Naples Reserve is home to a growing number of pickleball players
When Cheryl Lidie moved to Naples Reserve two years ago, she had never even heard of pickleball. But she had played tennis for years, so she headed over to the community’s Match Point complex to check out the popular sport.
“I went up a couple of times and watched, and now I’ve been playing for the last two years,” said Lidie. “I’m obsessed with it. It’s great exercise and everyone who plays are nice people. We all try to help each other every time someone new comes to the complex and has never heard of pickleball, like I hadn’t.”
Pickleball – a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong – is so popular at Naples Reserve that the community took part in a Naples-area intercommunity pickleball league this past winter. Over the course of eight weeks, teams from eight different communities played matches against each other. The league culminated in an end-of-season tournament, in which the Naples Reserve team of Al Nunez and Greg Inez won the men’s division and the Naples Reserve team of Deb Inez and Julie Gilmore took second place in the women’s division. Four more communities are expected to join the league next year.
“It’s been great fun over the last few years as the pickleball group at Naples Reserve keeps getting larger,” said Wanda Dill, who played pickleball up north before she and her husband moved to Naples Reserve. “And playing in the league this year was a lot of fun.”
Naples Reserve plans to put together two league teams for players at different levels: beginner and advanced. “This way beginners will have the opportunity to play other beginners, so it’s more of an even match on the court,” said resident Jackie Leven, who played tennis for more than 20 years and took up pickleball after an injury.
Within the Naples Reserve community, there’s always something going on at Match Point’s four pickleball courts, from round robin matches to clinics that teach beginners the ins and outs of the sport. “We love pickleball at Naples Reserve,” said Leven. “It’s a great interactive sport for all ages. You can have little kids out there playing with their grandparents. And it’s free! The courts are always there at Naples Reserve, and the lights are on until 10 p.m.”
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, was created amongst 22 lakes, which provide prime opportunities for using the community’s Hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and enjoying scenic vistas. The centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island, in addition to a mile-long rowing lane nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.
The community’s lakefront resort-inspired amenities include the $7-million Island Club social center, which features 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. The nearby Outrigger Center offers a variety of watercraft options available for residents’ use and serves as the departure point for cruises on the community’s two Duffy electric boats for exploring Eagle Lake and Kontiki Island. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.
Near the lakefront Match Point, 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.
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.