Naples, Long Beach


Back in 1903, about the time Abbot Kinney was creating the canals up the coast in Venice, CA, the firm of Mayberry and Parker developed Naples in Long Beach. It is one of my favorite areas in Long Beach, embracing the waterfront location and the easy lifestyle.

Made up of three islands in Alamitos Bay, Naples has many waterfront homes on the canals and the bay. It’s a popular spot this time of year as people walk the Rivo Alto, kayak, hydro-bike or cruise on Duffy boats through the canals to look at the holiday lights. My husband and I walk the canals as one of our annual Christmas traditions. From time to time we see friends who live there and stop for a chat and a glass of something. You might find us out on the evening of the 17th this month, enjoying the light show.

The Gondola Getaway has been offering tours through Naples since 1982. They have small gondolas for romantic twosomes and larger boats that can accommodate a brunch or pizza party. Kayak rentals and Stand Up Paddleboards are also great ways to see the islands and beautiful homes. Duffy boats can be rented from Pelican Joe’s and McKenna’s. Watch for the tide levels as the Duffy Boats are only allowed through the canals when the tides are lower. Any time of day or year is a wonderful time to explore this area.

There are also various swims around the island from the recently introduced Naples Island Swims to local high school water polo and swim teams doing it for training. Occasionally you will also see seals in the canals. If you look closely you will find Captain Morgan and Bob’s Big Boy, too.

Speaking of food, if you’re hungry, there are excellent restaurants on Naples: Michaels on Naples, Naples Rib Company, Nico’s Restaurant, Fora Restaurant, Russo’s Neighborhood Ristorante, Naples Sushi, Michael’s Pizza, Kelly’s and more. Naples Locker specializes in clothing for that nautical lifestyle, as well as related gifts. Most of the Naples establishments are locally owned and participate in the community through donations to local charities.

Currently, 7 of the 10 most expensive homes for sale in Long Beach are in Naples. They include beautiful views, boat docks and true luxury living. Features of these homes include elevators, floor to ceiling windows, incredible gourmet kitchens and huge walk-in closets. You can also find a home in Naples for under $1 million if you don’t mind not having a water view. You’re never more than a block or two from the water.

This year the 67th Annual Naples Island Boat Parade, themed “Vintage Christmas” will be held Saturday, December 21th at 6:00 p.m. Streets close at 5:00 p.m., so get there early and dress warmly.

And, if you’d like to buy or sell a home in Naples or the surrounding areas, I’d be happy to help. I’m never too busy for your referrals.


Cruising Naples canals in a Duffy boat with neighbors, December 2012