and uses the treadmills and strength training equipment in the air-conditioned fitness center when they find Southwest Florida’s weather too hot or unpredictable.

Armstrong, who has been practicing yoga for 15 years, takes part in the twice-weekly classes offered at Naples Reserve. “The instructors are all caring and attentive, and experiencing their classes has been so rewarding. Steve reluctantly began to take yoga classes after we moved here, and he is now a convert who won’t miss a single class!” she said.

“We love all the activities at Naples Reserve. And we also love being in Southwest Florida, where we can easily go to the beach at Marco Island or kayak in the mangrove swamps in the Everglades. It is an enchanting and beautiful Florida environment,” said Armstrong.

Naples Reserve was created by iStar, which was named 2015 Developer of the Year by Builder and Developer magazine for its commitment to creating exceptional communities and lifestyles with an emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

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 kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding and 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 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.

The lakefront Match Point complex, offering tennis and pickleball courts is now open. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.

Additional planned amenities include a Kid’s Cove playground and picnic area, two dog parks – Walk & Wag opening soon and Paws Awhile in 2018 – 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.

Naples Reserve residents receive complimentary one-year social memberships at Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, a yacht club along the Gordon River offering a marina, indoor storage for 600 boats, two waterside restaurants, outdoor pool and sauna, and access to Naples Bay.

The best-selling South Naples community, Naples Reserve offers 16 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 high-$200,000s 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

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.

About iStar:
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 $35 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

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