The charm of far-away places infuses the character of this transitional West Indies-inspired residence by Stock Signature Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development. Stained cypress corbels and brackets add form, while large overhangs designed to protect the home from inclement weather add function. The project was a labor of love for John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects who utilized the firm’s extensive database of custom requests to design the home. “Stock gave me artistic license, which is incredibly fun and gratifying,” states Cooney.
Incorporating some of today’s most sought after details, Cooney and Stock Signature Homes succeeded in creating a coveted masterpiece within the exclusive Estuary at Grey Oaks neighborhood. With over 7,700 square feet under air, this expansive home named ‘The Neapolitan’ model adapts classic styling to the tropical Naples marketplace. Here, a focus on outdoor living is essential and the home’s pristine preserve, lake, and golf course views are accentuated at every turn. Expansive glass allows natural light.
The joint creative goal was to provide an artistic flair whenever possible with a focus on amenities. “In this home, we wanted clean but thoughtful detailing in an effort to provide each space with its own personality,” says Jessica Lee, lead designer from Marc-Michaels Interior Design. The home offers surprising extras such as an elevator to an upstairs loft space for additional entertaining, complete with a lounging area and wet bar. It’s an effort that paid off.
“As a team we worked diligently, were personally involved, and consequently sold the home within just 90 days, a timeframe that is unusually fast for a home of this stature and price point,” says Stock Signature Homes Project Manager Matt Sellick.
“The Neapolitan’s appeal was evident to discerning homebuyers seeking both a refined sense of elegance and an exceptional level of livability,” said Claudine Leger-Wetzel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stock Development. “The home is perfectly suited to the Estuary lifestyle that puts a premium on luxury and comfort.”
Double doors lead to the master vestibule with recessed niche housing a Noir console table. Antique mirror detailing on the back wall creates a visual accent, while a striking chandelier from Visual Comfort highlights the space.
With an open entertainment floor plan, the great room comes to life with a transitional coastal feel. White washed oak gives it a warm yet refined look. For Marc-Michael’s designer LySue Hernandez, the room’s fireplace and ceiling detail is a personal favorite, “we wanted it to feel comfortable yet special,” she says. The use of additional white oak planks on the back wall and ceiling, in a rotated direction, manifests the designer’s intention. A Lillian August cocktail table with leather-wrapped finish pairs perfectly with a green mohair character chair with webbed straps from Lee Industries. As a final exclamation point, designers included a custom chandelier, adding further impact.
The home’s open kitchen allows guests great views of the pool and outdoor living spaces. The room’s transitional styling is exemplified by the use of shaker cabinets combined with the clean contemporary feel of waterfall granite countertop and a custom hood. Additionally, the linear milk-glass tile behind the cooktop lends a wispy and iridescent feel to the area. The large island, accompanied by Lee Industries thick weave barstools with a large-scale ticking stripe, encourages entertaining. While appliances are hidden, the use of coveted Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances ensure successful get-togethers.
In the impressive dining room, the state-of-the-art wine cellar is the main feature. A glass wall separates the room’s temperature controlled, vertical wine racks while simultaneously offering a glimpse of their treasures. Stacked stone detailing on the back wall and LED lighting make this area a deliberate conversation piece. On the opposing wall, plentiful windows provide an abundance of natural light and overlook the scenic beauty of a landscaped courtyard. Open and elegant, the limestone floor and magnificent Curry & Company chandelier make every meal in this well-appointed dining room an occasion. Shimmering crushed granite wall covering adds pop to the ceiling and contrasts the tongue and groove.
A spectacular, chandeliered ceiling is the main feature of the master bedroom, with a nautical, coastal theme. Painted tongue-and-groove planks add a creamy, airy feel to this chic space. Purposefully minimal in color contrast, the use of carefully chosen textures and fabrics pleases one’s senses. An impressive bed by Lillian August, surrounded by custom sheer drapery, completes the room.
In the master bath, the free-standing tub is set upon a backdrop of glass. Chevron pattern travertine floors add an air of sophistication to the room and are accentuated by the softness of a custom sheepskin rug. Sheer draperies have been placed across the entire back wall to offer privacy, while another magnificent Curry & Company chandelier adds a sense of refinement. Attention to the finer details of design is what elevates a room from the mundane to the extraordinary. The experts at Ceramic Matrix delight in partnering with talented designers and bringing consumers a vast array of options. “It is the strength of our custom products that are indicative of long lasting relationships,” says Laura Ruff, Branch Manager.
Moody and masculine, the home’s study offers a refuge for reading and relaxing. Walnut wood cladding complements the coppery, amber tones of the room’s rug and African Ju-Ju hats. Balancing appealing design with function, the back wall houses hidden doors to the file room. A comfortable lounge chair from Bernhardt balances the tasteful Hickory White desk. Finally, a dazzling light fixture from Troy Lighting adds impact to this extraordinary space.
Bi-fold doors maximize the use of the club room, either opening to the outdoor living room for entertaining, or closing to provide a sound-proofed area. The room’s vaulted ceiling with beams blends nicely with the Fine Art Lamps contemporary lighting fixture. Cozy and comfortable club chairs from Lee industries invite conversation and are accentuated by the uniqueness of petrified wood drink tables. Cappuccino mocha onyx on the countertop in the bar area offers an element of distinction.
“This home’s open floor plan, privacy, and indoor-outdoor design are perfect for entertaining family and friends – making it the epitome of the luxurious Grey Oaks Country Club lifestyle,” says Dan Guenther, Sales Associate, Estuary at Grey Oaks. A large summer kitchen, preserve, lake, long range golf course views, and plentiful water features add the outdoor elements for which today’s buyer is looking.
Two fire bowls line the pool while the area’s fireplace provides plentiful seating for eight. “We view the pool area as the heart and soul of the home,” says Landscape Architect Christian Andrea, Owner of Architectural Land Design, whose creative concept places an emphasis upon key water features from multiple viewing areas. The front door is focused on an elevated feature wall complete with scupper waterfalls, and fire bowls flanking each side, all of which are centered on the spa.
The view from the study focuses on an elevated rectangular trough with a waterfall spilling into the pool, and three bubbler fountains, illuminated for maximum evening enjoyment. This careful attention to detail allows outdoor areas to blend seamlessly with interior spaces to provide the ultimate in tropical living.
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by Giovanni Photography
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