BEST PLACES TO RETIRE

Naples At Top 2

Naples, Florida just moved two spots, now 2nd on Best Places to Retire in the United States! The beautiful beach town which previously ranked 4th on U.S. News’ list of best retirement cities, now boasts 2nd place on the list dominated by Southwest Florida.

U.S. News analyzed data for the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. to evaluate how well they meet the retirement needs and expectations of the citizens. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and health care quality. To make the list, these areas had to have good value, be a desirable and affordable place to live, rank high among local residents in happiness, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.

This year, retirees are setting their sights on Florida more than any other state across the nation. It’s no surprise why; after over a year of staying at home, dreaming about the Florida beaches is understandable, and exactly why Florida heavily dominated the list of best places to retire in with cities like Sarasota, Fort Myers, and many more.

If you’re on the market for a place to settle down, in a destination that will keep you busy while also being breathtaking, then Naples is it. Naples’ beauty knows no bounds. The splendor begins with the city’s powdery, white sand beaches, which extend from the parks and public beaches near downtown to more secluded seaside havens to the north. Naples’ beaches and sunsets are regarded among the finest in the world, and offer visitors a tranquil and beautiful escape from everyday life. It is worth mentioning that the city was named the “Best Beach Town to Live In” by WalletHub. The area’s beautiful pedestrian walks with shops, art galleries and restaurants, along with palatial homes surrounded by tropical landscaping, and its well planned communities are a sight for sore eyes everywhere. Moreover, Florida witnesses over 300 days of sun annually. The weather is perfect year-round with average temperatures between 68°F (20°C) in the winter and 84°F (29°C) in the summer, adding comfort to the luxurious life it offers. No more gloomy, rainy days!

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So it’s understandable why Naples tops the list; people love living here before, during and after retirement! With its pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, stunning waterfront homes, miles of waterways, fine dining, shopping, an abundant performing arts community and art scene, strong tennis and pickleball programs, miles of nature, walking and biking trails, vast parks and open spaces, diverse wildlife and coastline, Naples has something for everyone. A few highlighted activities:

If you love the arts, Naples has ranked number 5 in museums, according to Narcity, and boasts over 75 art galleries, plus a range of performing arts destinations like Artis-Naples, Opera Naples and Gulfshore Playhouse. Naples’ rich arts programs offer residents the ability to enjoy a plethora of visual and performing arts, including music, film, dance, comedy, lectures and exhibitions featuring internationally acclaimed artists.
Naples is also renowned for its high-end restaurants and exquisite fine-dining experiences, which appeal to food lovers from all over the world. Some restaurants worth mentioning include Osteria Tulia, Sails Restaurant, Ocean Prime, and many more. The dining in these eateries is not only elegant, it introduces you to the freshest produce from the U.S. and from outside of it, for those retirees who prefer eating healthy.

Golf is often the number one driver of Southwest Florida living and Naples tops the charts for having more than 80 championship golf courses, each greener and vaster than the other. Also worth mentioning is how residents enjoy boating and fishing as the picturesque waterways surrounding Naples are enough reason to get the boat on the water. With so many things worth enjoying, it’s no surprise if the fact that you are retired skips your mind!

Naples offers a number of housing options, ranging from luxury properties to more modest options, and everything in between. At the top of the market, beachfront homes and beachfront condos dominate interest, hence the low inventory. Naples new construction properties are popular and again in short supply as Naples has many wonderful developers, builders and architects. In terms of overall inventory, you can search everything currently on the market to narrow down what might fit your budget and lifestyle. Because Naples and Southwest Florida have so many real estate options, the best thing would be to contact me to dial in a bit quicker to the area you would like to be with the right amenities.

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Not only for retirement, Naples Florida has been described as a city that offers the perfect living experience. The beauty of the city is such that it should be beheld by all. Moreover, for families, the city offers a high rate of employability and an established school system, so it’s no wonder that Naples ranks number 7 in the whole country on the list of great places to live in!

If you are outside of Southwest Florida and wish Matt’s twin was local in your market, please continue to reach out to Matt Brown Real Estate. Matt has a vast network of other trusted professionals nationwide from his two decades in the business as well as through Christie’s International Real Estate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International of which he is affiliated.

If you’re looking for a luxury home Naples, Florida, Matt Brown has the luxury market experience you desire, the in-depth market data knowledge you appreciate, the connections to aid in smooth transactions and the relationships to help find your next luxury home, even before they hit the market. Contact Matt today for advice on the Real estates of Naples. He can be reached at 239-580-8864 or matt.brown@raveis.com.