Situated on the 14th fairway of one of just two Greg Norman/Pete Dye designed courses in the world, the Prato neighborhood in Kitson & Partners’ Talis Park offered an ideal setting for the 2015 Golf Dream House. This collaborative project celebrates the game and those who play it by creating a grand estate residence designed to meet golfers’ every want and whim within a premier golfing community.
“We were delighted to partner with Golf Magazine to create the 2015 Golf Dream House,” says John Hillman, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Kitson & Partners. “The design/build team of Design West, Weber Design Group, and BCBE Construction took full advantage of the spectacular view corridors and built a home any golfer would certainly enjoy. At the same time, they honored the elegant yet casual New Fashioned aesthetic that is one of Talis Park’s most prominent hallmarks,” adds Hillman.
Design West President and CEO Glenn Midnet brings the “live-large, trend-setting” attitude associated with California to Southwest Florida. “The coastal California look was our inspiration,” says Midnet, “then we took that curbside appeal from the exterior all the way through the interior, so it’s upscale, roomy, and easy to enjoy.”
The exterior of the home, capitalizing on a generous 125’ x 175’ lot, showcases thin corbel brackets that support a sleek, simple façade. The steep pitched roof design with flat tile adds texture to the exterior without overwhelming the eye. Carrie Horner of BCBE Construction offers details about the exterior. “The exterior windows are by Anderson with clear energy efficient, insulated impact glass, and [the front door] is customized metal, which will protect the home against hurricane winds and the rogue golf ball.”
“The layout of this home lends itself to entertaining guests with the open floor plan, inviting wet bar, large kitchen, game room, cabana bar, and spacious outdoor living area,” describes Horner.
Bill Weber, President of Weber Design Group, with offices in both Naples and North Palm Beach, had the emerging markets in mind when planning this project. “The design intent of this home was to capture a fresh and unique product of clean lines and coastal charm within a golf course environment that would be a winner with the projected home buyers in mind.
Careful attention was given to site placement, setting the home as far back as possible in order to maximize the golf course visibility and maintain the stately façade,” describes Weber.
Weber adds, “As open as this home is, the unique ceiling designs assisted in delineating each space in union with the placement of the window and door openings to frame the view orientations of the sprawling golf course, water and landscape features merged into the amazing backdrop of the sprawling golf course. From curbside to the expansive outdoor living areas, all spaces of this home flows seamlessly.”
Upon entry into the foyer, a modern sitting room opens up into a bay window overlooking the pool. Lead designer from Design West, Alexis Limb, explains the plan for the interior was to “incorporate natural aspects, layered textures, and neutral tones, while keeping a transitional, sophisticated look.” Thom Filicia chairs and coffee table foster a cozy seating place beside the two-way fireplace from Grate Fireplace, while floating shelves add to the clean lines of the room.
The dining table, in a heavily distressed oyster finish with a steel base and a glass top, ties into the design theme of reclaimed naturals. It accompanies matching host and hostess chairs of steel blue Kravet fabric and upholstered cream guest chairs in coordinating steel blue, down seat cushions.
“Design West consistently delivers projects that are sophisticated and luxurious, but with an eye for comfort. The Golf magazine dream home is just that: a dream. The house was perfectly executed by Limb and her team to capture the priorities of the Florida lifestyle: blending indoor and outdoor living spaces seamlessly to accommodate both a love of entertaining and maximum relaxation,” describes Amy Jimenez, Naples Showroom Manager Kravet Inc.
A vaulted ceiling the length of the kitchen allows for high windows above the range, lending natural light without sacrificing privacy. “A key feature of the home is how well-lit it is,” expounds Weber. “Although the home has a rear yard, Northern exposure the amount and size of the door and windows allow natural light to cascade throughout the day.”
Limb offers additional insight into the plan for the kitchen, “We created a high contrast look with a black walnut finish against a crisp white finish on the cabinetry.” Three pendant chains in a champagne finish suspend elegant, glass, cylinder light fixtures over a white, Thassos, infinity-edge, backlit island counter top.
Contributing to the kitchen’s aesthetics and function, the appliances from Design Studio by Raymond create a cook’s haven. According to Bob Bibbee, “The key feature of the kitchen is the Miele Pro Range, housing a large Master Chef convection oven with steam assistance and a smaller Master Chef oven with microwave.” The Miele refrigerator previews new, “remote-vision” monitoring technology that directly alerts the service outfitters of any problems. Finally, a built-in and plumbed coffee system keeps the kitchen streamlined and modern.
The luxurious master bedroom suite offers the perfect retreat from the open entertaining areas. Juxtaposing the raw wood look with refined, white, lacquered furniture from Ralph Lauren Home, the bedroom marries nature and elegance. Matching chandeliers drop down from decorated ceilings and Legacy Linen bedding complement the white leather inset on the headboard, which is trimmed with nickel nail head detailing.
Stately and minimalistic, the bathroom features Carrara marble. The inset fireplace by Grate Fireplace and the Kohler VibrAcoustic tub are centerpieces to this palatial space. “We chose the Ortal fireplace for the master bathroom because the frameless design, simplicity, and wide variety of interior media make it the perfect focal point for any décor,” explains Diane Key of Grate Fireplace in Ft. Myers.
The Design West team layers texture in the bathroom through the woven glass cloth in between the ceiling beams and the fine-art light fixture in a glass and nickel finish. Double access to the shower creates a fluid path through this lavish master suite.
Upstairs, in what may be the X-factor for this home, the men’s clubroom is revealed. Conceived as the ultimate “man cave” game room, this level is complete with a pub-style bar, a pool table, three televisions, and access to a gorgeous sun deck. Furnishings remain true to its masculine theme with fully tufted Thom Filicia crocodile leather couches, a chunky cocktail table of reclaimed timbers, and an oversized ribbed rug in slate blue silk.
Finally, as Midnet asserts, “The thought process on the lanai was to create something like a 19th hole with the outdoor cabana bar in the backyard.” The cabana offers multiple seating areas, including poolside chairs, a wet bar, and an outdoor fire pit from Grate Fireplace. “Outdoor entertaining is not complete without the allure of an open fire. The Grand Effects Grand Corinthian fire pit is both a safe and aesthetically pleasing choice for any outdoor gathering,” describes Carter Grant of Grate Fireplace.
A view from the back looking at the house showcases the resort-style pool and expansive sun deck. Nestled within the 416-acre community of Talis Park, this deluxe dream house might make it tough to leave for an early tee-time.
Written by Kasye Beza
Photography by Giovanni Photography
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