(Master Planned Communities)
Master planned communities in southwest Florida began in the 1950's and 1960's with the likes of "pre-platted" cities like Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. These early communities were started by developers as land sales opportunities and had little consideration for commercial, employment or civic uses. Since that early period, master planned communities have sprung up and are influenced by state and local governments with regard to environmental, health & safety and others issues related to growth management.
Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) are typically master planned gated communities providing neighborhood security and a variety of amenities and recreational facilities for homeowners. PUDs may include:
- Golf Course Communities
- Lifestyle Communities (may include boating / marina, golf, tennis, village center with
restaurant, movie theater, salon, bank and other activities)
- Active-Adult Communities (typically over 55 community but not a requirement)
- Retirement (Over 55) Communities
- Urban Village / Town Center Communities (the main feature is a village/town
center which offers services and activities to the
community similar to a Lifestyle Community)
Home styles may include luxury estate homes, executive single family homes, attached or detached villa homes, low rise and high rise condominiums all in a setting protected by neighborhood covenants.
Check out some of the gated communities in southwest Florida
- Bonita Springs / Estero Area
- Cape Coral
- Fort Myers & vicinity