NAPLES DAILY NEWS, Friday, December 13, 2019
The third highest-priced home listing in Southwest Florida history has hit the market with a $65 million price tag.
The massive beachfront "family compound" at 2700 Gordon Drive in Naples consists of an 11,511-square-foot main house, a 4,675-square-foot guest house and a 2,303-square-foot "caretaker's cottage," which is currently used for staff.
Sitting on nearly four acres, the property has more than 303 feet of beach frontage.
The Mediterranean-styled Port Royal home, known as "Villa Vista," was listed on Nov. 19 by John R. Wood agents Bill Earls and Larry Lappin.
It is currently the highest-priced home listing in Southwest Florida and would be the most expensive home to ever sell in the area if sold at $65 million. A home at 2500 Gordon Drive, just a few doors down, sold in 2018 for $48.8 million, setting the record for the priciest Southwest Florida home sale. The 2500 Gordon Drive home was originally listed for $69 million and has since been torn down.
"You drive on to the site, and it just takes your breath away," Earls said of the 2700 Gordon Drive estate. "You know that you're on a world-class estate."
Designed by architect Carl Erickson of Naples, Earls said the six-bedroom main home is "truly special." He noted some of the materials used in the structure, such as marble mined out of Portugal and sent to Italy to be fabricated.
Other features of the residence include more than 15,000 square feet of Jerusalem stone on the exterior floors, a walnut fireplace rescued from a French chateau and etched and colored glass completed by Beverly Alberts of Tropical Glass Design of Naples throughout the house and guest house.
Over 100 palms of 16 different varieties also accent the property.
Earls said that the "lion's share" of the $50 million portion of the price tag is just in "dirt value" and then approximately $1,000 per foot for the structures.
"Properties like this, people fly in their private jet to take a look at," he said.
He described a typical buyer of a $65 million home as a "titan of industry," such as a company CEO, a hedge-fund manager or successful entrepreneur.
The home is on the market in its current state for the first time as much of the living spaces were constructed under the ownership of the current residents, who preferred not to be named, in 2003.
The property, however, was once owned by Steve Briggs, one of the founders of gasoline engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton. Beams were preserved from the Briggs mansion and are now used in the current home.
According to Earls, the guest house's first floor was originally built in the '50s and was also part of the Briggs estate. It was later remodeled multiple times.
"What it makes for now is this fun, whimsical beach guest cottage," he said.
The guest house features a study, four bedrooms, a balcony overlooking the beach and five bathrooms.
Earls also stated that the land where the Port Royal Club's fitness center and tennis facilities are housed used to be part of the property. The land was donated to the club in exchange for primary entitlement, according to Earls. Therefore, if one purchases the property, the day of closing, they can join the club.
"It's not a typical home for out here," Earls said. "It's really unbelievable."
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