Antilles lives as good as it looks

The Flamingo Club at Antilles takes center stage.
The Flamingo Club at Antilles takes center stage.

A serene location, timeless architecture and engaging amenities have turned Antilles into a prime destination community in south Naples. Check the Activities Calendar in the Flamingo Club amenity center’s Lobby, read the Newsletter, Antilles is a fun place to live. JMD Developers and the John R. Wood Developer Resources team host regular monthly get togethers for homeowners to mix and mingle casually, get to know each other and discover interests they share with their neighbors. Last month’s Super Bowl party was well attended and benefitted from heavy homeowner involvement, from appetizers to clean up. This week’s high spirited St. Patrick’s Day celebration and Antilles’ upcoming Seafood Boil are current examples of how management supports the development of a community rapport.

Impromptu homeowners’ parties around the Resort Pool and Fire Pit come together often, particularly on the weekends, when BBQ, brews and easy conversations can take over Antilles’ huge Outdoor Living Area until lights out, even the cheerful party lights that trim the oversized Tiki Hut. Only the highlighted waterfall sights and sounds of Kingfisher Lake’s triple-tiered fountains remain.

As the community grows, Antilles’ regulation Pickleball and Bocce Game Courts are beginning to gain traction among homeowners as well. Teams form casually and everyone is invited to join, learn or practice. Groups are formed more by availability than skill level at this point in Antilles’ growth as everyone is learning the range of each other’s talent. These are fun and accessible sports anyone can enjoy. In the category of ‘sights to behold’, Dazzleball made its debut in Naples at Antilles. It is pickleball played in the dark under blacklight, which illuminates the neon and natural florescence of equipment, clothing and trims in high relief. Antilles has hosted several of these nighttime events to introduce the community to a larger audience. A 4-hole Putting Green was recently added to Antilles’ list of amenities in the Game Courts area. All equipment is available to owners and their guests in the Fitness Center as a courtesy of JMD Development. Antilles offers full 24-hour access to the Flamingo Club’s indoor amenities.

Its big screen TV and Fireplace Lounge is available for movie nights. So far, the Fitness Center gets by far the most off-hour traffic, though Sonny’s Cafe and Coffee Bar runs a close second.

Antilles’ Coach Homes currently under construction in Phase 2 easily sold out as inventory residences in its first phase, which included about one-third of its total 212 homes. Phase 2 allows buyers to personalize their residences with their own cabinet, countertop, tile and flooring selections while they are under construction. The first release includes Grand Coach Homes which are the largest 3-Bedroom units available, ranging from 1,980 to 2,444 square feet under air, and include 2-car Garages and large, screened-in Lanais for easy indoor/outdoor living. The first 4-unit Grand Coach Home will be delivered later this month and the rest of this release are on schedule to be completed at regular intervals through this fall. They are priced from the mid to upper $500,000’s depending on whether they feature preserve or water orientations. Since Antilles is bounded by preserves and deep landscaping on all sides, upper floor units offer the best views available and are priced from the mid-$600,000’s.

Antilles Classic Coach Homes are also included in Phase Two. They are priced from the upper-$400,000’s and as starter properties will continue to occupy a significant segment of the 54-acre community’s composition. The new decorator model currently being fitted out for its first floor Saba unit showcases a revised Classic Coach Home Kitchen layout that relocates Phase One’s Pantry from the center of the room to a side wall, which significantly opens up its Great Room footprint without increasing the unit’s overall square footage. The Saba is a 3-Bedroom plan and includes 1,537 square feet under air. It offers direct Garage access and all Classic Coach Homes include individual, single car Garages and screened-in Lanais.

The somewhat smaller, upper floor Tobago is also a 3-Bedroom floorplan with 1,509 square feet. It showcases higher ceilings and cove detailing in its peninsula style Kitchen, plus the relocated Pantry noted above. Its top floor views in particular are uninterrupted in all directions. The Tobago mirrors the Saba floorplan and is arranged in a split Bedroom format, with the Master Suite located across the residence from the other Bedrooms.

The standard features included in the purchase price of Antilles’ homes distinguish it from other new construction projects, and have been influential among value-oriented buyers as they compare other development’s offerings to Antilles’ where solid core 8-foot interior doors with Merano hardware, high ceilings, quartz countertops, Kohler fittings,16 SEER Carrier A/C systems and windows and exterior doors that are wind-rated to the exacting Miami/Dade standards are included, in addition to its long list of superior specifications. JMD has adapted a feature popular in high rise buildings by adding on-site Guest Suites to its list of amenities available to Antilles’ homeowners for their occasional use.

Construction standards include structurally engineered reinforced concrete slabs with vapor barriers. Concrete block construction includes moisture resistant exterior drywall and R-4.1 Fi-foil insulation on the masonry walls. Ceilings include R-30 insulation and concrete roof tiles are engineered with tie-downs. As you tour the designer models, please note that the high ceilings and wide designer level carpeting in the Bedrooms. Screened-in Lanais are included in all units as is solid wood, Shaker style cabinetry including 42-inch high Kitchen uppers, all with soft-close hinge features. Every unit includes a Pantry, Laundry Room and walk-in Master Suite closet. All Closets include custom built-in wood shelving systems to promote air circulation. Master Baths feature double sink vanities and separate commode rooms with privacy doors. Oversized glass shower enclosures are tiled floor to ceiling and fitted with rain forest shower heads and substantial frameless glass doors. Laundry and stainless steel Kitchen appliances are included. As Antilles new decorator models become available for viewing, be sure to ask if any include upgraded finishes to achieve their stylish presentations.

Antilles is a short drive from the fine dining and shopping opportunities of Old Naples and Marco Island’s world class beaches and fishing spots, which are equally close. It is a gated community 2 miles south of Tamiami Trail East (US 41), off Collier Boulevard (SR 951). Turn east on Port Au Prince Road and continue to The Flamingo Club, 155 Indies Drive East, Naples, FL 34114. Antilles is represented by JRW Developer Resources, a division of John R. Wood Properties. Please refer to to register for the most current updates or call 239-691-4455 for an appointment. The Sales Center is open daily 10AM to 5PM and Noon to 5PM on Sundays. Jaime and Kerry are on site to present the property.

This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Antilles lives as good as it looks