Ave Maria


Ave Maria Town CenterNAPLES, FL., – October 2, 2023 – Ave Maria, Florida is the recipient of the 2023 Community of the Year award presented annually by the Collier Building Industry Association. This is the ninth consecutive year that Ave Maria and its developer, Barron Collier Companies, have won the award for the under $500,000 category. Year-to-date the town has achieved an unprecedented 500 new home sales.

Even as new communities are being built in Collier County, Ave Maria continues to be the number one choice for home buyers. Within Ave Maria, Del Webb Naples won the Community of the Year award for the over $500,000 category. The Bougainvillea at The National by Lennar also won Product Design of the Year for Single Family Homes for the under $1,000,000 category. The independent panel of judges ranked Collier County communities on various criteria including the design for the overall amenity package, recreation provided (including clubhouse, golf and tennis facilities and pool areas) and outdoor amenities (such as paths, gazebos, etc.) that add to the quality of the community.

Ave Maria Development team members holding award - Monica Villa, Donna Marquez, Erica Fis“We are honored to have received this Sand Dollar Award nine years in a row. Ave Maria’s amenities enhance the sense of community by providing an instant source of leisure activities and socialization for neighbors and friends,” comments Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria.

A strong network of residents and local business owners along with A+ education and an active lifestyle are at the heart of this master-planned community, giving a true Big  Kind of Small Town feel that so many buyers are looking for when shopping for a new home community. Four residential home builders in the community include: CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar, and Pulte Homes. Over 25 model homes are open daily; prices range from the high $200s to over $500s.


Ave Maria has been named a Top 20 Master Planned Community in the United States, 2015-2023 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Blue Zones Certified Community, and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and is zoned for all A-rated Collier County public schools.  At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 4,000 acres.  Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County.  The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 25 minutes. For more information, please call 239-352-3903.



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