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On the Market: A contemporary stunner in Naples

Dubbed the Pink House on Jewel Box Avenue, Rebecca Maddox's home balances cohesive design with pops of whimsy.

BY February 1, 2023
Contemporary Home David Poorman-designed
This David Poorman-designed, Naples home was developed for its restaurateur owners’ lifestyle—with an open chef’s kitchen and a wine room that can hold about 1,000 bottles. (Photo by Robin Hill)

A jewel-box home is often a study in practicality, small in scale with highly customized details. While this more than 4,000-square-foot Royal Harbor estate at 1350 Jewel Box Avenue is not exactly diminutive, its street name is fitting due to the home’s smart and personalized design. Dubbed the Pink House, the contemporary marvel, on Naples Bay, was built in 2018 by Princeton-trained architect David Poorman, Ray Allain of Acadian Builders and interior designer Ken Mabe at the Tillie Design Company. David used repetition of materials and modalities for a cohesive aesthetic, with cypress panels throughout the exterior (including for the integrated garage doors), cantilevered floor-to-ceiling windows giving way to bay views, porcelain flooring flowing between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and identical tiles in the powder bath and roof deck.

Kenneth Made-designed interiors
With its clean palette and minimalist, Kenneth Made-designed interiors, the home is suited for discerning lovers of contemporary design. (Photo by Robin Hill)

To shake up the uniformity, the façade’s seemingly tiered windowless walls add dimension and an aura of wonder, while a hot pink wall (an ode to the former home on the .31-acre lot) extends from a downstairs sitting area to the rooftop outdoor kitchen.  Sarasota-based, modernist landscape architect David Young designed the grass-laced driveway to break up the hardscape and slow stormwater. Inside, natural-finished walnut, a hand-painted mural by French artist Fabienne Vieyres and acrylic shelving with panels in primary colors, balance the mostly white palette. While the designers developed the home around its restaurateur owners’ lifestyle—with an open chef’s kitchen and a wine room that can hold about 1,000 bottles—the style suits any discerning contemporary design lover. Straight lines, wraparound water views, a reflection pool and a rooftop succulent garden make for a sanctuary that’s adaptable. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath property on a 170-foot private peninsula was listed by Annie Hagstrom of John R. Wood Properties for $18 million as of January.

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