Why Are Naples Residents So Happy?
As we make our way toward the end of 2017, publications around the country are beginning roll out their “Best of..” lists. Best pizza in Southwest Florida, Best Hotel on Gulf Coast, Best this and best that. Naples seems to make an appearance on almost all of these lists for one reason or another but the there is always one list that tops the rest. “The Happiest People in the U.S.” And Naples is on top like always. Here’s why:
Walkability – Downtown Naples, specifically Fifth Avenue South, is designed with foot traffic in mind. You can hear a concert in the park, grab a bite to eat, then browse the shops. The happiest towns tend to be walkable or bike-friendly.
Eating environment – One of the other keys to healthy living is having access to good food. Naples has a variety of grocery stores and restaurants specializing in fresh produce, fruit and other healthy options. The vibrant restaurant scene offers many eateries with diverse menus specializing in healthy options, including specific vegan and gluten-free menus.
Social interaction – The happiest people get 5 to 6 hours per day of face-to-face interaction with other people. There is a lot of that in Naples (given that many of the residents are retirees with free time), and places like Fifth Avenue South or Third Street South, with outdoor cafes and gathering spots that allow for more interaction.
Sunshine and sand – Many of the country’s happiest places are near a coast. While sorting through data, the poll found that living near water correlates to a 5 to 10 percent boost in happiness. Also, the more sunshine you get, the happier you are.
According to the same polling, Naples is also home to the least-stressed residents of the country and we think we know what may have helped out with that. It’s Naples Reserve.
This new, casually awesome community in the heart of Naples has been generating buzz all around town, and after a visit, it is not hard to figure out why. Naples Reserve has all of the amenities you could dream of, spacious waterfront homes and a fun, carefree lifestyle that could make anyone happy.
Naples Reserve’s $7 million Island Club social center features a 5,160 square footclubhouse and an adjacent 3,500 square foot fitness center with movement studio for spinning, Zumba and yoga. An expansive, resort-style zero-entry pool offers dedicated lap lanes and ample room for relaxation. 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, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes 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 boats depart from the center’s floating docks for residents to explore the 125-acre Eagle Lake and Kontiki Island.
The lakefront Match Point complex, offering tennis and pickleball courts, is officially open and additional amenities include a tot lot, two dog parks – Walk & Wag which opened this summer, and Paws Awhile opening in 2018 – and a meandering linear park for biking, hiking and jogging, as well as a community boating ramp. 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 also 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 also offers residents the opportunity for a private boat dock on Eagle Lake.
Naples Reserve offers 13 fully decorated models available for viewing in six of 11 planned neighborhoods 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-$200s to more than $1 million.
Naples Reserve models are open daily for tours at 14885 Naples Reserve Circle in Naples. Call 239-732-1414 or online at www.naplesreserve.com.