When it comes to architecture, it’s tough to be hotter than Matthew Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning. Though far from single-handedly, he is changing the face of Naples. In fact, he’s so popular right now he recently opened a restaurant themed on his architectural style.
With a thoroughly modern reinvention of the Florida cottage, he has tapped into a new consciousness of design for Southwest Florida. And houses such as this stunning single-family just four blocks from the beach and four blocks from the shops and restaurants of 5th Avenue South in Old Naples are a major reason why.
Coming in at 3,347 square foot under-air (3,913 under roof), this new home is a two-story monument to a life well lived. In fact, it’s easy to see why Encore Development brought together MHK Architecture, T. Jerulle Construction, and ALD Landscape Architecture to create this four bedroom (plus loft), three full- and one half-bath beauty. It’s the very definition of the ideal Naples lifestyle.
Furnished by Clive Daniel Home, the residence was designed with entertaining in mind. With wide wood floors under foot, 10-foot tray ceilings overhead, and a livability in between that blends elegance with comfort, family and friends alike can move freely from the high-end gourmet kitchen featuring Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances to the elegant dining area to the chic living room without ever being far from the action.
Interior designers Vrinda Albrecht and Susan Trivison knew the developer wanted a fresh coastal contemporary feel that would be appealing to a variety of buyers, so they worked closely off of Kragh’s details.
“We selected furnishings that would complement the architectural features throughout the home, such as the stepped-geometric tray ceilings, the deep ebony wood flooring, and the contrasted black and white kitchen,” says Ms. Albrecht. “We used gray, black, and navy to add contrast to the overall white environment. (Then) we selected a classic track arm sofa with a beautiful textured Greek-key patterned fabric and oversized lounge chairs with a sleek gray-blue velvet covering. We used a lot of texture over pattern to keep the look updated and fresh.”
Frankly, it’s a study in upscale livability. The pair captured the essence of the coastal atmosphere by using the dark navy and highlighting with gray accents to keep it in line with current trends but also present a classic timeless appeal.
“I’m totally bias, but I love this house,” says Realtor Dante DiSabato of William Raveis Real Estate, who was part of the team from Encore that developed the property. “It’s designed to be comfortable, yet stylish, and offers an amazing level of ease of use. It’s just so well thought out. This is a home where you can turn the key and immediately be experiencing all the best parts of Naples.”
The main living area opens onto an outdoor living area with western exposure, a custom pool and spa featuring rich ipe decking, an outdoor kitchen with dining area, and enough lounge area for you to perfect your tan. Also off the pool area is the large master suite with movie star good looks and an expansive en suite that features breathtaking tile work and a full body jet shower system. Conveniently, a spacious laundry room is nearby.
And if you’re looking for a bit a peace and quiet away from all the action, all you have to do is walk up the home’s dramatic custom staircase located in the home’s tower (or take the elevator) to find yourself in a loft perfectly perched to allow for viewing of both the pool area and side yard.
“We especially enjoy the upstairs loft which features a large white sectional and a cluster of uniquely shaped concrete tables,” says Trivison. “The bright white fabric is 100% live-able as it is a Sunbrella material that can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water or a little diluted bleach for life’s messier moments. It is a comfortable and inviting space that is well-balanced with a large iron chandelier that mimics the beamed ceiling.”
The second floor is also home to three more bedrooms, one of which functions as a second master suite, meaning guests can enjoy the party long into the night and know they’ll have a room for the night.
You know, maybe MHK should get into the hotel business, too.
The home, which also features a full two-car garage, is available fully furnished for $4.175 million. ¦
— Encore Development 2240 Venetian Court 514- 4646; encdev.com
MHK Architecture & Planning 975 6th Ave. S. 331- 7092; mhkap.com
— Clive Daniel Home 2777 Tamiami Trail N. 261- 4663; clivedaniel.com
T Jeruelle Construction 2670 Horseshoe Dr. N
213- 1143; tjflorida.com