Ave Maria named Community of the Year at the 2021 CBIA Sand Dollar Awards

Ave Maria, Florida is the recipient of the prestigious Community of the Year award presented annually by the Collier Building Industry Association. This is the seventh consecutive year that Ave Maria and its developer, Barron Collier Companies, have won the award in the under $ 500,000 category. The independent panel of judges ranked the communities in Collier County on various criteria, including the quality of the design of all the facilities, the recreation provided (including the clubhouse, golf and tennis facilities and swimming pools) and outdoor use facilities (such as trails, gazebos, sculptures, etc. which add to the quality of the community).

“Receiving this Sand Dollar award seven years in a row is a testament to the exceptional amenities, recreational activities and active lifestyle offered at Ave Maria,” comments Cee Cee Marinelli, Director of Development for Ave Maria. Ave Maria was also recognized by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors as one of the top 25 planned communities in the United States.

The Community of the Year award recognizes Ave Maria’s robust recreational activities, which provide residents with an instant source of leisure and socializing activities. Ave Maria includes a variety of amenities that its owners can enjoy, such as baseball and football fields, basketball and tennis courts, a playground, pétanque courts, softball fields. , a dog park, picnic pavilions and an amphitheater. Ave Maria Water Park is unmatched by any other community in Southwest Florida with two waterslides, interactive water play area, shoreline pool, resort and swim pools, spa, playground volleyball court and a concession area. There are over 100 miles of walking and biking trails that wind through the planned community with breakpoints at lakes and benches. Residents also benefit from an active social calendar organized by the Ave Maria Masters Association which includes outdoor music, arts and crafts festivals, farmers markets, happy hours, family evenings. and holiday-themed events.

Ave Maria offers different types of accommodation, from condominiums and semi-detached villas to single-family homes with 2 to 6 bedrooms with views of the lake, the reserve and the golf course. Four residential home builders in the community are: CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and Pulte Homes. Over 20 model homes are open daily with over 75 floor plans to choose from and prices range from $ 200 to over $ 500.


Ave Maria was named the 2015-2021 Community of the Year, the # 1 selling single-family home community in Southwest Florida, one of the top 25 planned communities in the United States, and its active adult community. , Del Webb Naples, has been named 20 places to retire. Located in Southwest Florida, Ave Maria is a self-contained city featuring shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks, and recreation, and is zoned for all Collier County A-rated public schools. When built, the city will include up to 11,000 residences and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office and business parks on its 4,000 acres. Maria Avenue is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais roads in eastern Collier County. The main entrance, over the oil well just west of Camp Keais, leads into the city center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 25 minutes. For more information, please visit http://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.

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