Ave Maria is a mixed-use master-planned community with an old-fashioned small-town atmosphere adjoining the Collier County campus of Ave Maria University in the Gulf Coast region of southwestern Florida. The community encompasses multiple residential neighborhoods and commercial zones, with shared recreational amenities and an established town center located 20 minutes east of Interstate 75 near Naples, Immokalee and Bonita Springs.
Ave Maria features a resort-style water park and two expansive community parks with picnic areas, sports fields, playgrounds and bocce and pickleball courts. Residents also have easy access to quality K-12 education and nearly 100 miles of nature, hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
Real estate options within Ave Maria include several family-friendly neighborhoods of detached homes in various price ranges, plus the age-restricted Del Webb Naples active adult community and a collection of two- and three-bedroom condominium residences in the town center.
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Acreage 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares)
Golf The Panther Run Golf Club at Del Webb Naples offers an 18-hole championship course and an expansive practice facility with five practice greens, two practice sand bunkers and an aqua driving range.
Clubhouse The Oasis Club amenity center is exclusive to Del Webb Naples residents and features 12,000 square feet of social and recreational facilities.
Tennis Lighted tennis courts are available at the Oasis Club, as well as the South Park recreation area.
Swimming The Oasis Club features resort and lap pools plus a full-service fitness center with a range of exercise classes available. Ave Maria is also home to a large water park offering a choice of lap/fitness swimming and a resort-style water park with two waterslides and beach volleyball.
Recreation Ave Maria's North Park and South Park recreation areas provide playgrounds and sports fields, basketball courts, picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheater, concession stand, and a dog park. There are over 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails throughout the community.
Nature Preserve Guided horseback and jeep tours are available to explore the neighboring preserves and restored nature areas.
Shopping & Dining The Ave Maria Town Center is home to a major supermarket, casual dining and other retail stores and commercial services. Many additional shopping and dining options are available 10 minutes away in Immokalee or 30 to 45 minutes away in the Naples area.
Area Attractions With Naples, Bonita Springs and the Florida Gulf Coast less than an hour from home, Ave Maria residents can enjoy southwest Florida's beautiful beaches, boating and fishing, museums, performing arts venues and cultural events. The community is about an hour from downtown Fort Myers, two hours from Miami Beach and three hours from Orlando.
Health Care Walk-in clinic with urgent care services and Ave Maria Dentistry are available within the community. Other medical services are available at four Naples-area hospitals located about 25 to 30 miles from Ave Maria, including two campuses each of the Physicians Regional Medical Center and NCH Healthcare System.
Schools A private preschool (Ave Maria Montessori), a K-12 parochial school (the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy) and Ave Maria University are all located within the community. Ave Maria residents attending Collier County Public Schools are zoned for Estates Elementary School, Corkscrew Middle School and Palmetto Ridge High School, all located about 15 minutes from the town center.
Airport Access Ave Maria is about 45 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport and 35 miles from Naples Municipal Airport (charters and general aviation only).
Homes For Sale Priced from the high $100,000s to the $500,000s
"Ave Maria has everything you could want in a community!"
I have been watching the growth of Ave Maria since its inception and am truly pleased with the progress that has been made in the past 8 yrs. Our town is growing by leaps and bounds. Our 110 miles of trails is a great feature for me. I love all the nature that is here. My husband and I enjoy the lavish landscaping throughout the entire community. We love seeing the students from the Ave Maria University walking around town, also enjoying the amenities. We have the water park which the grandkids love, two other parks with pavilions, dog park, tennis courts, baseball diamonds (not that we play baseball anymore). We grew up in the late 50s & 60s, when you could play outside until the street lights came on. This community has that ability for the families that live here. It is a safe place to raise a family or live permanently after your retirement. We are a blended community that totally enjoys what the town offers, also knowing we are close enough to drive to the beaches, movie theaters and large shopping malls. We wouldn't think of living anywhere else.
I have been watching the growth of Ave Maria since its inception and am truly pleased with the progress that has been made in the past 8 yrs. Our town is growing by leaps and bounds. Our 110 miles of trails is a great feature for me. I love all the nature that is here. My husband and I enjoy the lavish landscaping throughout the entire community ...