Designed with a deep appreciation for fine art, local culture and natural elements, this 2,545 square-foot condo built by A. Vernon Allen Builder and re-designed by Herscoe Hajjar Architects, is one of four units that make up the “Rooftops on Fourth.” This home is a prime example of a great escape in a perfect location. “With convenience, accessibility, and luxury all wrapped up into one fabulous package, it’s like no other property in Naples,” says Ryan Benson, Partner at A. Vernon Allen.
This unit boasts a two-car garage with drive-through passage, expansive veranda, private rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen, and yes, a private elevator. Once inside, the ease of coastal living takes over, and the transformation from harried to unhurried reigns. With single-story living and private roof terraces for each residence, this condominium design is beyond comparison.
“It is a contemporary interpretation of coastal living,” says Jett Segal, Interior Designer and Owner of Jett & Company Inc. Interior Design. “The design concept was birthed after my client expressed an interest in moving away from the style of one of their homes we built together that was appointed in old world Mediterranean elegance. This new home is intentionally designed to be classically modern with high style furnishings,” describes Segal.
The designer adds, “Harmonizing the textures of oversized vein cut travertine, large open grained wood, rough cut mother-of-pearl, exotic granites and plush natural woven fabrics blended perfectly with the reflective materials of polished chrome and glass found throughout the home. The affect — luxury lifestyle of barefoot elegance embracing all that Naples has to offer, mesmerizing beaches, sunsets, gulf waters and the arts.”
The front foyer features a compelling encaustics creation by awardwinning artist Robin Luciano Beaty. Paired with a silver-finished driftwood sculpture displayed on a high gloss rosewood-veneered bow-front chest, all of these pieces serve as inspiration for the rest of the home’s organic elements, natural color palette, and the collection of nature-inspired fine art.
To the right of the entryway, one is greeted by an engaging open living and dining room area. The design is invigorating with silk drapery, accented in an aqua medallion pattern showcasing the room’s 10-foothigh ceilings while providing a wonderful framework for the lovely French doors leading out to a covered veranda. Comfortable upholstery, streamline designed cocktail table, and side tables offer the perfect spot for relaxing while two custom-sized wool area rugs define each space and add depth and texture. “These rugs are made out of New Zealand wool and Luxcelle which looks like silk,” describes Chris Smith of Designers’ Rug Center, Inc. “The wool is dyed and then blended to give a striated effect closely mimicking a hand-knotted Tibetan weave,” describes Smith.
Additional artwork, many of which are sourced from Trudy Labell Fine Art, contributes to the underlying theme of bringing the outdoors in. Open tray ceilings with up-lights and metallic wallpapered lids, create a subtle but distinctive sophistication that is especially effective at night, and serves to enhance the extensive art collection.
The kitchen is modern and streamlined with mahogany hardwoods and cabinets accentuating the height of the room while also providing ample storage. Lit wall niches showcasing a pair of charming bird sculptures add a unique detail that effectively draws the eyes upward. Exotic Taj Mahal granite countertops, contemporary light fixtures, and a stainless steel border around the bottom perimeter of the room, create a sleek space with great flow.
The living, study, and kitchen area are connected to the rest of the home by an impressive 22-foot-long hallway that serves as a gallery for original artwork and notable art objects. Lighting is key in highlighting architectural features while also representing the artwork with finesse. The floor is a work of art in its own right with a vein-cut travertine inset that brings to life the grain and texture of natural, outdoor elements.
The guest bedrooms showcase custom furniture pieces in a palette of rich taupes, aqua, coral, white, and cardinal. The master bedroom suite, in particular, exudes a Zen-like atmosphere. Tailored and gracious in tranquil platinum, each component is eye-catching, from the plush peppered moss hand-spun wool carpeting, a pair of two-toned inverted bow-front chests, to the tufted headboard with leather base.
The master bath mirrors the bedroom’s polished refined style with gorgeous Crema Typhoon granite countertops, vein-cut brushed travertine floors, dual sinks, and custom-driftwood finished cabinets. A large walk-in shower, high-end fixtures, and hand-selected hardware complete the look.
After a workout or day of shopping, take a stroll on the beach, relax on the covered veranda, or ride your private elevator up to the rooftop terrace to enjoy cocktails while watching a stunning sunset. “The balcony porch and rooftop terrace act as additional outdoor rooms,” says Robert Herscoe of Herscoe Hajjar Architects, LLC. “The terrace, in particular, features a very high-end raised pedestal system allowing proper drainage, and complete access to a waterproofing membrane, so it’s always dry and easy to maintain.”
Both outdoor areas can easily accommodate large groups, and the private rooftop terrace is equipped with 800 square feet of outdoor living space including an outdoor kitchen, wet bar and grill, and not to mention, spectacular views. With so many options available, the sky’s the limit.
Written by Marcia Carroll Burzair
Photography by Nick Shirghio Photography
A. Vernon Allen Builder, Inc.
1175 1st Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Herscoe Hajjar Architects, LLC
22 10th Street South
Naples, FL 34102
Jett & Company Design Studio, Inc.
780 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102
Designers’ Rug Center
110 9th Street South
Naples, FL 34102