My Dot on the Map – Old Naples

In my post about Third Street South and The Palm Cottage, I told you a little bit about Old Naples; that part of the city that has been around longest before everything built up towards the east and north. South and west of Old Naples is water. In this post I am focusing on the homes of this area.

I tried to collect a collage of images that portray the beauty and diversity of this area. There are a few small cottages that have not been kept up over the years but most of the homes are well tended. This is very expensive real estate and the homes stay in families through generations. Some have been sold off and very (read very) large homes built with guest cottages bigger than the original home. These are mostly along the gulf and I didn’t photograph them. Some cottages have been torn down and small condominiums built – usually they maintain the atmosphere of the neighborhood.

I also tried to protect the privacy of these people – except when I went snooping down alleys. There are a lot of people walking around this part of Naples because it is three blocks from the gulf beach and next to the restaurants and shops of Thirds Street South. You can enjoy the detail of each image in a slide show by clicking on any photo.

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  1. This looks so pretty. I am not familiar with the west coast of Florida …. my parents used to live on the east coast …. but it sure looks like a place I would enjoy. Someday!

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    • The west coast is a bit more reserved than the east coast. I think the west coast has a lot more high energy areas and of course gets the college students on spring break.

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  2. I visited an aunt (years ago) in Naples…these are lovely shots. I can feel the warmth and smell the scent of the flowers….

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    • Thanks so much. I just found a couple of your comments in my spam. I unspammed you! The contrast between the barren north and Naples is huge – we are very happy here.

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    • Florida has a lot of different looks from east to west and north to south. We had visited Naples in January for 30 years or so and my parents lived in northern Florida. We didn’t think we could afford to live here but were having a hard time finding anywhere else that we would want to live for the winter months. We are incredibly happy here.

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    • Thanks – I think that is what I was trying to portray. Although Naples has all the amenities of a large city, it really has the feel of a small town.

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  3. Pat, you are talking about Naples, Florida, right? If so, my parents have a place in Fort Myers Beach and we’re going down to visit them in April and we’ll probably find our way to Naples one day. I should remember this about Old Naples. Thanks for dropping by my blog. From the Upper Peninsula, Kathy

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  4. Reblogged this on A New Day and commented:

    I enjoying exploring some posts in my Reader, and found LuAnn’s post (Paint Your Landscape) on visiting Naples. Hearing her description of Naples stimulated my curiosity about some of my old posts about the city so I went back for a look-see. I realized that I have been having so much fun at the Botanical Garden that I have forgotten all that is so beautiful in other parts of my down-south Dot on the Map. Here is one of my old favorites – that comes with a promise to start spending time walking the streets of Naples with camera around my neck.

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