Although Olde Naples is not a traditional planned and gated community, it is a neighborhood with a certain appeal and history. Dating as far back as the 1800s, this part of Naples is home to some of the grandest homes in the area. Some of these are original, but many of the historic cottages have been torn down to build newer luxury estates.
Technically, Olde Naples refers to the area around the Naples Pier, but has more recently come to include all homes in the area that extends from South Golf Drive to Aqualane Shores. This area is known for its streets lined with hundreds of coconut palms and the fact that each street leads to the Gulf.
Quite a few celebrities, pro athletes, and successful entrepreneurs call Naples home, and many of them reside in Olde Naples. The proximity of Olde Naples to the beaches and water is second to none.
As one could guess, the beachy southwest Florida city of Naples was named after the similarly beautiful town of Naples in Italy.
Olde Naples Real Estate
Since this area covers many blocks and has developed over time, there is quite a variety of home styles and prices. Some of the most luxurious, palatial like homes can be found here, but you can also find affordable condominiums for your winter getaway.
Prices are dictated by size and proximity to the water, but single-family homes can range from just under $1M to over $25M. If you are interested in smaller and less expensive options, condominiums range from approximately $300,000 to around $7M.
If you take a drive around the Olde Naples area, you will surely see an eclectic mix of traditional old beach cottage type homes, high rise condominium buildings, and ultra-modern luxury residences. This variety is one of the many things that makes Olde Naples so charming.
As mentioned, Olde Naples is not an actual planned or gated community, but rather a large neighborhood within the greater Naples area. Since this is the case, there is no dedicated Homeowners’ Association. Although there are many amenities in the surrounding area including private golf and tennis clubs, fitness centers, pools, spas, and sports courts, there are no private amenities for Olde Naples residents.
Olde Naples is located truly in the heart of Naples. It is a few steps to both 5th Avenue and 3rd Street South, a haven of amazing restaurants and boutiques. This downtown area hosts events and festivals throughout the year including the famous Cars on 5th where luxury and sports car owners come out to showcase their vehicles. There are other events throughout the year such as the annual Christmas Walk and 4th of July Parade, as well as art shows and other cultural tours.
Without a doubt, one of the other attractions of living in the Olde Naples waterfront community is the proximity to the beautiful sands of the Gulf beaches. Most of the homes in this area are a short walk to Naples Beach.
If you’re interested in finding a new place to put your toes in the sand, a short drive north will get you to Vanderbilt Beach. While you’re there, stopping for a cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton is a must! The area boasts equally beautiful beaches and fine dining.
Looking for a break from the Florida sun? There are many great museums and cultural centers in the area to spend the day. Close by is the Naples Botanical Garden, with beautiful walking trails and a nature preserve. Additionally, there is the Baker Art Museum, the Golisano Children’s Museum and even the Collier Museum, which provides a look at life of the early settlers of Florida.
If you are a jetsetter and need to travel between Naples and other cities for business (or pleasure), the Naples Airport, serving private jets, is about a 10 minute drive. If you are flying commercial, the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) will take you a little longer, anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Regardless of how you like to spend your leisure time or your preference for beaches, a home in Olde Naples is sure to check all the boxes.