Donna Marcotte, Luxury Living in Southwest Florida

Living The “High” Life.

No, I’m not talking about smokin’ something funny!! High-rise living isn’t for everyone, but or those who choose it, the amenities are hard to beat!

Treviso at The Colony Golf & Bay Club, Bonita Springs, Florida, is one such high-rise!

Complete with movie theater, fitness center, community room with billiards table, 2 luxurious guests suites available for over flow family and guests, resort style pool, on site, professional management, these homes in the sky offer what we like to call a “lock and leave” lifestyle.

Take the elevator to your own private work out room!

Offering security and peace of mind combined with the camaraderie of being among others who share the same love of an easy, luxurious lifestyle.

Gather with friends in the luxurious social room.

What about fees?! Yes, there are fees associated with living in a high-rise, but remember, you don’t have to paint your house, repair or replace your roof, cover insurance for the exterior, pay for a fitness membership or maintain your own pool! Not to mention having a staff on hand to help with package delivery and privacy in general. You can’t put a price on that!

Enjoy captivating views from your private lanai.

If you’d like explore high-rise living, contact me today and I can show you a variety of price points, sizes, and styles, ranging from exterior corridors to having that elevator open to you own residence. Donna Marcotte, John R Wood Properties, 239-851-1964.

Luxury Living at Pelican Landing and The Colony, Bonita Springs, Florida

When you pursue your luxury lifestyle in Southwest Florida, you get to mingle with friends, enjoying the fellowship of like minded individuals who pursue the same goals. There’s every activity in the lifestyle community of Pelican Landing and The Colony Golf & Bay Club, Bonita Springs Florida.

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In addition to golf, tennis, fitness, beach, bocce and pickle ball, you can learn about the Ringling Museum by taking a day-long tour that takes through the Museum including the famous Art museum, the Ca’ d’Zan (Ringling’s actual home), the Circus museum and more. For this particular event, there is a fee, but lunch is included at the Banyan Café and a stop at the Der Dutchman for dessert and gift shop. Transportation is also provided

There’s sailing in the community of Pelican Landing and The Colony Golf & Bay Club with lessons offered. A big welcome back party in the theme of a Hawaiian luau buffet complete with musical entertainment and a rum punch upon your arrival

There is a Sheriff’s Department Meet & Greet – get to know members of the Lee Country Sheriff’s Department over coffee and pastries – maybe even some donuts!

And if you’re a singer, rehearsals for The Pelican Landing Singers begins – and they’re accepting new members for their pops chorus!!

Every element exists for your luxury lifestyle in Pelican Landing and The Colony Golf & Bay Club.

For over 20 years, Donna Marcotte has helped folks cut through the clutter of finding the perfect lifestyle in Southwest Florida. For a complimentary comparison of our area communities and their offerings, send a request to or call 239-851-1964.

Golf Clubs Keeping Up with Current Trends.

An expanded dining room and outdoor terrace.

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs, Southwest, Florida hurries to meet their January deadline when members will be welcomed back to a newly renovated golf club. Keeping up with current cosmetic trends as well as those required by the ADA, The Nest looks forward to an expanded dining room and outdoor spaces overlooking the course and lush landscaped areas.

New pavers are installed to meet ADA compliance.

The Nest, located within the community of Pelican Landing, boasts 36 holes, with The Gator course and the newly renovated Hurricane course, which has received a prestigious recognition by the ASGCA for Golf Course Design, among only ten American golf or country clubs to be acknowledged for this distinctive nation-wide recognition.

To find out more about living your luxury lifestyle in Pelican Landing, contact Donna Marcotte, at 239-851-1964. With over 20 years of expertise in the Southwest Florida market, Donna can help take the confusion out of finding a home in the community that’s right for you.

8 Dog-Friendly Places Near Southwest Florida

Angel and Berta Marcotte

Living in Southwest Florida can feel like living in paradise, for both you and your pup! With warm weather year-round, it’s always a good time to take advantage of the sunshine and dine out at an amazing restaurant in Southwest Florida. There are many delicious eateries and bistros throughout the area — even some that let you dine with your canine companion!

If you and your four-legged friend want to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner around town together, check out these dog-friendly restaurants.

  1. Mango’s Dockside Bistro — 760 N. Collier Blvd. #109, Marco Island, FL 34145
    Experience waterfront dining at its best. Mango’s Dockside Bistro is a family-friendly restaurant with a dog-friendly patio. Try their signature drink, the Smokehouse Martini, during their happy hour and order up one of their burgers with attitude! Stop by after touring Marco Island homes for sale and try one of their fresh seafood dinners like the Dockside Conch Fritters or Yellow Fin Tuna Tacos.
  2. NeNe’s Kitchen — 297 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145
    For nearly 20 years, NeNe’s Kitchen has been a Marco Island mainstay. An excellent place for breakfast after an early-morning walk with your dog. Their Baked Apple Pancakes and Fabulous French Toast will give you a warm start to your day.
  3. The Island Cow — 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
    Voted Top 5 Breakfast in Florida, Best Lunch, and Best Family Dining, The Island Cow, is a perfect stop after browsing Sanibel homes for sale. Pets are welcome to join you at this relaxed island dining destination. Hang around outside with your four-legged friend and enjoy a few drinks while playing some of their outdoor games. 
  4. Perk & Brew — 1021 Cape Coral Parkway E. Suite A, Cape Coral, FL 33904
    Does your day run on coffee? Then grab your pet and head over to Perk & Brew for a cup of their specialty coffees. A great place to mingle with the community — and other pet lovers — Perk & Brew is a gem of a café that you’ve got to check out. Join them after visiting Cape Coral homes for sale for trivia or open mic!
  5. Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar — 9106 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
    Within a few minutes from neighborhoods with beautiful Bonita Springs homes for sale is Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar. This dog-friendly restaurant features delicious Mediterranean fare like Pork Milanese Sandwiches, Bifteki, Grilled Lamb Chops, and Moussaka. Finish up with a tasty Baklava Sundae, and you’ll be wishing you could move into town right away!
  6. The Mucky Duck Neighborhood Pub — 11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island, FL 33924
    Once a tea house on the shores of Captiva, The Mucky Duck is now the neighborhood pub residents love. Slide up to the table — with your four-legged friend at your feet — for some Oysters Rockefeller. Continue with a seafood dinner of Grilled Florida Lobster Tail, Grilled Swordfish or even the Surf & Turf of filet mignon and bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp. It’s the perfect spot for your family to discuss Captiva Island homes for sale.
  7. Sea Salt Naples — 1186 Third Street South, Naples, FL 34102
    Venture a couple of minutes from downtown Naples and Naples homes for sale for a delightful seafood dinner with your pup. Sea Salt Naples offers a dog-friendly outdoor patio for you to enjoy fresh seafood cuisine like ahi tuna, mahi-mahi, shrimp, and more. Also, be sure to check out their daily oyster specials. The menu is always changing to highlight what’s in season and to give diners the freshest ingredients in Naples.  
  8. Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill — 13499 SE Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33907
    Enjoy fresh oysters and seafood with your canine when you dine at Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Seafood GrillThe restaurant is located in Bell Tower Plaza, close to Fort Myers homes for sale, and features a dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy a meal with your pet. Plus, Happy Hour is extra special when you can bring your dog along! Kick back with a drink at one of their conveniently priced Happy Hours with specials on draft beer and refreshing specialty cocktails. 

Thinking about a new luxury lifestyle for your furbaby? I have over 20 years experience in Southwest Florida and can help you find the right home for you and your four legged friend. Just ask Angel and Berta Marcotte! Contact me today!

Golf, Tennis, Fitness in Southwest Florida

Our featured golf course this week is Bonita Bay Club.

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Golf Clubhouse Architecture, Interior Design & Master Planning

Bonita Bay Golf Club. According to their website, Bonita Bay Golf Club’s excellence has been recognized with exclusive designations including the “Distinguished Club” and “Platinum Club.” We’ve earned the prestigious “Grand Aurora Award” from the Southeast Building Conference for the best recreational facility, and Golfweek magazine cited our clubhouse as one of the finest in Florida.
Bonita Bay has three Arthur Hills designed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary course; Marsh, Creekside, and Bay Island. Tom Fazio designed the other two courses, bringing the total to 5 courses! Memberships are available!

The Sports Center at Bonita Bay has one of the most active tennis memberships with 18 Har-Tru courts, five new pickleball courts, saltwater pool with 75 foot lap lanes and The Breezeway Cafe with full bar. The Lifestyle Center at features state of the art, 20,000 square foot fitness center, 9,000 square foot spa, and even a men’s barber shop and women’s hair and nail salon!

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Saltwater Pool at Bonita Bay Club

Homes in this community range from $200,000 to over $6,000,000 so there’s something to suit every price point and lifestyle. Click here for current, available homes.

Donna brings almost 30 years of client relations and business development to her real estate business. Her experience includes an extensive 19-year career with the renowned luxury homebuilder, WCI Communities, Southwest, Florida, where she was a Membership Director at upscale clubs.  Donna has a deep appreciation for the buyer’s journey and the importance of luxury lifestyle choices. She is an authority on club and community amenities and understands that the home purchase is only part of the process – it’s also about the lifestyle and having a true area expert is paramount to finding the right neighborhood and property. Contact Donna today at, 239-851-1964

Southwest Florida Communities Offer Lifestyle Living; Pelican Landing, Bonita Spring, Florida

Lush landscaping, cypress hammocks, protected wildlife areas, pristine wetlands and winding roadways shaded by canopies of mature palms and native oaks are integral to Pelican Landing’s design. Whatever type of home you desire, from a cottage overlooking a golf course to a high-rise condo overlooking the Gulf, you will find within our gates, along with unparalleled amenities including a one-of-a-kind private island that must be seen to be believed. Contact me to see one of these listings today! Here are just a few of the classes and activities Pelican Landing residents enjoy!

Get Your Blades Sharpened
Tuesday, October 22 @ 9 a.m.
Larry the Sharpener can sharpen most knives, scissors, shears, garden tools, hair shears and clippers. Drop your item off at to him at the Community Center.
Fitness Equipment Orientation with Richard
Wednesday, October 23 @ 3 p.m.
Exclusive free 1-hour demonstration of safe and effective use of the PLCA fitness equipment.
iPhone Photography
Tuesday, October 29 @ 3 p.m.

If you love taking photos with your iPhone but can’t figure out how to capture anything more than simple snapshots, and you’d like to take incredible photos with the camera that you have in your pocket at all times, then this course is for you.
Conservancy of SWFL Presentation
Monday, October 21 @ 3 p.m.
Southwest Florida is an ecosystem so rich with diversity, it rivals the wildest places on earth with the spectacular network of water, land and wildlife. For more than 50 years the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been working to protect our natural assets for future generations. Learn about their unique approach to finding a sensible balance between a growing population and preservation at this free presentation.
Florida in the Ice Age
Tuesday, October 22 @ 3 p.m.
With a cooler climate and roaming mastodons, Florida used to be much different place 10,000 years ago. Learn about how Florida’s first people survived and thrived in this environment by counting on a Paleo diet (before it was all the rage). 
Singles Social Network Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 23 @ 5 – 7 p.m.

You don’t have to be a social butterfly to attend this informal get-together of real people interested in fun and interesting events with a focus on making new friends, networking, connecting or just getting away from their busy lives.
Tennis Men’s Thursday Match Play
October 24 – December 19 @ 3:30 p.m.
Pelican Landing Tennis is introducing a Men’s Thursday Match Play opportunity this season. This is a competitive ladder format for men 3.0 to 4.0 that will have players compete at and above level, challenging themselves each week.  Match Play is open to 24 players in an 8-week, formatted program.
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Friday, October 25 @ 6 – 9 p.m.

Git yer boots and cowboy hat on and head down to the Community Center for music, BBQ by Southern Accents and line dancing with Erin. Giddy up! Cost is $25. Please pay at the Community Center.
“Truck or Treat” Food Truck Thursday
Thursday, October 31 @ 5 – 8 p.m.
The Dynamite Street Eatz, Hungerstation and Schnitzel Express food trucks will be at the Community Center 5 – 8 p.m. We will have tables and chairs set up on the patio.

These events are for residents only, but for information on how you can be a resident of this community, contact Donna Marcotte. Donna brings almost 30 years of client relations and business development to her real estate business. Her experience includes an extensive 19-year career with the renowned luxury homebuilder, WCI Communities, Southwest, Florida, where she was a Membership Director at upscale clubs.  Donna has a deep appreciation for the buyer’s journey and the importance of luxury lifestyle choices. She is an authority on club and community amenities and understands that the home purchase is only part of the process – it’s also about the lifestyle and having a true area expert is paramount to finding the right neighborhood and property. Contact Donna today at, 239-851-1964

Golf in Southwest Florida, Bonita Springs Estero.

With over 19 years in the Private Golf & Country Club community, I know how to help folks live their best luxury lifestyle in Southwest Florida.
Golf, tennis, fitness, pickle ball, bocce, private beach access, canoe and kayak parks, river parks, lifestyle centers – all the ingredients for a fun filled, active lifestyle! If you have any questions or would like to see homes for sale in one of these amazing communities, please call me anytime 239-851-1964.

The Colony Golf & Country Club
Available homes
Pelican’s Nest Golf Club
Available homes

These Clubs are just 2 of the over 80 golf courses in this mecca of Private Country Clubs. Which one is right for you? Call me or email me anytime to help you narrow down your option! And see me at our weekly Open Houses, every Sunday from 1 pm – 4 pm at The Colony Golf & Bay Club Community.

Stay tuned for information on more Golf & Country Club communities!

DONNA M. MARCOTTE Cell: 239-851-1964 Representing The Jill Kushner Group

Things to do in Bonita Springs, Estero

The Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs offers classes, activities, and entertainment for all ages.

“The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is committed to enrich the culture of our diverse community by providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.”

Visit their website and check out their calendar of events.

Golf in Southwest Florida

As season approaches, many are searching for the perfect spot in paradise. Often, the decision to purchase a home relies heavily on the type of community and offering of golf as well as other amenities. This is the first stop on our tour of luxury, private golf course communities in our area.

The Colony Golf & Country Club, Bonita Springs, Florida

Designed by renowned golf course architect and former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, this 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course is distinguished by its sweeping Platinum Paspalum fairways spanning approximately 6,802 yards. Pate’s masterpiece winds through the community lending spectacular water and preserve views.

Having served as Membership Director at this amazing Club for over 15 years, and a current member now, I can tell you the facilities are amazing, well maintained and updated, but the best feature is the people – staff and members alike make you feel warm and welcomed at this prestigious Club. Whether a beginner or experienced golfer, you’ll find a group to be part of.

Golf isn’t all there is to do at The Colony. There is an active tennis program, a lively and fun fitness group, and an extensive calendar of Club events and dining!

Single family, high rise, and mid rise residential options are available in many price points. Call me to experience your own luxury lifestyle in Southwest Florida!

Donna M. Marcotte, PA

John R Wood Properties

Helping people find their luxury lifestyle in Southwest Florida for 20 years.

Donna brings over 19 years of client relations and customer service skills to her real estate business. Her experience includes hotel group sales for private resorts and hotels as well as an extensive career with the renowned luxury home builder, WCI Communities, where she represented the builder in new construction sales, managed corporate amenities sales, and served as a membership director at upscale clubs.

Donna has a deep appreciation for the buyer’s journey and the importance of luxury lifestyle choices. As an authority on club and community amenities, she understands that the home purchase is only part of the process. In Southwest Florida, it’s also about the lifestyle, and having a true area expert is paramount to finding the right neighborhood and property.

Donna has lived in Southwest Florida since 1997 and believes strongly in increasing her knowledge and commitment to the area by serving. She serves on the is on the Board of Directors of the Bonita Estero Association of Realtors as well as the Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. She also serves on the Event Committee for the American Cancer Society Bonita Estero Relay for Life Event. Donna has been a two-time recipient of the Pat Lord Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented to individuals who serve their local community in an outstanding manner. 

Donna brings this same level of commitment and service to her clients. As an expert in both lifestyle and the local community, she continues to provide the upmost care and knowledge to her real estate clients as they begin the next chapter of their lives.