It ís not surprising that Olde Naples has been heralded as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Southwest Florida. The irresistible area that extends from 14th Avenue South to Golf Drive encompasses miles of pristine white sandy beach, as well as an eclectic blend of historic beach cottages, contemporary new luxury home construction, and sophisticated shopping and dining districts.
John Stewart Williams, a Kentucky U.S. Senator and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman, founded the City of Naples in the late 1880s. The town quickly gained notoriety for its beauty, mild climate, and abundant fish and game. In 1888, the newly completed Naples Pier served as a passenger and freight dock for the area, and the 1,000-foot long structure remains a favorite attraction for tourists today. Visitors in the late 1800s stayed in the nearby Naples Hotel, and 130 years later, the hotel, now known as the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club still operates as one of Naples’ most popular beach resorts.
Naples experienced a burst of development in the late 1920s after the completion of the Tamiami Trail, a railroad that ran along Floridaís west coast from Tampa and then turned east connecting Naples to Miami. In 1943 when the Naples Municipal Airport began operating, Naples saw another growth spurt that lasted well into the 1950s. As they say, the rest is history. By the 1970s, Naples had secured its place as a world-class destination and real estate mecca and continued to grow exponentially through the 90s until today.