Port Royal, located in southern Naples, is one of the most coveted areas in the city. Situated right on the Gulf Coast, it offers everything a water or sun lover could want.
With quick access to beaches and the culture of downtown Naples, Port Royal is ideally situated for someone who wants it all at their fingertips.
The history of this luxury enclave is quite unexpected. Not quite a century ago, this exclusive area was just swampland.
A Chicago advertising executive named John Sample had a vision for this part of Florida and began purchasing and developing the land. This was quite an undertaking as it involved dredging and filling the acreage to create canals and peninsulas on which the luxury homes would sit.
If you’re a historical seafaring buff, you may notice that the streets of Port Royal carry a similar theme. With names like “Rum Row” and “Spyglass Lane”, they all relate to the pirate life of yesteryear.
Even the community’s name, Port Royal, is names after the Jamaican hub of pirate activity back in the 1600s. This is because John Sample himself was intrigued by pirate history.
Port Royal Real Estate
Port Royal is strictly a single-family home community. You won’t find any townhomes or condominiums, which is part of the allure of the neighborhood.
There are approximately 500 homes in Port Royal, nearly all of which have water views as well as direct Gulf Access, ideal for boat lovers! Many homes have private docks, perfect for your pontoon or fishing boat.
Home to some truly stunning residences, one of Port Royal’s properties set records recently, being sold for over $48 million in 2018. If this is a little over your price range, there are plenty of other homes in the secluded community, ranging in price from $5 million to $40 million.
Many wealthy entrepreneurs and CEOs own homes here, including several who are on Forbes’ list of billionaires. It is clear that the original developer’s wishes to create a luxury community have held true to this day.
Port Royal Amenities
As a resident of the exclusive Port Royal community, you are offered membership in the Port Royal Club, for an initial buy in of $100,000 and annual dues of $8,900.
This is definitely on the higher end of membership fees in and around Naples, but the Port Royal Club is just as exclusive as the community. Membership provides access to the private beach club as well as the beachside pool.
Although this is not a golf community, there is tennis, with numerous courts, a pro-shop, and lessons available. There is also a world class fitness center with certified professional trainers, fitness classes, and a full-service spa.
The dining and entertainment options are also five star, with holiday events throughout the year, themed dinners, and organic options. For those who like to entertain, there are also catering and party planning services.
Port Royal Surrounding Area
You don’t have to travel far to get to a beautiful gulf coast beach, since living in this community puts you right there!
There are several residences with private beach access, but for those without, Gordon’s Pass is situated at the southern tip of the community, where the gulf meets the bay. Just outside the community to the north is Naples Beach, a favorite for locals, as well as Lowdermilk Park.
If you plan to be a seasonal resident and want to ensure easy access in and out of Naples, there are two airports available to you. Naples Airport (APF), a smaller and more limited access location, is only 15-minute drive.
The other option is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) located in Fort Myers, which is about a 50-minute drive.
Although secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is only a short drive to Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo, and Naples Airport.
If you’re looking to get further outside the city, a short drive to 41 or 75 can quickly get you north to Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, or east to Miami.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, Old Naples is a short walk north and is a quaint area with shops and cafes. Further north, 5th Avenue in downtown Naples is exactly as you would imagine. There are plenty of luxury boutiques lining the street, as well as dining options, art galleries, and jewelers.
The Port Royal luxury Naples waterfront community is definitely a well-appointed luxury enclave, perfect for those who want it all with a waterview!