Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club
Seneca once suggested that any wind is the right wind for those who don’t know the harbour they seek. Of course, it doesn’t take too much deliberation to appreciate that some winds are certainly fairer than others, and to that point, in Southwest Florida there is only one harbour where the breezes are so marvelously enhanced by more comforting measures of bliss, it has emerged among the most sought after of locations for in-the-know homebuyers. When it comes to master planned developments, Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club exists as the quintessential expression of luxury and exclusivity. Though Gulf Harbour has earned prominence as “the one and only” golf and yacht club combo in sunny Fort Myers, there can be no understating of the quality reflected in the architectural array of home options, or for that matter, the quality of the amenities available to all who live here. Such quality combines with the natural beauty of glistening lakes and green preservation areas to position Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club in a class of its own as the epitome of excellence.
Homes & Neighborhoods
Located along historic McGregor Boulevard as well as the coastal periphery of the Caloosahatchee River (only a little more than four nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico) Gulf Harbour gloriously encompasses some 547 acres of space in paradise. The community is comprised more than two dozen distinctive neighborhoods with each respectively imparting their own unique aesthetic characteristics made all the more compelling given the views of lakes, nature preserves and fairways of the 18-hole championship golf course. Each neighborhood is architecturally nuanced by one of the variety of home styles which can be found within Gulf Harbour. The neighborhoods of Bellavista, Harbour Landings, Harbour Links and Longpond Village feature low to mid-rise condominiums. Neighborhoods such as The Shores, The Paramount and Palmas Del Sol also feature condos, but in this case, they’re perched along the picturesque shores of the Caloosahatchee. Other neighborhoods, such as Coronado, Grand Cay and Mariposa are graced by two-story coach-style townhouses while spacious single-family homes can be found among the prestigious neighborhoods of Admiral’s Isle, Crescent Cove, Edgewater, Marblehead Manor, Osprey Landing, Osprey Point, River’s Edge and Seaside Estates. The vast array of home options, floor plans and price points from more than $200k to several million empower potential homebuyers to better determine which style is best-suited for requirements of their lifestyles and budget. And no matter the neighborhood in which one resides, superior standards of building, structural integrity and excellence in interior and exterior elements is evidenced throughout, as is consistent with the overall upscale characteristic of the community. As homeowners, residents are responsible for paying Master Homeowner Association fees of $1,080 per year, as well as other homeowner association fees that vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The condo neighborhood association fees typically range from $900 to more than $4,000 per quarter while single-family home neighborhoods may be less than $1,000 per year. These fees help cover the costs of maintaining roads, landscaping, upkeep to common areas as well as security services along the gated accesses of the community.
Beyond the available variety of home options, residents of Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club are greeted with an amazing array of amenities which further accentuates the quality of life imparted here. Southwest Florida has been heralded as the “Golf Capital of the World” and the 18-hole championship course of Gulf Harbour represents a jewel in that crown. Designed by legendary Golf Course Architect Chip Powell, the course offers 6,700 yards of action complemented by tropical landscaping and community water features. The course caters to players of all skill levels. There is also an aqua driving range, a well-stocked pro-shop and a staff of PGA professionals who provide classes or one-on-one guidance on how to improve your game.
Equal attention to detail was exacted in developing Gulf Harbour’s tennis facility and the program here has ranked among the best in the region. There are eight tennis courts (Hydro Grid clay) which are lit for play after the sun has set. The tennis program boasts several hundred members and almost two dozen different leagues making it among the most-active of any in Southwest Florida. The tennis complex also features a pro shop and a staff of helpful trainers who have each been certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.
Fitness Center & Full Spa
Beyond golf and tennis, residents have numerous other advantages in maintaining an active and fit lifestyle. There’s an 8,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center, a Junior Olympic resort-style swimming pool and sauna. Kids can even keep active at their own specially-designed play ground. When ready to rest aching muscles, residents can happily relax in the hot tub or, better yet, enjoy a rub-down at Gulf Harbour’s full service spa facility.
The architectural centerpiece of activities at Gulf Harbour is the sophisticated, waterfront community clubhouse. The clubhouse encompasses more than 30,000 square-feet of exceptional space. There is ample allure for formal dining as well as casual dining such as that provided by Johnny Brown’s Restaurant. Beyond there are special activity rooms and space sufficient for hosting larger social events. The elegance of the clubhouse and the excellence imparted by chefs and servers have made Gulf Harbour’s clubhouse one of the region’s most popular venues for hosting wedding & anniversary celebrations, birthday parties and you-name-it in society galas large and small.
Gulf Harbour’s marina is located just outside the clubhouse. The marina offers 186 slips to accommodate yachts ranging from 30 to 100 feet in length. There is also a full service fueling station, a ship’s store and all the necessities to provide electricity, television and telephone services for those who need it. Located at Marker #73 on the Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf Harbour’s Marina is only a little more than four nautical miles from the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
And no matter whether one plays golf or tennis; regardless if one prefers to lounge by the pool or cruise upon the waves, there is something still greater than any singular activity available at Gulf Harbour … the spirit of community. This is a family-friendly, pet-friendly and neighborly community that appeals to people of all ages and origins. The community makes a practice of helping each resident readily connect with special clubs or activities that are aligned with their respective interests. For that matter, it’s important to note that residents do not simply enjoy access to amenities; they actually have an ownership stake in the amenities.
As a member-owned club, Gulf Harbour allows residents to choose between two categories of membership. The equity Golf membership
allows for year-round playing of golf and use of all practice facilities. It additionally allows members to participate in the full slate of tournaments and events that occur here, and grants full access to all other activities in the way of clubhouse dining, tennis, fitness center and more. Golf memberships additionally cover spouses and children (up to 22 years in age). Initiation fees for equity golf memberships are priced from $30,000. There is also a “Sports” category of membership. Equity Sports Membership is priced from $3,000 and allows members to enjoy access to all community amenities with the exception of golf. In this case, access to unlimited golf is only available from the months of May through October.
While Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club provides resident with many reasons to stay close to home, the fact remains that all additionally benefit from having connectivity to the larger community of Fort Myers. Only minutes from Gulf Harbour, residents can access a full range of shopping centers, restaurants and cultural attractions. Families will appreciate the proximity to a number of schools, but there are also churches, healthcare providers and many other professional services just beyond the grounds of Gulf Harbour.
For the variety and affordability of home options, for the quality imbued in amenities and delivery of services, for its natural beauty and location, Gulf Harbour remains one of Southwest Florida’s most outstanding residential communities. All of these qualities have collectively contributed to Gulf Harbour’s earning of numerous awards which include “Best” waterfront community in the region. Though harbors are conventionally considered to be a place where sailors can find safe haven in a storm, this community is today recognized among the most esteemed of sanctuaries to the storms of homebuyers who have sought to secure their personal space in paradise. This community offers more than just somewhere to live, but a quality of lifestyle that is succinctly Southwest Florida; and it just doesn’t get any greater than Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club.