Relocating to Florida Has Many Benefits
Moving to Florida? Or just beginning to think about it? Either way, there are many benefits to living in the Sunshine State besides the sunshine!
Florida is a tax friendly state. Florida has no state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits, pension income and income from IRAs or 401(K)s are all untaxed. Florida also has no estate or inheritance tax while property taxes are close to the national average. Many retirees and active-adults find relocation to Florida beneficial during those years when living off a pension or 401(K) come to consideration.
If you’re relocating to Southwest Florida you may still be working and wondering about employment in your new town. Ave Maria is located in Collier County, home to several large employers including NCH Healthcare System, Collier County School District, Collier County Government, Arthrex, Inc, Ritz Carlton Naples, Naples Grande Resort and John R Wood Realtors. Collier County enjoys a robust tourist season each winter resulting in increased job opportunities in this area. Hospitality and service personnel often work during season and then enjoy their summers off. Retirees looking for a part-time position can often find one during season when employers are looking for added help. The job opportunities in Southwest Florida are many and in several industries.
Connecting with the local Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce can be a helpful tool when moving to Florida. Their page, Why Live Here?, includes several awards and accolades for Naples and Collier County. Did you know we were named the Happiest, Healthiest City in the United States in a 2015 Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index? Ave Maria students are zoned for Collier County Public School District which was rated “A” by the Florida Department of Education and is the 5th highest ranked school district in the state.
Most importantly- the people of Southwest Florida are warm and welcoming, especially in Ave Maria where neighbors quickly become friends. Our golf-cart friendly community encourages walking, biking and golf carting from the supermarket to the pub and to the parks. Our Master Association hosts new homeowner events encouraging residents to meet each other and to introduce them to the new clubs available to them in Ave Maria. Discover your new life in Southwest Florida and Ave Maria today. Call 239-352-3903 for more information.
Ave Maria Residents Do Summer Right
June 12, 2018
Summer is here! Longer days. Kaleidoscope sunsets. Lazy mornings. Poolside fun. Outdoor barbeques. Backyard fireworks. Ave Maria’s lifestyle is perfect for those who want to take advantage of all the best that summer has to offer.
Hands down the Ave Maria Water Park is the place to be during summer. The two waterslides are the most popular attraction along with the oversized interactive water playground. Hours of splashing for kids of all ages. Serious swimmers can practice their strokes in the lap pool and relax sore muscles in the spa. A volleyball game in the pool or on the sand? Sure! We’ve got them both. The concession stand provides snacks and drinks when you’re ready for a break from the pool. This outdoor water recreation center is one of the most popular amenities in Ave Maria.
While a round of golf is a favorite in Florida year-round, summertime is a great time to take in 9-holes during a late afternoon followed by a round of drinks at Del Webb Naples’ Panther Run Golf Club and the Rusty Putter. With a menu that includes breakfast, lunch and early evening bar bites, golfers can kick back and order their favorite pre- or post- game meal. A billiard table and outdoor patio bar are great for spending time with friends too.
Got kids? Ave Maria is home to several fun summer events right here in town. For the preschoolers, story time is held every Wednesday morning while older kids can join the Mind Benders Club every Friday. High School Game Night, Aqua Aerobics, and Ice Cream Socials are held all summer for teens and kids.
A community-wide July 4th celebration is held at the Water Park every year. All day fun in the sun for families and active adults at this ultimate warm weather bash. Living in Ave Maria has its perks, all year long, with neighbors who become friends.
Great Gifts for Father’s Day
June 8, 2016
Father’s Day is right around the corner! Finding the perfect gift to tell your dad “thank you” and how much you care for him can be a challenge. While the internet and local retailers are stocked with many great items, where can you go to find that perfect gift especially for your dad? Sure, you’ve done the classic gift of a coffee mug, so why not try something different this Father’s Day? Put a twist on a classic gift with a newly updated one. We have put together a list of some creative, and often overlooked top Father’s Day gifts. Enjoy!
Why Retirement is More Fun in Ave Maria
January 13, 2016
You’ve finally bid farewell to years of the 9 to 5 grind. You’re ready to seize each new day with excitement, vigor and optimism. But where do you begin? How do you choose the right community for you? One that will offer a variety of resources to fulfill your cultural, recreational and social desires, not to mention one with brand-new homes at an affordable price?