Magnificence in Naples
By Camilla McLaughlin
Our cover star is a 3.32-acre haven with a private lake, a guesthouse, and a masterfully designed main residence ideal for grand-scale entertaining yet also a comfortable family home. Located in one of Naples’ most desired neighborhoods, where the feeling of old Florida lives among vintage banyan, oak, pine, mahogany and palm trees, it is a rarity along Florida’s west coast. “You can’t get anything like this in our area. It really is one of a kind,” says Tade Bua Bell, with John R. Wood Properties, who is listing the property for $8.98 million with her mother and partner Emily K. Bua.
From the classically inspired architecture to priceless finishes and execution with unparalleled attention to detail (even the hinges were crafted specifically to complement the Honduran mahogany doors), this property easily would be a standout in any luxury setting worldwide. The grounds may be a tropical paradise, but Bua says, “Once you enter this property, it’s hard to believe you are still in Florida.”
Rare polished Spanish marble in the impressive grand foyer extends into an equally stunning 56-by-17-foot great hall with soaring 23-foot, hand embellished, groin-vaulted ceilings. In the adjacent living room, columns are finished to mimic the marble flooring, while hand-painted beams embellish a mahogany ceiling. Nearby is a catering kitchen and butler’s pantry, also accessible from the dining room. The main kitchen is outfitted for multiple cooks, and includes his and hers Wolf cooktops and several places for casual meals.
The estate was built 10 years ago, and the main house and grounds have undergone extensive renovations, including revamped landscaping and a new pool. Security, lighting, air conditioning, and entertainment systems are all state of the art. A spacious, luxurious owners’ suite includes dual offices. The family room and adjacent club room with a game area and backlit onyx bar are the center of family activities from jam sessions to movie nights. Another addition was a 1,123-square-foot guest cottage.
Extensive concern for privacy makes this a hidden gem in the luxury landscape.