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Calusa Pines Visionary Sets His Sights on The Island at West Bay

February 14, 2023 | Read Time: 5 minutes

As a new wave of residential living rises in the greater Naples area, there’s one developer that has already achieved an exceptional reputation for excellence in Southwest Florida. President and Founder of Indian Hill Partners, Gary Chensoff, is highly regarded for the extraordinary private golf club he created at Calusa Pines. His innovative thinking and keen attention to detail has resulted in continuously raising the bar for what luxurious condominium living should include. From advanced design features and amenities that “wow” to a highly serviced lifestyle, Chensoff strives for nothing less than perfection with every aspect of the project. Let’s take a closer look at how his visionary concepts came to life at Calusa Pines, and the exciting future he has planned for The Island at West Bay.

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Calusa Pines – From Raw Land to Championship Golf

Ever since Calusa Pines first opened for play in November 2001, the golf course has been continuously recognized as one of the top courses in Florida, and within the top 100 in the nation. As the visionary behind the project, Chensoff recognized the potential for a renowned golf course from a rather unassuming site – 530 flat acres filled with piney scrubland, sable palms, and dense tangles of saw palmettos. His battle with a rare form of cancer at the time strongly influenced how Calusa Pines was designed and built, and he challenged golf course architects Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry to create the most unique course in Florida.

The result was a layout that played with elevation levels, utilizing fill from lakes to form ridge lines up to 58 feet tall. Nature preserves and beautiful lakes were preserved to not only provide a dramatic backdrop for each hole but also create a sense of privacy and seclusion. Just as Chensoff envisioned, members at Calusa Pines have come to expect the best, with a world-class golf course, renowned practice facilities, and a strong caddie program.

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West Bay’s Newest Condominium Redefines the Status Quo

Chensoff’s desire for excellence has extended to his new residential condominium, The Island at West Bay. As the ninth and final address within the West Bay community, Gary Chensoff challenged his team to set a new standard of excellence with every aspect of this 24-story condominium. Architecture firm Garcia Stromberg was the first to achieve that vision, with a unique plan for both the residences and amenities that represent the cutting edge in design and architectural innovation.

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Core Design Creates 100% Corner Residences

Surrounded by vast nature preserves and interconnecting waterways, central to Chensoff’s vision for The Island was to accentuate the views from each of the 86 residences. The result was a central core design, where four residences on each floor surround the center in a pinwheel-like fashion. Each 3- to 4-bedroom residence enjoys the coveted corner position, with never-ending views overlooking Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. 10′ to 12′ ceilings, full-height walls of glass, wide terraces with summer kitchens, and premium interior finishes deliver an enviable address for those seeking a maintenance-free Florida lifestyle.

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Rooftop Amenities for Entertainment and Leisure

While many condominiums are known for offering a full collection of amenities, The Island’s signature amenity plan brings an unparalleled offering to the area. High atop The Island’s 24th floor, the Rooftop Deck creates an unforgettable sanctuary where panoramic views of the serene Estero Bay and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters extend as far as the eye can see. A shaded Fitness & Yoga space is perfect for morning yoga, while the Relaxation Pool and whirlpool spa are ideal for refreshing dips after a long day. The open-air catering kitchen and barbecue grills provide everything needed for a successful social event, and numerous seating areas each encircling a fire pit are perfect for watching Southwest Florida’s famed sunsets. Ground-level amenities provide something for every family member and guest, including a Resident Club Room, a heated lap pool, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, private guest suites, refrigerated storage for deliveries, a Kid’s Club Room, and an indoor golf simulator.

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Golf Memberships and Beach Club Available

Beneath The Island’s towering elegance is the fun and active lifestyle of the West Bay community. Residents of The Island can enjoy their own private sanctuary, while also appreciating all this premier golf and country club has to offer. A state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, and al fresco dining can be found at The Bay House, a luxurious multipurpose activity center. The Sports Complex, complete with eight tennis courts and six pickleball courts, is a great place for pick-up games with fellow West Bay members. The private Beach Club offers direct access to the Gulf of Mexico’s powder-soft sand beaches and is currently being expanded to include an exceptional oceanfront dining venue. Golf Members can also enjoy West Bay Club’s championship golf course, designed by luminaries Pete and P.B. Dye to challenge both beginners and avid golfers alike. Chensoff has secured a number of golf memberships with full privileges available immediately while the building is constructed. These memberships are expected to go quickly.

Conveniently located within the greater Naples area, residents of The Island will soon enjoy a warm and relaxed seaside lifestyle filled with refined comforts. Residents are surrounded by a vibrant mix of shopping and fine dining venues, endless entertainment, and cultural and sporting excursions. Southwest Florida is renowned for natural attractions, including Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, numerous beach accesses, and Sanibel and Captiva Islands – all just a short drive away. The Southwest Florida International Airport is also just 20 minutes away.

With a prime location and an unmatched set of amenities, The Island at West Bay provides world-class living within the comforts of a close-knit community. For more information on this exciting new residential offering, please contact (239) 399-5009 or visit to schedule a private appointment with our sales team.

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