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The definitive waterfront real estate community of Port Royal in Naples Florida is considered by some to be one of the finest living areas to be found anywhere in the world. Many Port Royal residents delight in the striking water views visible in most directions and from the comfort of their own backyards. Naples Bay to the east and Gordon’s Pass to the south along with a multitude of intermingling channels and waterways throughout the community grant inhabitants immediate boat access to the Gulf. Housing approximately 450 estate-sized residences, Port Royal shares its western border with the Gulf of Mexico, providing a restful environment for enjoyable walks on the beach. This is the perfect locale to pause for a moment and contemplate one of Naples Florida’s colorful sunsets.
These days, Port Royal is synonymous with lavish spending, opulent living and the jet-set lifestyle of its residents. However, this may not have been the vision of Port Royal as seen by its original founder and developer, John Glen Sample. A retired advertising executive from Chicago, Illinois, Sample and his wife purchased property in Naples Florida between 1938 and 1950 totaling about two square miles and for an estimated $54,000. Named for the famous Jamaican pirate haven, Sample set out to market Port Royal to potential homebuyers in his own way, insisting on personally screening and approving each applicant.
In 1959, Sample created the members-only Port Royal Club, and later established the Hole in the Wall golf course, the second in Naples (Naples Beach Club is first) and the second amenity for Port Royal residents, a new concept at the time. Driven by his vision of what Port Royal should be, Sample’s final selections, were not high-level personages, just ordinary people with one common goal, to live life to the fullest and fulfill their dreams. If this is your goal, click here to find out how you can make your dream a reality.