Ave Maria


NAPLES, FL., – September 28, 2021 –Ave Maria, Florida is the recipient of the prestigious Community of the Year award presented annually by the Collier Building Industry Association. This is the seventh consecutive year that Ave Maria and its developer, Barron Collier Companies, have won the award for the under $500,000 category. The independent panel of judges ranked Collier County communities on various criteria including quality of the design for the overall amenity package, recreation provided (including clubhouse, golf and tennis facilities and pool areas) and outdoor use amenities (such as paths, gazebos, sculptures, etc. that add to the quality of the community).

Two woman standing holding award for Ave Maria, Florida“Receiving this Sand Dollar Award seven years in a row is a testament to the exceptional amenities, recreational activities, and active lifestyle offered in Ave Maria,” comments Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria. Ave Maria has also been recognized by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors as one of the Top 25 Selling Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

The Community of the Year award recognizes the robust recreation in Ave Maria which provides residents with an instant source of leisure activities and socialization. Ave Maria includes a variety of amenities for its homeowners to enjoy such as baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, playground, bocce ball courts, softball fields, dog park, picnic pavilions, and an amphitheater. The Ave Maria Water Park is unrivaled by any other Southwest Florida community with two water slides, interactive water playground, shoreline-edge pool, resort and lap pools, spa, beach volleyball court, and concession area. There are over 100 miles of walking and biking paths winding throughout the master-planned community with pause points at lakes and benches. Residents also enjoy an active social calendar organized by the Ave Maria Master Association that includes outdoor live music, arts and crafts festivals, farmers markets, happy hours, family socials, and holiday-themed events.

Ave Maria offers various housing types from condominiums and attached villas to single family homes with 2-6 bedrooms featuring lake, preserve, and golf course views. Four residential home builders in the community include: CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar, and Pulte Homes. Over 20 model homes are open daily for viewing with over 75 floor plans to choose from and prices range from the low $200s to over $500s.



Ave Maria has been named 2015-2021 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Top 25 Master Planned Community in the United States 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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