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The Vines Community in Estero, FL
The Vines is a country club community located in the city of Estero, less than 30 minutes south of Fort Myers and 30 minutes north of Naples.
Geographically, The Vines is situated on the southwestern coast of Florida, just 3 miles northeast of Estero Bay, and another 3 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Between Estero Bay and the ocean are a series of key islands: Estero Island, Lovers Key, and the Hickory Islands.
The Vines is surrounded by a number of other residential communities, like Osprey Cove and Belle Lago to the south, and the well-established suburbs of San Carlos Park to the north. The main access point to The Vines is off South Tamiami Trail, or Highway 41, via Vintage Parkway. The other minor access point is via Nuthatch Lane near the southern corner of The Vines, also connecting the community to the Walmart Supercenter just beyond its boundaries.
The Vines has an interesting shape as far as planned country club communities go. The entire area looks roughly like a triangle, separated into two parts by a rail line, and skirted most of the way around by Vintage Trace Circle road. There are two enclaves consisting of 5 separate neighborhoods which extend into the center of the two halves of The Vines. Throughout these are a number of winding lakes that provide a scenic accent to the golf course that occupies the majority of the area.
There are a number of small community areas distributed throughout The Vines, but the main clubhouse is located at the southeastern edge.
The Vines Real Estate
The Vines offers a varied selection of home types, including large single-family residences and attached villas.
The Vines’ large detached homes are arranged around the outer boundary of the community along Vintage Trace Circle. These homes are spacious, with lanai covered pool areas and expansive drives under mature trees.
Along the northern edge of the community the homes are more compact, but still offer private pools and large interior living spaces.
In total there are around seven neighborhoods or villages within The Vines. These are: Fairway Bend, Grand Palm, Lost Creek, Palmbridge, Silver Oak, Southwind, and Vintage.
Silver Oak consists of narrow single-family homes, while its neighbor Lost Creek consists of attached villas, four units to a residence. Grand Palm, Southwind, and Fairway Bend are located on the northeastern half of The Vines, enclosed by lakes and fairways, and consisting of double-unit attached residences. Some of these are doubled up, with separate top-floor and bottom-floor residences. Each village within The Vines has its own common pool to enjoy.
The overall tone of the buildings in The Vines is contemporary Mediterranean, including features like soft stucco exteriors, low-hipped roofs and gently arched windows. There are approximately 440 homes spread over the 290 acres of The Vines.
Things to Do in the Vines
of the first attractions of The Vines is its amazing location. A short distance west are the natural preserves of Estero Bay - a large and scenic oceanside wilderness. Beyond that are the beautiful key islands, lined with immaculate white sand beaches. There’s also Lovers Key State Park, among others, offering excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, or activities like boating, or kayaking.
Closer at hand are commercial centers like The Shoppes at Estero Grande and Coconut Point, outdoor spots like Koreshan State Park and the Estero Recreation Center, and educational facilities like Estero High School and Florida Gulf Coast University.
Homes within The Vines also have views of the various lakes and scenic fairways. As mentioned, each community has its own pool area, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or having a barbecue.
At the Estero Country Club clubhouse, residents can enjoy dining and the use of a large fitness center. Outside there are tennis courts, and the 18-hole Gordon Lewis-designed golf course.
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