When I first decided to visit Florida, I had a dream of Mediterranean style homes, set around sparkling pools, with dusty subtle colors reminiscent of Greece on a beautiful sunset evening. I have to say that Florida was not exactly like that, where there is a huge choice in the style of homes available. However, two communities stood out amongst the others, as close to my idea of a little bit of the Greece I remember from my youth. Paseo in Fort Myers and Lely in Naples, both of these communities exclude all the wonderful qualities that I found so appealing in my youth, streets with houses and villas in a variety of colors line the streets, resort style free form pools surrounded by exotic landscaping, that make you feel you are on a permanent vacation, making a warm and very laid back atmosphere. Although Paseo homes in Fort Myers and Ole in Lely Resort, Naples are not exactly located in the Mediterranean sea, they are close to the Gulf of Mexico, and as close as you are going to get, without boarding a plane, to the wonderful Mediterranean and my favorite place, Greece.
By Joe Epifanio