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The Winner...At $22 Million

When we set out to uncover southwest florida’s five priciest homes sold in 2010, we had a feeling a few of them might be in Naples’ prestigious Port Royal neighborhood. Right we were—in fact, all of them are within a few miles of each other. The proof is in the numbers; this exclusive spot sets the gold standard for masterfully designed architecture, unbeatable Gulf exposures and, for this year, hefty price tags.

Year built: 2003
Details: 15,894 square feet, seven bedrooms, nine baths
Selling price: $18.5 million
Realtor: Bill Earls, John R. Wood Realtors

The scoop: The Colonial Bermuda architecture of this Port Royal home is a refreshing departure from its Old World neighbors. With due southern exposure and dramatic views of Treasure Cove, this is the highest-priced property to be sold on Port Royal’s yacht basin, says Earls. Of course, we’re sure the 12-seat theater and 1,000-bottle commercial-cooled wine cellar have something to do with that, as do the exquisite details throughout, such as chiseled-edge Yabba stone finishing, hand-scraped maple floors and Venetian plaster walls. And for the golf enthusiast, there’s the ultimate finishing touch: its own putting green.

Year built: 1999
Details: 16,214 square feet, six bedrooms, eight baths
Selling price: $22 million
Realtor: Bill Earls, John R. Wood Realtors

The scoop: It would be easy to move into this Mediterranean-style home and never leave. A home theater, beachside game room, fitness center and collector’s garage are just a few of the extensive amenities at this palatial estate, dubbed La Capanna, which tops the list of Southwest Florida’s most expensive home sales of the year. Its 500-bottle wine room and full mahogany bar make it the perfect place to entertain guests, who will no doubt be impressed by a two-story rotunda just inside the entrance and, of course, seemingly endless views of the Gulf.


Year built: 2002
Details: 10,766 square feet, six bedrooms, five baths
Selling price: $16.7 million
Realtor: Richard Prebish, Campbell & Prebish

The scoop: This beachfront estate exemplifies what Naples living is all about—casual sophistication with a wide expanse of sandy Gulf frontage. We’re big fans of the home’s open layout, which takes advantage of the impressive natural views, whether inside the sunroom with marble flooring and ash wood ceiling or on the master suite’s outdoor terrace.

Year built: 2006
Details: 9,395 square feet, six bedrooms, seven baths
Selling price: $13 million
Realtor: Timothy P. Savage, Gulf Coast International Properties

The scoop: No expense was spared for this home, whose likeness to a seaside Mediterranean resort was not lost on us. An 80-foot floating concrete dock is a boater’s delight, and those who prefer calmer aquatic activities will enjoy the multi-tier cascading pool and spa with glass mosaic tile and fiber-optic lighting. An expansive loggia fitted with Jerusalem Gray Gold limestone flooring and fireplace, cypress ceiling and fully appointed summer kitchen provide the perfect setting for a party—or just some serious sunset viewing.

Year built: 1990
Details: 8,306 square feet, five bedrooms, six baths
Selling price: $12 million
Realtor: Guy Brooks, John R. Wood Realtors

The scoop: After bouncing around on the market for a few years, this elegant beachfront property sold in July for less than half its original offering price of $24.9 million. (Perhaps it was the “pink house” stigma—until late 2008, this home turned heads thanks to its all-over Pepto-Bismol hue.) However, its amenities do the talking, with two detached guesthouses in addition to the five-bedroom-plus-den main residence, immaculately maintained grounds and 147 feet of beach frontage. Home sweet home, indeed. 

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