Shadow Wood at the Brooks Real Estate News | July 2015

Shadow Wood at the Brooks Real Estate News | July 2015

Welcome to the throes of summer! I hope this message finds you doing well — whether you have returned to your “other home” up north or if you are here in Shadow Wood, as I am. As a year-round resident, I drive through this wonderful community, sit and chat with friends who live here or find myself talking with a stranger about Shadow Wood, I can’t help but remain in-awe of how this community has developed and grown to offer so much. Really, what more can we ask for? Beautiful grounds; enough space and activity areas to keep busy when we want to be … and plenty of tranquility when we don’t. Enough about me. I would love to hear from YOU. If you are a Shadow Wood resident and you find yourself with a few extra minutes this summer, please feel free to email me something you enjoy about our community. If you don’t reside here among us, well, you should — until you do, feel free to contact me with questions you might have regarding Shadow Wood. Be prepared to see your remarks in one of these newsletters as others will benefit from your experiences and questions.

A reminder, you have access to the most comprehensive website devoted to Shadow Wood, I’ve included maps, floor plans, photos, and descriptions of each neighborhood within this desirable community — please feel free to review the site — I always welcome your feedback.

Whether you are buying or selling, if you are looking for REALTOR® representation, think of me and allow me to share my 30 years of experience putting buyers and sellers together in SWFL.

Your Shadow Wood REALTOR®,
Ed Gongola



Downing-Frye Realty  Reaches 35% Increase in Closed Sales Volume for June


According to Downing-Frye Realty and NABOR President Mike Hughes, “June was a huge month for closed sales volume.” Last year, the brokerage closed $156 million in June. This June,  the firm closed $210 million, representing a 35% increase in closed sales volume. Hughes added, “We have also closed more 400 transactional sides in each of the last four months. The last time Downing-Frye agents did that was 2005.” Downing-Frye currently has more than 1,100 listings.





If you are considering selling your Shadow Wood home, here are some statistics that may help you decide to place your home on the market:


  • Within the last 12 months, there were 22 sales; the average sales price was $323,859; and, these condos were on the market an average of 65 days
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 34 sales; the average sales price was $281,676; and, these homes were on the market an average of 170 days


  • During the last 12 months, there were 63 sales; the average sales price was $952,363; these homes were on the market an average of 95 days
  • During the 12 months previous, there were 73 sales; the average sales price was $839,745; and, these homes were on the market an average of 112 days

For a list of SHADOW WOOD homes sold in the last 90 days, click here .

For a list of SHADOW WOOD homes that are pending at the moment, click here.


Meet Ed Gongola and discover how he can help you with his concierge style of service when buying or selling your home.

Shadow Woods Executive Chef Rich Crisanti wins back-to-back American Culinary Foundation ‘Chef of the Year’ Award

Shadow Woods Executive Chef Rich Crisanti

Shadow Woods Executive Chef Rich Crisanti

For the second consecutive year, Shadow Wood Country Club’s Executive Chef Richard Crisanti was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation, Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida.

Crisanti was recognized for his dedication to the culinary field and is the first chef in the chapter’s 27-year history to win back-to-back years.

An ACF member since 1992, Crisanti serves on the board of directors for the local chapter, is a nationally recognized certified executive chef, an American culinary evaluator and a certified culinary administrator.

Crisanti also serves as a mentor for high school and college graduates and chairs the Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida’s annual golf outing and vendor showcase for the Annual Food Show.

“Chef Richard is truly one of the most dedicated and passionate members of our team and we could not be more proud of his achievements,” said Shadow Wood Country Club General Manager Brian Bartolec. “Chef Rich is determined to make the Shadow Wood dining experience second to none and continues to elevate members’ experience by adding new and fresh dishes to the menu as well as providing educational cooking classes featuring a range of healthy and flavorful items.”

A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Crisanti is working toward becoming a certified master chef, a designation awarded to only 70 chefs worldwide.





Country Western Dinner on July 24

unnamed (3)Have you signed up for the Country Western Dinner Dance yet? Just 2 weeks away on July 24th. Featuring Chef Rich’s country cuisine, live country western entertainment, and prizes for best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl! Call 239-992-6000 for reservations. Guests & reciprocals are welcome.












Brian Bartolec, PGA, & General Manager/COO at Shadow Wood Country Club

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Amy Guffey, Shadow Wood Country Club Assistant Food & Beverage Director

Amy Guffey, Assistant Food & Beverage Director at Shadow Wood Country Club

Amy Guffey joined the Shadow Wood team as manager of the Preserve Clubhouse in 2008, was promoted to the Events Manager in 2009, and promoted to Assistant Food & Beverage Director in 2013. She has been in the Food and Beverage industry for 23 years, primarily in restaurants but has spent the last 12 years in the Club industry. She has earned her ANSI ServSafe Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association and also acquired her Real Estate Associate License in 2006. Amy is originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan and currently lives in Fort Myers with her youngest of three daughters and her fiancé. Visit Amy’s LinkedIn profile here.

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