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Fort Myers, Florida Homes - Verandah Fact Sheet

Quick Facts About Our Green Community on the Orange River

Total Fort Myers, Florida homes at build-out: Approximately 1,700
Homes: Custom and traditional single-family homes, maintenance-free villa, and coach and town homes
Home prices: Low $200,000s to more than $1 million

Development Timeline of These Fort Myers Florida Homes

February 2003
Verandah on-site sales center opened for presales

December 2003
Bob Cupp-designed championship Old Orange golf course, Golf House pro shop and Boat House opened

February 2004
Model homes opened

January 2005
River House opened, including the Alligator Pear restaurant and Jesse Fish lounge

January 2006
Tennis and Fitness Center opened

January 2007
Jack and Jack Nicklaus II-designed championship golf course Whispering Oak opened


Verandah, a 1,456-acre master-planned green community along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River, is being developed by Bonita Bay Group with the same commitment to meticulous planning, environmental stewardship, integrity and attention to detail that is evident in its flagship community, Bonita Bay. Nearly 70 percent of the community will be open space, with 480 acres of common areas, golf course and parks, 416 acres of wetland preserve and lakes, 84 acres of upland preserves and a buffer along the river to maintain the unique character of the riverfront. The buffer is a conservation easement along the entire length of Verandah’s riverfront; the easement averages 80 feet and ranges from a minimum of 25 feet up to 200 feet.


Verandah is located 10 minutes from downtown Fort Myers in northeastern Lee County, just south of the Caloosahatchee River and a short distance from Buckingham, Alva and the Lee County Civic Center. Numerous county parks and boating facilities are located nearby. Only two miles from Interstate-75 (exit 141), these Fort Myers, Florida homes at Verandah are just 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport and 20 minutes from Florida Gulf Coast University. Downtown Fort Myers, home to trendy restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and shopping, is a quick trip along State Road 80, which fronts the community.


Verandah offers a diverse selection of custom and traditional single-family homes, villas and coach homes. Offered by eight of Southwest Florida’s top builders, homes in the community will be reminiscent of Florida’s past with unique architectural styles and accents. A variety of environmentally friendly options allows buyer to customize the level of energy efficiency, air quality and resource conservation in their homes.

Green Community

Verandah is being developed using “green building” practices that demand fewer non-renewable resources and provide a healthier environment for residents. Bonita Bay Group has created Verandah as a green community – the first in the state to meet the requirements of the Florida Green Building Coalition to be third-party certified as a green community. The certification process requires minimum thresholds in six categories: protection of ecosystems and conservation of natural resources; circulation of people and traffic within and outside of the community; use of green utilities practices; amenities; green-friendly community covenants and deed restrictions; and education and promotion of green living practices.

In planning Verandah, Bonita Bay Group reworked portions of its site development plan to impact as few trees as possible, restored historic flow ways interrupted by previous agrarian uses, expanded wetland, uplands and conservation areas, and developed a perpetual conservation easement along the Orange River to ensure the future integrity of its unique ecosystem. The developer also restored and enhanced natural habitat to ensure the community continues to be a home to some of Southwest Florida’s most diverse wildlife.

Instead of building a large clubhouse, Verandah’s amenities center was designed within an expansive oak hammock with several individual buildings to reduce the impact on the trees. More than 100 oak trees and 1,300 sabal palms have been transplanted in the community. Water conservation measures include the installation of a dual water system that will operate with reclaimed water for irrigation when the service becomes available in the area and the use of native and drought tolerant vegetation in common areas, amenity buildings and homesites. Bonita Bay Group has also teamed up with TECO Peoples Gas to offer natural gas, a more efficient energy source, to single-family homes and amenity buildings in Verandah.

Green Homes

All of Verandah’s single-family model homes must be certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition. Certification for green building is based on meeting benchmarks within each of eight categories, including energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental health and the use of environmentally friendly materials. Buyers have the opportunity to customize the level of green building features in their homes.

All single-family Fort Myers, Florida homes within Verandah are also be certified through Florida Power & Light Co.’s BuildSmart® program for energy efficiency above and beyond Florida’s building code, conserving 10 to 30 percent more energy than homes built to code.

River Village

Nestled into a picturesque oak hammock near the scenic Orange River, Verandah’s River Village is the center of community activities. Individual buildings are linked by walkways that tie into the more than nine miles of pedestrian walkways and fitness trails at Verandah, including a river walk and bicycle paths. Oak Park – with hundreds of live oaks and sabal palms, and the community Tree House – provides a scenic 500-foot entry to River Village. Amenity buildings within River Village include:

  • The Golf House, Verandah’s pro shop serving players on the Bob Cupp-designed Old Orange and Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II-designed Whispering Oak championship golf courses.
  • The River House, featuring the Alligator Pear riverside restaurant, Jesse Fish lounge and outdoor seating on a breezy deck.
  • The Boat House, offering open-air and screened-in riverfront decks with incredible views and inviting gathering spots, a canoe and kayak launch for embarking on an adventure along the lazy Orange River, and Blossom’s Community Grill, offering a casual dining alternative. An adjacent structure serves as a canoe and kayak livery.
  • The Tennis and Fitness Center, a professionally staffed facility, offers an aerobics studio, tennis pro shop, an exercise room with fitness equipment, locker rooms, men’s and ladies’ spa treatment rooms, a junior Olympic-size pool and five lighted Har-Tru tennis courts.


Verandah’s golf courses were created in a way that complimented the landscape: tree lines were preserved, waterways went untouched. And with this devotion to the natural surroundings came some of America’s most famous courses including, Winged Foot, Oakmont and Pinehurst. From these old-world visions rise two prominent golf courses at Verandah, Old Orange and Whispering Oak.

Old Orange, Verandah’s first 18-hole championship golf course, opened in late 2003, along with the Golf House pro shop. Inspired by the spectacular oak trees throughout the site, award-winning golf course architect Bob Cupp created Old Orange in the image of timeless, classical courses that were created in the 1910s and 1920s.

Opened in January 2007, Verandah’s Whispering Oak “has evolved into something unique, interesting and entertaining,” says Jack Nicklaus II, who designed the course with his father, Jack Nicklaus. The course harmonizes with the natural attributes of the community.


A canoe and kayak launch and storage at the Boat House in River Village allows Verandah residents to explore the Orange River. Off-site facilities for motorboats are available at nearby Sweetwater Landing, Bonita Bay Group’s full-service public marina on the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Located just minutes north of Verandah along SR 31, Sweetwater Landing is currently undergoing renovations and will ultimately offer 70 wet slips, 245 dry slips, a waterfront restaurant, power and water hookups, gas and diesel, shower facilities and a ships store in addition to fuel, boat repairs and detailing service.


State-of-the-art structured wiring that combines fiber optics and coaxial cable brings high-speed data and video service to every home in Verandah. The technology offers:

  • Always-on, high-speed Internet service at speeds 20 times faster than a 56k modem dial-up service;
  • 77 channels of cable television;
  • A "homerun" configuration that allows resident to plug-in new applications through a central control panel;
  • Computer networking inside the home;
  • Broadband technology that allows families to use multiple phone lines, access the Internet, send faxes, watch TV and shared access to VCR/DVD players simultaneously.

Additionally, the technology used in the construction of these Fort Myers, Florida homes enables residents to choose upgraded features such as video-on-demand and remote monitoring of home systems. An exclusive agreement between Time Warner Cable and Bonita Bay Group brings this cutting-edge technology to residents for one low monthly fee, included in Homeowners Association dues.


Residents can access a public commercial center, located at the terminus of SR 31 at SR 80, without leaving Verandah. The center includes a neighborhood center with a Publix grocery store, Walgreens drug store, Colonial Bank branch, and additional shops and offices. It has been permitted for a total of 160,000 square feet of retail space and 30,000 square feet of office space.

Verandah – A Green Community - Developer Contacts

Gary Dumas
Vice President of Community Implementation

Bonnie Thinnes
Executive Administrative Assistant

Joey Garon
Vice President of Operations

J.R. Congdon
General Manager

Jennifer Laderer
Director of Strategic Marketing

Sally Blackmore
Membership Director


The Verandah Information Center is located at 11571 Verandah Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901. The entrance to the community is two miles east of I-75 exit 141, on the south side of State Road 80. For more information on our Fort Myers, Florida homes or the community experience, visit, or call (239) 694-7199 or toll-free (866) 694-7199.

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