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.
How to Pack for Vacation
June 30, 2016
Packing for a vacation can be tricky and often overwhelming. Just as you are gearing up for a stress-free trip, you need to somehow determine what are the least amount of items you can bring along with you while still ensuring you have the essentials plus some fun options. With airline baggage weight limits, this is even more crucial as you don’t want to pay for items you won’t wear or use. Organization is key as many of us prefer to carry-on luggage. Here are some successful tips on packing for a trip.
Beautiful Outdoor Living
February 18, 2016
Living in Southwest Florida conjures up many images including beaches, sunsets, and beautiful weather. New homeowners in Ave Maria are taking advantage of the sunshine and sunsets when designing outdoor living spaces in their new single-family homes.
Live Like a King
January 28, 2016
Building your dream home should be an enjoyable, fulfilling experience. Oftentimes, however, it can be trying and exhausting. Deciding on the right floor plan, selecting custom finishes, designing landscaping, and so on. CC Homes has designed a new home buyer experience that is second to none in the Southwest Florida market streamlining decisions and assisting buyers every step of the way. Building your castle has never been so much fun.