Kimberly-Vincent Luxury Real Estate - December 2019





When December arrives, the houses in my neighborhood light up one by one as the people who’ve spent their summer up north arrive home. Only about 20% of my neighbors live in Naples year-round, so it’s always a joy to see everyone come back for the holidays. For me, a street full of people means Christmas is really here and it’s time to celebrate! At home, my wife and I will kick off the holidays by decorating our two Christmas trees and wrapping lights around the boat dock and the palms by the water. After that, we’ll spend the month taking advantage of all the celebrations Naples has to offer — and there are plenty! If you’ve never danced to music at the Candlelight Christmas Carols at Cambier Park or watched the brightly lit vessels glide through the bay during the Christmas Boat Parade, you’ve been missing out on some of the city’s best attractions. Whether you’re new in town or just looking to get out of the house this season, I highly recommend putting these events on your calendar: NIGHT LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN Nov. 29–Dec. 23; Dec. 26–30; and Jan. 1–5, Naples Botanical Garden Head to the garden to admire thousands of lights, enjoy a live musical or ballet performance, try a snack from Fogg Cafe, or sip on a signature cocktail. Tickets for adults start at just $12!

Fifth Avenue South, and Eighth Street South. If you can’t make it in person, you can still catch the fun streaming live on Comcast channel 98, at, or on Facebook! VICTORIA PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHT RIDE AND GET-TOGETHER AT RON AND KAREN'S Dec. 10, Lake Michigan Credit Union Join an intimate group at 5:45 p.m. to embark on a tour through Victoria Park! Enjoy the lights and then meet at Ron and Karen Schoch's house afterward for mingling and appetizers. Head to the event page on to request a spot! CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE ON NAPLES BAY Dec. 14, Naples Bay This is probably my favorite event of the season! You can watch the beautiful illuminated boats sail through Naples Bay from spots across town, including Landings Park, Bayview Park, Pinchers and Riverwalk restaurants at Tin City, Kelly's Fish House, The Boathouse restaurant, and the Naples City Dock. This festive run is a fantastic experience for athletes and spectators alike. The course is lit with thousands of lights and glowing Christmas characters, and the runners don light-up bracelets, necklaces, and more. Watching is free, and you can expect “snow” at the finish line! THE NAPLES CHRISTMAS GLOW RUN 5K Dec. 14, Sugden Regional Park

for holiday-themed performances and singalongs with more than 50 musicians! The music will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. HOLIDAY ON THE BAY AT VENETIAN VILLAGE Dec. 14; Dec. 21–22; and Dec. 24, The Village Shops on Venetian Bay Grab the kids and head to The Village to enjoy a “snow” show, shopping, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and plenty of musical and dance performances! The event begins at 5 p.m. on every date except Christmas Eve, when it will be in full-swing by 2 p.m. CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT CAMBIER PARK Dec. 20, Cambier Park Bandshell Last year, this event drew 600 carolers, and we expect even more this year! Go to enjoy the music, snack on treats from the on-site food truck, or sip a mug of beer or glass of wine. The food and fun starts at 5:30 p.m., and carolers take the stage from 6:30–8:00 p.m.! Hopefully, I’ll see you at one of these events and can say this in person, but just in case you can’t make it, Kimberly and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

NAPLES CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 10, Fifth Avenue South


This quintessential Christmas celebration is free to attend and features a lineup of extravagant Christmas floats that parade down Broad Avenue, Third Street South,

After the Naples Christmas Glow Run 5K wraps up, stick around at Sugden Plaza

–Vincent Napoleon



Florida in December is nothing short of paradise. While the rest of the country struggles with icy roads and snow-clogged front stoops, part- and full-time Floridians get to stroll down the beach without so much as a jacket or scarf. That said, the friendly temperatures and sunny weather can be your downfall if you spend too much time outside without properly protecting your skin from the sun.

advises applying sunscreen that is SPF 30 or stronger to your face, neck, ears, and the backs of your hands every morning, and reapplying it every few hours while outdoors. SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING When you’re heading out the door, opt for a long-sleeve top that’s rated UPF 50 or higher, meaning it’s designed to block ultraviolet rays. “That will cover the delicate skin of your chest and arms, which becomes paper thin and marked

SUN PROTECTION SUPPLEMENTS “A supplement, such as Heliocare Advanced, can help protect your skin from the inside out,” Dr. Mikesh says. “It can curb some of the inflammation and damage done to the skin cells, reducing the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.” A SHADY SPOT TO LOUNGE The easiest way to protect your skin from the sun is by avoiding the rays! When you’re spending the day outside, Dr. Mikesh advises seeking shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the light is strongest. Dr. Mikesh specializes in full-body skin examinations, the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases, noninvasive cosmetic procedures, and the treatment of acne. To take advantage of her services or find out more about protecting your skin, call 239-775-3535.

Naples dermatologist Dr. Caren Mikesh understands how tempting the Florida rays can be, so we asked her for her top tips to ward off sunburn and melanoma. When you head outside this winter, don’t forget these essentials! SUNSCREEN “There's nothing like topical sunblock!” Dr. Mikesh says. She

with brown spots and creases over time,” Dr. Mikesh explains.


In Dr. Mikesh’s book, a good hat and a pair of sunglasses are just as important as sunblock! Use both to keep your eyes and face safe, preventing vision damage and wrinkles.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Why Do We Hang Christmas Lights?

The first string of twinkling lights illuminating your neighbor’s house is always a telltale sign of the upcoming seasonal festivities. Christmas lights are a holiday staple, but have you ever wondered where this beloved tradition started?

and wound them around a Christmas tree in his parlor window. A passing reporter saw the spectacle and declared in the Detroit Post and Tribune, “One can hardly imagine anything prettier.” Johnson continued this tradition, increasing the number of lights each year and eventually putting them up outside. But, because electricity was still a new concept, many years passed before the fad took off for regular Americans. In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree, which spurred the idea of selling stringed lights commercially. By the 1930s, families everywhere were buying boxes of bulbs by the dozen. Today, an estimated 150 million Christmas lights are sold in America each year, decorating 80 million homes and consuming 6% of the nation’s electricity every December. Whether you’ll be putting up your own lights or appreciating the most impressive light displays in your neighborhood or town, let the glow fill you with joy this season. Just don’t leave them up until February!

The tradition of hanging lights on the tree originally started with

candles. Because this posed an immense fire hazard, Edward Hibberd Johnson, a close friend of Thomas Edison and vice president of the Edison

Electric Light Company, vowed to find a better

way to decorate Christmas trees with light. In December 1882, three years after Edison’s invention of the

lightbulb in November 1879, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white, and blue lightbulbs together


CASH IN BY RENTING OUT 3 Reasons to Buy Income Property in Naples

If you turn on HGTV right now, odds are the show playing will be all about income property. In the last few years, series like “Flip or Flop,” “Love It or List It,” and “Income Property” have shone a spotlight on the benefits of buying a home, giving it a makeover, and either renting or selling it for a profit. But did you know that you don’t need to do the hard work of “flipping” a property in order to cash in on its potential? If you have the money to invest in a well-maintained home, you can turn a profit right away by renting it out — and in Naples, that comes with plenty of perks. Here are just a few of them: A CONSTANT STREAM OF TENANTS Florida is a go-to destination for vacationers and retirees, and, according to Forbes, more seniors than ever are looking to rent rather than own their retirement homes. With more than 50,000 retirees moving to the Sunshine State each year, and even more looking to spend winter here, you’ll have plenty of prospective tenants vying to rent out your property!

EXTRA CASH IN YOUR POCKET The low property taxes and high demand for rentals in Naples translates to plenty of cash for income property owners. If you charge the right rent, it will cover the cost of your mortgage and then some, and you can send the extra funds straight to your retirement account or the budget for your next vacation! YOUR OWN LITTLE GETAWAY How long and how often you rent out your income property is up to you, and that opens up a lot of options for your own pleasure. If you purchase a slice of paradise you love, consider renting it out for a few weeks at a time to vacationers, or only offering it for the summer months. When the renters move out, you can move in and spend some time relaxing! If that sounds like a lifestyle you can get behind, our experienced team at Kimberly-Vincent can help you find the perfect Naples income property to turn a profit. Call us today at 239-444-8298 to start the hunt!

Cranberry Gingerbread

TAKE A Break


• 1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing • 3/4 cup unsulphured molasses • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar • 2 large eggs • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp ground cloves • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. Grease a loaf pan with canola oil.

3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1/2 cup canola oil, molasses, brown sugar, eggs, ginger, and cranberries. In a separate bowl, sift and combine flour with baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until blended.

4. Scrape batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes. 5. Transfer to a rack, let cool for 20 minutes, slice, and serve.

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Welcome Back, Neighbors! Inside This Issue 1 2 2 3 3 4 Are You Ready for Winter in the Tropics? The History Behind Christmas Lights The Perks and Profits of Florida Income Property Cranberry Gingerbread Yurts: Glamping at Its Finest


The allure of the great outdoors calls to many, but pitching a tent and cooking over a fire isn’t for everyone. If that describes you, consider the yurt: a small, permanent structure often outfitted with electricity, plumbing, and other modern amenities. Expertly nestled in remote locations, they provide comforts of home in the midst of nature. Here are just a few around the United States available for rent.

restaurants, and art galleries if you decide you’ve gotten your dose of nature for the day.

SPRUCE HOLE YURT, COLORADO Nestled in the San Juan Mountains about 10 miles north of New Mexico, this yurt is a snow-lover’s paradise. Skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking trails are plentiful in this backcountry location. At the end of a chilly day, come home to comfy beds, cooking supplies, and decor made to feel like you’re camping — but with sturdy walls to keep out the cold. FALLS BROOK YURTS, NEW YORK For the glampers who truly want to get away, hike just under 1 mile into the woods of the Adirondack Mountains to discover rustic yurts beckoning you to cook over a fire or bundle up with a book. At night, the yurt’s domed skylight offers excellent stargazing. For those keen on winter activities, skiing and snowshoeing trails start right outside the front door. In the summer, enjoy hiking, fishing, and swimming.

TREEBONES RESORT, CALIFORNIA For those new to the glamping

scene, this is a great choice for an easy transition. With picturesque views of the

Pacific Ocean, the Treebones Resort in Big Sur has an array of spaciously comfortable yurts to choose from. The resort has heated pools, a cozy lodge, and even a sushi bar. About an hour up the coastline, you can find a few shops,


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