History of Park Shore Neighborhood in Naples Florida

  • Matt Brown
  • 05/1/21

History of Park Shore Neighborhood in Naples Florida

Nestled on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida, between sugar sand beaches and premier golf courses, lies a highly desirable neighborhood as well as destination for walkers and bikers alike. The historic Park Shore neighborhood is an elite community of beachfront condos and new construction homes which offer nightly exquisite sunset views. As the number 1 beach community in America, Naples and the private beaches of Park Shore do not disappoint. Luxury real estate in Park Shore spans almost 2 miles of beachfront land complete with high end shopping, art galleries, fine dining and other resort-style activities. It is a perfect central location for someone interested in living their best life.

How did the Park Shore neighborhood become such a vital part of Naples?  It all started in 1964 with one enterprising businessman, Raymond L. Lutgert.

Park Shore Neighborhood – Beginning in the 1960s

1964: The pioneer of Naples neighborhood, Raymond L. Lutgert, foresees the potential of a 760-acre piece of land. With the ground covering a quarter section of the Gulf Beach, the east branch of US Highway 41, and north perpendicular route on the Southwest of Florida, the investor purchases the land. 

1964 – 1968: Raymond then leads a team of expert land artists, architects, and engineers. Together, they drafted what is still renowned as the first unit of development in Naples. It becomes the blueprint for the planned community.  

1970 – 1983: Park Shore real estate development began in earnest six years after the initial purchase. One of the first projects to break ground was Colony Gardens, a 29-unit condominium with beautiful views of Venetian Bay. The following year, Raymond built their present trademark Horizon House. A huge milestone was in 1976 when Raymond completed building Venetian Villas, a Mediterranean designed building on top of the water. 

1988: The Village on Venetian Bay, more than 45 executive and exclusive galleries, restaurants, and shopping outlets opened. The Mediterranean themed village included meandering courtyard, Venetian-style facades and a relaxed environment which featured entertainment for the whole family.  The Venetian Village continues to be a desired destination for Southwest Florida residents today.

1990: A 2nd phase triumphant launch of waterfront restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries is commissioned. Park Shore real estate was enhanced that same year by the launch of Le Parc Vista, a high-end view residential property. It was accompanied by the launch of Enclave in the year 1991 which offered beachfront living with privacy, as there is one condo per floor. 

The Mid 90s: Naples Florida becomes a go-to for lavish lifestyles. Park Shore's Park Tower opened in 1994, accompanied by Venetian Bay in 1994, spicing up demand for a home for sale in Park Shore. Naples and many of Naples neighborhoods, start attracting people globally for high-end dining and shopping expeditions. 

Present Captivating Sceneries in Park Shore Neighborhood 

Horizon House  |  Made by the founding investor of the Park Shore neighborhood in Naples, Horizon House is a 76 unit, 15-story condominium building. With surrounding soaring palm trees, a magnificent fountain, and a charming courtyard, Horizon House amenities fit the penthouse level. 

Meridian Club  |  A property of Meridian Partnership Ltd., the beachfront condo building is 22-stories high and hosts 85 units, four residences per floor.

Raymond Lutgert Park  |  The park is named after the founder and is a privately owned beach park. It's maintained by the Park Shore Association, financed by the residents' monthly fee. 

Allegro  |  The building was established in 1981 and has recently underwent a renovation. This waterfront property and its neighbors resemble Italian-Venice architecture, a mix of waterways separating canals from the Gulf. You get to feel like you're on vacation, but with quick access to European flair top-scale social amenities. 

Clam Bay, Inner and Outer Doctor’s Bay  |  Private beaches and wildlife preservers which are full of nature and wildlife. Residents today fish, kayak, paddle board and boat the inner waters.

Park Shore Neighborhood in 2020

Today Park Shore, along with neighboring Coquina Sands and Moorings, span 3.5 square miles and are diverse in types of properties and amenities. Park Shore is constantly updating and keeping up with current Florida home trends.  

  • There are diverse living options including single-family homes, high-rise condos, and many mid-rise condos.
  • Park Shore properties start at around $200,000 for one bedroom condos and can go up to $8 million and range from 800 sqft to over 8,000 sqft for a spacious penthouse apartment with breathtaking gulf views.  
  • Active homeowner’s association with annual meetings and special year round events; access to Park Shore's private beach.
  • Stocked with a marina and bait shop, a fishing trip can be last minute.

If the Park Shore neighborhood sounds intriguing, you'll need an experienced, honest, and respected Naples real estate specialist. Matt Brown with William Raveis Real Estate checks all the boxes and is ready to assist. Reach out with any questions or requests concerning the Park Shore neighborhood in Naples, Florida.

Contact Matt Brown Real Estate for assistance navigating the Naples luxury real estate market and finding the home of your dreams. From the beautiful homes for sale in Aqualane Shores to the luxury condominiums of Coquina Sands, we’re here to help. Matt Brown can be reached at (239) 580.8864 or matt.brown@raveis.com.

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