South Naples residents celebrate community spirit after Irma
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Naples Reserve residents celebrate community spirit after Irma

Posted on September 26, 2017

Naples Reserve, one of south Naples’ fastest-selling master-planned communities, weathered its first major hurricane with flying colors and earned high marks from residents whose new homes were safe and secure during and after the storm.

Staff and residents of iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes discussed preparations as they awaited Irma’s arrival. After the storm, Naples Reserve found its community spirit was even stronger.

“There was an amazing feeling of camaraderie as neighbors checked in after the hurricane to ensure each other’s well-being and share their storm stories,” said Carri Adam, Naples Reserve lifestyle director.

To celebrate the community’s resilience, Adam planned a “Hurricane Irma Recovery Party” featuring Little Pete’s Food Truck at the Island Club. Residents enjoyed a complimentary meal, courtesy of Naples Reserve.

“We just wanted to show everyone that our community spirit is alive and well here at Naples Reserve!” said Adam.

While the advantages of a new home in Naples Reserve are appealing, including customization, energy efficiency and easy maintenance, additional benefits quickly became apparent post-Irma.

“Naples Reserve’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, underground utilities and up-to-date construction methods stood the test of the Category 4 hurricane without significant structural damage or interruption of service,” explained Don Mears, vice president/land and development with iStar.

“With extensive experience throughout the region, iStar adhered to Florida’s stringent building codes for community amenities at Naples Reserve, including the Island Club, Outrigger Center and fitness center. Our builders join us in protecting our homebuyers and their investment,” said Mears.

Naples Reserves’ signature subtropical landscaping, including plants and trees specifically selected for resiliency, held their ground during the storm. During the days after Hurricane Irma, iStar’s landscape team immediately addressed any cosmetic issues throughout the community. In keeping with the company’s tradition of excellent customer service, iStar is restoring not only foliage affected by the storm, but also any plantings that were impacted throughout Naples Reserve’s neighborhoods and individual homesites.

With a variety of neighborhoods and amenities nestled amongst 22 freshwater lakes, Naples Reserve offers a lifestyle along the water’s edge. A mile-long stretch of lakefront along the community’s northern edge borders the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.

Homebuyers can add private floating boat docks to available lots bordering the community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake, where residents can enjoy electric boats, as well as boats with motors up to 2.5-horsepower.

Naples Reserve’s $7 million Island Club social center 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. An expansive, resort-style, zero-entry pool with a tropical waterfall offers dedicated lap lanes, adjacent to bocce ball courts and a white-sand beach for lounging. Indoor and alfresco gathering areas 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 resident use, and 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, now open, offers residents access to five tennis and pickleball courts. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 www.istar.com.


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