Previously a 5,000-acre tomato field in Collier County, Florida, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining community that includes residential neighborhoods, schools, a town center with shopping and dining, office space, business parks, recreational amenities, and a university. Under the Rural Lands Stewardship Program, Ave Maria’s entitlements include 10,000 residential units, 1.6 million square feet of commercial and office space, two golf courses, and a private university for up to 6,000 students. Additionally, 17,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands were preserved in support of Ave Maria’s development.
Ave Maria has been ranked by Metro Study as the No. 1 Selling Single-Family Home Community in the Collier County market for the last 21 consecutive quarters, based on annual home starts and move-ins. Ave Maria has been named the Community of the Year in Collier County by the Collier Building Industry Association for the past five years.
Del Webb, CC Homes, Pulte Homes, and Lennar offer residences at Ave Maria, with designs that accommodate all generations at a variety of price points.