Living the Downtown Dream


Renée Gaddis Interiors created a fun, fresh, urban feel in the two-bedroom-plus-den Essex model, balancing white backgrounds with punches of color and warm, natural woods and rattan.
By Linda Donnelly-Florida Weekly

Naples has perhaps never offered more variety to homeowners seeking a downtown lifestyle. Numerous refreshed neighborhoods and communities offer myriad choices within walking and biking distance to the area’s many shopping, dining, entertainment and recreational options. Some of the finest talents in the luxury home industry have been collaborating with developers to create even more options, resulting in a bounty of downtown mid-rise condominiums, single-family homes and entire communities to draw even more people to this charming slice of paradise.

One of the most interesting is Naples Square in the heart of the Fifth Avenue/ Tin City/Tamiami Trail trifecta, at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette Frank Road.

Unlike most gated communities, this Ronto Group project begs to be explored and even has a central road open to the public. Vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic flows easily from 10th Street to Bayfront on a redesigned and beautifully landscaped segment of Third Avenue South between 10th Street and Goodlette-Frank Road within the Naples Square community. This provides a welcomed sense of connectivity to the downtown Naples area.

Recently completed fountains at each of Naples Square’s signature roundabouts enhance the otherworldly effect of the inspired landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. The design evokes feelings of familiarity and a sense of place rarely found when walking through downtown building corridors.

The U-shaped buildings within Naples Square are situated with their open ends facing one another. The juxtaposition of the buildings allowed architect Matthew Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning to create “amenity courtyards” over each building’s parking level and to design residences with long-range internal courtyard views. The courtyards feature a resortstyle heated swimming pool and spa, sundeck, pavilion bar with gas grills and a gas fire table with seating. Each building will have its own pool and clubroom.

Several model residences are currently open. Phase I is sold out, only 15 residences remain in Phase II and reservations are being accepted for Phase III. 

The Naples Square Sales Gallery 100 Goodlette- Frank Road 228- 5800;