Caribbean triple threat attractions delight shoppers

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The West Indies’ serene location is key to its ability to offer a year-round resort lifestyle. No street noise interferes with its peaceful ambience. No neighboring skyscrapers obstruct the views. Even at the height of the season, being set back at the end of a long approach provides the West Indies with endless hours of peace and quiet. The natural beauty of the site is isolated by the surrounding wetlands and deep landscape facilities augmented by JMD Development’s addition of 550 Sabal palms to further distinguish the community. Only leafy palms and tropical foliage can brush against the scenic views of the West Indies. Rookery Bay Reserve is its neighbor to the west. The majesty of flight patterns of local and migratory birds across its 110,000 acres of lakes and protected habitats have added graceful highlights to the daily routines of West Indian homeowners.

The natural beauty in and around the West Indies is also notable for its proximity to everything that makes Southwest Florida a world-class resort destination. Set back from the wide corridor of Collier Boulevard, all the inherent advantages of the area are just minutes from the best attractions of Old Naples and Marco Island. Beaches, fine restaurants, galleries, shopping, and endless fishing and boating opportunities abound in every direction, year-round.

The presentation of Antilles Coach Homes is exceptional. Its 212 units offer beautiful contemporary residences with a new look with luxury services integrated as standard. The timeless elegance of the West Indies Island style architecture seems to suit Naples’ subtropical climate. Detailed with dove-gray stucco exteriors over concrete block, white trim, and sharp charcoal Bahama shutters, the homes are cool and pleasant, especially against the lush West Indian landscaping. Phase 2 Classic Coach Homes offers 3 bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,509 to 1,537 square feet under air. They include single-car attached garages and screened-in porches and are priced from $400,000 upwards. All have unspoilt views. The largest Grand Coach homes are also 3-bedroom units ranging from 1,980 on the first floor in Nevis to 2,444 square feet on the upper floor in Montserrat. They are priced from the top $500,000 and include attached 2-car garages and screened-in porches. Preservation and lake view directions are available.

JMD Development has allocated generous space for West Indies equipment. The Flamingo Club comprises 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor features and the oversized 3,500 square foot resort pool is a perfect example of the developers’ attention to detail. It’s designed with a large and inviting splash pool, sun shade shelf that entryway owners love. It also features a negative perimeter edge that appears low-angled to overflow into Kingfisher’s own 5-acre Lake and West Indies Wetland Preserve, like a stepped water feature that meanders gently through the 54-acre community. . The pool’s flowing design features curved sides to create nooks and natural separations to accommodate family or small group swimming areas. Adjacent is a multi-person heated spa and the huge Tiki-Hut with a quartz-covered end-to-end service bar and barbecue area that overlooks the pool. The shaded pergola of the Antilles Fire Pit has become a winter season favorite and the site of many evening cocktail celebrations.

Aside from the closed pool area, the regulation pétanque and pickleball courts in the Antilles have attracted players of all levels. Equipment is provided free of charge by JMD Development for the use of owners and their guests. It also added a 4-hole Putting Green recently. As a family business, the managers took a personal interest in every phase of Antilles’ development. Like the Super Bowl extravaganza in February and multiple get-togethers to help new owners meet and get to know their neighbors, this week’s Kentucky Derby celebration at the Flamingo Club was another JMD-sponsored event to benefit the community. The fact that the family had an interest in the Derby gave the owners a strong rooting interest and a big party once again. A sense of goodwill and the kind of friendliness that comes from easy exchanges of information and resources when everyone is new to the community at the same time permeated the event. The West Indies are a pleasant place to live.

The Flamingo Club Amenity Center was designed to be at the heart of the community. In addition to its vast outdoor living space, it is as representative of the presentation of luxury Caribbean resorts as it is of the quality built into each residence. Concierge and executive services are handled here, and the exercise and fitness center, massage room, and catering kitchen are in the back. Also present is the West Indies Selection Center where buyers determine their customization options. The huge gathering room takes up about half of the club’s 5,000 square foot expanse and offers wall-to-wall views of the community. It includes the Fireplace Lounge with comfortable furniture and large screen TV, Sonny’s Cafe and all day coffee shop and several round tables and chairs perfect for dining, socializing, playing cards and board games.

Early in the development of phase 1 of the community, JMD added exceptional equipment to the long list of characteristics of the West Indies. Two guest suites, as sometimes seen in luxury high-rise communities, have been added and are sponsored by the developers. These are 3 bedroom residences, fully decorated, maintained and made available to owners and their guests on a first come, first served basis. Given the inconveniences and increased costs of hotels and off-site accommodation, they represent a huge advantage for homeowners and have become deciding factors for some buyers when considering a new home in the West Indies.

Low monthly fees and fine West Indies finishes and amenities also sway buyers. The residences’ high ceilings and wide glass walls create open, airy spaces that are as well-designed and appointed as they are solidly constructed and elegantly presented. West Indies standard finishes include 8 foot solid interior doors, hurricane resistant windows and doors, Shaker style kitchen cabinets with 42 inch high tops, high baseboards, wide trim, light switches, stylish rocker lighting, cove-by-plane ceilings, porcelain tile or luxury wide profile vinyl flooring and subtle designer carpeting in the bedrooms. Kohler plumbing fixtures, frameless glass shower enclosures, and custom-designed wood shelving that promotes ventilation are standard in all units. All residences include linen closets, pantries, main walk-in closets and separate laundry rooms. Quartz countertops are standard throughout, as are kitchen island pendant lights and stainless steel kitchen appliances — including trendy French-door refrigerators. Recessed lighting and advanced cabling for data, voice and video are standard. Concrete roof tiles and brick pavers sidewalks and driveways coordinate with homes and create a refined and elegant community presentation. Interior roads will be graded and repaved once construction is complete.

Antilles is a gated community 2 miles south of Tamiami Trail East (US 41), near Collier Boulevard (SR 951). Turn east on Port Au Prince Road and continue to the Flamingo Club, 155 Indies Drive East, Naples, FL 34114. The West Indies are represented by JRW Developer Resources, a division of John R. Wood Properties. Please refer to AntillesNaples.com to sign up for the most recent updates or call 239-691-4455 for an appointment. The Sales Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Jaime and Kerry are on hand to represent the property.

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