It's no secret that Naples is becoming a place homebuyers are choosing to live in comparison to cities like Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Naples has seen an influx of new residents over the last few years. Real estate agent, Dante DiSabato, has helped his clients with buying and selling over $250 million in property. He's also one of Florida’s youngest members of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world. DiSabato caught up with Haute Residence to discuss why buyers are calling Naples home and loving it as a destination:
Why are homebuyers seeking Naples as a destination spot as opposed to Miami or Fort Lauderdale?
People are choosing Naples versus Miami or Fort Lauderdale for many reasons. A few of the top reasons are density, traffic, land, and opportunity. Naples has a lot fewer people than the East Coast of Florida, which means the roads are less crowded. But what seems to attract most people to Naples over the East Coast is the quality of life. Naples has an incredible array of restaurants, world-class shopping, culture, art, water sports, golf, and tennis. It’s all close and easy to access, as are the beaches and waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
What are the Top 3 attractions to Naples?
It’s difficult to pick just three for the top attractions in Naples, but I’d suggest people check out the great shops of both 5th Ave South and 3rd Street South, our famous Artis-Naples (which features some of the world’s greatest musicians), and the Naples Botanical Gardens. But, I should add that Naples is also the best spot in the country for golf, having more golf holes per capita than any other place in the country, and, of course, we have some of the best sunsets in the country.
Compare the cost of home value of Naples to Miami?
The costs of homes are quite comparable to Miami’s, and I would say with confidence that our Port Royal neighborhood is the highest priced neighborhood in the country. It is truly beautiful.
What affluent neighborhoods does Naples have to offer?
We offer all different types of neighborhoods but the most affluent would be the aforementioned Port Royal, Olde Naples, Moorings, Park Shore and Pelican Bay. Each of them is on the water and offer a quiet and luxurious style of life. Each is unique, but close to each other, and convenient to all of Naples shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities.
Describe an ideal Saturday in Naples?
An Ideal Saturday in Downtown Naples would be what I did today! Wake up to the birds chirping and the sun shining. Take a walk to breakfast at Jane’s or The Cafe. Pack a bag for the beach and head to watch dolphins and get a quick tan. Grab lunch at Gumbo Limbo or Tommy Bahamas and then head home for a little reading and relaxation before the cocktail hour at Truluck's or Tulia. Dinner at Sails and finish it off with an after-dinner drink a The Continental with live music. Of course, others may prefer to add some golf, shopping, exotic car shopping and a sunset cruise to their ideal Saturday.
Images courtesy of Dante DiSabato