Best Gated Communities in Florida

If you are considering a move to the Sunshine State of Florida, you will definitely want to check out Southwest Florida, Florida's most attractive and thriving region. With perfect year-round weather, a stunning natural environment and easy access through Florida's major highways and regional airports, you will find Southwest Florida a terrific location for you and a great spot for your friends and family to visit. Throughout this area, you will find the best gated communities in Florida. Whether you are searching for a step up from your current home, a purchase of an existing home or construction of a new home, a vacation home or right-sizing for your active, empty nest lifestyle, Maria Coleman Ditty is the best real estate agent in the region to help you with your search. Clients of Maria's appreciate how she begins the process by getting to know them, helping to discern what they are seeking in their next home, and professionally working to match a client's budget with great housing value.

Having lived in Southwest Florida since 1999, Maria has been in the real estate business for over 12 years during which time she has become an expert on the best gated communities in Florida. Gated communities are naturally appealing to many home buyers because of the professional, thoughtful planning that goes into the design of them. The best gated communities in Florida have consumer-driven features that buyers find attractive:

  • A planned footprint in a desirable location
  • Gated community security features
  • A well-thought-out street layout that makes sense
  • Preservation of green space
  • Lifestyle amenities that may include great golf, a clubhouse and recreational facilities that encourage physical activity, community neighborliness, and more.

Maria Coleman Ditty works diligently to help her clients find a perfect home in some of the best gated communities in Florida. In the area between Fort Myers and Naples, Maria's list of the best gated communities in Florida include:

  • Moody River Estates, just minutes from downtown Fort Myers, a new planned community with both new construction and existing homes for resale. Its peaceful riverfront location provides a tranquil environment with nature preserves, paved walking and biking trails, a 100 year-old Banyan tree and oak tree lined streets. Many of the homes in Moody River Estates are on canals with Gulf access, making your boating and fishing as simple as it gets. Moody River Estates construction has been masterminded with excellence at the core. With a range of coach homes and single family homes and a variety of amazing floor plans to suit your taste, you will readily find the home of your dreams. The amenities for home owners at Moody River Estates are second to none. Along with your 7,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, your recreational options include social rooms, a fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, two heated pools, an outstanding playground and a community boat ramp with Gulf access. Low HOA fees cover landscaping, irrigation, basic cable and high speed internet. Moody River Estates deserves its location on Maria Coleman Ditty's list of best gated communities in Florida.
  • Bonita National, a Lennar golf and country club community that is always on the lists of best gated communities in Florida. You will be thrilled with the 18-hole Gordon Lewis championship golf course, a range of fitness facilities, swimming, a tennis center and other resort-style amenities, even an outdoor restaurant! Lennar designed and built homes are known for their high quality construction, top-of-the-line appliances and carefully-thought-out floor plans with location in a community that has been designed for an unparalleled lifestyle. Bonita National's homes, located in a tranquil setting of natural beauty, are available with a widespread range of size, design and pricing options
  • Corkscrew Shores, between Fort Myers and Naples, with a bounty of home options ranging from Cottage, to Manor, to Estate, to Premier housing. You will love touring these beautiful Pulte-built homes in this well-planned community. Built around a tranquil 240-acre blue lake offering a range of water activities, along with an abundance of other terrific amenities, you can be as active or kicked back as you choose. With a great clubhouse and activities center, spa, aerobics studio and conference center, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, walking trails, outdoor fire pits and more, Corkscrew Shores deserves to be on Maria Coleman Ditty's list of the Best Gated Communities in Florida.
  • Shadow Wood Country Club in Estero with an outstanding selection of great homes that will deliver the perfect fit for you. Amazing home styles include custom estate single-family homes, traditional single-family homes, villas and coach home neighborhoods. Shadow Wood at the Brooks is a family golf community of nearly 1500 homes, a town center, 350 acres of nature preserves, walking and biking trails, and 85 lakes. Within this region, Shadow Wood has defined itself as an outstanding gated community that stands out with its gorgeous surroundings, excellent location and lifestyle. Of course it is on Maria Coleman Ditty's list of Best Gated Communities in Florida!
  • Belle Lago, with 447 homes, earning its place on Maria's list of Best Gated Communities in Florida. As a delightful gated community, Belle Lago has become the choice of discriminating buyers who recognize the quality of home and life in this Toll Brothers community. This exclusive private community of single-family residences with a range of styles and sizes is located between nature preserves and the tranquil lakes of Estero. Belle Lago has a delightful clubhouse, a resort-style pool and whirlpool with a wading area for children, exercise room, billiards room and tennis and basketball courts. You will love Belle Lago for the exclusive community that it is as well as its location between Naples and Fort Myers, just north of Bonita Springs, in Estero.

Contact Maria Coleman Real Estate today at and let Maria bring her list of the best gated communities in Florida to your search for a dream home.