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Talis Park Treasure

If you’re wondering what retirement should look like, look no further
Florida Weekly Correspondent

When you plan to retire early, there are few places more appealing than Naples. And when you’re passionate about quality landscaping and p-o[-[upkeep, it’s tough to find a better neighborhood than Talis Park.

At least that’s how New Englanders Bob and Kathy Brown feel now that they’ve built this stunning 4,122-square-foot (under air) home on Talis Park’s desirable Seneca Way. The three-bedroom, 3½-bath home was recently completed by Fox Builders and features a separate casita as well as a movie theater fit for a blockbuster.

“We have known Talis Park essentially from back when it was Tuscany Reserve,” says Mr. Brown. “We know three of the founding members and have always appreciated the convenience of where it is in North Naples.

“And, having gone through a number of communities during our home search, we were convinced that the common grounds of Talis Park were as spectacular as we have ever seen. We are both fanatic about landscaping and landscape design — the orderliness of it, the neatness of it and the integrity of it.”

[img_assist|nid=283529|title=|desc= You won’t confuse the outdoor living space of this home with most area lanais. The Ralph Lauren vibe of the interior flows perfectly out back, where three large and distinctive gathering areas beckon family and friends. |align=right|width=250|height=172|link=node]While the outside area is handled beautifully by the community’s landscaping staff, the interior of the Browns’ home was designed by Design West’s Kelsey Talis (no relation to the community founders).

A quick glance around shows a look that isn’t often used locally, but is certainly appreciated.

“What was interesting about the Browns is that they came down and we figured they’d want that coastal look with the light, seafoam greens that everyone is looking for in Naples,” Ms. Talis says. “But they really surprised us by wanting that classic Ralph Lauren-type look. It’s definitely transitional, but does have those flares of the traditional vibe to it as well, without going over-the-top.” It’s a classic New England-meets-Southwest Florida style that is elegant and comfortable all at once. And the proportions are just right. Too often new construction is decorated with pieces and colors that leave a space underwhelming and feeling off. That’s certainly not the case here.

[img_assist|nid=283531|title=|desc=|align=left|width=250|height=170|link=node]“We have a very large family, both in number and size,” says Mr. Brown (he stands 6’6”, two sons are 6’5” and a daughter is 6’1”). “So we are not a small family. And we entertain a lot, so we wanted to ensure that the back would allow for us to do that.”

To that end, the home features a very significant lanai with three distinct living spaces: a kitchen, a club seating area off the great room and an area off the master suite with a fireplace and entertainment area.

[img_assist|nid=283532|title=|desc= Top: Media rooms are a bit of a rarity in Southwest Florida, thanks to our love affair with open concept design. This space was created using what was to be a secondary garage. |align=right|width=250|height=110|link=node]“We’ve already hosted a couple of parties, one probably had 60 people and we could accommodate them very easily,” Mr. Brown says. “And that was with Talis Park staff, a full bar and hors d’oeuvres stations throughout the pool area.”

And as wonderful as that outdoor living space is, there’s one hidden feature inside that eschews all the sunlight and palm trees that most of us came here for in the first place: a home movie theater. Because open floor plans have negated a lot of closedoff spaces in modern homes, it’s sometimes difficult to find a place that can be made into a media room. Ms. Talis and the Design West team turned what originally was to be a secondary garage into a professional-level screening room.

[img_assist|nid=283533|title=|desc= Above left and right: Touches of royal blue pop against warm neutrals and rich wood tones in the main living and dining areas. |align=left|width=250|height=196|link=node]“It was a great idea,” the designer says. “To have an area for them and the kids and their friends, it’s just nice to have a room like that.”

With tiered seating and custom acoustical wall panels, it feels like you’re in an actual theater (sans the sticky floors). During the building process, Ms. Talis reached out to the Browns to find out their favorite movies and then surprised them with professional backlit movie posters.

“It has been a huge hit,” Mr. Brown says of the screening room. “We had a naval fighter pilot down who was able to watch ‘Top Gun’ with us and said it brought him back a period of his life that was pretty significant for him, so it’s been a great place — a home run.” As has the separate casita, which is ideal for guests who want to be part of the weekend but still have their own space.

[img_assist|nid=283534|title=|desc= Right: The master suite. Far right: The formal dining room. |align=right|width=250|height=198|link=node]“The house is simple, but elegant,” says Mr. Brown. “It’s tastefully done, and I think that’s a reflection of the builder as well as the interior decorators.”

And it’s clearly representative of homeowners with good taste and an appreciation for the finer things in life. Let’s hope they throw another party soon and an invitation shows up in our mailbox. ¦

— Fox Custom Builders 8595 Collier Blvd., Suite 107 261- 1082;

[img_assist|nid=283536|title=|desc=|align=left|width=215|height=300|link=node]— Design West 9118 Strada Place, Mercato 514- 1234;


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