Community of the Year

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 2015-2020. 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 includes a variety of on-site amenities for its residents to enjoy. Two parks, South Park and North Park, are within walking distance to several residential neighborhoods and offer outdoor recreation. The South Park features softball fields, bocce ball courts, amphitheater, dog park, and picnic pavilions. The North Park offers soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, tot lot playground, disc golf, and concession stand. Ave Maria has its own one-of-a-kind water park showcasing an interactive aqua playground, two water slides, 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. Del Webb’s Grand Hall clubhouse has over 14,000 square feet of amenity space including social halls, a veranda, catering kitchen, card and game rooms, and golf simulator. A brand new 18-hole Gordon Lewis designed golf course opened this year in Lennar’s The National Golf & Country Club. The golf course is complemented with a chipping area, aqua driving range, putting green and a pro shop. 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 for residents including Publix grocery store, 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 31 undergraduate majors and 28 minors and the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy for grades K-12.
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 paths.
Quality of life at a great value is the hallmark of Ave Maria as well as their slogan, “A Big Kind of Small Town,” which emphasizes that the community has all the conveniences of a big town in a small-town environment- the best of both worlds.