Community of the Year 2005!

Verandah, a 1,456-acre master-planned community along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River in Fort Myers, is being developed by The Bonita Bay Group with the same commitment to meticulous planning, environmental stewardship, integrity and attention to detail that is evident in its flagship community, Bonita Bay. Nearly 70 percent of Verandah will be open space, with 480 acres of common areas, golf course and parks, 416 acres of wetland preserve and lakes, 84 acres of upland preserves and a buffer along the river to maintain the unique character of the riverfront. The buffer is a conservation easement along the entire length of Verandah's riverfront; the easement averages 80 feet and ranges from a minimum of 25 feet up to 200 feet.

Verandah is located 10 minutes from downtown Fort Myers in northeastern Lee County, just south of the Caloosahatchee River and a short distance from Buckingham, Alva and the Lee County Civic Center. Numerous county parks and boating facilities are located nearby. Only two miles from I-75 (exit 141), Verandah is just 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport and 20 minutes from Florida Gulf Coast University. Downtown Fort Myers, home to trendy restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and shopping, is a quick trip along State Road 80, which fronts the community.

Verandah offers a diverse selection of custom and traditional single-family homes, villas and coach homes. Offered by eight of southwest Florida's top builders, homes in the community will be reminiscent of Florida's past with unique architectural styles and accents. A variety of environmentally friendly options allows buyer to customize the level of energy efficiency, air quality and resource conservation in their homes.

Green Community ~ "Building Verandah" is being developed using "green building" practices that demand fewer non-renewable resources and provide a healthier environment for residents. The Bonita Bay Group has created Verandah as a green community - the first in the state to meet the requirements of the Florida Green Building Coalition to be third-party certified as a green community. Certification requires minimum thresholds in six categories: protection of ecosystems and conservation of natural resources; circulation of people and traffic within and outside of the community; use of green utilities practices; amenities; green-friendly community covenants and deed restriction; and education and promotion of green living practices.

In planning Verandah, The Bonita Bay Group reworked portions of its site development, restored historic flow ways, expanded wetland, uplands and conservation areas, and developed a perpetual conservation easement along the Orange River to ensure the future integrity of its unique ecosystem. The developer also restored and enhanced natural habitat to ensure the community continues to be a home to some of southwest Florida's most diverse wildlife.

Instead of building a large clubhouse, Verandah's amenities center was designed within an expansive oak hammock with several individual buildings to reduce the impact on the trees. More than 100 oak trees and 1300 sabal palms have been transplanted in the community. Water conservation measures include the installation of a dual water system that will operate with reclaimed water for irrigation when the service becomes available in the area, and the use of native and drought-tolerant vegetation in common areas, amenity buildings and homesites. The Bonita Bay Group has also teamed up with TECO Peoples Gas to offer natural gas, a more efficient energy source, to single-family homes and amenity buildings in Verandah.

Green Homes ~ The Florida Green Building Coalition will certify all of Verandah's single-family homes. Certification is based on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental health and use of environmentally friendly materials. Buyers will have the opportunity to customize the level of green features in their homes.

River Village ~ Nestled into a picturesque oak hammock near Orange River, Verandah's River Village will be the center of community activities including nine miles of walkways and fitness trails, a river walk and bicycle paths. Oak park -- with hundreds of live oaks and sabal palms, the community Tree House and Nature Center -- provides a scenic 500-foot entry to River Village. Amenity buildings within River Village include the golf house, golf pro shop serving players on the Bob Cupp-designed championship golf course.

The River House features a riverside restaurant, lounge and outdoor seating on a deck. The Boat House offers riverfront decks with incredible views and a canoe and kayak launch for an adventure along the Orange River. A general store is also available. The professionally-staffed tennis and fitness center offers tennis courts, weight training, cardiovascular exercise, lap pool and more under a canopy of towering oak trees.

Golf ~ Old Orange, Verandah's first 18-hole championship golf course, opened in late 2003, along with the 3200-square-foot Golf House pro shop. Inspired by the spectacular oak trees throughout the site, award-winning golf course architect Bob Cupp has created Old Orange in the image of timeless, classical courses like Winged Foot and Oakmont that were created in the 1910s and 19020s. Resident memberships are currently $30,000.

Boating ~ A canoe and kayak launch and storage at the Boat House in River Village will allow Verandah residents to explore the Orange River. Off-site facilities for motorboats are available at nearby Sweetwater Landing. The Bonita Bay Group's full-service public marina on the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Located just minutes nor th of Verandah along SR 31, Sweetwater Landing is currently undergoing renovations and will ultimately offer 70 wet slips, 245 dry slips, a waterfront restaurant, power and water hookups, gas and diesel, shower facilities and a ships store in addition to fuel, boat repairs and detailing service.

Technology ~ State-of-the-art structured wiring that combines fiber optics and coaxial cable brings high-speed data and video service to every home in Verandah including high-speed internet service, 77 channels of cable television, Broadband technology that allows families to use multiple phone lines, send faxes, watch TV and shared access to VCR/DVD players simultaneously--plus other options that enable residents to upgrade these features for one low monthly fee, included in the homeowners' association dues.

Residents will have access to a shopping center without leaving Verandah that includes Publix, Walgreens Colonial Bank and other fine shops and offices.

Condos from $300,000 to $400,000
Single-family homes from mid $400's to $2 million
New construction and resales.

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