Paying Top Dollar
Southwest florida is no stranger to multimillion-dollar abodes—after all, living in paradise doesn’t come cheap. But year after year, the five top-priced home sales tend to be concentrated in one exclusive area. 2011 has proven no different; of this year’s homes with the heftiest price tags, all but one of the top five are located in and around Naples’ esteemed Port Royal neighborhood, the reigning champion for stunning architecture and unparalleled beachfront views. The other buyers aren’t slumming it, either. That family calls the most exclusive enclave of Pelican Bay home.
Location: 3760 Fort Charles Drive
Year built: 2002
Details: 16,044 total square feet, four bedrooms, nine bathrooms; guest house, two bedrooms, two bathrooms
Listing broker: Patrick Murphy Realty
The scoop: This full-blown, gated, waterfront compound on a double lot didn’t carry a $15 million price tag for nothing. There’s a two-bedroom guest house with a living room and wet bar, and a separate apartment over one garage. Then there’s a pool cabana with summer kitchen and full bath, and a deep-water dock and a boat lift so its new owners can keep their yacht of choice within reach. And, of course, there’s the main house. With four en-suite bedrooms, an elevator, a fully equipped fitness room, a movie theater, billiards and bar—all outfitted in Venetian plaster walls, Brazilian hardwood floors and natural stone baths—there’s not much reason to ever step foot outside Southwest Florida’s highest-priced home of the year.
Location: 859 Nelsons Walk
Year built: 2004
Details: 9,352 total square feet, four bedrooms, den, six bathrooms
Listing broker: Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
The scoop: We can’t imagine being anything but cheerful upon waking up in this classic, Bermuda-style estate overlooking Port Royal’s Buccaneers Cove. Its water-facing exterior (on an oversized lot-and-a-half) is nearly all windows, making for lots of natural light throughout the home—and a spectacular view at sunset.
Location: 7607 Bay Colony Drive
Year built: 1995
Details: 17,491 total square feet, four bedrooms, den, six bathrooms
Listing broker: John R. Wood Realtors
The scoop: A cool $12 million bought the new residents of this Mediterranean-style manse into one of only 12 homes in the exclusive, gated beachfront enclave of The Strand at Bay Colony in Pelican Bay. Its airy floor plan encompasses 9,775 square feet of elegantly extravagant living space, and floor-to-ceiling arched windows take full advantage of its 152 feet of beach frontage. A two-bay garage with two lifts and covered parking for an additional four cars make this an ideal haven for the auto enthusiast who loves to feel the Gulf breeze over his hood.
Location: 3775 Rum Row
Year built: 2002
Details: 12,549 total square feet, six bedrooms, five bathrooms
Listing broker: Campbell & Prebish, L.L.C.
The scoop: Just around the corner from our No. 2 placeholder, this waterfront Port Royal estate also enjoys views of Buccaneers Cove, quick access to the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of lush landscaping for added privacy. Its ornately finished interiors, coupled with large, cozy outdoor spaces, make it the perfect spot for a party, from the formal to the über-casual.
Location: 880 Spyglass Lane
Year built: 2010
Details: 9,243 total square feet, five bedrooms, den, five bathrooms
Listing broker: Tim Savage, Gulf Coast International Properties
The scoop: If feeling like you’re on vacation every day is your style, you may regret not snapping up this French West Indies-style residence in Port Royal. Dubbed The Hideaway, this spacious home maintains a balance between indoor and outdoor living space, with oak-wood flooring and a casually elegant décor scheme that flows into a picturesque pool, spa and views of tranquil Treasure Cove beyond.