Like many planned communities in Naples, development of Royal Harbor began in the 1960s, with the majority of homes being completed in the 1970s and 1980s. There are still a few building lots that remain and many of the original homes have since been renovated and expanded to create luxury estates.
The location of Royal Harbor is great for anyone wanting easy access to US-41. The community is literally located on the corner of the Tamiami Trail and Davis Boulevard. This prime spot provides access to all types of shopping, dining, sporting, and exploring. There are indoor and outdoor malls, golf courses (18-hole and miniature) as well as museums and parks all within a short drive.
The community consists of just over 400 single family homes, many with water access to a channel or directly on Naples Bay. This provides Gulf Access via the Bay or Gordon Pass, ideal for boat owners. The Royal Harbor community features well-manicured tropical landscapes and breathtaking water views from nearly every home site.
Royal Harbor Real Estate
The 400+ homes in Royal Harbor provide a great starting point for boat owners. All of the waterfront homes (including those on the canals) have boat docks, but some are deep water whereas others are shallow.
The past 15 years have seen a rebirth of homes in Royal Harbor. Many of the older homes have been either renovated or completely torn down to build custom luxury waterfront homes for the who’s who of Naples. There are still opportunities to find a “fixer-upper” and make it yours.
Home prices range from the low $900s for a home that needs total renovation and updating, to over $5M for a move-in ready luxury home with high end finishes. There is of course a range of homes available at Royal Harbor between this low and high price, and as you begin to shop for your new home, you will quickly learn how the size, location, and quality of the home dictates the sale price.
Royal Harbor has incredibly low HOA fees of only $50/year. Since all roadways are public and maintained by the City of Naples, the HOA fee is used to manage the common areas within the community as well as to enforce the rules and regulations of the community.
With such a low fee, it isn’t surprising that there are no community amenities at Royal Harbor. This isn’t a problem for most homeowners as they simply build their own infinity edge pools, in-ground spas, and personal fitness studios. If you prefer leaving home to swim or play sports, there are plenty of public fitness centers and pools in the area, but you could probably just become friends with a neighbor.
Although not exactly an amenity supported by the HOA fee, the direct access to water is on that should not be overlooked. Being able to keep your boat at a dock right in front of your house makes boating that much more convenient!
Situated at the southern end of Naples, you are slightly further from some things, but undoubtedly closer to others. A quick trip west will get you to Naples Beach where you can enjoy the sand and surf until the sun sets. Once you finish there, hit up downtown Naples for a delicious dinner on the patio of one of the many street-side cafés.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you’re not that far from a day trip into the Everglades for some birdwatching and alligator viewing. The Everglades National Park is a great place to experience the true natural landscape of Southwest Florida.
A little further south from Royal Harbor will take you to Marco Island, a great weekend escape. There are plenty of beaches as well as shopping and dining options here. If you’re looking to spend the day sea shelling, there is no better place than Sanibel Island, a quick trip north from Royal Harbor and across the causeway from Fort Myers.
Speaking of travel, if you need to get to an airport, there are two options nearby. The first is Naples Municipal Airport, which is right across US-41 from Royal Harbor. This airport serves the private airline community. If you are not flying private or need access to a larger airport, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is a 45-minute drive north.