Naples Square to feature parklike ambiance

A landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design Inc. will bring a lush, park-like ambiance to Naples Square, an enclave of residences ranging from over 1,200 to just under 3,000 square feet being developed by The Ronto Group on the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road within a short walk of downtown Naples’ renowned attractions. Naples Square’s walkable lifestyle will bring a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting Fifth Avenue to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via Third Avenue South. The Naples Square residences are priced from the $500s.

Andrea’s design gracefully merges pavered roadways, entry water features, and fountain roundabouts with Washingtonia and Medjool Date palm trees and a mix of plantings. Oak trees will create a canopy to provide shade and further soften the building mass. Plantings that will perform well in Naples’ heat and humidity are also incorporated in the design, and include Clusia, Variegated Dwarf Schefflera, and Bougainvillea. Asian Jasmine, a carpetlike ground cover, will be used in the pedestrian areas. Naples Square’s key intersections, crossings, and building entry features will be identified by tall palms. Building corners that are adjacent to the community’s signature roundabouts will be softened by tall, scattered height Washingtonia palms.

Whether walking or riding a bike through Naples Square’s downtown environment, the visual impact and shade created by Andrea’s design will create a park-like feeling. The streetscapes will be lined with numerous soaring palms interspersed with colorful flower beds, strips of green, and heavily landscaped areas that separate the sidewalks and buildings. In addition to their visual appeal, the fountains at each of the roundabouts will provide a soothing level of white noise and also have a cooling effect. Taken in sum, the design will evoke feelings of comfortable familiarity and a sense of place that is rarely found when walking through typical downtown building corridors. To enhance the sense of connection even further, Andrea has incorporated lighting into the design that will contribute to the community’s dramatic after-dark tableau.

Naples Square’s courtyard amenity decks will feature a resort-style heated swimming pool and spa, sun deck, pavilion bar with gas grills, and a gas fire table with seating. Andrea’s amenity deck landscape design incorporates green spaces, Asian Jasmine ground cover, raised-planters with date palms, and arbors with vine plantings to create a garden-like effect. Additional planters provide a colorful note of separation between the terraces of the garden level residences and the edges of the plaza. Naples Square’s u-shaped residential buildings will be situated with their open ends facing one another. Andrea has taken the juxtaposition of the buildings into account and created long-range amenity deck view corridors with strong visual appeal. The tranquillity of the setting will belie Naples Square’s location literally less than a five-minute walk from downtown’s most popular dining, entertainment and shopping district.

Naples Square’s landscape design will play a major role in furthering efforts to transform Goodlette-Frank Road into a corridor lined with greenways and pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. A dedicated public access linear park easement will stretch along the entire eastern edge of the Naples Square site and front Goodlette-Frank Road. The linear park will solidify Naples Square’s connection with the Gordon River Greenway and with a new park the City of Naples plans to develop. At the same time, the linear park will contribute to Naples Square’s grand sense of entry and reinforce the community’s lifestyle that is focused on walkability and the freedom to enjoy bicycling even while living in the heart of downtown Naples.

Naples Square offers seven one and two story, two and three bedroom plus den floor plans with open-concept living areas and open-air terraces, each ideally suited to the downtown Naples lifestyle. Designed by MHK Architecture and Planning of Naples, the light-filled floor plans feature 10’ ceilings, designer kitchens, chic master bedrooms and designer flooring throughout. Controlled access covered parking is also included. Over 50 reservations have been received since the Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 South Goodlette-Frank Road in mid-January. Ronto anticipates converting Naples Square reservations to contracts later this season. Construction is planned for 2014 and includes completion of 73 residences.

Reservations for residences at Naples Square are now being accepted. The Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 Goodlette-Frank Road S. Visit

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