Community of the Year

Under $500,000

Ave Maria is a hometown in eastern Collier County and has been named the fastest-selling new home community in southwest Florida since 2015, a top 35 master planned community in the United States, a top 20 place to retire, and a previous CBIA Community of the Year for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The centerpieces of the community are Ave Maria University and the Town Center. Ave Maria appeals to young couples, families, and retirees as an affordable choice to build a new home in Collier County. Ave Maria includes a variety of on-site amenities for its residents. Two parks, South Park and North Park, are within walking distance to several neighborhoods and offer outdoor recreation. The South Park features softball fields, bocce courts, amphitheater, dog park, and picnic pavilions. The North Park offers soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts, tot lot playground, tennis courts, and concession stand. Ave Maria has its very own waterpark. The waterpark showcases an interactive aqua playground, two waterslides, lap pool, water play area with water spouts, spa, beach volleyball, and concession stand. Panther Run Golf Club at Del Webb includes an 18-hole golf course designed by Gordon G. Lewis, pro shop, golf simulator and restaurant, the Rusty Putter. The nearby Oasis Club at Del Webb showcases 12,000 square feet of resort and fitness pools, tennis and bocce courts, fitness center, library, café, and special events room. A brand-new Grand Hall opened this year with over 10,000 square feel of additional event and recreation space. The centrally located Town Center provides daily conveniences for residents including Publix supermarket, restaurants, bookstore, services and retail stores. Throughout the year, free community events are held in the Town Center and the public is invited to attend. Ave Maria offers several on-site educational centers including Ave Maria University, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy for grades K-12, and Ave Maria International School. Land conservation is an important component of Ave Maria. The developer of Ave Maria has set aside over 17,000 acres of nearby land for preservation, restoring it to its natural state. The community features over 100 miles of walking, biking and hiking trails. Those wishing to delve deeper in the Southwest Florida indigenous terrain can explore the outskirts of Ave Maria on an Orange Jeep Tour. Quality of life at an affordable price is the hallmark of Ave Maria as well as their slogan, Big Kind of Small Town, which emphasizes that you can have it all within a small town.

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