(February 12, 2014) - Minto Communities is hosting what promises to be a day of discovery and nature-inspired fun at a Grand Opening event for The Isles of Collier Preserve on Saturday, February 22, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Isles of Collier Preserve is located just four miles from downtown Naples on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail East, just south of Thomasson Drive.
The Grand Opening is open to the public, and will include food, guided trolley and boat tours, kayaks for exploring, golf cart nature tours and live music. The new Discovery Sales Center and six fully furnished model homes will be featured.
The Isles of Collier Preserve is a 2,400-acre, eco-friendly community that is bordered on the south by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the north by Naples Botanical Garden, and the west by Naples Bay, The Isles of Collier Preserve has been meticulously planned by Minto to protect the spectacular lands and waterways that surround it, and to create a sustainable community that is in harmony with nature.
More than half of The Isles of Collier Preserve is dedicated to natural habitat and preservation areas. Here, residents will experience a nature-inspired lifestyle that embraces the natural world, and will enjoy miles of scenic recreational trails and blueways for biking, hiking and exploration by kayak or canoe.
As visitors enter The Isles of Collier Preserve, they pass under a gatehouse archway via a drive at the water level of a reflecting pond inspired by design elements at Naples Botanical Garden. First stop — the Discovery Sales Center that has been described as more nature center than sales center. It showcases the community and lifestyle residents will experience, and features a Neighbors Room with displays on The Isles of Collier Preserve neighbors Rookery Bay Reserve, Naples Botanical Garden, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University; as well as Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center and other area cultural organizations. A rustic boardwalk encircles a recreated cypress wetland and 14’ cypress tree replica. Visitors also can take a virtual tour of the community at interactive stations while looking out to a charming veranda and expansive views of the Cypress Waterway.
Minto, a recognized leader in green construction, is offering a wide selection of innovative, energy-efficient home designs that complement the spectacular natural surroundings at The Isles of Collier Preserve. Minto also consulted with experts at neighboring Naples Botanical Garden to make native selections for the residential area landscaping plan that are compatible with the natural surroundings. At build out, there will be about 1,650 residences sited among the community’s lakes, waterways and scenic nature preserves.
Homes at The Isles of Collier Preserve will complement their natural surroundings in a style inspired by the classic coastal architecture of Old Naples. Luxury single-family homes range in price from the $400s to the $700s. Single-family models that are now open include The Alamanda that is 2,992 square feet, with 2,225 square feet of living space. It features two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, den, covered lanai and a two-car garage. The Wisteria is 3,111 square feet with 2,390 square feet of living space. It features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, den, covered lanai and two-car garage. The Jasmine Grande is 3,811 square feet, with 2,933 square feet of living space. It features two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, den, sitting room, covered lanai and two-car garage. The Plumeria is 4,029 total square feet, with 2,781 square feet of living space. It features two bedrooms, 3.5 baths, den, guest casita with separate entrance, outdoor living area, courtyard and three-car garage.
Luxury coach homes range in price from the low-$400s to $600s. The one, two and three story coach homes range in size from 2,479 total square feet, with 1,621 square feet under air, to 3,694 square feet with 2,960 square feet under air, with two-car garages. Coach home models include the Orchid Grande and the Hibiscus Grande Retreat. The Orchid Grand is three stories, and is 2,950 square feet with 2,169 square feet of living space. It has two bedrooms, plus den, sun room, observatory and two full baths. The Hibiscus Grande Retreat also is three stories, and is 3,694 square feet with 2,960 square feet of living space. It has three bedrooms, plus den, sun room, retreat, observatory and three full baths.
Minto developed The Isles of Collier Preserve using its own funding sources, electing not to utilize Community Development District (CDD) funds. “When a developer uses CDDs, the cost of infrastructure improvements is passed on to the residents. This fee shows up on the tax bill with average annual assessments ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year up to a maximum of 30 years. Minto didn’t want to burden our residents with this,” notes Bullock.
The Isles of Collier Preserve entrance is located on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail East, south of Thomasson Drive. The Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on The Isles of Collier Preserve, call 888-693-4306.
About Minto Communities
Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 70,000 homes built, including 20,000 in Florida. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include number one ranking by Eliant Homebuyer Choice Awards for percent of sales from referrals, among others.
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