Personal Resort Style : Alligator Lake in Old Naples

This impressive six-bedroom, nine-bath home flanking Alligator Lake in Old Naples is the product of boutique developer Salem Homes. Tropical and modern design elements inspired this design from the architecture to the furnishings. However, this expansive home still maintains a cozy atmosphere. “It’s an easy home to live in, not too overwhelming in its scope and size,” states G.O. Thornhill of Salem Homes.

Developers are always on the lookout for large plots of land when deciding on a neighborhood for a speculative home. This particular property was very rare, at 100’ x 255’ of waterfront land and was a legacy passed down many generations from a Florida family.

“I always want my projects to anticipate the most discriminating custom home buyer, so I use only the finest features and products. From the Lutron lighting system to the Ludowici clay roof, this home features the highest construction quality,” concludes Thornhill.

Builder Anthony DelDuca of BBA Development, Salem’s collaborator on many successful home projects, concurs. “No expense was spared on this home. It was built to last many lifetimes. The state-of-the-art construction methods and products, including the Lennox XC 25 air conditioning system with PureAir filtering technology (and an efficiency rating of up to 26 SEER) make this home unparalleled. “The air quality inside this home is that of a hospital operating room,” describes DelDuca.

The solid concrete construction includes the second floor as well, and the 8,100 square feet under air reveals a home that has a fully integrated ELAN g! entertainment and control system with fingertip touch screen panels. The four mahogany garage door bays, and the integrated landscape lighting system, show that the quality begins on the outside.

Designer Jeffrey Fisher of Jeffrey Fisher Home worked on this project from the initial selections and is responsible for all the furnishings and decorative elements. Unique pieces, such as the seven-panel art installation in the foyer called “Flight of the Butterflies” created by artist Juan Carlos Collada make Fisher’s design stand out. “This piece sets an elegant tone from the moment you open the front door. It really is awe-inspiring in person,” raves Fisher.

The use of repetitive elements, such as the 12” wide custom-designed plank wood floor from Legno Bastone creates fluid movement from room to room. Arturo Guido, President, Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring, partnered with Fisher to bring to life the vision of “personal resort living” by creating a floor flavored with a coastal casual elegance.

“The design was a thrill. It was creative and fanciful in some areas because Legno Bastone European artisans were given the leeway to create based on the client’s vision as well as their wants and needs,” expresses Guido.

A prominently placed custom orchid arrangement on the center table welcomes you into the space. “We use only the most lifelike flowers,” explains Saundra Riccardelli with Sweetgrass Designs. “[We] always strive to create the most original and stylish creations to be the perfect accompaniment to any room.” A pair of fiddle leaf fig trees, also from Sweetgrass Designs, flank the entrance and provide a nod to the current trend of this popular indoor/outdoor tree.

Low-back chairs paired with a streamlined lacquered table give the dining room a clean look. The waterscape artwork and glass urns used as the centerpiece add subtle color to the space, as do the patterned drapery panels framing the window. The three-tiered chandelier, made of woven coco beads, adds a natural element to the contemporary coastal scheme.

Double islands in sleek walnut, wrapped in marble, add drama to this kitchen while the white shaker-style cabinets give the room an understated grace. Four ivory bone and antique brass chandeliers placed over the double islands add a touch of formality and compliment Fisher’s vision without overpowering the room. Gourmet Miele appliances, including a coffee system, Master Chef Combi steam oven, wine storage, paneled refrigerator and dishwasher supplied by Design Studio by Raymond make this kitchen complete.

Another distinctive product is the Euro-Wall folding door separating the great room from the outdoor living area. “This product is ideal for making indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly from one to the other and allowing the look of the outdoors to come inside even when doors are closed,” explains Jimmy Martin of Design Studio by Raymond.

The living room is perfect for gracious living whether entertaining family and friends or privately enjoying the view of the lush landscaping as owners-in-residence. The seating plan is maximized with an oversized sectional, paprika colored linen swivel chairs and antique bronze frame leather chairs. “The room was designed to function just as well for two people as it does ten,” describes Fisher. To tie in the bold abstract art, pillows made with Robert Allen’s colorful embroidered linen fabric were used. Anchoring either side of the room are sculptural floor lamps that add soft lighting to the room after walking home from sunset at the beach.

In the master bedroom, an understated color palette of natural materials married with a vibrant patterned upholstered bed give this master bedroom the panache Fisher’s interiors are known for. Traversing linen window treatments hanging from natural wood poles, shagreen nightstands and architectural wood-framed chairs are the luxurious yet understated details that help to create a five-star residential retreat. The impressive photograph over the bed of a pool in Tuscany by Paul Alexander equals the breathtaking views the homeowners see as they look out onto their resort-like pool and professionally landscaped backyard.

The tranquil, timeless master bathroom continues Fisher’s design of understated luxury. “I’m not drawn to flashy finishes or materials that date themselves in five years,” Fisher states. True to his vision, he chose cabinetry constructed from walnut and wrapped them waterfall-style in marble. The sconces handcrafted in walnut and capped with linen shades are installed directly onto the mirror.

Selecting the right materials is crucial in keeping the level of design consistent. Gina Gilberto of Ceramic Matrix worked with Fisher to ensure that the tile selections would be a tribute to the overall design while still maintaining their own character. A leather-finished marble used in several of the bathrooms adds a rich texture to these spaces, while products like a wood basket-weave mosaic bring in an unexpected pattern.

Being able to collaborate with designers to make their visions come to fruition is one of the things Gilberto enjoys so much about this process. “I love working with designers, the exchange of creative ideas, the receptiveness to new products,” adds Gilberto.

Whether you’re an invited guest or the owner of this spectacular property, everyone appreciates a room to escape and cozy up in. And that’s exactly what Fisher created when he transformed the den on the east side of the house. “I love to take at least one room in every house I design and create a layered space for intimate gatherings,” says Fisher.

Though it’s only a small factor in the entire scheme, Fisher started his design process with a Jim Thompson linen print on the windows and worked out from there. Grasscloth wall covering in the most updated shade of teal, a large linen sofa, comfy caned chairs covered in a fresh stripe and a woven rope coffee table all work together to achieve Fisher’s end goal: a room worthy of adult conversation.

“I love when guestrooms are lively yet sophisticated, so guests have a special experience in a room that continually reminds them of being on holiday,” says Fisher. In this bedroom guests are treated to a bold Ikat print combining lemongrass green, blue and purple on the window treatments and the bed covering. The king size bed is upholstered in a solid green fabric and the artwork ties it all together.

Mimicking aspects of the interiors and incorporating them into the exterior design is something Jerry Hunt with Jerry Neal Designs worked diligently to accomplish when designing a custom poolside planter for this home. This one-of-a-kind piece, completed by Hunt in only four days, separates the outdoor kitchen from the pool area. “The poolside planter was made from a wood called Cumaru, commonly referred to as Brazilian Teak. Completed, it weighed in at a breathtaking 325 pounds,” describes Hunt.

From the flooring to the window treatments, each element pulls together to give this lavish home a resort-style design that is original and inspired. It embodies the style of Old Naples while still bringing its own character to the neighborhood.


Written by LeeAnn Salvato

Photography by Giovanni Photography


BBA Development
5881 Shirley Street
Naples, FL 34109


Ceramic Matrix
2160 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109


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


J.R Evans Engineering
9351 Corkscrew Road, Suite 102
Estero, FL 33928


Jeffrey Fisher Home
301-53 Colgate Avenue
Toronto, Canada M4M 1N6


Jerry Neal Designs
7899 Gabion Court
Bokeelia, FL 33922


Legno Bastone, Inc.
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104


Salem Homes
1395 3rd Street, South
Naples, FL 34102
Sweetgrass Designs
1719 Trade Center Way #8
Naples, FL 34109

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