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The Naples International Film Festival!

NIFF 2013 PosterNaples is such a great place to live; not only for its beautiful beaches and luxurious homes, but for the culture you find here.  As a Realtor I support many cultural events in town.  One of my favorite weeks of the year is when the Naples International Film Festival is here.

The Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) brings wonderful films to Naples in one action packed week of drama and parties.  There are Independent Narrative Features, Documentaries, and Short Films, as well as exciting Q&As with visiting filmmakers, spectacular parities, and events!

To view the Entire 2013 NIFF Film Festival Lineup, and for film and ticket information, please CLICK HERE!

Tickets are now on sale for the full NIFF 2013 film festival lineup!

Opening Night Film   & Party
Thursday,   November 7, 2013   – 7:00 PM
Artis—Naples
(Formerly The Philharmonic Center for the Arts)Get ready for an amazing night at the Fifth Annual Naples International Film Festival Opening Night Film & Party!  Our Opening Night Film will be the Florida premiere of the narrative feature film Hank and Asha.   Hank and Asha is a modern love story about an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker, who begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to   face.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for a discussion immediately following the film.  After the film presentation, VIP ticket holders will enjoy food, drinks, and a fabulous party at Artis—Naples featuring live music by Clint Wiley’s None Other band.

VIP  FILM & PARTY TICKET ($159)
GENERAL ADMISSION FILM TICKET ($29)

Click Here for tickets or call the Artis—Naples box office, (239) 597-1900.

Tickets for the Opening Night Film & Party are available exclusively through Artis—Naples.

Saturday Night Party at The Bay House
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 9:30 PM The Bay House restaurant.

Once again the Naples International Film Festival is throwing a party and everyone is invited!  Eat, drink, mix and mingle with visiting filmmakers as we celebrate the Fifth Annual Naples International Film Festival weekend. Enjoy the casual, riverside setting as you nibble on The Bay House’s award-winning coastal cuisine or sip a cocktail under the stars on the patio. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 per person at the door and include:• One complimentary drink ticket upon arrival
• Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & sweet treats
• Enjoy live music by The Jacob Jeffries Band
• Groove with DJ DIGGZ as he spins the night away

Click Here to get your tickets now!  I encourage you to support this wonderful event. 

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results. I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist. I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.

When you’re looking for an extraordinary home, you deserve extraordinary service.  Please call me, Frank Petras, at (239) 595-2221 or visit www.FrankPetras.com.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

La Playa Beach & Golf Club – Exclusive, Sophisticated, Beautiful

Located on Vanderbilt Beach, La Playa is more than just a 5 star hotel on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  It is a place where friends can spend time together on the beach, share stories over a bottle of wine and fine food, or lounge together poolside.

La Playa HotelLa Playa Beach Club’s tropical island atmosphere reflects casual elegance, not stuffy, truly the essence of Naples, set in an intimate oasis of comfort and sophistication, offering superior service and exceptional amenities.

The La Playa Beach & Golf Club has been meticulously planned to fulfill members’ every expectation.  There are poolside cabanas, a fully equipped fitness center, a spa, and a private dining room for Members Only that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.  Naples most exclusive private club has left nothing to chance in providing its members with a truly unique experience – and you cannot overlook how beautiful this place is.

Members and their guests also enjoy the La Playa Golf Club, one of Naples’ finest and most diverse golf courses, The Bob Cupp-designed 6,900, par 72 golf course features a variety of challenging fairways, holes and tees surrounded by a gently sloping terrain punctuated by 14 lakes and water features as well as exotic, colorful landscaping.

Parents and kids alike enjoy the Tiki Bar, Kids Camps, and a full calendar of events and activities that make the club lifestyle pleasurable.  You can call La Playa Beach & Country Club for membership information at (239) 254-5000The Golf Club can be reached at (239) 254-5001.  The Beach Club is located at 9891 Gulf Shore Drive.

La Playa PoolThe beautiful La Playa Beach & Golf Club affords the Naples area the most exclusive beach and golf club, where members can enjoy an equally private paradise of their own, make new friends, or be surrounded with your own family and friends.
So, if you are looking for an extraordinary private club on the beach to spend time with friends and family, La Playa is your place.

And when you’re looking for an extraordinary home, you deserve extraordinary service.  Please call me, Frank Petras, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, at (239) 595-2221 or online at www.FrankPetras.com

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results. I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist. I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Naples Walking Tour

Have You Taken a Naples Historic District Walking Tour?

 

Whether you’re a full-time or part-time resident of Naples, this activity is sure to please!

historic naples photoTour the original Naples-on-the-Gulf, imagining it as it was at the end of the nineteenth century.

Walk along historic Third Street South and learn where the original movie theater, general store and gas station operated.

Visit the location where the Grand Naples Hotel once stood and hosted numerous famous and esteemed guests!

Stroll through the neighborhoods of Old Naples where notables such as the DuPonts and the city’s founders, the Haldemans, once lived.

You’ll enjoy this very popular 2.5-hour walking tour while enjoying colorful anecdotes about the people and places of Old Naples.

In October, tours take place the first Wednesday of each month at 9am starting at Palm Cottage™.

Admission is $16.00 per person and reservations are required.

Visit http://www.napleshistoricalsociety.org for more information on the Naples Historic Walking Tour.

And for real estate information you can trust, please call me, Frank Petras, at (239) 595-2221 or visit www.FrankPetras.com.

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

It’s Stone Crab Festival Time!

Food lovers cannot get enough of the Florida Stone Crab; I have been enjoying them my whole life!  The stone crab season runs from October 15 to May 15 each year along the Gulf Coast from Mexico to Florida.

stone crabsIn Naples, the Stone Crab Festival is an action-packed weekend taking place at various locations on the historic Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront, and Port-O-Call Marina.  Plenty of fresh, locally-harvested stone crab claws, fish and shellfish, live music, events, art, vendors and many fun activities for the entire family!

This year’s festival is taking place on October 25-27, 2013.  It runs from Friday afternoon and evening through Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  Admission is free!  For more information, call (239) 594-2978.

For local real estate knowledge that goes beyond what others provide, please call me, Frank Petras, at (239) 595-2221 or visit www.FrankPetras.com.

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.

If you miss the Festival, there is still time to enjoy a plate of fresh stone crabs at your favorite Naples seafood restaurant.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Be Inspired & Discover What You Love with Photos

What to make of a social network with mostly photos and few words?

pinterestPinterest, which reached 46 million visitors in July, according to ComScore, is a website and app that lets users “pin” photos and Web links of things they’re interested in.  You can browse categories to see what folks think of, say, wedding dresses, sunflowers and chicken pot pie, and businesses can post photos and links to try and grow their sales.

Pinterest recently introduced a tool called “Rich Pins,” which lets retailers provide extra information about what’s being pinned.  For instance, if an online clothing retailer displays an image, Pinterest also includes the price, size and color, says Evan Sharp, a Pinterest co-founder.  “That helps us make it easier to discover.”  Sharp describes Pinterest as a place “to help people discover what they love, and inspire them to do those things in their real life.”

Women gravitate to Pinterest’s visual appeal; now the social network is making a concentrated effort to reach out to small businesses to start using the service as it seeks to expand its audience base.  Pinterest has yet to accept advertising – it’s expected to start experimenting with monetization next year – but it’s open for business for folks looking to market to consumers.  Some folks don’t get what all the hoopla is about, but those who understand it, love it.

Courtney Jentzen, who makes custom wedding invitations, regularly “pins” her work on Pinterest, and gets lots of feedback – and inquiries.  Making Pinterest cooler than any other social network – at least for Jentzen – is the click-through.  Click the photo once, see the picture; click it again, and it takes you straight to the company website.  “No one else does that,” she says.  “For me to post a tweet would be showcasing a thought, but since I’m visually based, Pinterest is such a bigger deal,” she says.  “A pin can create a ripple effect.  I post it, it shows up on someone else’s page, and it goes from there.

Realtors can and should take advantage of Pinterest by posting photos of listings, especially if you live in a world renowned paradise where the homes are bigger than some motels and have views of striking sunsets over emerald waters like Naples.  I have been a member of Pinterest for a while now, and I love to look at all the beautiful photos from places to live or visit, fabulous clothing and shoes, to recipes that look amazing.  A picture is truly worth a thousand words.  Pinterest inspires me, it helps me envision the things I love.  It also allows me to create my own thoughts instead of someone thinking for me.  Now what is more creative or special than that?

Consumers can’t spend enough time with it. Kelsey Junger loves “everything” about Pinterest. “I’m a teacher, so all the school ideas, fashion and that stuff.” How many hours a day does she spend on Pinterest? “Too many … about two hours.”

Pinterest launched in 2010, and struggled for a year until women began to discover it and began spreading the word.  Growth has been ultra-fast.  Some 140 folks work at Pinterest; a year ago, the company had just 15 employees.  Maybe Realtors could help launch Pinterest into the stratosphere like Facebook or Twitter – imagine all the beautiful home photos that are taken for luxury home listings.  They should be posted and pinned.  Are you planning on listing your house for sale?  If so, I would love to post a photo and see what happens.

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.  If you are ready to buy or sell now, please call me, Frank Petras, at (239) 595-2221 or visit www.FrankPetras.com.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Source: USA TODAY 2013

“Where do the Locals Go for Good Seafood?”

bay house rstntEvery tourist or “snowbird” asks these questions “Where do the locals go for good seafood?” or “Where can I find a good restaurant where the locals eat?”  Well, one of Naples hidden treasures is undoubtedly The Bay House located in North Naples just off Highway 41 overlooking the pristine natural setting of the Cocohatchee River.

The beauty of the Bay House grabs you as soon as you park the car.  Guests are greeted through a patio garden with space to host a large party along with a fire pit to keep everyone warm on one of our “cool” winter evenings, and plenty of seating for all to gather-round….and the food is divine!  There is also outdoor dining overlooking the river behind The Bay House.

Since 1990, The Bay House has been one of Naples’ best hidden and most pleasant surprises. Tucked away from all the rest of Naples, you will find this grand and gracious house perched over the Cocohatchee River, surrounded by mangroves, with an unparalleled view of the water.

Partners, Dr. “Bud” Negley and Peter Tierney, have made The Bay House a destination for foodies and families, special occasions, or just a night out with friends. The Bay House prides itself on gracious hospitality, where the service is as important as the quality and taste of the food. And, with the addition of The Claw Bar at Tierney’s Tavern, The Bay House now offers Naples’ best stone crab claws, raw oysters, bar fare and a more casual environment with nightly live music.

Don’t miss this Naples Original; come by with the family or bring a large group and enjoy one of Naples hidden treasures located at 799 Walkerbilt Road.  Here’s the Bay House Menu for those of you who like to be prepared.  They accept reservations in the main dining room for dinner & Sunday brunch. They do not take reservations in the tavern. Call 239.591.3837 or reserve online.

For more of Naples best kept secrets, please call me. Frank Petras, at (239) 595-2221 or visit www.FrankPetras.com

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

10 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer in Naples, Florida

Here are some ideas of how to beat the heat if you find yourself traveling around Collier County this summer: 

  1. Enjoy a large soda while you see a summer blockbuster at Regal Hollywood 20 – Despicable Me 2 looks good!  Or if you want wine with your movie, Silverspot at Mercato serves things up right.
  2. Enjoy a frozen yogurt with all the toppings – because you deserve it!
  3. Spend some time in the lazy river at Sun N Fun Lagoon – they keep the water in the park super cool and refreshing all the time.  For more excitement, ride the slides.
  4. Sit under the famous Naples Pier out of the sun watching the waves crash; it is so much cooler in the shade. 
  5. Go house hunting with Frank to find your dream home!
  6. Spend time in your new living room watching your favorite TV show with Comcast on demand.
  7. Go swimming in your new swimming pool.
  8. Go to Germain BMW to buy a new car for your new garage.
  9. Take advantage of summer sales all over town for house hold items you must have.
  10. Enjoy a fabulous dinner at one of Naples fine restaurants to celebrate all you have accomplished this summer. 

For more information on what’s happening around Naples and for real estate updates, please call me, Frank Petras, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.  I can be reached at (239) 595-2221 or online at www.FrankPetras.com. 

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas. 

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

July 4th Holiday Celebrations in Naples for all Ages

Red White and Bloom

Naples is known for its parades and wonderful fireworks set off twice a year at the famous Naples Pier.  Thousands of people pack the beach early to take in the sunset while enjoying picnic food until the fireworks go off after dark. 

This year the Naples Botanical Gardens is adding to the celebration with their own event “Red, White and Bloom.”  The Naples Botanical Gardens’ summer holiday event on July 4th begins at 6 p.m.  Enjoy the beautiful gardens and stay for fabulous music and food on beach chairs and blankets.  The “Red, White and Bloom” Festival features musical stylings of The Gladezmen, The Wholetones, and Marc Dobson’s One Man Band.  Refreshments and barbecue will be available all evening as the sun sets over the spectacular garden backdrop!  Arrive early for the best seat; music starts at 7 p.m.  For more information, call (239) 643-7275.

The City of Naples 4th of July festivities also offer an exciting way to celebrate Independence Day through an all-American parade and a brilliant fireworks display from Naples Pier!  The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Naples at Broad Avenue S., and continuing on Third Street S. and Fifth Avenue S.  The parade is filled with festive floats and is fun for the whole family!  The fireworks begin launching off of the Naples Pier at 9 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m.  Set up your lounge chair or blanket for an exciting summer holiday night on the beach!  For more information, call (239) 213-1030.

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas. 

When you need to know about the Naples market you should reach for an expert.  Please call me, Frank Petras, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, at (239) 595-2221 or online at www.FrankPetras.com  Happy Fourth of July!

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Things to Do in Old Naples (Downtown)

fifth ave south

With school out for the summer many parents (and Grandparents) are looking for things to do and places to go with children of all ages.  Whether you enjoy a day at the beach or a day of culture and learning there are plenty of options.  Here is a list of ideas, all of which can be found in beautiful Downtown Naples:

Fifth Avenue South
Third Street South
Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center
Cambier Park
Naples Backyard History
Naples City Dock
Naples Historical Society 
Naples Pier 
Norris Center for the Performing Arts
Sugden Theatre
The von Liebig Art Center
Tin City Waterfront Shops

When you need to know about the Naples market reach for an expert.  Please call me, Frank Petras, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.  I can be reached at (239) 595-2221 or online at www.FrankPetras.com

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas. 

Waiting may seem wise, but that magical market value you are waiting on may not be so wonderful if you can’t attract the buyers.

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Things to Do in North Naples

 

With school out for the summer many parents (and Grandparents) are looking for things to do and places to go with children of all ages.  Whether you enjoy a day at the beach or a day of culture and learning there are plenty of options.  Here is a list of ideas, all of which can be found in the family friendly area of North Naples:

Artis-Naples
Bowland Beacon
Delnor Wiggins State Park
Golisano Children’s Museum
Mercato
Naples Museum of Art
North Collier Regional Park
Pelican Bay County Park
Silverspot Cinema
Sun-N-Fun Lagoon
Vanderbilt Beach
Veteran’s Community Park
Waterside Shops

When you need to know about the Naples market, reach for an expert.  Please call me, Frank Petras, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.  I can be reached at (239) 595-2221 or online at www.FrankPetras.com

As a REALTOR in Naples, Florida with a very impressive international client list, I am known for my incomparable market knowledge, exceptional customer service, superior negotiating skills, high-end global targeted marketing and tremendous results.  I have an unrivaled reputation as a luxury property specialist.  I have earned local and national recognition for marketing and selling multimillion dollar luxury waterfront and golf course estates and other fine properties in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and the surrounding areas. 

Voted Best Real Estate Agent in Client Satisfaction in Southwest Florida – Gulfshore Life Magazine

John R. Woods’ Emerald and Platinum Circles of Excellence

Realty Alliance Leading Residential Real Estate Sales Professional in North America

Appointed to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

Awarded Million Dollar Guild Recognition by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing