London Bay Homes has been in the homebuilding business for more than 25 years and we’ve built in some of Southwest Florida’s elite communities with a wide range of luxury amenities. From our experience, choosing a community comes down to what it has to offer its residents in terms of lifestyle choices. Some homeowners want to make sure that they have easy access to signature golf courses, others need a lap pool to continue their fitness regime, and still others have had enough of cooking and prefer to have their scrumptious meals prepared for them by an executive chef. If you want to nail down your lifestyle to a few amenities that are must-haves in your hunt for a dream home, we’ve got the list for you. Here is our list of the most sought-after amenities and the London Bay Homes’ communities in which you can find them.
A Refined and Fun Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is the hub of any luxury home community and the place where most amenities can be easily grouped for mass enjoyment. Typically, clubhouses have a place to dine, a fitness center, and group activities at the very least, but any master-planned community will stand above the rest with stellar versions of all of these attributes.
Our new home communities in Naples, Florida and Sarasota, Florida have grand clubhouses ranging from more than 10,000 square feet to more than 62,000 square feet. They each feature casual and fine dining, a full calendar of social activities, and a fitness center with a variety of classes offered.
Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples - Grey Oaks actually has two Clubhouses: East and West. The 62,000 square foot East Clubhouse and the more than 19,000 square foot West Clubhouse both have casual and al fresco dining choices and inspiring views of the fairways and lakes with a full calendar of social events for the whole family, such as live entertainment, art and cooking classes, wine socials, and more. They also offer special events like drive-in movies, laser tag, carnivals, black-tie formals, and holiday celebrations for the family.
Mediterra in Naples – The 32,000 square foot Clubhouse at Mediterra has undergone some wonderful improvements and is now even more ready for some fine fun. The club has fine and casual dining, the Tavern on 18 lounge with indoor and outdoor seating, a fitness complex with tennis and bocce courts, three spa rooms, and outdoor pool with a sundeck, and the Beach Club featuring an elevated swimming pool, casual dining with a full bar, and valet service for beach chairs, umbrellas, and beverage and food menus. We’ll talk more about the Beach Club in a later section. The Club’s professional staff also keeps everyone entertained with a regular schedule of unique activities.
Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Miromar Lakes– With more than 10,000 square feet of clubhouse space right on the water’s edge, the Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Clubhouse features gourmet dining, an indoor/outdoor lounge with a wine room, a library, billiards room, card room, 50-seat theater, and a business center. A private "beachside" dining room provides intimate seating around a fireplace with a beautiful view of the beach and lake. Oh yeah, they have both of them.
Quail West in Naples – This luxury golf and country club community features a 70,000-square-foot Grand Clubhouse with grille, dining room, lagoon-style garden, and pool, as well as a world-class spa experience, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and a state-of-the-art tennis complex with eight red-clay hydrocourts.
The Founders Club in Sarasota – The 24,000 square foot plantation-style clubhouse at The Founders Club offers a fine dining room, bar and grille, private dining room, and outdoor verandah overlooking an oak hammock and the 18th green. The Club’s professional staff manages a full calendar of social, sport, and wellness activities to build camaraderie between its members. Club events include wine tastings, gourmet kitchen and cooking classes, luxury auto and boating showcases, monthly mixers, and many more programs. Your fitness regime can also get refreshed with one of the many fitness classes offered or with a turn at the Club’s fitness facility. Yoga, dance classes, or Pilates are just some of the classes offered and you can also take it outside with a workout on the Har-Tru tennis courts or the club’s basketball or sand volleyball courts.
The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch - The 20,000 square foot Grande Clubhouse at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch features a day spa and concierge services, as well as a myriad of activities to enjoy with your family and neighbors.
A Merge with Nature
Relaxing walks in the park, an energizing stroll on a trail outlined by beautiful landscape, or just a soothing backdrop to your million dollar home; abundant nature enhances a luxury home community and provides a peaceful yet invigorating way to stay active and enjoy the fruits of Mother Nature. Many of the new home communities in which London Bay builds have been built with this relationship in mind.
Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples – Grey Oaks’ lush setting is attributed to the nature preserves surrounding the community itself. This private sanctuary will furnish a picturesque view from your home, while the Botanical Gardens will provide as the perfect spot for a picnic lunch with radiant flowers neighboring the tranquil lakes.
The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch – Aside from the sparkling lakes and tree-lined vistas, The Lake Club also features a mile-long park for residents to enjoy. The Lake Club is also a designated "green" area of Lakewood Ranch, meaning that all homes meet standards for energy efficiency, clean indoor air, sustainability, and drought-resistant landscaping.
The Founders Club in Sarasota – The Founders Club features more than 700 acres of natural, lush landscape punctuated by curved streets wrapped around tree lined vistas. Interwoven throughout the boutique style setting are miles of pavered walkways and a picnic pavilion to enjoy a delicious lunch while soaking up the beautiful Sarasota weather.
Mediterra in Naples – The eight-time winner for Community of the Year boasts 1,000 acres of preserves and lakes intermingled with gorgeous luxury custom homes. In this vibrant community, homeowners can walk or jog along the eight miles of trails and pathways before taking a moment to absorb the beauty and serenity of one of Mediterra’s three uniquely themed parks featuring sculpted formal gardens, natural wetlands, and a children’s play area.
A Round of Golf
Shall we say an award-winning round of golf excellence? Whether you are still putting in your time in the work force or enjoying the extra time retirement provides, prospective homeowners who have picked up the golf bug will always enjoy a turn at a challenging yet fun golf course. Aside from playing the sport, there are also homeowners who enjoy having a lush green adjacent to their home for a clean and expansive view. Golf course communities are a dime a dozen, but among the communities in which London Bay Homes builds are some exceptional private golf courses.
Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples – Grey Oaks features three championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, two double-ended driving ranges, and two practice greens. The first two courses were designed by Clifton, Ezell & Clifton, while the third was designed by internationally renowned Bob Cupp. All three courses combine natural beauty with challenging greens for players of all skill levels.
Mediterra in Naples – Mediterra features two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses that are as beautiful as they are playable with nature preserves, lakes, and wetlands surrounding the award-winning courses. Members can also take advantage of the Golf Learning Center which offers the latest in technology and instruction.
Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Miromar Lakes – Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club features the only 18-hole “Signature” Arthur Hills Golf Course in Southwest Florida and a 15 acre practice facility that includes a driving range, practice fairway bunkers, dedicated chipping green with bunkers, and a 9,000 square foot TifEagle practice green.
Quail West in Naples – Quail West features two Arthur Hills Championship Golf Courses for a total of 36 holes of golfing excellence. These courses are coupled with a, expansive state-of-the-art practice facility.
The Founders Club in Sarasota – The Founders Club invites you to play at their Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course designed around the community’s vast natural surroundings. Both dramatic and rewarding, this course is paired with a recently expanded driving range, the area’s only traditional caddie program, and a high-tech, indoor training facility. Limited to 275 golf memberships, the golf club offers year-round golf with no tee times required.
Where to Find Sand and Surf
You can’t come to live in Florida without knowing where the beach is and taking advantage of the glorious weather and mesmerizing sunsets. Even if you’d rather cover up your porcelain skin, you can always grab an umbrella, slather on the sunscreen, and plop a hat on your head to still take in the fresh air and soothing soundscapes. Our homeowners thoroughly enjoy the scenario and weather Southwest Florida beaches provide and quite often, having a private beach or being located near a beach is high up on the list of must-haves. Luckily for our clients, there are some lovely choices for beach-ready communities. Now just so we are all on the same page, all of the luxury communities in Naples and Sarasota are a short drive to the beach, but there are some ideal communities if you want exquisite beach resort living.
Mediterra in Naples – Mediterra offers a private Beach Club on the white sandy beaches adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. The 10,000 square foot, two-story club has an elevated swimming pool, casual indoor and outdoor dining with a full bar, and valet service for beach chairs, umbrellas, and beverage and food menus.
Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Miromar Lakes – Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club brings the beach to you with three miles of private, white sandy beach and more than 700 acres of contiguous aquamarine freshwater lakes. Residents can fully enjoy their outdoor fun with in-lake swimming, boating, sailing, water-skiing, and fishing or by taking a dip in the 10,000 square foot, zero-edge infinity pool. World-class Concierge Services and Marine Services round out the luxurious beach club experience.
Those are the top luxury amenities frequently sought-after by our prospective clients. We hope you have been able to take some of the research out of your dream home hunt, but if you have any questions on any of the communities or amenities offered, please feel free to contact us for more information.