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.


$9.5 Million

The custom home at 3130 Gin Lane in Naples has all the makings of a lavish Port Royal residence—lush landscaping, waterfront views and a private 65-foot dock with quick access to the Gulf of Mexico. What sets it apart are the details. Designed by Harrell & Co. architects and built in 2009 by BCB Homes, the 6,385-square-foot estate features hand-scraped walnut floors, extensive mill work, and electric-powered sliding glass doors that blend the indoor and outdoor spaces together, plus electric shutters and screens for the lanai. Buyers, who purchased the property earlier this year for $9.5 million, particularly enjoyed the courtyard, with its water fixture and shaded sitting areas, which added to its European flair, says listing agent Frank Sajtar with William Raveis Real Estate. “It’s just a unique style, and the courtyard is really charming,” he adds. Situated on nearly one-half acre, the two-story dwelling also features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a large kitchen, multiple arched wood doors and more. Just outside, there’s a disappearing-edge pool and spa, fireplace and outdoor kitchen that all make for great outdoor entertaining on breezy Southwest Florida evenings.


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$4.5 Million

Before the bonita springs home at 27771 Marina Pointe Drive sold for $4.5 million to buyers in April, it belonged to professional golfer Peter Jacobsen. The estate came with two putting greens—one on the side of the house and another enclosed—and served as a hot spot for guests. “A lot of the golf players on tour would often stay at the Jacobsens’ home in the upstairs loft because it had a separate kitchen area,” listing agent Lynette Grout, with John R. Wood Properties, says. Guests also favored the spare bedroom at the other end of the home “because they were right on the water and had their own patio to walk to outside,” she adds. Spread over 8,667 square feet, the property has six bedrooms all together, plus six full bathrooms, one half-bathroom, a chef’s kitchen with high-end details, a wine cellar, dual studies and a media/fitness room, plus accents of intricate ceiling designs, millwork and Coquina shell stone floors. The outdoor area adds to easy coastal living, with its dock, two boat lifts, screened-in pool and spa, and outdoor kitchen.


$1.4 Million

The architectal details in the 15951 Knightsbridge Court abode may have led to its quick, $1.4 million sale in June. It spent less than two months on the market before coming under contract. “The home was actually kind of a study in a lot of antique blended with modern European,” says listing agent Debbie Ringdahl, with VIP Realty Group Inc. Designed by Southwest Florida-based W.A. “Bud” Lawrence with inspiration from A. Hayes Town, the home was built in 2001 with special pieces brought in by the previous owners. The 4,271-square-foot compound features five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half-bathroom, with details like hand-rubbed reclaimed cypress cabinetry, heart pine beams and wood floors, antique Chicago brick hallways and cypress French doors. There’s also an open pool area, boat dock and direct, deep-water access from a private canal. The home sits on more than one-quarter acre in the Fort Myers boating community of St. Charles Harbour.