Community of the YearSALES
Under $500,000

Ave Maria is a hometown in Eastern Collier County and has earned many awards and accolades including fastest-selling new home community in Southwest Florida, a top 25 Master Planned Community in the United States, a Top 20 Place to Retire, and CBIA’s Community of the Year for 2015-2021. The centerpieces of the community are Ave Maria University and the vibrant Town Center. Ave Maria appeals to young professionals, growing families, and retirees as an affordable choice to build a new home in Collier County.

Ave Maria emphasizes a community-focused lifestyle that sets it apart from other communities in Collier County. A dedicated lifestyle staff organizes year-round activities at Ave Maria’s several amenities. Two parks are within walking and biking distance to neighborhoods and offer outdoor recreation. South Park features softball fields, bocce ball courts, amphitheater, dog park, and picnic pavilions. North Park offers soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a newly renovated tot lot playground, disc golf, and concession stand. The Ave Maria Water Park showcases an interactive aqua playground, two water slides, lap pool, water play area, beach volleyball, and a concession stand, The Cannonball Café. A Splash into Summer event, Dive-in movie nights, Luau events, and a Back-to-School Bash bring residents together.

The Club at Del Webb Naples amenity campus is the most extensive amenity campus in the Del Webb communities in Southwest Florida. Panther Run Golf Club includes an 18-hole golf course, pro shop and restaurant. The Oasis Club offers 12,000 square feet of resort and fitness pools, tennis and bocce courts, fitness center, library, café, and special events room. Grand Hall has over 14,000 square feet of amenity space including social halls, a veranda, catering kitchen, card and game rooms, and golf simulator. In 2021, Lennar debuted The National Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole golf course, aqua driving range, putting green and pro shop. Lennar has started construction of outdoor and sports amenities as well. The Club at Maple Ridge features a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, resort-style pool, fitness center, billiard room, cards lounge, arts center, and full exhibition kitchen.

The centrally located Town Center provides all the conveniences of life including Publix grocery store, dining, retail shops, and healthcare services. Throughout the year, free events are held including the Blues Brews & BBQ Festival, Margarita & Taco Festival, Arts & Crafts Festivals, and weekly Farmers Markets.

Ave Maria offers on-site educational centers including Ave Maria University, with 31 undergraduate majors and 28 minors, the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy for grades K-12, and a preschool for ages 2-4 years old. A Collier County public elementary school is currently being developed as well.

Land conservation is an important component of Ave Maria. There are over 17,000 acres of nature preserves and over 100 miles of walking, biking and hiking paths.

The slogan, “A Big Kind of Small Town” emphasizes that the community has all the conveniences of a big town in a small-town environment. New homes from four award-winning builders start in the $200s.