Blue Zones Project Recognition Earned | Naples Reserve
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Naples Reserve’s Homeowners Association earns Blue Zones Project Recognition

Posted on July 26, 2019

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, has recently been named a Blue Zones Project recognized homeowner’s association.

Sponsored locally by NCH Healthcare System, Blue Zones Project is a well-being initiative being undertaken by more than 47 communities around the United States. Based on research done in regions around the world where people live the longest, the project aims to create communities where healthy choices become easier and connection and socialization become a part of everyday life.

Southwest Florida is working to become a Blue Zones Community, and many restaurants, schools, worksites and other organizations have joined the initiative. Becoming Blue Zones Project recognized was a natural fit for Naples Reserve, a community that offers lots of ways for its residents to stay active and connect with one another.

“Many of our residents are already focused on trying to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Maria DeMarco, activities director for Naples Reserve. “My job is to enrich the lives of the community’s residents, and Blue Zones Project provides me with tools to create more healthy programs for them to enjoy.”

Naples Reserve already had a lot of things in place that were required to be recognized, such as its designation as a smoke-free community and the availability of bikes for residents’ use. It also recently opened a 12-station, a nearly two-mile-long fitness trail to help residents keep in shape.

“Naples Reserve was an ideal community for the Blue Zones Project, because it had already implemented so many ways for people to connect and be active,” says Chante Pemberton, who works with HOAs and faith-based organizations interested in becoming part of Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida.

As part of the recognition process the community organized walking “Moais”; a social support group that Blue Zones Project researchers learned about in Okinawa, one of the regions studied for its longevity. At Naples Reserve, these walking Moais bring residents together for both exercise and companionship.

“This is a new community, and every day new people are moving in,” said DeMarco. “Through our walking Moais people can walk several times a week with an organized group. Or they can meet new people and then start their own.”

Naples Reserve is also in the midst of planning a large community garden that will feature sections for herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit trees, along with a butterfly garden.

“The Blue Zones Project enhances the experience of the people living in a community by implementing these best practices to raise their well-being,” said Pemberton. “It’s really an addition to all of the great things that people like Maria already do for their HOA neighborhood.”

“Naples Reserve residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle, and the community’s layout and amenities attract that type of person,” said DeMarco. “It makes me feel good to know that I can help change people’s lives for the better through initiatives like Blue Zones Project.”

The top-selling community in South Naples, Naples Reserve was created amongst 22 lakes, which provide prime opportunities for using the community’s Hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and enjoying scenic vistas. The 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.

At the lakefront Match Point complex, residents can challenge their neighbors to some friendly competition on 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 the Kid’s Cove area. Navigating a nearly two-mile meandering linear park for biking, hiking and jogging 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

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 $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

About NCH Healthcare System
The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States. The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Baker Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 716 beds. The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive. Inpatient services include: medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics. Outpatient services include: rehabilitation, home care, urgent care, wound healing, and more. This year the system had 39,000 admissions, 111,000 emergency room visits, 3,600 births, 405 open heart surgeries, 11,800 surgical procedures, and 4,300 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. NCH’s mission is to help everyone live a longer, happier, healthier life. NCH is sponsoring the Blue Zones Project for Southwest Florida. For more information, visit

About Sharecare
Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs, and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest, and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols, and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers, and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit

About Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world – or Blue Zones – with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 50 communities in ten states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes communities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Blue Zones Project is an exclusive partnership between Blue Zones and Sharecare. For more information, visit

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