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AVE MARIA NAMED COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

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For information, contact: Andrea McLendon 239.248.7346 or amclendon@barroncollier.com

 

AVE MARIA NAMED COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

AT 2018 CBIA SAND DOLLAR AWARDS

 

NAPLES, FL., — October 1, 2018 – Ave Maria, Florida is the recipient of the prestigious Community of the Year award given annually by the Collier Building Industry Association. This is the fourth consecutive year that Ave Maria has won the award for the under $500,000 Category. The independent panel of judges for Community of the Year 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).

“Receiving this award four years in a row is a testament to the thriving community and amenity package within Ave Maria,” states Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria Development. “Ave Maria remains the top-selling new home community in Southwest Florida and we believe its success is evident in the large numbers of new professionals, families and active adults moving into our community every day.”

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. Amenities include an onsite waterpark, Panther Run Golf Club, tennis and bocce, Town Center shopping and dining, Publix grocery market, private schools and University, and sports fields and playgrounds. Twenty model homes are open daily with over 40 floor plans to choose from and prices range from the high $100s to over $500s.

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Living the American Dream – Home Ownership in Ave Maria

Owning a home has many far-reaching benefits that outweigh the immediate ease of renting. Oftentimes renters don’t believe they can qualify to purchase a new home whether because of inadequate credit score, insufficient down payment funds, or lack of knowledge of the real estate market. Educating renters on how-to successfully navigate a path to new home ownership is available through the sales center representatives in Ave Maria, Florida.

First, home owners build equity instead of burning through cash. Each month you make a mortgage payment, a portion of that payment goes toward reducing the amount you owe on your loan, thereby increasing your equity. As your home increase in value, your equity increases. Renters do not experience this advantage with monthly rental payments going directly to a landlord or leasing company. If the apartment increases in value, and perhaps monthly rents increase, the renter does not realize any benefit but instead ends up paying more in rent. Your monthly mortgage payment is more stable and predictable when based on a fixed-rate mortgage while rent payments can increase subject to the landlord.

Secondly, mortgage interest and property tax payments may be deductible from federal taxes and state taxes. In the state of Florida, you can deduct your property taxes each year with a cap up to $10,000. This is a great savings on your taxes. You can also enjoy renewable energy tax credits up to 30% of the costs of approved major energy installations. To learn more about these energy efficient products please visit Energy Star website.

Building a strong credit history is another benefit of responsible home ownership. When you consistently make your monthly mortgage payments on time, lenders will see that you are a good borrower and your credit history will strengthen. This will help when applying for future loans including car loans or home improvements.

Builders in Ave Maria support the path to home ownership and throughout the year may offer incentives and assistance to new home buyers.  Contact the builder sales representatives to learn more about what special offers are going on now.

Home ownership is part of the American dream for many and living in Ave Maria with all its conveniences and amenities further expands that dream to include an incredible lifestyle for families and retirees. On-site events, town center, lifestyle director, and so much more all add up to a dream come true.

 


Ready…Set…Labor Day!

With Labor Day right around the corner we thought we would share what’s happening in Ave Maria. Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, but we are fortunate to enjoy warm sunshine and tropical weather year-round in our Southwest Florida location.

Residents here kick off the long weekend with a Beach Walk and Breakfast for anyone living in Del Webb Naples neighborhood. Afternoons and evenings can be spent at happy hour at the Ave Maria Pub & Grill located in the Town Center or with homemade pizza and pasta specials at Gino’s Trattoria.

Spending Saturday and Sunday in one of the on-site parks in Ave Maria tires out the little ones and certainly logs steps on the fitness tracker for mom and dad. A friendly competition between friends on the baseball field in North Park is a great way to meet residents from other neighborhoods within Ave Maria. Parents gather at the tot lot playground and soccer fields at North Park too. What better way to enjoy a holiday weekend than at your very own water park! A resident only Pre-Labor Day Celebration at the Ave Maria Water Park will be held Saturday, September 1st from 11am to 2pm with live deejay, food specials, and activities. University students in Ave Maria can attend the Ave Maria University Gyrenes women’s soccer team match against Trinity Baptist at 3pm on Saturday, September 1st.

Our very own Del Webb Naples’s lifestyle director has planned a S’more Fun Labor Day party on Monday at 5:30pm while the Rusty Putter restaurant at Panther Run Golf Club will host a Labor Day BBQ. Living in a Del Webb community has perks and benefits encouraging active adults to engage socially and physically. Whether it’s a yoga or water aerobics class or themed dinner and dance, there is always something to do at Del Webb Naples. Staying young both in body and mind is evident when you live in our Southwest Florida Del Webb Naples neighborhood.

The popularity of craft beer has certainly made its way to Ave Maria. Oil Well Craft Beer, located in the Park of Commerce, will feature open mic night on Friday, August 31 at 8pm and Naples Smoked BBQ from 6-9pm. The Ave Maria Pub & Grill also serves a wide variety of craft beer as well as delicious burgers, pizzas and salads.

With Ave Maria only 40 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Naples and just 70 miles from the hustle and bustle of Ft Lauderdale, a quick road trip is also a fun possibility for Labor Day weekend. Living in Ave Maria certainly has its benefits. Stop by our New Home & Welcome Center to learn more about the area’s most talked about new home town.

 


Back to School in Ave Maria

Summer is coming to an end and school is starting in Naples, Florida, home to Collier County Public School District ranked third in the state of Florida. From elementary students to college students, school-aged children living in Ave Maria are ready for an exciting, successful year. Children living in Ave Maria either attend Collier County Public Schools or private schools nearby. Palmetto Ridge High, Corkscrew Middle, and Estates Elementary School are three public school options, which are all just 20 minutes away. Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria International School, and Ave Maria University are three private school options that are located right in town, making a quick bike ride to school an enjoyable morning and afternoon commute. Donahue Academy is one of the four K-12th private schools in Southwest Florida and is known for its outstanding college preparations. Many of the Ave Maria residents attend this school, and since Ave Maria is such a family-friendly town, mostly all the students know each other and are great friends. After school activities in Ave Maria include the swim team, Ave Maria Dance Academy, soccer and baseball teams, and more.

This week is filled with back-to-school events including a waterpark party for the Donahue Academy students this Saturday and a back-to-school concert for the AMU students on September 1st. Once the children are off to school, the residents of Ave Maria are busy with many events happening this month. Homeowners here can take part in ladies and men’s golf days and summer nights karaoke. For more events check out our website.

As schools and students are getting the ball rolling with academics, they are doing the same with athletics. There are five home sporting events between Donahue Academy and AMU in the next two weeks. Donahue Academy hosts their first high school football game next Friday August 24 and a varsity volleyball game on August 30. Ave Maria University has a men’s soccer game this Saturday August 18 and its first football of the season on Saturday August 25 vs. Point University from West Point, Georgia. With all this fun coming up, make sure everyone’s thinking caps are on for a new year filled with success.

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

                                                         – Nelson Mandela


Summer Sunscreen Safety

With summer in full swing, you may be headed outdoors to enjoy the weather or flocking to the beach for some fun in the water. Staying out of the sun can be tough, especially when you live in Ave Maria and Southwest Florida. Whether you’re spending your time cheering on Ave Maria University athletics, splashing in the private water park, playing a game of bocce ball, tennis or a round of golf course, it’s important to stay protected.
In recognition of July being National UV Safety month, here’s some important information — along with a few tips — to keep in mind as you head outdoors.

Sun Safety
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects you against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Yet, some of us don’t consider the necessity of protecting our skin from the effect of UV rays.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually.

Skin Cancer Facts
• Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime
• A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
• Most people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50
• People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent

Unprotected sun exposure can:
• Cause skin cancer
• Cause vision problems and damage your eyes
• Suppress your immune system
• Age your skin prematurely

Protecting Your Skin
The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. Ave Maria residents have access to fun activities indoors too. The community is centered around a quaint Town Center that provides residents with many of life’s necessities and plenty of shade. Friends and families gather nightly at the local pizza shop or meet up to sip a few beers at the pub. Walk indoors at the fitness center or do a little shopping at the many boutiques in town.
There are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the effects of UV radiation from the sun.
• Cover Up: Wearing a hat, or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Protective gear may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.
• Select the Right Sunscreen: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and should protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays.
• Apply the Right Amount of Sunscreen: Apply at least one ounce or a palm-full of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.

By learning about the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely. If you are having any problems after being in the sun, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.