Occasionally, we get questions from readers about Naples recommendations—everything from what to do while here on vacation, which neighborhoods to buy in or where to find a really special gift. In our Ask TNN series, we answer our most frequently asked questions. For the latest, we enlisted Alexander Daane of Daane Properties—a licensed real estate broker and property advisor, Naples native, and friend of TNN—to share his expertise:
I’m from the Midwest, and, aside from many family vacations to Florida, I do not know a lot about Naples. I’m 25 and single and wondering if you can point me in the right direction as far as a neighborhood (for an apartment or house). I love the beach, but also wouldn’t mind a loft/downtown feel. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!
—Sam W., Springfield, Illinois
When I get a prospective client looking to relocate to Naples, I typically want to get a sense for their desired lifestyle and day-to-day activities. Will they be working in Naples? If so, perhaps they want to have a short commute to their office. We need to weigh all of their wants and needs with whatever budget constraints they may have, as well as rent-versus-buy scenarios and timing of the relocation. To some, walkability to shopping or dining is paramount. To others, it’s proximity to the beach, or they want to be able to have a boat in their backyard. Working with an agent who knows the area and also the various offerings, fees and rules within the vast number of gated amenity-rich and/or golf course communities will save you both time and many headaches, too, if any of those are within your desired relocation criteria.
For a younger single client who is new to the area, I would imagine that relative proximity to the beach and entertainment venues would be high on the desired lifestyle list. For those parameters I would suggest a few areas: Olde Naples, Fifth Avenue, Lake Park/Naples High Corridor, Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Park and perhaps Mercato.
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Alex Daane launched Daane Properties in 2013 as a Naples boutique residential real estate brokerage in which his attention to detail, level of professionalism, knowledge of the area and passion for selling real estate are reflected in each transaction. Contact him at (239) 214-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.