Every year, flocks of people pack up their belongings and either move to the sunshine state of Florida or spend their winters soaking up our sunshine before returning to their northern homes. This year, you can join them by heading south and discovering what is so appealing about our relaxing, carefree Florida lifestyle.
The first thing you may think of when considering a visit to Florida is the bright blue sky and steaming sunshine, as well as the white sandy beaches, but there is much more to consider in our slice of paradise. Here are the top 10 reasons (in no particular order) why Southwest Florida should be your new home:
1. Guaranteed Sunny Days
Rain and snow are cool (pun intended), but sunshine is what brings you the vitamin D your body needs and the warmth that caresses your face while you’re lounging by the pool, working in your garden, or walking along some of our beautiful paths and trails. Southwest Florida promises you a bright and sunshiny day almost every day - those rain showers in the summer are just what the doctor ordered to spend the day watching movies or reading a book.
No more installing snow chains on your car, taking precautions so your pipes don’t freeze, or spending 30 minutes defrosting your car before even heading to your destination. Just roam around and let the sunshine in.
2. Beach, Sand, and Beyond
We know we said that there is more to Florida than our beaches, and we weren’t lying. When you head to the beaches of Southwest Florida, it’s not just the beauty of the beach that you can explore. Dive into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and try parasailing, kayaking, boating, fishing, volleyball, or just taking walks along the water to collect seashells for a relaxing morning. You may even see some dolphins jumping in and out of the water, manatees in some of the beach access-ways, and other beautiful marine life flourishing in the sunshine.
3. Abundance of Restaurants
When you have had a relaxing day at the beach, head to a romantic dinner for two or a family dinner for multiple guests at one of our many award-winning restaurants. Southwest Florida has some of the best restaurants with a variety of cuisines form around the world. Many of our restaurants strive to use the freshest ingredients, many of them local, to provide the best meal to satisfy your cravings. From seafood and steak to vegan and fusion, as well as everything in between, restaurants in Southwest Florida have a flavor for every tastebud.
If you decide you want to stay close to the water, the coast has seemingly endless options to enjoy your meal while watching the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and taking in the beauty of the setting sun’s colors as they stretch along the sky and water.
4. Furry New Friends
The Florida camaraderie is alive and well in our luxury home communities, but it’s not just the people that live around you that will liven up your days. Southwest Florida residents love their pets and many businesses welcome those furry friends with open arms. Have lunch with your friends and their furry little pups in an outdoor restaurant or jump in the car and head to one of the many dog parks and dog beaches to spend the day with your best friend.
Homes in Southwest Florida are also pet-friendly, so your canine companion - or feline friend - can enjoy the sunshine state right along with you.
5. Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping
The one thing that can rival the number of restaurants in Southwest Florida is the number of shopping destinations. No matter which city you choose, there are plenty of high-end retailers and casual shops just waiting for you. Fifth Avenue, Third Street South, Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Mercato, and Coconut Point are just some of the more popular shopping destinations with fashionable boutiques, international retailers, and upscale threads in Naples FL.
6. Now Hiring
The business economy of Southwest Florida has been gaining momentum for the past few years. Southwest Florida is one of the top places to work and salaries are better since the job market is eagerly looking for qualified professionals.
If you’ve decided to retire to Southwest Florida, you can still feel comfort in knowing the investment you make in your home will pay off, with property values on the rise and the allure of Florida calling more and more people every year.
7. Golfing Paradise
Southwest Florida is known for housing hundreds of golf courses. There is no better place to be if you’re an avid golfer, especially if you’re considering Naples FL as your new home. Naples is self-titled the "Golf Capital of the World,” featuring more than 80 championship golf courses, most of which are private and housed within luxury home communities. The Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area ranked number one nationally for its abundance of golf holes, having 1,530 holes for a population of 324,424 according to the Golf Facilities in the US 2013 report by the National Golf Foundation.
The golf courses here also host big tournaments like the LPGA and PGA, so you can not only enjoy the events, but play on the same courses as the pros do.
8. Culture, Arts, and Music
One of the most important things to check before moving to a new city or state is their arts and culture, and Southwest Florida is rich in entertainment. You can spend your days visiting the beautiful art galleries in the area and enjoy nights filled with musical acts and comedy shows. Our arts and culture scene features the many different lifestyles of the people that call Florida their home, highlighting the diversity with a variety of venues. These venues provide entertainment and knowledge of the history of our people, from wherever they may come.
9. Green Trees and Blooming Flowers
Are you tired of seeing bare trees and brown grass? You need to move to Southwest Florida because everything is green here. When you step out of your luxury home and onto your expansive outdoor living space, you will welcome the new day with lush green gardens outside of your house. The flowerbeds bloom with fresh flowers and the green trees sway with the gentle breeze coming in from the ocean. There are also many parks, preserves, and gardens to explore during your stay, as well as the Florida Everglades with an ecosystem rich in exotic animals and natural resources.
10. Gorgeous Southwest Florida Homes
Living in Southwest Florida makes you feel like you are on a vacation every day of the year, especially when you find a stunning luxury custom home located in one of our award-winning luxury home communities or on scattered home sites throughout the area. Southwest Florida home builders, such as London Bay Homes, can build your dream home in a beautiful neighborhood of your choosing. With 30 years of experience, our in-house team of designers, architects, and construction professionals can turn your dream home into a reality in one of the most coveted places to live. From fully-customizable luxury custom homes and custom villas to one-of-a-kind custom homes, London Bay Homes will work with you to create a true custom homebuilding experience in paradise.
Your home in Southwest Florida is waiting for you. Contact London Bay Homes to begin researching the many wonderful cities in Southwest Florida and finding the perfect place to call home.