Residents are walking and even dancing on a replica of the Naples Pier right in their community’s swimming pool. The pier stretches halfway across the new pool and even has a shade area similar to what is found on the pier. It’s all part of the new clubhouse that opened this week at Isles of Collier Preserve.
This clubhouse is very different from others in Southwest Florida. It was modeled after the old Naples Beach Hotel that originally opened in 1888..
The Naples Beach Hotel opened in 1888 as a 16 room inn where guests paid $3 a night to stay in the popular resort. By the 1920’s the hotel had become a hub of Naples social life and attracted many famous guests including Thomas Edison, Gary Cooper and Hedy Lamarr.
Developer Minto Senior Vice President Bill Bullock said a lot of research went into planning a clubhouse with such a historical look.
“We did focus groups,” Bullock explained. “We wanted guidance on what people wanted to see. Overwhelmingly people chose that coastal old Naples feel. We thought it would survive any cycle that would come and go.”
So the clubhouse has an old fashioned cupola and a large porch shaded with awnings.
While the new clubhouse has the old Naples look on the outside, it has a modern inside with a dining area and fitness center. Out back is the resort pool.. Phase two will add tennis, pickleball, bocce ball and a kayak launch. The next phase will also add a rustic overlook bar and grill.
The 2,400 acre Isles of Collier Preserve is bordered on the south by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, on the north by the Naples Botanical Gardens and on the west by Dollar Bay. More than half of the property has been left as natural habitat and preserve areas.
The Isles of Collier Preserve is approved for up to 2,000 homes. Minto plans to have 1,650-1,800 front doors at buildout. About 200 homes are now built or under construction. Single family homes range in price from the mid $400,000’s to over $1 million. Villas start in the mid $300,000’s and coach homes range from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.