Kimberly-Vincent Luxury Real Estate - October 2019




Fall is my favorite season, and the arrival of October in Florida means it finally starts edging out summer. The weather shifts to a not-too-hot, not-too-cold 80 degrees, and the rain lets up for a long string of sunny days. While it’s not the typical North American autumn I grew up with, seeing those months on the calendar still gives my spirits a lift, just in time for the start of Kimberly-Vincent’s busy season. I was born in upstate New York and spent years living in Colorado, Vermont, Minnesota, and Utah, so I’m used to a very different fall — a season when you can see your breath in the crisp air and the leaves change from green to vibrant red, yellow, and orange. Road trips through Vermont and Massachusetts to check out the fall leaves were always a highlight of my year, and I looked forward to walking down the sidewalks of New York City in my favorite jacket and high-top boots. Living in Florida, I do miss that sweater weather, and I’d love to decorate my front porch with pumpkins without having to worry about them going mushy in the heat. Still, on the balance, Florida’s perfect year-round temperature and gorgeous A Very Florida Fall TIPS FOR CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN THE TROPICS

beaches trump a few months of pretty leaves, and I have my own tricks to bring a bit of fall into the tropical climate.

farm in Fort Myers to pick up pumpkins, mush or no mush. Instead of huddling indoors, we get to carve them outside in our shorts and T-shirts thanks to Florida's beautiful weather. If that isn’t enough to make me feel like fall has arrived, I’ll make time in my schedule to go to one of Naples’ fun seasonal events. They never fail to get me in the mood for Halloween! Whether you’re nostalgic about fall like me or just looking for a good time, you can’t go wrong strolling through the Fall Walk at the Naples Botanical Garden (Oct. 17–31), raising a glass at the Brew-Ha- Ha at Mercato (Oct. 19), joining in the Halloween on 5th Spooktacular (Oct. 31), or watching the Halloween Monster 5K at Fleischmann Park (Oct. 26). If this is your first fall in Naples and you’d like some tips on how to make it the best yet — or if you’re on the hunt for the perfect seasonal getaway — Vincent and I can help. Give us a call today at 239-919-2742.

While changing leaves are the hallmark of autumn in the north, the barrage of car carriers signals its arrival in the Sunshine State. The change of colors we see in Naples is the change in license plate colors. Every October, truckloads of vehicles show up in Naples as snowbirds across the country fly south for the winter. I love spotting all the different license plates on each truck and watching people stream out of their condos on Shoreline Boulevard to find their cars — it’s almost as good as a drive to see the leaves! “While changing leaves are the hallmark of autumn in the north, the barrage of car carriers signals its arrival in the Sunshine State.” To really get into the spirit of the season every year, I follow up that car carrier- spotting with a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. And I always head out to a

–Kimberly Alvord

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October is a busy month at Kimberly-Vincent because it marks the start of the season for snowbirds to fly back to Florida for the winter. We love seeing all of our clients arrive home, and helping people who are new to our tropical paradise find their dream getaways is one of our favorite things about fall. Of course, as wonderful as it is to own a second home you can escape to when temperatures start to drop up north, it does come with a bit of additional responsibility. If you’re arriving home this month, check on these three things to ensure your place is in tiptop shape — or give us a call before you land to have our home watch team check them for you!


Take a few minutes when you first get home to make sure all your appliances are in working order and your electricity and plumbing don’t have any issues. Replace smoke detector batteries, turn the A/C on and off, make sure your appliance clocks are correct (if not, reset the breaker), and look for leaks around your hot water heater, sinks, and toilets. If your home has a pool or hot tub, it’s vital you get it up and running. Doing simple tasks like cleaning the filter basket, switching on the filtration and circulation system, and topping off the water can clue you in to potential problems — and ensure it’s pristine when you’re ready to dive in. If you want to swim right away, have a pool service do the legwork before you arrive. If you’d like to save the hassle of taking these steps yourself, give Kimberly-Vincent a call today at 239-444- 8298. We’d be happy to take care of it for you! THE POOL OR HOT TUB Though the name might lead you to believe differently, Dia de los Muertos is a joyous time. If you visit Mexico during the holiday, the air is filled with music, and the streets are full of dancing and color. Instead of a sorrowful mourning of the dead, it is a vibrant, joyous celebration of life. Intricate altar displays, called ofrendas, honor the spirits of relatives who’ve passed. Families fill them with photographs and the relatives’ favorite food and drinks. It’s believed that during Dia de los Muertos, the boundary between the living and the dead is lifted, and for one night only, spirits come back to visit and enjoy what their families have set out for them. Today, the multiday celebration takes place throughout Central and North America. As tiny Batmans and Skywalkers add the final adjustments to their costumes, other families clean their homes and prepare to honor the spirits of their loved ones. And in today's beautiful blend of cultures, many families celebrate both holidays. FULL OF LIFE


When you arrive at your house or condo, make sure you walk around and through the entire home before settling in. Look for things like broken windows, damaged siding or shingles, and misplaced items that could indicate a break-in or storm damage needing repair. The sooner you discover a problem, the sooner you can address it.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS A Celebration of Life

Despite the common misconception, Dia de los Muertos is not an offshoot of Halloween. While the two holidays often happen simultaneously, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that originated with the indigenous people of Central America, including the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Each year, they gathered and gave offerings to their dead. When the Spaniards came to Mexico, they fused the indigenous celebrations with their traditions of All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2).


Ancient Mesoamerican civilizations viewed death as a beginning rather than an end. This was likely tied to agricultural practices and the seasons, with crops dying in the winter and being reborn in the spring. Dia de los Muertos evolved from those roots and is now observed throughout Mexico and the United States. It’s a time of remembering your loved ones by celebrating their lives.


A CHAT WITH THE MAYOR Kimberly and Vincent Talk New Construction With Naples Mayor Bill Barnett

In early September, Kimberly and Vincent were honored to sit down with Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, who has served the city in various capacities since 1984. Mayor Barnett had plenty of insight to share on how Naples has grown and evolved in recent months, and how new construction and demolition projects will continue to shape the landscape going forward. During their discussion, Vincent asked him about two undertakings in particular: the building of the new Old Naples Hotel in the Third Street District following the demolition of the current building, and the demolition of the Bay Club of Naples, which stalled under the eye of developer Harry Zea. Regarding the new Old Naples Hotel project, Mayor Barnett said, “I called the attorney who was representing

them, and he said they’re on schedule. Between now and November [the existing building] will come down.” When asked if there had been any resolution on the Bay Club project, Mayor Barnett said, “Absolutely! It was basically foreclosed, taken over by a company that is pretty easy to work with,” he said. “Our goal is to knock it down. With the threat of the hurricane that just happened, we jumped a few steps. We want that building down. I’ve wanted it down since last April, and I think you’re going to see it disappear.” Personally, Mayor Barnett said he’s looking forward to two other projects in the works, which our team is also anticipating.

for that grand opening because it’s going to be spectacular,” he told Kimberly and Vincent. “And the other one is the Eighth Street corridor. They’re coming along, and hopefully in another month, you're going to see an amazing difference with what we’re doing with the roundabouts and making the city more pedestrian- friendly, bike-friendly, and car-friendly.” No doubt big things are afoot in Naples, and here at Kimberly-Vincent, we have our finger on the pulse of the city. If you’re looking to move to Naples and have questions about how development has impacted the housing market,

we can help! Give us a call today at 239-444-8298.

“One is that Baker Park will open on Oct. 29, and I hope you’re both there

TAKE A Break

Miso Caramel Apples


• 4 Granny Smith apples • 1/2 cup raw pistachios • 1 1/2 tsp plus 1 cup sugar • 3 tbsp sesame seeds • 2 tbsp white miso, divided

• 4 Popsicle sticks • 2 tbsp light corn syrup • 1/4 cup heavy cream • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


1. Heat oven to 275 F. 2. In a food processor, pulse pistachios and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Add sesame seeds and 1 tbsp miso, pulsing until miso is fully broken up. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15–20 minutes and let cool. 3. Meanwhile, insert a Popsicle stick into the center of each apple. 4. In a saucepan, bring corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tbsp water to a boil. Boil for 5–7 minutes, swirling infrequently, until caramel is a light amber color. 5. Add cream and salt to caramel, whisking to combine. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and quickly whisk in remaining miso. 6. To assemble, first roll apple in caramel, then in pistachio mixture, before resting on greased baking sheet. 7. Let cool 30 minutes and serve.

Inspired by Bon Appétit

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A Very Florida Fall Inside This Issue 1 2 2 3 3 4 A Snowbird’s To-Do List The Meaning of Dia de los Muertos A Chat With the Mayor Miso Caramel Apples The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow


In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big Halloween party during the month of October. Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic

soap opera “Dark Shadows” will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman's Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins. If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!


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