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Golden Gate Estates, located just east of Naples near Alligator Alley (I-75), mixes the outdoors with 172 square miles of suburbia. By being one of the few communities that allows two large animals per acre, Golden Gate Estates offers amenities not found in other living areas. Although horses are the popular favorite, even the more exotic animals like Alpacas and llamas are welcome in Golden Gate Estates. At Golden Gate Estates youll find a host of trails nearby that can be enjoy all year round. Picayune Strand State Forest is located in South Golden Gate Estates while Belle Meade has more than 65,000 acres for recreational enjoyment.

Picayune Strand, which stretches to the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, offers two riding/walking trails. For equestrians, scenic Belle Meade Horse Trail is located one mile south of I-75 on Everglades Boulevard. Sabal Palm Hiking Trail is located three miles east of Collier Boulevard for those that enjoy walking fitness. With Collier-Seminole State Forest and these fine recreational parks nearby, equestrians and outdoor lovers alike have miles of trails to partake in year after year. Most parcels are one to five acres, but other homesteads can be as large as ten acres. As for the homes themselves, you can find entry-level homes or glamorous mansions closer to the beach. Guesthouses, pickup trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and recreational vehicles (RV) are also allowed on all premises unlike many other communities. As for housing itself, you can find single-family dwellings in Golden Gate Estates with some located on mile-long streets that dead end at a canal - providing valuable privacy for owners.


Golden Gate Estates began about 50 years ago when The Gulf American Land Corporation purchased 177 square miles of land for development about 7 miles northeast of Naples. Prospective buyers were brought in by airplane, Green Blvd is the old landing-strip, and many only saw their lot from the air. Sales were slow and by 1970 there were still fewer than 2,000 residents. Golden Gate is in Collier County, and bears a Naples address. About 50% of the lots in Golden Gate Estates have some wetlands.


All wetland lots are buildable, though special permits are required. The size of the house and pool are not restricted, but detached structures (such as guest house, garage, barn, shop) may not be placed within wetland, but may be connected to the main building (a breezeway would connect). Most lots that have wetlands also have upland. No ERP permits are needed to build on the uplands part of your lot. There are private consultants that handle all phases of wetland determination and permitting.

Compensatory Mitigation

Mitigation is used to offset the destruction or impact created by building on a wetland. Mitigation costs can be paid by buying credits from a mitigation bank. (You pay for wetlands in another area to equal the size and quality of the wetland you are impacting.) Depending on the type of permit needed, mitigation may or may not be required.

A library, fire station and general store are all nearby. The community contains needed amenities while maintaining its small town feel. Golden Gate Estates is growing in popularity as a family area of Naples too by having some of the newest schools in the Collier County school district. Since parcels are large, homes are not crowded or stacked upon each other. On the other hand, youre not totally isolated from local family, friends and neighbors. Set among pines, palms and cypress trees, Golden Gate Estates offers modern day living set within Floridas natural vegetation. What it all means is whether youre single, married with children or retired, Golden Gate Estates has something for everyone no matter your price range or status.

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Golden Gate Estates in Naples is a hidden treasure within Florida

The large parcels in this area give the freedom of seclusion, but they are not so large that owners are totally isolated. Located near major expressway I-75, Golden Gate Estates is one hour to Ft. Lauderdale and two and a half to Tampa. Naples beaches are within a 20-minute drive. Golden Gate Estates residents also have easy access to the Southwest Florida International Airport. Buyers can find homes in the $200s to millions of dollars, depending on size and location. Wooded acres allow hoofed animals and ATVs for outdoor enthusiasts.

Golden Gate Estates Amenities: In addition to being less than 30 minutes from Naples beaches, there are new schools in the area, a National Park, a library, a fire station and a general store. For golf lovers, youll find both public and semi public courses nearby. Golf Courses: Golden Gate Estate golf course vary from public to semi private courses such as Valencia Golf and Country Club, Golden Gate Country Club, Arrowhead Gold Course, Cedar Hammock Gold and Country Club and Forest Glen Country Club. Valencia Golf and Country Club: A first class public golf course rated three and a half stars from Golf Digest, Valencias course is for players of all skill levels. With nearly 7,000 yards and wide fairways this beautiful course and country club is located just seven miles east of 1-75.

Golden Gate Country Club: Part of a Quality Inn & Suites Resort property, Golden Gate Country Club features 180 rooms - efficiencies and suites - in addition to fine golfing. Located on the Golden Gate Parkway, and only minutes from the sandy beaches of Naples, you\'ll find an 18-hole, par 72, 6,570-yard championship golf course. Designed by architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, this course is constructed for all skill levels. With a lighted driving range and putting green you can practice day or night.

Arrowhead Golf Course: This semi-private 18-hole course features a rolling terrain with very ample greens, averaging 10,000-square feet. Well-maintained and creatively sculpted fairways are moderately rolling, with a nice mixture of wooded areas for your playing experience. A full bar, snack bar and restaurant are on site so golfers can enjoy a full days experience on or off the green.

Cedar Hammock Golf and Country Club: Cedar Hammock Golf and Country Club is one of South West Florida\'s newest 18-hole championship courses. Set among a cypress and pine preserve this course offers 6800 yards of golfing with five sets of tees golfers of any level can enjoy. Aside from the Lewis/Azinger designed golf course, visitors can also take pleasure in the 20,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant and lounge. Youll also find tennis courts, a fitness center and a heated pool with spa. Located within 15 minutes of Naples shopping district, the club is also located nearby Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Forest Glen Country Club: Featuring more than a dozen lakes and acres of preserved lands this 18-hole course is challenging for players of all skill levels. Golfers can enjoy the clubhouse, tennis court, pool, billiards room, restaurant, fitness center and fully equipped golf pro shop. Designed by Gordon Lewis, Forest Glen is a par-72 championship golf course. In addition to golfing, visitors can find the paved path through the preserve for biking, jogging or simply strolling through the community. Located between downtown Naples and Marco Island, Florida beaches are only 10 minutes away.

Golden Gate Estates Beach Park: The white sandy beaches of Naples on the Gulf of Mexico are only a short 30-minute drive for most Golden Gate Estates residents.

Golden Gate Estates Naples Clubs and Organization: The Golden Gate community has a host of various clubs and organizations including: VFW, MOMS Club, chess clubs, AARP, FOE, Kiwanis Club, and Rotary. Residents can also find special activities such as dance classes in ballroom, swing, Latin and salsa at the Golden Gate Community Center.

The Golden Gate Estates Florida Lifestyle: With something in every price range, residents vary from single individuals through retirees, although the growing majority of owners are those with children, thanks the new school construction in the area. People who enjoy outdoor living, horseback riding and such are drawn to the Golden Gates Estates area because of its policy on allowing horse, RV and ATV ownership.

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