Long 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. Land was selectively hand-cleared. Specimen trees, wildlife habitat, and natural wetlands were preserved and invasive exotics were replaced with native species. The result of this highly unique and thoughtful approach to development is a decidedly different community that embraces the unspoiled natural beauty of Southwest Florida. In addition to reptiles, amphibians, fish, and small mammals, Bonita Bay is home to a pair of nesting bald eagles. The eagles have thrived at Bonita Bay, producing more than 30 fledglings since 1977.
For the residents of the luxurious tower and penthouse residences in The Ronto Group’s 26-floor, 120-unit Seaglass high-rise tower now just 11 months from completion, Bonita Bay’s splendid setting offers the possibility of enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. A 12-mile network of on-property pathways is available to residents 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 rolling hills of the community’s three on-site golf courses, the pathways provide a healthy alternative to residents and a way to connect with nature and with one another. The trails lead to virtually every corner of Bonita Bay, including to a butterfly garden, picnic facilities, playgrounds, canoeing, the Bonita Bay Marina, three beautifully designed parks, and in-between the community’s many neighborhoods. The parks provide an opportunity to experience myriad attractions in serene surroundings.
Riverwalk Park runs alongside the Imperial River that is on the southern edge of Bonita Bay and provides direct access to Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The park incorporates a sustainable approach to day-to-day practices and is a sanctioned National Audubon community. A day marina includes a boat ramp, 40 boat slips, and canoe storage. A state-of-the-art bocce ball facility was added in 2013 joining the tennis, pickle-ball, and basketball courts already in place to provide a variety of activities. 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. The facility’s pavilion provides a comfortable setting for social gatherings and adds a splash of color to the surrounding turf and tropical vegetation. The covered courtside seating shades the players from the sun while they rest between bocce rotations. Riverwalk Park also offers a playground, picnic areas, restrooms, two pet stations with water fountains, and a 12-station Parcourse fitness trail along the river.
Spring Creek is one of Southwest Florida’s most pristine waterways and runs along the northernmost border of Bonita Bay. The community’s Spring Creek Park encourages exploration of the area’s natural treasures. A canoe and kayak storage and launch facility is available both for resident owned boats and for the complimentary community canoes and kayaks that are provided for use by residents. The park’s shaded nature trails meander through a subtropical forest and an observation deck directly on Spring Creek provides an ideal spot for appreciating the spectacular setting. Other attractions at Spring Creek Park 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 rich historical and archeological significance, including a series of 5,000-year old Native American shell mounds. An 800-foot boardwalk winds its way through dense coastal mangroves to reach a pier on Estero Bay. One of Estero Bay Park’s most treasured attractions is the Butterfly Garden that was established by Bonita Bay’s residents and is planted with native and tropical flowers. The park’s nature trails are outfitted with interpretive signs to enhance the experience. The park is a perfect spot to spend a day and includes a screened pavilion with restroom facilities, a playground, and a picnic area with grills and tables.
With the rare combination of the building’s captivating tower floor plan choices and amenities that also include the five championship golf courses, a planned expansion of the Club’s 18-court tennis complex, and a residents only private beach park, Seaglass is redefining the luxury high-rise living experience in Southwest Florida. In addition to the amenities available within Bonita Bay, the Seaglass tower’s second floor will connect to an award-winning amenity complex previously designed by architect Santiesteban & Associates. Amenities already in place include a theater, guest suites, card and club rooms, a fully-equipped fitness facility that features men’s and women’s spas with steam and massage rooms, a large resort-style walk-in pool and spa, and a deck with a covered cabana that includes a bar and grill. Plans for the tower include a rooftop amenity deck available to all residents.
Now more than 50% sold, Seaglass offers fully-completed, ready-for-occupancy residences with designer-selected premium finishes. Each residence will come with two protected access under-building parking spaces. Private enclosed two-car garages will be available. Seaglass will showcase the open living environments that luxury homebuyers prefer and offer a level of livability rarely found in high-rise environments. The elegant residences will be accessed by private elevator foyers and feature spacious great rooms, large centrally located kitchens, and two or three expansive outdoor terraces per residence, one of which will include a gas grill. The terraces and extensive use of glass throughout the residences will provide stunning views of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Bay’s golf courses, and mangrove preserves.
A choice selection of tower residences remains available at Seaglass. Three luxurious great room floor plans ranging from 3,353 to 3,946 total square feet are priced from just over $1 million. The spacious tower residences will include dual private elevator grand foyers, large island kitchens, three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, or three bedrooms plus a den or fourth bedroom and three-and-a-half baths, walk-in closets in the owner’s suite, and sliders opening to multiple outdoor spaces that include a gas grill. Ten-foot ceiling heights are included per plan.
Three furnished tower residence models featuring the finishes on display at the Seaglass Design Studio located within the Seaglass Sales Center at 26951 Country Club Drive within Bonita Bay will be available for viewing by the end of this year. The designer-selected finishes are ideally suited to the open concept living spaces and amenity rich ambiance featured at Seaglass. Ronto’s Finishing Touches Program is designed to allow future residents to visit the Design Studio and select finishes for their new home’s flooring, cabinetry, countertops, door hardware, plumbing fixtures, and paint colors. To ensure each residence is finished to each owner’s specific tastes, future residents may also specify finishes from other sources. Opportunities to customize residences will become progressively limited as construction continues.
For additional information, visit the Seaglass Design Studio and Sales Center from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Visit Seaglass online at www.seaglassatbonitabay.com.