A Luxury Rental Community
Welcome to Ascend Naples, a luxury rental community planned for eastern Collier County. Situated on approximately 17.5 acres, Ascend Naples is being designed with the needs of community members and future residents in mind.
From living spaces centered around bringing people together to thoughtful design focused on protecting the quality of life of nearby residents, Ascend Naples plans to be a community that fits the character of the surrounding neighborhoods while creating much needed rental housing for Collier County’s workforce.
About the Developer
Founded in 1984, CIG Communities is a full-service, family-owned real estate company with extensive experience in developing and managing residential properties. A Cincinnati-based company with ties to Southwest Florida, CIG Communities prides itself on creating exceptional living experiences that provide value for residents that complement the character of surrounding locations.
CIG Communities offers a full range of services, providing innovative solutions to housing developments across the country. CIG Communities is invested in the neighborhoods it serves, creating vibrant communities by partnering with local groups, as well as national nonprofits such as Make a Wish and Toys for Tots, to foster a sense of place for its residents.
Ascend Naples is located along Vanderbilt Beach Road, approximately half a mile east of Logan Boulevard on approximately 17.5 acres in urban Golden Gate Estates. It is near several planned development communities, including Island Walk and the Vineyards.
All Ascend Naples residents will have access to a variety of amenities, including a swimming pool and jacuzzi, a pet spa and pet park, a fitness room, game room and club room with a covered outdoor entertaining area.
Additional amenities include: conference rooms, outdoor kitchen and grilling stations, fire pit, bicycle racks and indoor bicycle storage, electric vehicle chargers, valet trash service, private garages and storage units.
The project includes 208 rental units, approximately 30% of which will be set aside for families earning between 80% and 100% of the area median income, or approximately $74,450 to $98,600 for a family of four.
One-, two- and three-bedroom units will be available with rents ranging from $1,362 a month to $3,600 a month, depending on unit size, location and income qualifications.
Housing affordability has been a growing concern among Collier County leaders and Ascend Naples will provide necessary inventory to allow essential workers, such as teachers, first responders and hospital workers, to live in the community they serve.
CIG Communities understands the importance of being a good neighbor and protecting the character of surrounding neighborhoods. At Ascend Naples, that means:
Buildings will not exceed the County’s building height restriction of two stories, and will showcase stunning architectural details that will complement neighboring developments.
The proposed “big home” residential structure, which provides a modern farmhouse architectural aesthetic, is consistent with the Golden Gate Area Master Plan and provides an updated design that is compatible with the neighborhood.
Setbacks of 80 feet to the west and 110 feet to the south will be established to serve as a natural buffer to nearby residential areas.
Preserves throughout the property will create a habitat for wildlife.
Community access will be limited to Vanderbilt Beach Road, meaning traffic on adjacent residential roads will not be impacted. Ascend Naples understands and fully appreciates Cherry Wood Drive is a low-speed, low-traffic local road and, as such, there will be no access onto Cherry Wood Drive.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ascend Naples?
Ascend Naples is a luxury, multifamily residential community being planned for 17.5 acres on Vanderbilt Beach Road. The community is being developed by CIG Communities and is being designed with the needs of current and future residents in mind. The plans envision a community that fits the character of the surrounding neighborhood while creating much needed rental housing for Collier County’s workforce.
Where is it located?
Ascend Naples is located along Vanderbilt Beach Road, approximately a half mile east of Logan Boulevard on approximately 17.5 acres in the urban Golden Gate Estates.
What else is nearby?
Ascend Naples is near several existing planned communities. Island Walk is located immediately across Vanderbilt Beach Road to the north, while the Vineyards is located to the west of the Ascend Naples site. Additionally, there are several commercial and retail offerings to the east of the location.
The project abuts the Palm Royale Cemetery and Mausoleum to the east. A single-family home is located to the west of the site, while Cherry Road Drive and single-family homes are located to the south of the site.
How many units will be built?
The Ascend Naples plans call for 208 units. Approximately 30% of the units at Ascend Naples will be set aside as essential workforce housing. Half of these units will be set aside for people making less than 80% of the area median income (AMI), or $74,450 for a family of four. The remaining 15% of the units will be set aside for families making less than 100% of AMI, or $98,600 for a family of four.
What types of amenities are included?
All Ascend Naples residents will have access to a variety of amenities, including a swimming pool and jacuzzi, a pet spa and pet park, fitness room, game room and a club room with a covered, outdoor entertaining area.
Additional amenities include conference rooms, an outdoor kitchen and grilling station, fire pit, bicycle racks and indoor bicycle storage, electric vehicle chargers, valet trash service, private garages and storage.
How much will rent be?
One-, two- and three-bedroom units will be available at Ascend Naples. Rents will range from $1,362 a month to $3,600 a month, depending on unit size, location and income qualifications.
How will people access the community?
Community access will be limited to a single entry from Vanderbilt Beach Road. A dedicated right-turn lane from Vanderbilt Beach Road has been proposed, as well as a dedicated eastbound right-turn lane exiting the community.
A second, emergency-only access driveway is also planned. This driveway will only be accessible to emergency vehicles and can only be accessed from Vanderbilt Beach Road.
Will there be a traffic light?
No traffic light is planned for the community.
How will this impact traffic on Vanderbilt Beach Road?
Vanderbilt Beach Road is a six-lane urban roadway, designed to handle significant vehicular traffic. It’s anticipated this project will have a minimal impact on traffic on Vanderbilt Beach Road, with approximately 110 average trips during peak hours.
You can learn more about the traffic impact, here.
How will this impact traffic on Cherry Wood Drive?
Ascend Naples understands and fully appreciates that Cherry Wood Drive is a low-speed, low-traffic local road. As such, there will be no access onto Cherry Wood Drive.
Additionally, CIG Communities has committed to take additional steps to ensure that there is no bicycle or pedestrian access to Cherry Wood Drive. The community will be gated, with a decorative wall or fencing around the entire project.
How will this impact Cherry Wood Drive residents?
CIG Communities is taking a variety of steps to ensure there is minimum impact to residential neighbors to the south and west of Ascend Naples. This includes committing to build two-story, “big home” structures, which not only fits the aesthetic of the surrounding community but is also consistent with the Golden Gate Area Master Plan.
Additionally, an 80-foot setback to the west and a 110-foot setback to the south is planned, serving as a natural buffer to residential areas. Preserves will be located throughout the property, creating a habitat for wildlife. CIG Communities has also committed to enhanced, supplemental plantings to ensure robust buffering and screening.
Why is this project needed?
Collier County has experienced an increased demand in rental apartment units due to the growing population. Housing inventory is limited throughout the county and prices have seen a substantial increase in recent years.
Ascend Naples will help address current and future demands for rental units in Collier County. Once completed, the community will provide a diversity of housing options, particularly for Collier County’s workforce, and help address gaps in the existing housing market.
Ascend Naples Virtual Neighborhood Information Meeting
A virtual Neighborhood Information Meeting (NIM) for the Ascend Naples Residential Planned Unit Development (PUD) was held on Nov. 15, 2022. A second, in-person NIM was held on Nov. 16, 2022 at the Florida Sports Park.
The project development team, along with representatives from Collier County government, presented during the meeting.