Windstar on Naples Bay - Best Florida Community of the Year
Windstar on Naples Bay was one of our most pleasant surprises a few years ago in south Naples. Its Naples only gated golf community complete with a full service deep water marina, PBI tennis managed facility, several dining venues, a state-of-the-art fitness center and its own private beach. The quality of the community’s amenities, variety of waterfront homes Naples FL and with its excellent location less than 4 miles from Fifth Avenue, the “Worth Avenue” of Naples, makes the waterfront community a star with us this year. One property owner describes Windstar as a “hidden gem”.
The Naples FL real estate development is a member-owned country club community with two miles of shoreline on Naples Bay. The 320 acre gated community also has its own private beach on Keewaydin Island. Residents don’t have to worry about the hassle of finding beach parking. From the clubhouse, they can hop on the community’s boat shuttle and be splashing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, in about 30 minutes. The $15 Keewaydin boat ride takes passengers through the beautiful Rookery Bay Reserve to a boat dock leading to miles of sugar sand beaches, a private pavilion, chaise lounge chairs and colorful umbrellas. Rookery Bay Reserve is one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.
South Pointe Yacht Club is the community’s 72 full-service deepwater marina and accommodates boats up to 72 feet. Slips are available for lease or purchase. The marina is close to a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. After exiting the marina, boaters can quickly navigate south through the Gordon Pass Inlet and be boating on the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico in about 15 minutes. The Naples Bay waterway corridor to the north provides bridge-free access to the Old Naples Bayfront, a popular destination in Naples for waterfront dining, live entertainment and water sports rentals. A Windstar property owner confirmed our thoughts by saying it’s an “awesome place to live on the waterfront with marina and close to downtown”.
Tom Fazio designed the impeccably maintained championship golf course at Windstar built back in the 1980’s. The golf course features five sets of tees catering to all skill levels and is open to both residents and non-residents. During the summer months, Windstar club members enjoy reciprocal privileges with local private clubs in the area. Full golf club dues are $771 a month with a $25,000 initiation fee. Social dues are $165 a month with a $3,000 initiation fee. The club also offers a social golf membership with limited play during the season and unlimited play during the summer months.
The attractive two story 33,000 square-foot clubhouse at the Naples FL real estate development overlooks the bay and is unquestionably the centerpiece of the gated community. Here you'll find three dining options - the Bayside formal dining room, gorgeous Sunset Bar & Grille, and the Keewaydin Grille and Terrace, a Florida-style outdoor hang out.
Windstar On Naples Bay has six Har-Tru Tennis courts with two lighted courts for evening play. Many visitors from other clubs describe it as one of the best tennis facilities in the Naples area. Scott Teller is the Tennis Professional and a member of (PBI) Peter Burwash International, the largest tennis management and training organization in the world.
We’re not the only ones who noticed the sizzle of this tropical paradise. Gulfshore Business Magazine named Windstar on Naples Bay the Best Private Country Club in Southwest Florida for three years in a row (2013-2015). Considering how many golf courses there are in Naples, that is quite an achievement. The club is a Distinguished Gold Club of the World and is designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. One property owner revealed it’s an “extremely friendly community, very social. Best in Naples!”
We’re drawn to Windstar on Naples Bay because of the diversity of home styles available including the waterfront homes Naples FL. There are 16 neighborhoods within the gate to choose from. Buyers can find low maintenance condominiums and villas in the low $200k’s or single family homes beginning in the $600k’s reaching as high as $1.1 million.
If you’re looking for a friendly country club with superb golf, excellent boating, top notch tennis and relaxing beach amenities, don’t miss seeing Windstar on Naples Bay, on the south end of town. For quick access and a private tour, write [email protected].
We congratulate Windstar on Naples Bay for their accomplishments and achievements with our 2016 Bliss Award as Best Florida Community of the Year.