2008-04-09 / Real Estate News

Marbella: lake views in a park setting

_BY BARBARA BOXLEITNER Florida Weekly Correspondent

COURTESY PHOTO Nestled next to the 2,200-acre Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, the gated development is scheduled to have 246 doors in 23 eight- and 12-unit buildings. COURTESY PHOTO Nestled next to the 2,200-acre Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, the gated development is scheduled to have 246 doors in 23 eight- and 12-unit buildings. All is quiet at Marbella on Cypress in Fort Myers.

The Royal Public Properties community off Six Mile Cypress Parkway may stay that way once fully occupied.

Despite being within view of the well-traveled road, the small, developing community of luxury coach homes is quite peaceful, even during a morning weekday commute. Nestled next to the 2,200-acre Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, the gated development won't have bustle from its far side, either.

"Our back yard is basically a nature preserve," said Brian Rodgers, sales manager for Marbella on Cypress.

Proximity to a native setting and to growth along Six Mile Cypress Parkway is attracting buyers, he said. Marbella promotions play on the "six-mile" concept, access to an abundance of destinations within six miles.

Among the established venues are Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, Bell Tower Shops and Southwest Florida International Airport. The new Colonial Square Town Center in the burgeoning commercial area near the intersection at Colonial Boulevard is just minutes away.

COURTESY PHOTO A typical bath at Marbella. COURTESY PHOTO A typical bath at Marbella. The absence of property management, which is handled through monthly homeowners association fees, also adds to the convenience of residents. Rodgers said buyers have been young professionals from this area, second homeowners, mostly from the North, and retirees.

Marbella is scheduled to have 246 doors in 23 eight- and 12-unit buildings of Mediterranean style, Rodgers said. Four buildings will not have a lake view, according to the site map, but he said, "Ninety percent of our units will be lake views."

The first, third and fifth buildings (48 units) along the central lake and interior of the community have been built. Models of the floor plans - Cypress, Pond Apple, Palmetto and Live Oak - are featured in the first building, which is nearest to the completed clubhouse and amenities by the entrance.

One of three buildings planned for across the street, the exterior of the community, also is completed. The row of 12-unit buildings backs up to the rear of establishments already along the parkway.

The Cypress model kitchen. COURTESY PHOTO The Cypress model kitchen. COURTESY PHOTO Prices for available units in the four buildings range from $165,900 for a Live Oak off-lake unit to $254,900 for a Cypress lake view model, according to a price sheet in the sales center. Units come with a garage.

The first-floor Live Oak is 1,378 square feet under air and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The Cypress is a second-floor end unit of 1,958 square feet under air. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. "It's a nice wide-open floor plan on each one of the units," Rodgers said.

The buildings' exterior colors are arranged in an attractive pattern, with accents reversed from building to building. For example, first- and second floor lanais in the middle units of one building have light exteriors, in the neighboring building dark exteriors.

Marbella's clubhouse, which Rodgers said is 5,200 square feet, shares the same crisp color palette. Its lobby is furnished with low and high tables, complete with octagonal glass tops above stone and floral decoratives. Additional seating is available in sofas and chairs.

COURTESY PHOTO The Live Oak model kitchen. COURTESY PHOTO The Live Oak model kitchen. Interior features of the units, including granite countertops and deluxe kitchen appliances, are evident in rooms off the lobby.

A fitness center of Nautilus and free weights and cardio equipment is in place. The resort style pool and 10-person spa overlook the main lake, which has two fountains. A spacious pool deck has lounge chairs and tables, some under the cover of umbrellas and pergola.

The Cypress Model great room. COURTESY PHOTO The Cypress Model great room. COURTESY PHOTO The swimming pool is convenient to all the residents of Marbella. COURTESY PHOTO The swimming pool is convenient to all the residents of Marbella. COURTESY PHOTO Cypress Model Lanai. COURTESY PHOTO Cypress Model Lanai. COURTESY PHOTO

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