Perfection takes time. The home at 3675 Gordon Drive in Naples is an ideal representation of what can happen when patience is combined with inspiration. It took almost two years for builder Knauf-Koenig Group and Bethany O’Neil Interior Design to finish the renovation, completed in June.
One of Naples’ finest examples of waterfront house envy, the home, originally designed by architect Jeff Harrell in 2006, sits on a rare and secluded sandy cove, overlooking Champney Bay and a protected preserve. With 7,873 square feet on a three-quarter-acre lot, the residence has six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths, guest quarters and a nine-car garage. A breezeway connects the main house to the three-bedroom guest house, with an attached garage for each, and there’s a new boat dock with a lift for direct Gulf access.
The naturally lit home has three levels with water views. Love is in the details here: Interior accents include coral stone and beadboard walls, a tin ceiling, hickory and marble floors, custom built-ins and a double-sided fireplace.
Interior clean lines give the space an overall sleek aesthetic, but the communal and outdoor gathering spots take centerstage. This house was made for celebration and fellowship, with options for alfresco dining, cocktail hour around the outdoor bar and gourmet kitchen, and a whole playground of water features. “The outdoor space is reminiscent of a tropical resort, with a koi pond, pool and multiple terraces,” says Jordan Delaney, listing agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
The breezeway, a covered walkway that connects the main house through a gazebo to the guesthouse, adds panache to this French West Indies-style retreat. Floor-length drapes hang from each corner of the gazebo for a modish boost of island style.
Mature tropical vegetation and covered verandas surround the home. “The deep lot sets the house back behind gates,” Jordan says. “The lush landscaping provides privacy from street views and neighboring houses.”
A special bonus for homeowners: owning the property makes them immediately eligible to join the private Port Royal Club, which includes access to the coveted club and its private beach. The home was listed at $31 million as of October.
“Standout features of the estate include coral stone walls, tin ceilings, hickory and marble floors, a guest house, new dock, resort-like exterior, and a rare location on a sandy plot overlooking Champney Bay.” (Photos Courtesy Premier Sotheby’s International Realty/Lori Hamilton)