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A Look Inside One of Naples’ Waterfront Mansions

With artistry throughout, spectacular gardens and its own chapel, this grand property is as welcoming as it is imposing.

You just want to savor every inch of it. And that’s a lot of inches. From the spectacular gardens to the sheer size and scale of the main house, it is easily one of the premier properties in Southwest Florida. And its current owners have taken their stewardship seriously. Set on almost 4 acres, the property includes numerous old-growth tropicals, koi ponds, a spacious guest house, large-scale exterior statuary, and, of course, spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and its beaches. And while you could spend, quite literally, the entire day just wandering the grounds and appreciating the flora and the exterior angles, it’s inside where the sense of artistry is best enjoyed. Coming in at more than 17,000 square feet total, the classical-cum-transitional five-bedroom (plus chapel—yes, chapel—media room and library) manse was built at the height of the Tuscan era in 2003. As its current owners tend to lean more toward the modern side of the taste scale, its current state came about more through subtraction, says artisan Chad Jensen of Method & Concept (formerly Thomas Riley Studio), who oversaw interior design duties. While the craftsmanship was first-class throughout, details such as 18-inch solid wood crown molding didn’t match up with modern preferences, and so cleaner lines made the home lighter, friendlier and more agreeable. It’s almost hard to imagine that a home this imposing could be welcoming, but walking through its massive front doors deposits g
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