Ave Maria


Aerial view of Maple Ridge in Ave Maria, Florida
NAPLES, FL., — October 3, 2019

– Ave Maria, Florida is the recipient of its fifth consecutive prestigious Community of the Year award given annually by the Collier Building Industry Association. 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).  Ave Maria also received the awards for Best Website and Best TV Commercial at the Sand Dollar Awards ceremony held on September 28, 2019. Ave Maria Development worked with advertising agency, Milesbrand, based out of Denver, Colorado, on a new brand campaign for 2019. Dave Miles, president of Milesbrand, comments, “At Milesbrand, we are thrilled to be a part of the marketing team that contributed to Ave Maria being honored for the 5th time as Community of the Year at the Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards. Equally satisfying was the additional recognition for Best Website and Best TV Commercial for Ave Maria. All in all, these awards add validation to our belief that Ave Maria is the best “Big Kind of Small Town” in America!”

Child jumping into pool in Ave Maria, Florida
The Community of the Year award recognizes Ave Maria’s robust amenity package which includes resident enjoyment of parks, trails, nature, and more. Within the town of Ave Maria are several outdoor parks such as North Park which features baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, playgroup, and concession stand. South Park includes bocce courts, dog park, and amphitheater. The Ave Maria Water Park in unrivaled by any other Southwest Florida community with two water slides, interactive water playground, shoreline-edge pool, resort and lap pools, spa, beach volleyball, concession area, and nearby tennis courts. Panther Run Golf Club showcases 18 holes of championship golf designed by Gordon G. Lewis with aqua range and pro shop. Miles of walking and biking trails wind throughout the master-planned community with pause points at lakes and benches.  Eco-adventure safaris are offered by Orange Jeep Tours, an on-site outfitter touring mile of native preserve bordering the town of Ave Maria. Residents also enjoy an active social calendar provided by the Ave Maria Master Association and Ave Maria Development with outdoor concerts, art festivals, farmer markets, happy hours, family socials, and holiday-themed events.

“We believe the value of living in our big kind of small town is celebrated with an award such as Community of the Year,” states Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria, Florida. “Ave Maria has been consistently recognized for its home sales and its amenities, further identifying our community as the top choice for new home buyers in Collier County.”

The town of Ave Maria offers several styles of homes including single family residences with 2-6 bedrooms featuring lake, preserve, and golf course views. Residential home builders in the town include CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, and Pulte Homes. Twenty model homes are open daily with over 40 floor plans to choose from and prices range from the high $100s to over $500s.



Ave Maria has been named 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Top 35 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, minutes from the beaches and cultural attractions of Naples, 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 1.7 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 20 minutes. For more information, please visit  https://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.


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