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Realty Check: What Your Money Will Buy

Find out how much you have to fork over to buy one of Southwest Florida's fanciest homes.



 

Southwest Florida is home to some of the nicest real estate in the country. Thinking about buying a slice of paradise? Find out here how much you'll have to hand over to be able to afford the toniest homes in the area.

$17.7 Million

The 3750 Rum Row estate sold in May for $17.7 million, making it the “highest recorded [home] sale of any kind in the last two years,” in Naples, says listing agent Thomas Gasbarro, a Realtor associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “We achieved a number that was in excess of $2 million higher than similar homes that have sold recently.” Gasbarro says it was because those involved with the home—including Stofft-Cooney architects, BCB Homes and Ficarra Design Associates—joined like a “perfect storm” to bring it to life. “I’ve never seen a project come together and stay together so smoothly and completely,” Gasbarro says. The transitional-contemporary-style property has somewhat of a minimalist feel, but “with warmth, color, style and sophistication” that make it lively and inviting. “It’s not stark by any means,” Gasbarro says. The 9,512-square-foot dwelling boasts six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, a 400-bottle glass enclosed wine room, a gaming wing overlooking the waterway, and a stainless-steel staircase “that was crafted in such a way that it looks like it’s floating,” Gasbarro says. The outdoor area also stands out, with multiple water features and a pool that overlooks the bay. Best of all? The home sits on almost a full acre, and it is pulled back from the road for added green space and extra seclusion.

 

$4.9 Million

Seasonal Florida residents purchased the Naples home at 1397 Great Egret Trail in June for $4.9 million to be closer to family. “It was a house you don’t see too much these days,” says Sam Heitman, a Premier Sotheby’s International Realty broker associate who served as the buying agent while team members Dan Guenther and Melissa Williams worked with the sellers. “The trend these days is to kind of go minimalist, and this house is anything but that, and that’s what the new buyers liked about it.” John Cooney of Stofft-Cooney designed the Mediterranean-style estate, which is brightened by light beige walls and neutral marble flooring. Built in 2002 as one of the first homes in the Grey Oaks neighborhood, the 6,890-square-foot property “showcases what all of the approved builders could do” in the area. “[Builders] put pretty much everything they had into these [model] houses design-wise,” Heitman says. The five-bedroom, six-full-bathroom and one-half-bathroom residence sits on three-quarters of an acre and includes a master suite with dual baths, along with a media room, climate-controlled wine room and guest suite. “The pool area is absolutely incredible,” Heitman adds, as it includes a stone fireplace, summer kitchen, and lake and golf course views. “It’s not just something you can replicate.”

 

$1.1 Million

Pennsylvania buyers purchased the home at 5771 Harborage Drive in Fort Myers for $1.1 million in June specifically for its Mediterranean feel, says Betty Leathers, a Barclay’s Real Estate Group broker associate who served as listing and buying agent. Designed by Bud Lawrence and built in 2002, the 4,631-square-foot property features cherry wood beams and flooring, 24-foot ceilings in the great room, plantation shutters and more. Situated on nearly a half-acre, the four-bedroom, three-full-bathroom and two-half-bathroom abode also has a den and pool area with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, plus a boat dock with lift and fish-cleaning station. “It’s on the widest part of the 10-mile canal, with Gulf access through Estero Bay,” Leathers says. The new residents can also take advantage of the Harborage community’s amenities, including a private lake and boat launch, tennis and basketball courts, and more.

 

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