Just past the trendy shopping and dining of Third Street in Olde Naples sits one of the country’s most highly regarded waterfront communities. Lavish, perfectly manicured and exceptionally beautiful, Port Royal is the crown jewel of exclusivity in Naples. Comprised of just over 500 estates, Port Royal lies within the boundaries of the Gulf of Mexico to the West, Naples Bay to the East and Gordon Pass to the South. Estate homes on the Gulf enjoy magnificent views of the sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Gulf and breathtaking Florida sunsets, while homes on the opposite side of Gordon Drive enjoy tranquil bay or lake views, lush, tropical surroundings and deep water canal access for boating. Whether on the beach or the bay, these homes are nothing short of exceptional.
Port Royal Naples History
Port Royal was little more than swamp and mangroves when John Glen Sample moved to the area in the late 1930’s. As he began buying up the parcels that make up the Port Royal we know today, he envisioned designing a community to his exact specifications. Named after a 17th century Jamaican city full of pirating and riches, Port Royal went under development in the 1950’s. Lots began to sell- but at first only to buyers that Sample personally liked and found impressive enough to reside in his Port Royal.
Port Royal Naples Amenities & Community Highlights
By the end of the 1950’s, the Port Royal Club opened up as the foremost amenity in Port Royal. For many years membership in the club was based solely on approval by Sample and his wife, and chances of being able to purchase property in Port Royal were diminished without approval to the Club. After Sample died in 1971, this policy was reversed. Still to this day, however, acceptance to the Port Royal Club is an honor available to only a select few. Today the Club offers social and dining events, beautiful beach access, a heated pool, exercise and tennis facilities, and luxurious spa services. Over fifty years after the initial development of Port Royal, original homes in the area are hard to come by as most have been torn down and replaced with some of the most magnificent estate mansions in the world. Take a drive down the wide, tree-lined streets and see for yourself why Port Royal is considered the grandest neighborhood in Naples and one of the most beautiful residential landmarks in the world.