Ronto to build 120-unit luxury hi-rise on vacant Bonita Bay tract

BONITA SPRINGS – A 26-story high-rise is slated to sprout from one of two long-vacant parcels at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs.

The Ronto Group said it will begin accepting reservations for a new 120-unit luxury high-rise tower in the fall, with prices expected to average around $1.5 million.

A groundbreaking date hasn’t been set, said Anthony Solomon, executive vice president of The Ronto Group, though he anticipates it will be around a year-and-a-half after sales begin.

Noting that it has been years since any high-rises have been built in the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay, Solomon expects to draw buyers from within Bonita Bay and the surrounding community, as well as part-time residents from out of state.

“There’s a need for something new in terms of design and floor plan,” he said. “It will not be Tuscan.”

Instead, Tampa-based architect Al Santiesteban said, the towers will be a transitional “coastal contemporary” style, with a grand entry and an emphasis on open spaces and glass.

Santiesteban has designed six towers in Bonita Bay, as well as 10 high-rises in Park Shore.

“The old towers had very high finish levels, but the finish level of the new tower will be even higher,” Santiesteban said.

Units will rival single-family homes in size, with minimum 10-foot-high ceilings on the main floor. Plans call for three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath units, some with an additional den, ranging from 2,850 to 3,500 square feet. Penthouses range from 4,300 to 4,500 square feet.

Plans will include private elevator lobbies and large terraces with outdoor kitchens and gas grills overlooking Estero Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Bonita Bay’s golf course. The tower also will have a rooftop deck.

“The views will be amazing,” Solomon said.

Residents will share a pool with bar and grill, fitness center, theater, and card and social rooms with Esperia South, one of the existing high-rises.

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