Marco Island, Florida is a captivating place. It’s just about perfect for anybody looking for a perfect place to relax. From the north end of the island to the south end, the properties here are designed around a fun lifestyle. Eighty percent of the homes are waterfront. Great restaurants are just around the corner. The best part though, are the people. Something magical happens when a community is built around a lifestyle pursuit. We’re all connected by a shared philosophy here. We live on an island.
After you recognize that you must have a piece of Marco Island for yourself, it just becomes a matter of choosing your favorite corner of the island. Here are 8 luxurious neighborhoods nobody should miss.
Simply looking at this neighborhood quickly defines Marco Island. This gated community is located at the north end of the beach. It houses four skyscrapers all offering a beautiful view of the island and the Gulf of Mexico.. The view of Tigertail Beach is fantastic. South Seas is the only community on the island that offers both beachfront and waterfront condos with boat docks. Nothing can be more Marco than this!
With 6 astounding skyscrapers and waterfront and beachfront condos in Marco Island, Cape Marco is another great place to live and is located on the southwest corner of Marco Island. This is another gated community and represents the pinnacle of what a luxury beach condo is all about. Its six-buildings named Cozumel, Merida, Tampico, Monterrey, Veracruz, and Belize, all offer a slightly different theme. This makes everything dynamic and aesthetic for residents in this luxurious neighborhood.
Going back to the north end- more specifically, northwest, the Hideaway Beach will amaze. If you desire a classical country club ambiance, this neighborhood is the perfect. With its meticulously maintained golf course, Hideaway Beach has it all. The country club is also a great place to meet new people and make new friends. Hideaway Beach Club real estate offers inland and beachfront homes, too.
Marco Island’s beach is famous but the beach isn’t the only attraction for your satisfaction. The River Area is located along the eastern part of Marco Island and is condo-free. That’s right. Only houses mostly on “water-direct” lots exist in the River Area. If you have a large boat, you can navigate into the Marco River and then to the Gulf without having to pass under any low bridges. Take in the beautiful scenery of boats going through the river on their way to the main gulf. Consisting of a mix of older and newer homes, the River Area offers a serene, quiet atmosphere, away from the busy beachfront.
Going back to the north, Old Marco’s name hints at the history of Marco Island. Established long before the Mackle Brothers developed Marco Island in the 1960s, Old Marco now consists of luxury homes, waterfront condos and a few of the island’s best restaurants. The lots here are almost all “water-direct,” so if a short trip to the Gulf is important, check out Old Marco.
Another gated community, Key Marco, is a unique one. This neighborhood has a great clubhouse. One thing that makes it truly unique is its view of the water. Manatees and dolphins are always around. They have a marina facility with boat docks. This neighborhood is highly rated, and its market values are skyrocketing. They have a minimum house size that is 3000 square feet.
For people who love viewing boats or sailing them, the South End is the right place for you. With quick access to the gulf, boaters can sail to their hearts’ desire. Another bonus for south end residents is the proximity to the beach. So if one decides to relax, the beach is just a walking distance from your home. This neighborhood offers condos and houses – both inland and waterfront. The neighborhood is also near the famous Marco Walk shopping center where they can enjoy the fine dining scene, a movie or an ice cream cone.
This is the most luxurious neighborhood one can get. This is a top-notch real estate neighborhood with complete amenities. The lots are big, the houses are big and the boats are big. The homes here are absolutely world-class and the views are spectacular. Homes here range in price from a million to ten million.
Choosing the right neighborhood is always hard because each offers different experiences, adventures, views, etc. If a convenient lifestyle is what you need, a high-rise condo is perfect. If you prefer a serene and suburban-like place, then there are great neighborhoods for that. Boat lovers would choose to be near a river or a bay. Beach lovers have the best beach in the world here. In the end, no matter what neighborhood you choose, Marco Island’s charm will never fail to satisfy.
Dan Boyle is a Realtor® in Marco Island, Florida specializing in waterfront and beachfront property. He is the team leader of The Boyle Team and has authored several in-depth guides to buying Florida real estate and second homes.