If you are one of the lucky 12 families to call Naples Casamore home, you will wake up each morning in a stunning Gulf Shore Boulevard residence with intracoastal water views and your own private dock. Even though Southwest Florida is known for its considerable architectural diversity, it is safe to say this enclave’s Dutch Caribbean style stands alone. Simply put, there is nothing in Naples quite like it—and that’s exactly how Naples Casamore creator Gulfshore Development envisioned it.
“We wanted a clean look with open floor plans where one space flows freely to the next,” says Gulfshore Development Manager Ryan Lang. “We’ve minimized the number of walls and included high ceilings and lots of windows to capture Southwest Florida’s incredible natural light. Each residence has a four-car garage, outdoor balconies, a pool and spa, and a 40-foot boat dock on the intracoastal waterway with Gulf access,” adds Lang. “We offer residents private, gated beach access directly across the street. Notably, there are no other single-family developments in the Port Royal to Bonita Springs beach corridor that offer these features and the ability to literally walk to the beach. Naples Casamore is ideally suited to those who appreciate the value of the maintenance-free, luxurious village lifestyle.”
Two model residences have been created to help illustrate the Naples Casamore lifestyle. Casa Bella Vita is a four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath residence. It offers an inviting, extremely livable three-level space that has a warm ambiance and uninterrupted views of the water. Collins and DuPont Interior Design Principal Kim Collins, ASID, Senior Designer Lana Knapp, ASID, and Project Manager/Designer Alina Olinger, ASID Affiliate, created a transitional design style that is fresh, crisp, and welcoming. The color palette is light and uplifting with its bright aquas, warm cottons, and vibrant pops of citrus greens and yellows. Cerused French Oak hardwood flooring in a driftwood finish helps balance out this natural and relaxed setting.
“Stofft Cooney Architects did a wonderful job with their rendition of a Dutch Caribbean white building. It gives the project an island air,” said Collins. “I wanted to do something that was fresh—something that hadn’t been seen in Naples. The color palette is taken from the sun, sand, and sea. The artwork is vibrant and alive and a significant part of the success of the model. The driftwood flooring gives it a grounded effect and a great deal of warmth.”
An arched entry opens to Casa Bella Vita’s ground level foyer where a walk-out leads to the pool, spa, and boat dock. The main living area is on the second level and offers a dramatic unobstructed view. The living room’s colors establish a relaxed and casual feeling that create a harmonious union with the natural mineral slate and iron undertones. Vibrant pops of greens and aquas invigorate the space with energy. A high ceiling with honeyed wood beams is anchored by a clean-lined fireplace in coordinating wood veneers and natural shell stone slabs. All of the furnishings have clean, crisp lines and capitalize on the fresh waterfront vibe.
The dining room has a stunning Veralux, laminated, shell lighting fixture in a curve-linear design. The light, oro finished dining table and textured linen chairs are from Baker. Casa Bella Vita’s “club room” functions as a relaxed family or game room, yet has the multi-function purpose of a private study. The inviting feel is created with dark wood tones contrasted by warm khaki and earthy gold accents. Custom built-in shelving serves as an architecturally intriguing media center that offers an appealing display for personal artifacts, framed family photos, and collectibles.
The third level master bedroom has a luxurious color palette of honeyed wheat and washed bronze. Metallic accents of gold and silver create vibrancy and life contrasted by dark woods and antiques mirrors. A gabled ceiling with accented moldings gives way to a warm gold Murano glass chandelier. The master bath’s free-standing tub floating in front of a corner window offers a view of the intracoastal waters. A custom cornice treatment frames the space and adds a soft romantic touch.
The interior of the second model home, the three-bedroom Villa Napoli, was designed by Lauri Godfrey of Godfrey Design Consultants. Godfrey’s style here is relaxed, warm, and “beachy.” “Cool walls, warm wood floors, and comfortable furnishings reflect the home’s peaceful ambiance. All of the rooms are generously proportioned, elegant, but easy. On the entry level, the white stone with a large slab inset of green onyx leads the eye to a staircase and its gracious, handsome iron and wood railing,” says Godfrey.
The second level great room is the main living space. It incorporates a beautiful, stacked stone fireplace wall with flat screen TV, a built-in bar, and access to a balcony with incredible views to the pool and the intracoastal waterway. According to Godfrey, “The dining room is quite special with its generous banquette seating, custom wood dining table, and exquisite lighting fixture. Adjacent to the dining area, an enormous open-plan kitchen serves as the heart of the home. It is a large airy space, generous enough to accommodate a table, six to eight chairs, bar seating, and a walk-in pantry. A home office/study is a multi-functional room with its own bath that can serve as a den, TV room, office, or extra bedroom.
The third level of the Villa Napoli is home to three bedrooms and three baths. A gorgeous sitting area in the master suite is restful and offers water views on two sides. The bath boasts what every couple needs—an enormous vanity with plenty of storage, a large water closet, shower and an elegant, free-standing soaking tub. Calacatta gold floor tiles with an inlay of patterned Calacatta marble provide additional visual interest.
“The Casamore floor plans live well. They’re open, entertainment style plans, which is difficult to do on three levels,” remarks John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects. “I wanted to capitalize on the intracoastal views that face east. Every one of the 6,000-6,500 square-foot units was strategically placed to get a western view of the Gulf. You would be hard pressed to find anything in Naples like this architecturally. I used the Dutch Caribbean style of architecture for this project,” adds Cooney. “ Architecture in the Caribbean is purely a product of the climate. That’s lots of sunlight, intense heat, and tropical storms. Those factors can be addressed architecturally. Casamore’s gabled roofs, expansive porches, and majestic verandas maximize the exterior space, and combined with the smooth white stucco, are indicative of a Caribbean style of architecture.”