It’s no secret that Naples is one of the premier destinations to vacation in Southwest Florida, but lving here is much like a vacation every day. Sun on your shoulders, lush foliage, exotic fauna, sugary-soft sands, gorgeous golf greens, five-star dining, and chic shops and stores make Naples a much sought-after city along Paradise Coast. It’s a favorite locale for many of today’s most prominent celebrities who have decided to make it home. Here they are.
6 Celebrities Who Live in Naples, Florida. You Might Be Surprised
Some of today’s top celebrities have chosen to set down roots in beautiful Naples. Check out this list of six of the who’s who among celebs who currently live in Naples, or have in the past.
Judge Judy Sheindlin
Quick wit, a sharp tongue, and shrewd judgements have made Judy Sheindlin one of TV’s most popular judges. But when court is not in session, Sheindlin unwinds at her home in Pelican Bay, which is one of her many residences that dot the country from the East Coast to the West. Her six-bedroom mansion in Bay Colony, which is over 10,000 square-feet, is valued at more than $8 million.
Mary Carillo has experienced many incarnations since her days as a professional tennis player in the Women’s Tennis Association during which she had a brief 3-year career, from 1977 to 1980, when a knee injury forced her to retire. Carillo is now a sports analyst for NBC and a reporer and journalist for NBC olympic broadcasts. Game. Set. Match.
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If you love to get lost in a good beach read, this Naples resident has got you covered. Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum series, as well as 12 romance novels to date, among other books. The famous author doesn’t have any hobbies because she’s “always writing,” her website explains. Ms. Evanovich enjoys sweets–her favorite food is birthday cake, and her favorite Tastykake is Butterscotch Krimpets. Perhaps some literal food for thought as she crafts her popular novels.
Film lovers who were thrilled by the blockbuster Jason Bourne movie franchise should appreciate #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Ludlum, creator of the popular action character who has provided devoted readers with hours of thrills and spills over the course of an 18-part book series (thus far). Ludlum resided in an elegant high-rise in the Park Shore area before he passed away in 2001.
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This former professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics is the only individual in NBA history to receive the distinctive honors of Rookie of the Year, MVP, Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year, which is why he’s referred to by many as “Larry the Legend.” Bird owned a residence in Naples before he sold it in 2013 to return to his hometown of West Baden Springs, Indiana.
A six-time PGA Tour winner and winner of the Champions Tour three times over, Rocco Mediate retired from his career as a professional golfer and settled down in Naples’s Tuscany Reserve.
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