Acknowledged as a place where residents and nature connect, Bonita Bay’s stewardship of the land is legendary. A deep respect for nature and its preservation guided the community’s design. More than half of Bonita Bay’s acreage was set aside for natural areas and open space, and residential neighborhoods were sited to take advantage of views of nature without impacting it. The result of this approach to development is a decidedly different community that embraces the unspoiled natural beauty of Southwest Florida.
For the residents of The Ronto Group’s completed 27-floor, 120-unit Seaglass high-rise tower, Bonita Bay’s setting offers the possibility of enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. Recognized as one of the ten healthiest clubs in America, Bonita Bay’s amenities range from a 60,000 square feet Lifestyle Center, to five championship golf courses, a Tennis & Aquatic Center that includes an 8,000-square foot Sports Center, a full-service marina, a residents-only private beach park, a network of on-property hiking and biking trails, and three parks.
The prestigious America’s Healthiest Clubs award presented by Prevo Health Solutions is conveyed to private clubs focused on the cultivation of a healthy environment and lifestyle for its members and staff. The Lifestyle Center contributed to the Bonita Bay Club being named recipient of the award. The three-story Lifestyle Center includes a nearly 20,000 square feet Fitness Center, a 9,000 square feet spa and salon, and the WAVE Café that serves healthy fast food.
The Bonita Bay Club’s golf operation includes 25 PGA Professionals. Ten of the PGA Professionals and seven Fitness Professionals are Titleist Performance Institute Certified, creating one of the largest programs in the country. An instructional program includes private and group lessons, golf schools, and clinics on three dedicated practice areas. Three on-property Bonita Bay West courses were designed by Arthur Hills to preserve the natural features of the land. The three courses achieved Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status in 1995. Two Tom Fazio designed courses at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples provide a pure golf experience on over 1,000 acres that includes preserved wetlands but no residential development. It was the first private 36-hole club in the world to achieve the Audubon International’s Signature Program certification and has been designated as a Certified Signature Sanctuary since 1998.
The Tennis and Aquatic Center’s pool includes four lap lanes, a beach entry, and a spa. The Breezeway Bar and Café features a poolside outdoor dining experience and offers casual fare. A covered open-air bar is available for a poolside beverage. The pool deck features two fire pit areas with built-in seating that offers a perfect place to enjoy cool spring time evenings. Pool restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, as well as a towel pick-up and drop-off station provide additional measures of convenience.
To provide a focal point for the Tennis and Aquatic Center, the Club built an 8,000-square foot Sports Center positioned between the tennis complex and the aquatic area. The Sports Center includes a tennis pro shop, a professional staff, racquet services, a tennis retail shop, a relaxing lobby area, and men’s and ladies’ tennis locker rooms. Court assignment television monitors are placed throughout the facility. A multi-purpose room is available for meetings, event food stations, private dining, and tournament preparation. A covered patio overlooks and runs the entire length of a Championship Court and provides a prime location for viewing matches.
Five pickleball courts are located adjacent to the Bonita Bay Club’s Lifestyle Center. The cushioned/Laykold Gel courts are equipped with LED lighting. The pickleball complex includes a championship court and an IPTA certified professional.
The Bonita Bay Marina is located on the Imperial River at the south end of Estero Bay, just minutes from the open waters of the Gulf. Wet slips and dry boat storage are available, as well as on-site fueling and light mechanical services. Owned exclusively by the residents of Bonita Bay, the Marina accommodates a variety of watercraft with a maximum draft of thirty-six inches. The wet slip lifts can hold vessels up to 16,000 pounds and the dry storage can fit boats up to 32-feet long from the rear of the engine or platform to the front of the anchor or pulpit. Trailer loading and unloading service is available for most boats. Charts, bait, tackle, and other items are available at the Ships Store.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Bay’s residents-only beach park is on Little Hickory Island. Residents and their guests may enjoy swimming, sunning, shelling, bird watching, and surf-fishing at this attended park surrounded by the white sands and clear waters of the Gulf. Picnic pavilions, grills, beach chair and umbrella service, showers, and restrooms equipped with infant changing stations are provided for residents in a setting landscaped with native beachfront vegetation. Personal chairs, umbrellas, and other beach items are welcomed.
A 12-mile network of on-property pathways is available for walking, jogging, and bicycling. Winding through Bonita Bay’s park-like landscaping, darting in and out of nature preserve areas, and passing lakes and the community’s golf courses, the pathways provide a yet another healthy alternative to residents. The trails lead to virtually every corner of Bonita Bay, including three parks that provide an opportunity to experience myriad attractions in serene surroundings.
Riverwalk Park runs alongside the Imperial River on the southern edge of Bonita Bay. The park is a sanctioned National Audubon community. A day marina includes a boat ramp, 40 boat slips, and canoe storage. A bocce ball facility was added in 2013 joining the tennis, pickle-ball, and basketball courts already in place. The bocce facility was named recipient of a 2013 Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society in the Park and Recreation category. Riverwalk Park also offers a playground, picnic areas, restrooms, pet stations with water fountains, and a Parcourse fitness trail along the river.
A canoe and kayak storage and launch facility is available at the community’s Spring Creek Park. The park’s shaded nature trails meander through a subtropical forest and an observation deck on Spring Creek provides an ideal spot for appreciating the setting. Other attractions include a bocce ball court and basketball hoop, a picnic area with grills and tables, a children’s playground, a pet station equipped with a water fountain, gazebos, and restroom facilities.
Bonita Bay’s 13-acre Estero Bay Park is being preserved to share its archeological significance, including a series of 5,000-year old Native American shell mounds. An 800-foot boardwalk winds through coastal mangroves to reach a pier on Estero Bay. One of Estero Bay Park’s treasured attractions is the Butterfly Garden that is planted with native and tropical flowers. The park’s nature trails are outfitted with interpretive signs to enhance the experience.
Six designer-decorated, furnished move-in ready homes are open for viewing with a sales associate at Seaglass. To date, Ronto has processed sales worth nearly $190 million at Seaglass and the building is approaching sellout. Just eight residences above the sixth floor remain available ranging from $1,775,000 to $2,145,000. Three open-concept floor plans ranging from 2,889 to 3,421 square feet under air, common areas with a more contemporary, on-trend look, a comprehensive array of amenities, and membership opportunities offering access to the Bonita Bay Club’s award-winning lifestyle have redefined the high-rise living experience.
Visit the Seaglass Sales Center from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.