Mercato Lifestyle : Old Naples Style in Mercato

The idea behind the Residences at Mercato was to bring the charm of an Old Naples home to the Mercato setting, specifically the courtyard style home. The challenge that was undertaken was to achieve a flowing courtyard home design without the opportunity for an alley-loaded configuration.

According to Architect Matthew Kragh, owner of MHK Architecture & Planning, “The solution to the puzzle was to create a truly interactive great room concept. “

The Le Jardin model, at 3,250 square feet under air and four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, is a natural example of the great room concept. “The idea of the great room is the place where “everything” happens. This space includes a gracious and cleverly placed kitchen with a large functional island,” says Kragh. The room is balanced by an open dining area and living space with a focal wall.

The entire view-oriented wall of the space opens to the exterior where the pool area becomes an integral part of the great room environment.

The house literally lives inside-out. The lavish two story ceilings give the home a lofty feeling with communicating spaces. The pool stretches its wet wall and climbs up the adjacent privacy wall creating an outdoor room with incredible privacy. This house lives so inside-out that the pool deck area will actually become part of the homes circulation pattern.

Le Jardin is a stunning example of our Florida style of living and a true testament to the talents of the Lutgert’s well-rounded and intuitive team. The houses give a tremendous level of sophistication that will cater to the lover of the urban dwelling right here in Naples.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to sell over one-third of the units prior to completion of the models. The coastal contemporary architecture and a highly desirable location adjacent to the very successful Mercato mixed-use project have led to considerable interest in The Residences at Mercato,” states Howard Gutman, President of The Lutgert Companies.

Adds Mike Hoyt, Senior Vice President of The Lutgert Companies, “The land planning and architecture created some challenges for the construction team, but it is exactly those issues that set the community apart and give it a very unique flair.”

The design team at Clive Daniel Home was tasked with furnishing all the models, providing a different tone and design statement for each. “It has been an honor to collaborate on the designs for the Residences at Mercato,” states Daniel Lubner, CEO and President of Clive Daniel Home.

Nancy Woodhouse, VP of Design and Business Development for Clive Daniel Home, comments, “We are proud to once again provide our design expertise for the two newly-opened models at The Residences at Mercato, with two more to open in 2016. Each of these models reflects unique designs and styles, appealing to buyers who appreciate the trendy Mercato lifestyle.”

There are tongue-and-groove ceilings and wall features throughout Le Jardin and a playful blend of white tones with pops of color. Add in an array of coastal treasures including touches of driftwood, and the effect is ‘Coastal Chic Design.’

Le Jardin incorporates relaxed furnishings and touches of organic wood styles. The dining area features a unique reclaimed wood and polished stainless steel table contrasted with a custom built-in upholstered banquet. This open floor plan dining room includes a wall bookcase surround with an over-scaled bench and back cushion.

A spacious living room seating plan opens into the spa-inspired terrace embracing the soothing sounds of cascading water from the soaking pool. The open loft, a cozy area to unwind and read a book, this space is filled with natural light, fresh fabrics with touches of chrome and woven light fixtures. Beautiful light wood flooring runs throughout the home.

Design Studio by Raymond contributed to the home’s aesthetic with custom designed cabinetry throughout including the spacious laundry room, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor kitchens, and opulent master bathroom suites.

Accent cabinets create a focal point while generous work spaces and seating, as well as functional accessories, enhance and streamline work flow in the kitchen. Uniquely, the home features a one-of-a-kind custom designed loft desk with two work spaces and storage, as well as a great room built-in featuring a bench seat and display cabinetry by Design Studio by Raymond.

“As a custom cabinetry company, we appreciate the distinctive quality of the home and welcomed the opportunity to enhance its form and function with unique cabinetry solutions,” according to Jimmy Martin, VP of Operations, Design Studio by Raymond.

“The totality of this project has changed the face of Naples and being directly involved has been a personal highlight. The Lutgert Companies have always been known for design innovation and excellence. With the perfect blend of space and style, this is yet another example of their unique vision,” concludes Lubner.

The Le Jardin model embraces the elegance of a cosmopolitan setting with the seaside elements of Naples we have come to know and love. This stunning residence is part of the next era of living that Mercato has to offer and certainly confirms the developer’s tagline, ‘Be Well Addressed.’

Residences at Mercato offers residents a unique opportunity to own an exquisite single-family home with outdoor living, all with easy pedestrian access to the amenities of Mercato including fine dining, exclusive shopping, and over 20 upscale retailers. The team at Premier Sotheby’s of Susan Gardner and Mary Kavanagh are already bringing their customers through these newly completed models to great response.

An old expression comes to mind when describing this new community, ‘if you build it, they will come.’ With the Residences at Mercato, the Lutgert Companies have built more than just homes, they have built a lifestyle.


Written by Linda Donnelly

Photography by Giovanni Photography


All About Closets
5606 6th Street, West
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971


Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103


Design Studio by Raymond
990 1st Avenue, North
Naples, FL 34102


Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104


MHK Architecture & Planning
975 6th Avenue, South #200
Naples, FL 34102


The Lutgert Companies
4200 Gulf Shore Boulevard, North
Naples, FL 34103

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