Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Naples Beaches Update

On November 1st, 2021, Collier County’s beach renourishment truck haul will begin. This year’s project will start with Naples Beach, spreading about 84,000 tons of sand from just south of Lowdermilk Park to just north of Naples Pier. Trucks will travel (click on the haul route map to enlarge) from Stewart Mine in Immokalee to 3rd Avenue North beach access point; on average about 200 trucks per day will make the trip. Trucks will make their way from the mine to I-75 and then exit at Golden Gate Parkway. From there, they will head west to US41, then south to Banyan Boulevard, and head west to Gulf Shore Boulevard. The trucks will then travel south to 3rd Avenue North and then unload on the beach. The outbound route is north on Gulf Shore Boulevard, to east on Mooring Line Drive, similar to the outbound route used last year. From Mooring Line Drive / US41, trucks will head south to Golden Gate Parkway and back to I-75. If the weather cooperates, the expected duration of hauling for the Naples Beach section is approximately three weeks with the anticipation to finish the hauling by Thanksgiving. Collier County and the City of Naples understand the concerns of the residents affected and always insist that safety is our absolute priority. Collier County will be working with the Naples Police Department to ensure adherence to speed limits and the haul route.

Friday, October 8, 2021

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The daily operation of the new Food & Thought 2 all-organic restaurant in North Naples will be led by General Manager Dan Kniola and Executive Sous Chef Raena Hobson. Targeted to open in November or December, the new restaurant will replace Founders Market & Bistro, which permanently closed this spring at 7941 Airport-Pulling Road. Kniola recently left his role as executive chef at Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort after working for Stock Development for 21 years. He previously was a chef for the Ritz-Carlton hotel company and the Grand Floridian resort at Walt Disney World. Hobson most recently was executive chef at Meridian CafĂ© in Naples for more than three years and previously was chef at Three60 Market in East Naples, Naples Grande Golf Club and The Club at Grandezza in Estero. The restaurant will have a large courtyard and an adjacent organic market. The venue is owned by Alfie Oakes of Naples-based Oakes Farms, Randy Johns of Phoenix Associates construction company and Anthony High of Marjon Specialty Foods. 

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Tech billionaire Michael S. Dell’s MSD Partners purchased the exclusive Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club in Naples for $16.6 million on Sept. 27. The seller was Collier Enterprises Inc., a Naples-based real estate investment and development firm that also sold its Old Collier Golf Club last week to Hoffmann Family of Companies for $45.3 million. Dell is the founder, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies computer IT company and also the money behind The Athens Group’s redevelopment of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which permanently closed in May and is proposed to be the future home of a Four Seasons resort. Dell’s MSD Partners and MSD Capital control a luxury portfolio that includes the Boca Raton Resort & Club purchased two years ago. MSD, which has offices in New York, California and West Palm Beach, is a private investment firm established in 1998 to exclusively manage the assets of Michael Dell and his family. Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club is tucked away in a protected harbor off Naples Bay on 28.38 acres at the southern tip of the city of Naples near Naples Botanical Garden, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gordon Pass and Keewaydin Island. Developed by Collier Enterprises in 2008, the private club has 25 floating wet slips and an advanced storage center that can hold as many as 325 boats. Its Old Florida-style clubhouse includes a full-service restaurant and bar. For the full story, click here.

Monday, October 4, 2021


South Seas Island Resort... 

Sells for $50.38 Million

South Seas Island Resort, which is on the northern tip of Captiva Island, has sold for $50.38 million.  

The Timbers Company, Wheelock Street Capital and the Ronto Group have combined forces for the purchase of the iconic property that has been in place since 1946. 

The new owners bought it from BRE/South Seas Resort Owner LLC, part of Blackstone, an investment management company.  

Blackstone had purchased it in February 2006 for $23.4 million. The value has more than doubled in 15 years, from just before the Great Recession began and the real estate bubble burst. 

South Seas sits on 2.5 miles of white-sand beaches. The 330-acre resort and wildlife preserve and estuary comprise about one-third of the northern tip of the 6-mile-long island.  

“We see this as a phenomenal piece of real estate,” said Greg Spencer, CEO of Timbers Company, which is based in Winter Haven. He is a former Air Force logistics officer who served for five years. After the Air Force, he earned a master’s degree in real estate development at Colombia University in New York, then joined Timbers, working his way up to CEO. 

“These things don’t come on the market that often,” Spencer said of South Seas. “We saw this as iconic, old-Florida charm. It’s a great opportunity to take it and enhance everything.” 

The property has 434 units. They range from a hotel and guestrooms and suites, one- to three-bedroom condos, a private home, cottages to small home rentals.  

All have balconies and lanais with views of the waterfront.  

There are 20 swimming pools, a pool complex, beachfront golf, tennis, a full-service spa and restaurants.  

Timbers develops luxury properties, including boutique resorts, hotels and private residence clubs.  

Wheelock and Ronto have developed more than 700 condominium units on the west coast of Florida. 

On Monday, efforts will begin to spruce up the property with painting and landscaping. 

Over the next six months, the remaining workforce that has been living on the property will be relocated to off-island housing, Spencer said. 

The workforce also projects to grow, he said, by about 20% from the current number of about 220 employees. 

“There were 19 different groups that came in,” said South Seas general manager Shawn Farrell, who has been on the job for 11 years and will be retained. “Everybody had different ideas about what South Seas should be. When Greg came in, it just connected.” 

Timbers owns 16 resorts around the world and also owns master-planned communities in the Virgin Islands, Italy, Hawaii and now Captiva. 

Wheelock owns Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, just outside of Atlanta, and the 265-room, all-suite, AAA Four Diamond Hotel Contessa on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. 

Ronto Group is a Naples-based real estate development company. 

The new ownership group eventually will tear down and redevelop the existing workforce housing. 

“There are 140 units, and a third of them have been condemned for 10 years at least,” Spencer said. “We’re providing six months of assistance for the transition to off-island housing. 

“This is about the people. I wanted to come down here and meet the team. I want to make sure that this is one of the top resorts in the United States.” 

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Ranked: Here are the most expensive ZIP codes across the U.S.

Home values are surging seemingly everywhere — but, more than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic hit home, what are the most expensive ZIP codes in America?

The Business Journals analyzed more than 30,000 ZIP codes, using Zillow Group Inc. data, to find the 25 most-expensive ZIP codes by median home value. While the ranking strictly looks at median home value as of July 31, 2021, we've included how home values have changed for those ZIP codes in the past six months, one year and five years.

New York dominates the list, with the greatest number of ZIP codes from a single metropolitan area making the list. Unsurprisingly, several ZIP codes in California also made the ranking.

Notably, though, several New York ZIP codes containing some of the highest home values in the U.S. also have seen double-digit home-value losses in the past few years. A ZIP code that includes the West Village and Greenwich Village, for example, has seen double-digit declines since 2016. So has a ZIP code on the Upper East Side.

Outside of New York, though, several tony ZIP codes have seen moderate to big gains in home values in the past five years, including the Los Angeles metro area and the Bay Area.

Viewing the data with another lens, more modestly priced housing markets saw the biggest jumps in home values since 2016. Three in particular — 43222 and 43205, both in Columbus, Ohio, and 30314, which is in Atlanta — have seen a more than than 300% spike in home values since 2016.

Looking at the past year, Columbus also ranked among the areas with the fastest growth in home values, specifically ZIP code 43222, which saw a 65% increase in one year. Topping the list for one-year home-value growth is 18254, which is in Tresckow, Pennsylvania, in the eastern part of the state. That area has seen 66% home-value gains in the past year.

Two ZIP codes in Kansas City, Missouri — 64130 and 64128 — saw 62% and 60% growth, respectively, since summer 2020. 60426 (Harvey, Illinois) and 59928 (Polebridge, Montana) round out the ZIP codes that posted more than 60% growth in home values from July 2020 to July 2021.

The data underscores broader population and migration patterns we've observed for several years, even before the pandemic: The most expensive places to live in the U.S. are seeing flat, reduced or modest growth in home values, likely owing in part to people moving out of those places, while more affordable places are seeing the biggest gains as more people flock to those ZIP codes.

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Miami catching up to NY for title of most expensive housing market...

Strong demand throughout pandemic pushes Magic City past LA in latest nationwide ranking

Miami nips at NY for title of most expensive housing market

Miami’s housing market has been one of the hottest since the start of the pandemic, as buyers from around the country have descended on the city for added space and warm weather in the WFH world.

Strong demand for condos and single-family homes and dwindling supply pushed prices higher, and now Miami has overtaken Los Angeles as the second most expensive housing market in the U.S., according to the latest report from RealtyHop.

A household in Miami should expect to pay $2,653 a month toward homeownership costs, or roughly 81.6 percent of median income, according to the October index. The monthly report analyzes homeownership affordability across the country’s 100 most populous cities.

New York City is still the least affordable large metro in the nation. The average household in New York has to spend 82.2 percent of their income on homeownership costs.

But Miami overtook L.A., which ranked second in the September report. RealtyHop’s latest data show the city’s homeownership burden was 81.2 percent, slight dip from the month before.

In the new index, many of the country’s most expensive cities saw minor improvements in their affordability scores, with the white-hot real estate market showing recent signs of cooling amid high labor and materials costs. But to date the slight downturn in some of the nation’s highest priced markets only amounts to a blip.

“Generally speaking, we’re not in a buyer’s market yet,” said RealtyHop’s Shane Lee.

To come up with its rankings, RealtyHop compares a city’s median household income figures to median home listing prices, which the site calculates from its own database. It also factors in local property taxes.

In the October index, New York’s median home listing was $958,000, and its median household income was $64,000. Compared to a month earlier, the listing price actually dropped by $9,000.

In Miami, the median home listing was $549,000 and the household median income was $39,000. The Magic City also saw a tiny improvement in its affordability score.

Still, it narrowly overtook L.A., where the median home listing price was $915,000 — median income was $62,000 — compared to $930,000 the month before.

Newark, New Jersey, and Long Beach, California, rounded out the top five of most expensive housing markets in October.

San Francisco ranked sixth: The notoriously unaffordable tech hub registered a median home listing price of $1.3 million, the nation’s highest; but also a very high median household income of over $112,000.

Chicago ranked 41st on the list. A family with a household income of $58,000 would have to set aside 37.4 percent toward owning a home.

Other places like Hialeah, Florida (No. 7), Jersey City, New Jersey (No. 10) and Riverside, California (No. 19) have all become less affordable because of their proximity to larger, more expensive neighboring cities, Lee said.

“Covid in some ways pushed for that, too,” she said, “because remote working is now possible.”

RealtyHop’s October report marked the fourth straight month that New York took the top spot, while California accounted for 12 of the country’s 20 most expensive housing markets. The state’s newly emboldened governor, Gavin Newsom, recently signed controversial legislation aimed at improving density and curbing its dire affordable housing crisis. Despite the move, many analysts, including Lee, say it won’t have a meaningful impact.

“It definitely would be hard [to change], unless you see a lot of new construction or developments hitting the market, which always takes more than a year or two,” she said. “So I think for the foreseeable future Los Angeles, for instance, will still be unaffordable.”

What’s the most affordable housing market in the nation? That would be Wichita, Kansas, where a family making $52,620 can expect to set aside just 17 percent of their annual income toward owning a home.

September 28, 2021 12:15 PM

Saturday, October 2, 2021


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News Around Town... October 1, 2021

Halloween Spooktacular 2021

This year to increase opportunity for business throughout the day. 

Halloween will follow a new format.

Sunday October 31st on park street from 12pm to 3pm.

Evening on 5th will coincide with the event from 12pm to 9:30pm with music up and down 5th Avenue.

  • We are excited to have Trick or Treating in all participating stores, with live music up and down the Avenue, but this year the street will remain open for business with Park Street being the only street closure.
  • We will have an Evenings on Fifth format with music from 12pm to 9:30pm and there will be kids activities for children to enjoy the afternoon from 12pm to 3pm. 

Any merchant that would like to participate in the activities that day please contact info@fifthavenuesouth.com

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The Hoffmanns Have Acquired The Old Collier Golf Club

October 1, 2021

Naples resident David Hoffmann, through the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has acquired Old Collier Golf Club, the prestigious and renowned, 18-hole championship course tucked alongside the Cocohatchee River west of US 41 in North Naples on 400 acres.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Old Collier Golf Club offers a highly personal experience and anticipates each of its member’s unique preferences. Membership in the club is by-invitation-only with the sole purpose of providing pure enjoyment of the game of golf for its members.

The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by noted golf course architect Tom Fazio. Set in a gently elevated park-like setting and favored by cooling breezes from the nearby Gulf of Mexico, the Club has no residential real estate whatsoever, making it truly a unique environment for all.

“We’re excited about the opportunity and trust from all the members to purchase the club. Many of the members are close friends and we look forward to working with all the existing staff and management.” David Hoffmann, Founder Hoffmann Family of Companies.

General Manager Steve Waugh and his team of directors and staff will all stay on after the transition from Collier Enterprises. The existing staff and members are all looking forward to joining the Hoffmann Family of Companies and all that comes with the Hoffmann “standard of excellence” and their commitment to Old Collier Golf Club.

As the largest private owner of commercial property in SWFL, the Hoffmann portfolio of 35 properties in Naples, majority on 5th Avenue South and the 3rd Street district, showcases the Hoffmann standard through the quality and pride in ownership that is put into all properties owned by the Hoffmanns. In addition to properties, the Hoffmann Family of Companies also operates 34 companies in FL and employees 2,300 people, a majority in Naples, and has over 240 total operations worldwide with 6,000 employees.