It takes a keen eye and an innovative spirit to incorporate seemingly opposing elements and create a cohesive collaboration that works. Twelve 6th Street South-—one of seven homes that make up an enchanting enclave called The Gables—delivers in achieving that ideal. By mixing the old world charm of classic row house living with a modern upscale approach, one is given a lifestyle that offers the best of both worlds.
Row homes, also referred to as terrace homes, became popularized in Paris, France and date back to the 16th century. Today, they have become a popular American style with many transcending into examples of fashionable luxury living at its best. While this home is not as traditional as San Francisco’s iconic “Painted Ladies,” it is a fully detached, single-family residence that offers the same undeniable appeal.
With a sophisticated application, this residence features distinctive architectural elements with irresistible charm. Built by Naples ReDevelopment, Inc. and designed by Harrell and Co. Architects, its construction utilized many environmentally-friendly building features. “It’s old Florida style,” says Adam Smith of Naples ReDevelopment. “We incorporated everything from tankless water heaters to a highly efficient air conditioning system… it’s beautifully appointed, in an excellent location, and provides exceptional value,” adds Smith.
Exquisite French White Oak wide-plank hardwoods, masterfully handcrafted by Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring, are featured throughout the main living areas of the home, and set the tone for spacious, contemporary living. “Fabricated by hand in our family-owned factory in Europe, we use only the finest sustainable hardwoods and materials,” says Arturo Guido, co-owner of Legno Bastone. “The finish was inspired by interior designer Kelly Godsey-Smith of Kelly Godsey Design, Inc. Her specifications regarding grain and tone were created to enhance the overall vision of the design and décor. It has been so well-received, we are now fabricating an entire “Kelly” collection.”
Godsey-Smith describes her influence and design aesthetic as coastal modern on this project. “The emphasis was on clean lines with lots of warmth and character,” describes Godsey-Smith. “I brought in a lot of organic elements and natural materials.”
The open concept gourmet kitchen is pristinely executed with an emphasis on glossy finishes and sleek design details. Polished chrome pendulum light fixtures, lustrous natural quartz countertops, and a frosted and pearlescent glass tile backsplash add a touch of shimmer to the clean lines. The top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, bright white cabinetry, and unique tray ceiling create a space that is both streamlined and functional. Three modern bar chairs constructed of bent natural walnut add warmth, flair, and visual interest.
The kitchen flows seamlessly into the dining and great room area where 11-foot-high ceilings and an abundance of natural light create the perfect spot for entertaining. Paneless windows of varying size offer exceptional exterior views and direct access to the covered lanai. An original abstract painting by artist S. Litvak and an oversize seagull painting add a chic, upscale dynamic, while comfortable couches in a soft, oatmeal linen create a relaxed atmosphere. Several furniture pieces stand out including the chunky hand-painted coffee table, mustard-colored leather wingback chair, driftwood entertainment console with marble top and sliding lattice doors, and shitake-finished dining table. While all are very different, they each contribute to the overall assimilation of the space by adding sculptural angles, fabulous structure, and an underlying exuberance.
Three bedrooms complete with ensuites and walk-in closets span the entire second floor. Spacious and uncluttered, all of the elements featured have been chosen with comfort and style in mind. From the linen upholstered headboard and mirrored dresser in the master bedroom suite, to the cowhide rug and tufted lounge chair and ottoman featured in the guest bedroom, each piece influences the energy of the space by generating a vibe that is both unassuming and daring all at once.
All of the bathrooms are designed with an understated elegance in mind. The master bath, in particular, is perfectly attired. With its pale bluish-gray walls, Calacatta white marble countertops and flooring, soaking tub, and top-of-the-line fixtures, spa-like amenities are a given in this luxurious home.
And while the interior of this home is certainly exceptional, it is the outdoor living area that is truly the crowning jewel of the project. If you are looking for a “wow” factor, just step outside. The covered lanai is spectacularly suspended over the swimming pool and features glass inserts built into the deck flooring revealing the pool below. A cascading waterfall, spa, grilling area, and expansive fully-exposed outdoor terrace complete the look. Oversized contemporary furniture in a dark, charcoal wicker creates drama while a handcrafted, espresso-stained, coffered cypress ceiling adds richness and depth.
What defines this property is the effortless integration of charm, style, and timeless design. Nestled in the heart of downtown Olde Naples, location is key, with the finest shopping and dining available in one direction, and convenient beach access in the other. Getting the best of everything is what makes this home 3,300 square feet of perfection.
Written by Marcia Carroll Burzair
Photography by Lori Hamilton
Naples ReDevelopment, Inc.
2684 South Horseshoe Drive
Naples, FL 34104
Kelly Godsey Design, Inc.
1076 6th Avenue North, Suite 17
Naples, FL 34102
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
1100 Commercial Blvd #101
Naples, FL 34104