Serene Sanctuary : The Biscayne at Grey Oaks

Like a beautiful jewel, this grand home shines brightly against the night sky. Designed by John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects, and built by Greg Seligman of G.E.S. Construction, this 7,558-square-foot home with VIP suite and second floor lounge is the perfect place to entertain.

“The Southwest Florida market is calling for a more contemporary, modern type of architecture and that was our goal in designing this spec home,” says John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects. “G.E.S. Construction allowed us to think outside the box and gave us the latitude we needed to create neat elements and clean details.”

“We’ve had a tremendously positive response from everyone who has visited this home,” says Dan Guenther, Broker Associate for Estuary at Grey Oaks at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Biscayne’s detailed craftsmanship, clean lines and indoor/outdoor design creates an uplifting, airy feeling that whoever buys this house will get to experience on a daily basis.”

Interior designer Sharon M. Gilkey of Montanna Design envisioned a couple whose adult children are often the guests at one of their lavish galas and who wanted their home to be light and casually elegant.

“I wanted to create an atmosphere of serenity — a place to relax,” says Gilkey. “It was a joy to design such a soothing, beautiful environment as part of the team of such talented craftsmen.”

West Indies tropical influences join with both subtle and overt contemporary twists to help create a unique residence. The tower element with its clerestory windows, the streamlined entry columns, and glass garage doors illuminating the motor court add stunning curb appeal.

The clever arrangement of seating in the great room allows for several simultaneous conversations near the granite-fronted fireplace, set in a walnut paneled wall. Four bucket chairs in the foreground are covered in a textured cotton and grouped around a metal-banded circular stone coffee table. The twin sofas and armchairs in the background are by Bernhardt and are upholstered in ivory texturized cotton. Periwinkle blue area rugs draw the two spaces together into one elegant entertaining space.

The dining room — designed in shades of cream, taupe, and blue -— sets just the tone for nights full of good food and long conversations. A walnut table and parsons chairs, upholstered in oatmeal linen, provide a perfect counterpoint to the wood and glass buffet, on which rests an opaque lamp of light aqua glass with parchment shade. Above hangs an original abstract in shades of teal. The light from the geometric chandelier from Wilson Lighting is reflected in the inset tonal patterned marble floor.

With room for many guests to gather, the kitchen is a study in creams, whites and grays. A walnut table, with J Mark Modern Home chairs, allows ten guests to dine. The quartzite islands offer convenience to the most serious of chefs while providing additional seating via white leather keyhole stools. SOHO Kitchens & Design cabinets are painted in ‘Cedar Key’ for a soft effect and the cylindrical chrome pendants by Wilson Lighting hang from an inset tray ceiling, diffusing the rectangular geometry of the room. The large space is unified by the ivory marble floor, bringing simple elegance to this beautifully designed kitchen. The high performance appliances were sourced through Design Studio by Raymond.

A dramatic coffered ceiling, banded in rift cut oak, shares pride of place honors in the library with the custom wall credenza, featuring moveable shelving so the latest art acquisitions may always be showcased. A desk of curly elm burl rests on distressed metal legs, and pewter and cream brushed velvet chairs make comfortable seating for guests. The sofa, by Bernhardt, is clad in eggplant suede and flanks a coffee table of glass, burnished wood, and metal. Vibrant blue pillows add to the pops of color in the room. The textural neutral rug provides contrast to the reclaimed oak plank floor.

Shimmering silver subway tiles provide a strong focal point, bringing glamour to the spa-like master bath. A freestanding rectangular soaking tub sits center stage, under the tray troughed ceiling overhead. Cabinetry by SOHO Kitchens & Design, painted in ‘Cedar Key’, is topped by creamy limestone counters. Glass and chrome sconces reflect off the oversize mirrors while a suede mushroom stool provides a wonderful perch for the vanity. The continuity of the space is maintained by the ivory limestone floor.

The master bedroom is a calming oasis at the end of a long day. The neutral rug is comfortable underfoot and creates a cool canvas for the teal brushed cotton sateen duvet, highlighted by shimmering pillows. Gilkey had the crisp white headboard custom-made by a local upholsterer, who also provided the tone-on-tone accents for the twin armchairs in shades of cream and ivory. Crystal lamps with linen shades reflect light onto the dove gray walls and stationary window treatments soften the wall of glass windows. Dark wood campaign tables sporting nickel pulls and serve as nightstands. The teal button-upholstered bench at the foot of the bed is a treasured antique.

Most areas of the home open to the majestic lanai and classical mosaic-tiled pool area. With landscape architecture that follows the lines of the house and 90-degree coping angles used in the design, a minimalist approach defines the outdoor space. An outdoor living room allows for comfortable seating by way of a sectional, upholstered in ‘Weathered Stone’ by Sunbrella, and a washed oak table from Brown Jordan. Dining al fresco is easy thanks to the complete outdoor kitchen, featuring Sub-Zero appliances. A fountain, fire pit, and floating spa complete the attractions and visitors may enjoy the view from the overhanging second-story balcony.


Written by Kitt Walsh

Photography by Giovanni Photography


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


G. E. S. Construction Limited
2385 Trade Center Way, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34109


Sam Heitman, Melissa Williams & Dan Guenther
1220 Gordon River Trail
Naples, Florida 34105


J Mark Modern Home
3950 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103


Montanna Design Associates
1001 10th Avenue South, Suite 105
Naples, FL 34102


SOHO Kitchens & Design
1610 Trade Center Way, Suite 1
Naples, FL 34109


Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102


Wilson Lighting
2465 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109

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