From Boca to Bradenton and Lake City to Sarasota, the sunshine state offers more than beautiful weather year-round, it also boasts countless luxury Florida homes in a plethora of styles, including popular Spanish inspired villas, Frank Lloyd Wright-esque organic estates, opulent new construction projects in tawny gated communities and sky-high multi-million dollar condominiums peppering its coastline.
Here are three of the most enticing areas in Florida to find a luxury vacation retreat
Avid golfers might consider the Naples area on the Southwest coast of the state. Considered by many to be the “Golf Capital of the World”, Naples is a city of roughly 22,000 people but its county boasts 70 golf courses and luxury Florida homes in gated communities that conveniently back up to pristine course grounds. The Estates at Bay Colony is one of these luxury golf communities located in Pelican Bay on 280 acres in the Cocohatchee Strand Nature Preserve set aside for the Robert Van Hague designed Bay Colony Golf Course – an exclusive, 300-member club. The community has a limit of 76 estates with a minimum of 4000 square feet and members of the community receive membership to the Bay Colony Golf Club – where they can roll onto the greens using their own golf cart, parked conveniently in their garage or garden house.
Lake City, Florida
Those who prefer to be away from it all but need easy access to each coast and all of the amusement parks that central Florida has to offer might want to look at luxury Florida homes in the Lake City area. Conveniently located between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, this area makes whisking the kids off to Disney just as simple as taking a romantic retreat to the white beaches of the Emerald Coast or visiting relatives on the Treasure Coast. Like Naples, Lake City is also a magnificent area for golf thanks to the famous Southern Oaks Golf Course located right in the center of town. One of the most exciting luxury Florida homes for sale in this region is about to be sold to the public at Absolute Auction (with No Reserve) on November 14th. Situated on 11.49 well-manicured acres with both a pond and an Olympic-sized lap pool, inside this Grand Windsor Estate you’ll find 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a 15-seat movie theater, spectacular first-floor master suite, a family room with stone fireplace, French Versi travertine and hand-scraped veneer antique walnut wood floors, custom-made maple cabinetry and so much more.
Jupiter Island / Palm Beach Florida
Speaking of the Treasure Coast, the Palm Beach County area is one of the most sought-after for luxury homes for sale in Florida. One the country’s most affluent areas, hob-nobbing with the rich and famous is part of everyday life in Palm Beach. The Kennedys, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts still call it home. Of particular interest is the exclusive Jupiter Island community – the country’s second most affluent area per capita. It’s there that country superstar Alan Jackson recently sold his 8700 sf home for a cool $10.4 million. Superfans of Celine Dion can own a piece of her personal history with the purchase of her Jupiter Island estate, which is selling for $72.5 million. Rosie O’Donnell, Olivia Newton-John, Kid Rock, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan also call (or have recently called) Jupiter Island home.
A veritable vacation haven, Florida draws revelers and those in need of serious R&R; so finding the luxury Florida home you want depends in large part on your unique definition of “fun”. To learn more about a luxury properties for sale in Florida and about the Lake City Auction mentioned above, visit the auction information page here or call 866-929-2243.