by Paul Landers
on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at 5:13am.
In Naples, Florida, it’s all about soaking up the laid-back, outdoor lifestyle in the depths of winter.
While other parts of the world are dealing with blizzards and flight delays, this sun-kissed stretch along the Gulf Coast is worrying itself with having to decide between a day on the golf course or lying out on white sand beaches. It’s one of those problems that we should all be lucky enough to have. So when local architect Jeff Harrell was tasked with designing a residence that struck a balance between breezy beach home and sophisticated style in Naples, he drew on a variety of influences that would take full advantage of the al fresco lifestyle. Set in a secluded cove in the ultra-exclusive Port Royal neighborhood, the vision was brought to life through an amalgamation of architectural elements suited to the tropical climate, ranging from Louisiana low-country to Caribbean plantation-style.
Upon passing through the gated entry, there’s a casual elegance that’s immediately on display. The circular driveway, finished with reclaimed Chicago bricks, is lined by lush plantings that greet visitors as the façade comes into view with soaring cantilevered balconies — a nod to low-country architecture. In the front courtyard, an Ipe and stone deck leads to a gazebo that seemingly floats above a koi pond, providing an enchanting gathering space as the sun goes down. Inside the main residence, the foyer gives way to a breathtaking living room with 16'6" coffered ceilings and unobstructed views over Champney Bay. It’s a setting that feels simultaneously distinguished and effortless, with coral stone walls accented by white wooden brackets, a marble fireplace and black walnut floors. In the adjacent sunroom, retractable glass doors break down the barrier between the home and its surroundings, creating a true connection with the tropical scenery, whether opened or closed. Marble floors, beadboard walls and ceilings with hammered tin detail make for a showstopping kitchen that’s complete with commercial grade appliances and a sun-drenched breakfast nook with water views. Thoughtful details, like self-closing cabinets and a wine refrigerator, ensure a streamlined cooking experience that’s equipped for any occasion.
Below the main floor, an expansive outdoor living area serves as the anchor point of the home with a resort-like ambience created by the fully equipped kitchen, barbecue area and wet bar just steps away from a swimming pool and hot tub. Covered from the sun during the day and benefitting from a massive, double-sided fireplace in the evening, it’s a picture-perfect setting to spend time in with friends and family. For early morning kayaking or fishing expeditions, a deep-water dock provides instant access to the bay. The uncompromising quality extends
to the master suite, where black walnut floors, voluminous tray ceilings and a soothing palette of neutral earth tones foster a refined ambience. With a private balcony overlooking the estuary, his and her closets and a heavenly bathroom that boasts indoor and outdoor showers, it’s a veritable oasis in which to awaken. As close to a private paradise as one will find, this Port Royal residence delivers an exclusive lifestyle for those who are ready to trade in frigid winters for dreamy days luxuriating on Florida’s Gulf Coast.