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Why We Love Southwest Florida

by Arelys Alexander

Look around some of the areas of Southwest Florida and you will instantly recognize that this piece of paradise isn’t just a place to spend a couple of weeks on vacation, but a place where you can find peace, happiness, and a community that cares about their overall well-being.  In fact, Naples has been ranked the happiest, healthiest city in the U.S. for four years in a row, according to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: Community Rankings list and Sarasota was ranked one of the best places to live in the nation by U.S. News and one of America’s Favorite Towns by Travel + Leisure.

London Bay Homes has had the pleasure of designing and building many Southwest Florida luxury homes and we are confident that you will love living here.  These are just some of the reasons why:

Gorgeous Weather

In the fall and winter, you won’t be donning your galoshes and thick overcoat just to go to your mailbox. In the spring and summer, you’ll find that the refreshing coastal breezes will keep you somewhat cool, while our Gulf of Mexico beaches and hard-working air conditioners will take care of the rest.

White Sandy Beaches

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Speaking of our beaches, Southwest Florida has many award-winning beaches on which to lounge, including the Naples beaches, named Best Beach in America by the Travel Channel, and Sarasota beaches, like Siesta Key Beach named the #1 beach in the U.S. in a poll of the top 10 beaches of the USA by Dr. Beach.  If you don’t like lounging on the beach just to get some sun, you can always tale advantage of the many events hosted throughout the year to keep everyone entertained.

Flora and Fauna

There are many places throughout Southwest Florida that will quench your thirst for a more natural setting.  The most obvious natural attraction is the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, but there are many other places you can visit to get your fill of the wonder of nature.  For example, Naples FL has Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand State Forest, Conservancy of SW Florida, Naples Botanical Gardens, and of course, the aforementioned Everglades National Park, while Sarasota FL can boast of the Mote Marine Laboratory (a marine rescue, research facility, and aquarium), the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

Casual and Fine Dining and Shopping

These two seem to always go hand-in-hand and Southwest Florida has an abundance of locales that will satisfy both your shopping and dining appetites.  From casual hole-in-the-wall places to upscale experiences, there is something to satisfy everyone in our part of the state.  For example, Naples features the shopping and dining experiences at Fifth Avenue and Third Street South, as well as the ones found at Mercato and Coconut Point.  In Sarasota, residents can revel in delectable dishes at top restaurants like the Bijou Cafe, Michael’s on East, Selva Grill, Cafe L’Europe, Beach Bistro, Mozaic Restaurant, and Indigenous Restaurant.  You can work up an appetite at the shops of St. Armand’s Circle or drive one exit away to the Mall at University Town Center, the newest mall in Sarasota FL.

Rich in Culture and Entertainment

Southwest Florida has a rich culture that stems from the many different lifestyles of the people that call Florida their home.  Instead of blending these cultures into one, we are able to highlight our diversity and showcase it as a strength.  Venues like Naples Players, Opera Naples, Gulfshore Players, Artis-Naples, Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera House, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, the Sarasota Players, the Banyan Theater Company, and many others provide entertainment and knowledge of the history of our people, from wherever they may come.  Of course, there are also many different events that exist just for the sole purpose of entertainment.

Stunning Southwest Florida Homes

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Living in Southwest Florida allows you to feel as though you are always on vacation with some of the most beautiful homes located in award-winning luxury home communities or on scattered home sites throughout the area.  London Bay Homes has had the pleasure of building homes with many different styles, including Mediterranean, Spanish, British West Indies, and many more.  Our in-house team of designers, architects, and construction professionals can turn your dream home into a reality in one of the best places to live.  From fully-customizable 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.

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