For decades, travelers who visit the Port Royal neighborhood are enamored by its charms. During the day, the sun illuminates the neighborhood and water with a sparkly glow, and in the evening, the moonlight twinkles magically through its native, Banyan tree-lined streets. These highly sought-after homes adorn the most coveted real estate in Naples and are unparalleled in their sophistication and design.
A new addition to this tapestry is 1007 Galleon Drive. This newly constructed 6,930-square-foot, two-story home is the crowning achievement of several of the area’s most esteemed luxury-home professionals. Whether by moonlight or morning sun, this waterfront retreat will impress you with its ability to capture natural light. The home faces west, so it also enjoys sunset hues that egress through an arched windowed entry and second-story guest loft. This home uses a palette of materials and colors found in nature to satiate the spirit and create a sense of seamless tranquility.
“Understanding your clients’ wants and desires is paramount in building a custom home,” says Joe Beauchamp of The Williams Group. “The knowledge gained over the last 15 years, while building some of Port Royal’s most sophisticated residences, is what sets us apart, adds Beauchamp.”
Upon entry, a dark walnut floor greets homeowners with a classic elegance. Taking a few steps inside the foyer, your eyes immediately pan to the main living room. Simple draperies in a delicate, pale blue seaglass color cascade alongside French doors that lead to a covered lanai. A propane-fed fireplace encased in a classic white trim welcomes relaxed gatherings with a breathtaking view of the bay.
Poised high above the family room, a beautiful, butternut Cypress-beamed ceiling with windows adds warmth and light to the room below. “To add aesthetic appeal without competing with the already dramatic ceiling, I wrapped a small section of the wall in a neutral color raffia,” says designer Lisa Kahn of Kahn Design Group. “I then played on the raffia’s textural appeal by adding a large mountain grass area rug with leather trim,” she continues.
Collaborating closely with Kahn and Beauchamp allowed architect Jon Kukk, AIA, of Kukk Architecture & Design, P.A. to use a spatial framework approach, which focused on the simplicity of nature as inspiration for his design. “Working from the ground up really allowed me to incorporate feedback from the team during my design process,” says Kukk. “We wanted a home that really captured light naturally in its form. This became our mantra and influenced the way we approached everything on this project,” says Kukk.
The family room is complete with thoughtfully placed artwork purchased in North Carolina and elegant antique dressers fitted with marble tops. Soft hand-painted lampshades are eloquently juxtaposed next to a repurposed, firebox-inspired end table with a rustic revival feel.
The spacious kitchen caters to any chef, outfitted with the latest culinary technology such as a state-of-the-art, propane-fed commercial stove by Wolf. An integrated, side-by-side, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, which are artfully tucked away in beautiful custom cabinetry, provide a gracious and pragmatic culinary space. “You see what you want to see, and everything else is built in,” says Claudio Almeida, who worked closely with senior project manager Ray Morgan. The backsplashes sparkle in a seaglass tile basketweave design accented with delicate onyx accents. Cristallo quartzite countertops have a naturally translucent appeal, which seem to reflect light from within creating an elegant and practical worksurface. A thoughtful ceiling design creates visual interest. “In the kitchen, I applied the same raffia from the family room walls to the three ceiling trays above a dark wood, grand scale island to create harmony in the space,” says Kahn.
A climate-controlled wine room will delight even the most novice oenophile. Lined with reclaimed wood from wine barrels, the wine cellar exudes a delightful cedar fragrance, and wine bottles are displayed on carefully crafted wood shelving. An authentic wine barrel was halved and repurposed as a corking station that sits against an antique mirror wallcovering.
In the formal dining room, a vintage table base has a unique structural design inspiration. The base pattern helped the team select the chairs and complimented the ceiling with a repeated design. The walls and upholstery on the chairs in the main dining area reflect the same green hue in the table’s glass top adding to the soft natural ambience of the waterfront home.
The walls and ceilings of this home gleam with decorative paint finishes. A powder room features a Monet-inspired look on the walls that was sculpted to imitate seashells. “The technique involved a multi-layered application of custom-mixed reactive color glazes in tones of seafoam and celadon,” says Noëlle Dubié, who works closely alongside Florian Spahiu, a decorative faux finish artist with Ancient Modern Finishes, Inc. Additionally, Spahiu methodically applied nine individual layers of metallic glazes in copper, teal, and pearlescent beige to a barrel ceiling in the dramatic corridor entrance into the master bedroom. “I finished the look with a hand-painted intricate rope design,” shares Spahiu.
The master retreat is a sanctuary complete with an idyllic view. The king-size bed features a custom, sea leaf-patterned duvet, and is crowned with a hand-embroidered linen headboard. At the base of the bed sits a sharkskin painted Birdseye Maple bench. The dark wood cabinet cleverly hides an integrated flat screen television that retracts from view when not in use. Night owls can linger comfortably in the cozy upholstered chairs in the sitting area that provides the perfect reading nook for reading a good book under the stars. The master suite also includes with his-and-hers closets, and a well-appointed master bath with a deep soaking tub, shower, and a dark wood vanity topped with elegant Calcutta white countertops.
On the terrace, the home is surrounded by natural beauty with breezy palms, water views, and a quartzite-tiled fountain. The spa cascades through a series of aqueducts that lead to a refreshing infinity pool overlooking Naples Bay. In keeping true to its vision to be connected with nature, the design team used Afamia stone to grace the deck. This design selection compliments the beautiful, natural shell reef countertops in the outdoor cooking space. All-weather wicker furnishings are accented with upholstery and pillows inspired by the color palette from the water feature. Cooler Florida nights are quickly warmed by the fireplace, and entertaining outdoors is easy with luxurious seating, a full-cooking area, and outdoor flat screen television. This home truly glows in the sunshine and sparkles under the moonlight with its gorgeous views, beautiful furnishings, and stunning design.
For more information on purchasing this Naples home, contact the listing agent, Karen Van Arsdale at Premier Sotheby’s International on 239.860.0894.
Written by Mollie Page
Kukk Architecture & Design
1300 3rd Street South, Suite 203E
Naples, Florida 34102
The Williams Group
40 10th Street South
Naples, Florida 34102
Kahn Design Group
1025 1st Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Ancient Modern Finishes/Opus Focus
26950 Nicki J. Court
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135