Inside Florida’s New Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay – Robb Report
These days, the gulf side of Florida isn’t just for spring break. Several cities along the state’s southwest coast are experiencing something of a luxury revolution, driven heavily by the pandemic-inspired exodus from cities. Cities like Tampa, Sarasota, Sanibel, and Naples are hosting big luxury brand hotels, like the Tampa Edition and the future Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Naples, on their sandy beaches.
Nestled between Sanibel Island and Naples, The Ritz-Carlton is one of those shiny new additions to Southwest Florida and is rooting itself in Estero Bay with a new residential offering. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay, which is expected to be completed in 2025, is the second Ritz-Carlton branded residential offering along the Gulf and the tenth in Florida. It will consist of two residential towers of 224 housing units; 36,000 square feet of indoor amenities and five acres of outdoor gardens and resort-like facilities. Sales kicked off earlier this month for the first 112 condos, and we’ve got a first look at luxury units.
“Southwest Florida is one of the most desirable places for a second home or retirement,” said Mark Wilson, CEO of London Bay Development Group. Robb Report. “As the Southwest Florida shopper evolves, so do their requirements. Naples already has the resort element of the legendary Ritz-Carlton brand, so it was time to bring the residential component of the brand to market.
Wilson also notes that the area “lacked new waterfront accommodations in a high-rise format, which is a big plus for breathtaking views and incorporating rich amenities with the Ritz-Carlton’s unrivaled service.” In fact, Miami is the third-largest cluster of transplants in Southwest Florida as they seek a more serene lifestyle.
The upscale residences overlook Estero Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and Saltleaf Marina, part of a new planned coastal village located on one of the last available stretches of beachfront in the state. “The product we will deliver exists in major metropolitan cities but has yet to make its way to Southwest Florida, which deserves the very best in architecture, service and design,” adds Wilson.
Residences range from two to four bedrooms and start in the $2 million range. The penthouses will be revealed at a later date and are estimated to be priced at around $10 million. Each residence has its own private elevator entrance and spacious balconies covering up to 2,200 square feet, as well as 10-foot-high ceilings, large walk-in closets, wood floors, private storage areas on living levels, residence and more. Residents can choose from three color palettes, each guaranteed to be built with state-of-the-art appliances, fixtures and design features.
Today’s current buyers are looking for turnkey homes with hotel-like amenities, and that’s where The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay excels. “This is the most appointed property on the market,” says Wilson.
The offerings appear to surpass other residential properties at The Ritz-Carlton with even more amenity space and more thoughtful and curated programming. Outdoor facilities include three pools, each with food and drink options and water and towel service; two heated spas; a vast lagoon with a floating pavilion; bocce courts; fireplaces; and grill stations. Poolside cabanas will be available for purchase, so residents never have to rush to get the best loungers each morning.
The interior layouts are more like a members club than a condominium. These include a whiskey and wine room with temperature-controlled storage; beauty salon; a card room and a library; private dining room; spa treatment rooms; demonstration and catering kitchens; large wellness center with Pilates and yoga studios, private workout space; steam and sauna installations; and pet grooming. For kids, there’s an adventure room and a teen tech room, while adults can hang out in the sports and news cafe which serves a continental breakfast.
All residents will benefit from the services of a concierge, valet and a secure parcel and mail room. while those with out-of-town visitors can accommodate their guests in one of the development’s three guest suites, there are also boat shuttles and sunset cruises available to book . Nearby is the new Saltleaf Golf Preserve, with a redesigned 18-hole course and a nine-hole short course. For outdoor enthusiasts, the development is also known for its estuary, Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, Florida’s first-ever aquatic preserve, which is surrounded by state parks and recreational sites for kayaking, boating, fishing and more. The reserve is home to centuries-old mangroves, oyster beds and friendly dolphins.
London Bay Development Group, design firm Arquitectonica, design studio Meyer Davis and landscape design firm ESDA are collaborating on the design and development of the property. The residences feature open floor plans, custom millwork, rare stones, and a beautiful neutral color palette that showcases the surrounding nature. The towers are also close to the incredible restaurants of Naples, Bonita Springs, Captiva Island and Hidden Sanibel Island, so residents will never be bored exploring this coastal region.
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