NAPLES, Fla. (March 21, 2014) – The first phase of space-enhancing improvements and renovations at The Club at Mediterra have now been completed, with the expansion of outdoor seating options and the addition of a fire pit at the popular Tavern.
The Tavern expansion and construction of a new clubhouse kitchen were completed during the off-season as part of a two-phase, $8.9 million project approved by members of The Club at Mediterra.
“When you come to the Tavern, you’re greeted by other fellow members,” said Carmen Mauceri, director of club operations at Mediterra. “They make you feel at home, and you realize how special a place and how special a membership we have at Mediterra.”
Since it was unveiled in early 2011, The Tavern has twice been expanded. Al fresco seating and a summer kitchen debuted in early 2013, providing members with expansive outdoor gathering areas and a new menu of gourmet brick-oven pizzas, seasonal salads and open-air grilled entrees.
“The Tavern and Terrace have become the place to linger over drinks with friends, watch the big game on the flat-screen TVs, and gather around the fire,” said Max Passino, membership director. “It’s packed every night. On an average weekend, we have 200 people there. They love the social atmosphere and the relaxed time to catch up with all their friends.”
The first phase of construction also carved out a larger kitchen and included new equipment for The Club at Mediterra’s culinary staff.
A chef’s table and exposition kitchen will be added during the second phase, which will ultimately expand the clubhouse to 33,000 square feet with a two-story addition.
The second phase will add an indoor-outdoor dance floor and bandstand, expand the existing ballroom, create intimate multifunction rooms, and introduce even more outdoor terraces and gathering areas.
The Grille Room, the clubhouse’s main dining room, also will be redesigned, with new interiors featuring beamed wood-clad ceilings, bleached wood-paneled walls, and a distressed wood floor for a more casual feel. Existing fixed windows will be replaced with bi-folding doors leading out to a new terrace.
Members overwhelmingly approved the improvements, which included $3.2 million in replacement work and $5.7 million in new features for the 12-year-old clubhouse. The improvements are being funded through leveraged savings with no assessment to members or residents.
“The Club at Mediterra and Tavern are among the amenities that attract homebuyers looking for an everything-included lifestyle,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes, which manages all new home sales and marketing for the luxury community. “Mediterra offers casual and formal dining and plenty of spaces where members can gather with friends. The community has two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, the private Beach Club and Sports Club.”
The 1,700-acre master-planned Mediterra community is Collier County’s eight-time Community of the Year and the 2013 Aurora Award winner for best residential development within the Southeastern U.S. Mediterra offers an array of lifestyle amenities, including the 10,000-square-foot Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico, featuring an elevated swimming pool, casual dining with a full bar, and valet service for beach chairs, umbrellas, and beverage and food menus.
The community is more than 90 percent sold out, with new homes available in only seven neighborhoods.
On-site amenities at Mediterra include themed neighborhood parks, eight miles of walking and jogging trails, and the clubhouse, offering formal and casual dining prepared by a staff of award-winning culinary experts.
At the neighboring Sports Club, members take advantage of the facility’s health and wellness programs and amenities, including seven Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, bocce courts, a smoothie bar, and a full schedule of classes from A to Z – aerobics to Zumba. A professional staff offers personal training and consultation, working with members to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The club pool caters to both active and leisurely pursuits: members swim laps or lounge on the decks. A full menu of private spa treatments can be enjoyed at the club or at home.
Mediterra’s Golf Learning Center offers indoor and outdoor hitting stations, video equipment with launch monitor, a 2.5-acre short game practice complex with three greens, and a staff of certified PGA professionals. Membership opportunities at Mediterra are limited to just 225 members per 18 holes.
All of the community’s amenities are membership-owned.
Mediterra’s master plan includes more than 1,000 acres dedicated to open space with golf, parks and nature preserves.
Luxury villa and single-family estate homes at Mediterra are priced from the $800,000s to more than $7 million. Resale properties are listed through Mediterra Realty.
For more information about Mediterra, visit www.ExperienceMediterra.com, call toll-free 866-954-8939, or visit Mediterra, located on Livingston Road, two miles north of Immokalee Road and west of I-75. The award-winning Mediterra Sales Gallery is open daily.