Located within the highly acclaimed Grey Oaks Country Club community in Naples, Estuary at Grey Oaks offers its residents a private, gated lifestyle inside the sanctuary of a true nature preserve. Estuary is, quite simply, the epitome of the Naples lifestyle – secluded, luxury living coupled with an enviable location just minutes from the renowned 5th Avenue Downtown District and Southwest Florida’s sparkling Gulf Coast beaches. With only 179 home sites within the 350 acre community, Estuary’s residents enjoy the ambiance of country estate living and the conveniences of vibrant city life.
As evidenced in the Lucca model home by Harwick Homes, the residences in Estuary feature an unmatched level of artistry and attention to detail. With 5,145 square feet of gracious living space that includes four bedrooms and four and a half baths, the Lucca exudes an elegance that showcases the magnificent Florida outdoor landscape. Selected as the Design Excellence Award winner for best model home design by the Florida South Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Lucca features an interior design created by Sherri DuPont, ASID, president of Bonita Springs based Collins & DuPont Interior Design.
A beautifully appointed Mediterranean design style, Travertine flooring in gold and amber tones, soaring 24 foot ceilings, crown molding, repeated art niches, a walk-in wine cellar and a three car garage speak to the Lucca’s luxurious appointments. At the same time, DuPont stretches the style a bit by including Spanish and Moroccan influences. Committed to creating an ambiance as inviting, warm and comfortable as it is elegant, DuPont uses darker pieces of furniture (including several French selections), various carvings, exotic accessories and a warm gold color palette to achieve that goal.
“For me, the Lucca is a place where people will feel comfortable - a place where friends and family will have a good time,” said DuPont. “The floor plan presents numerous spaces for entertaining that flow into a wonderful outdoor living area. We wanted everyone to know they are in a very special home and at the same time to feel free to enjoy all of the comfort and fun the residence offers. This is a beautiful home that is designed for living.”
DuPont establishes the Lucca’s elegance in the foyer where a mosaic inset in the Travertine floor presents strong shades of gold with salmon and terracotta accents. The same colors are picked-up in the decorative pillows and artwork found throughout the home. Gutsy 12 x 12 beams are stained a very dark tone that mimics old fashioned creosote treatments.
Similar beams and corbels are used to lower the 24 foot coffered ceiling in the living room and to give it a bit of human proportion. The living room has a warm straw color chenille sofa facing a pre-caste fireplace that is 16 feet high and done in light stone to look like native coral rock. Decorative pillows on the sofa have magenta and hot pink undertones also picked up on a Murano glass centerpiece on the cocktail table. Venetian artwork is hung above the fireplace. An area rug has a Moroccan spiral geometric pattern. Matching end tables have open twist legs and marquetry tops. One side table has nail head trim with a marquetry top while the other has a dark leather look. The side chairs are upholstered in linen fabric with seat cushions and backs in a contemporary tapestry that has various shades of magenta, salmon, blue and green. A triple arch provides a view of the kitchen and adjoining wet bar. French doors and a tall arched window overlook the pool area. This “see through” feature is a Harwick signature effect that brings the outside and inside together.
DuPont has designed the Lucca’s study as a power room where the man of the house can feel totally in command. Dark wooden beams in a 9 grid pattern, crown molding within the grids and natural cherry cabinetry with a very light glaze combine to create a distinctly masculine statement. The room includes a 42” plasma television, two dark leather guest chairs contrasted against a vibrant broad loom rug and an executive size desk by Maitland Smith that is heavily carved with dark brown leather insets.
A powder room is a dramatic albeit very small space. A groin vaulted ceiling and a vanity that includes a chiseled slab top suspended by two cabinets have been favorably received by visitors. The sink is Murano glass with black iron faucets. A masculine woven leather framed mirror hangs over the vanity. The walls are fauxed in an aged terracotta Venetian plaster look that picks up the colors of the floor nicely. Deep burgundy insets in the floor offer a strong contrast to the gold and amber Travertine.
A barreled ceiling, columns in each corner of the room and a view into a finely manicured garden contribute to the elegant comfort of the dining room. The draperies are very French with stripes and blue trim. Neoclassic X-back chairs provide a Neapolitan style and are contrasted by the curved legs of a dark wood dining table. A credenza is the same dark wood with embossed leather insets. The artwork provides a variety of contrasting colors that play well against the ceiling and walls fauxed in a warm apricot tone antique stucco.
The Lucca’s kitchen and family room function as the home’s ultimate gathering and entertainment area. The kitchen’s maple cabinets are done in a light painted finish with umber glaze. The range has a hearth-like hood. Spanish tiles flank the perimeter of the hood and have a handsome conquistador look with near black, olive green and gold colorings. The countertop and island granite is gold with black and mica veining. Twin Sub Zero refrigerators are placed side by side to give the appearance of an armoire. In addition to a gas range, there are 3 ovens, 2 dishwashers and refrigerator drawers. The island has a food prep sink. An iron chandelier with an old world Spanish feel is hung over the island. The kitchen also has a four seat breakfast bar that adjoins the family room. A breakfast room with a dark cypress coffered ceiling seats 6.
The family room includes pocketing 10 foot sliders that open to an outdoor living area and extend the entertainment space even further. A wide screen television in the family room is visible from the kitchen and allows the cook to participate in the fun going on around them. The television cabinet includes decorative tile insets that pick-up the overall Mediterranean theme of the design. The ceiling includes 12 x 12 beams in a nine grid pattern with decorative iron strap braces. Stained crown molding unifies the space. Two chairs in the family room have cobalt and yellow toned Mediterranean fabric with the same accents as the magenta to hot pink found in the living room. Two pale saffron sofas are set up for TV viewing. A very rugged, grandchildren-proof cocktail table features clavos nail head appointments. An interesting flip top sofa table was made in Egypt but has a very Spanish to Moroccan feel to it. There is a full wet bar with bar seating adjacent to the kitchen and breakfast room. Together, the kitchen, family room, breakfast room and bar could seat 20-25 people.
The entry to the master suite is set on a diagonal. The room features suspended dark wood beams and walls painted a medium terracotta color comfortable for both males and females. The ceiling has a terracotta faux finish that highlights the beams and serves as an accent for the entire room. Other accents are done in an earthy purple blue heather tone that offers a nice contrast against the terracotta colors and bronze accessories. There are sculpted drywall niches in the entry hall and two sculpted drywall towers that frame the bed and nightstands - ideal spaces for family memorabilia. The bed is richly sculpted alder with a distinctly Spanish feel. An armoire with iron grid work on the inset panels has a Moroccan feel and houses a television. Two faux suede chairs have an almost feminine quality due to their scale and the shape of their arms. Nightstands flanking the bed have a French feel. Natural light streams into the room from 3 directions and makes the warm design work without feeling oppressive. The two foot transom windows set above the eight foot door height provide a pleasing view of the trees and sky outside.
Harwick master baths are always very dramatic and luxuriously comfortable. The Lucca’s master bath is no exception. His and her light maple vanities with granite counters are placed on one side of room. Harwick’s signature cabinetry towers sit atop the vanities. The man and lady of the house each have their own tower. A central tower offers community storage. Each person has at least 3 drawers, 2 hampers and upper storage space. Arched entries into a Spanish tile shower with windows offering a garden view and an arched look-through from the tub to the shower intensify a barreled ceiling with cove lighting that accents the cloudlike feeling of the fauxed antique stucco ceiling and walls. A beautifully carved chair and rosewood inlaid vanity table are provided for her. There are also his and her commode rooms with a bidet for her.
The Lucca’s primary guest bedroom has a tropical feel with a view of a gorgeous garden outside. The draperies pick up the greens in the garden and provide a frame for the view. The walls are a complimentary fresh lime green to provide the indoor/outdoor blend that is a Florida dream vacation hallmark. South Seas rattan is mixed with French furniture. The room is exciting and Zen-like at the same time. This room has a bit of formality to it and is considered the place for the home’s most prominent guest.
A guest bedroom off the family room is the most controversial room in the house due to its strong color presentation. The bedding is magenta and hot tangerine and the walls are a pale almost sherbet tone tangerine. The draperies flanking the doorway to the lanai pick-up the same colors found in the bedding. A pirate’s chest at the foot of the bed has very heavy ironwork. The king size bed includes a carved headboard with a South Seas look. A bit of geometric diamond pattern molding detail highlights the coffered ceiling.
A cabana off the lanai has its own entrance and offers a perfect spot for guests who require privacy. The space has a vacation like, “fun time” atmosphere to it. The walls are a pale lime sherbet tone accented with bittersweet chocolate, strong limes and strong tangerines in the bedding. The wood colors are dark, offering a perfect contrast to the strong colors of the walls and fabrics. There are artsy floral arrangements in the room and a wonderful view. The bath has a separate shower and commode room as well as walls fauxed an antique stucco with a slight sheen that is similar to the tone of the tile pattern around the mirror.
The 1,500 square foot outdoor living area is yet another Harwick signature. A multi-level stone deck patio overlooks the golf course and a distant lake and features an architecturally designed swimming pool with a raised spa. The patio furniture is a combination of dark outdoor wicker and stained dark teak sofa tables. The furniture flanks a sculpted fireplace that is accented by metal scrollwork. Seating around the bar is done in dark oil rubbed bronze. The hood over the cook top appears to be suspended and anchored by a pair of stone corbels and does not get in the way of the view of the golf course. A summer kitchen includes stucco cabinets, stainless steel doors, granite countertops, a Wolf gas grill and a sink.
Artistically carved among original stands of towering pine, cypress and oak trees, the Estuary at Grey Oaks Golf Course was designated the 2005 Florida Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association and shines as the final jewel in Grey Oak’s triple crown of championship golf. Grey Oaks Country Club has been recognized as one of America’s top 100 golf communities by Travel & Leisure Golf for the second consecutive year. Offering an incredible 54 holes of golf on three distinctly different courses, Grey Oaks provides an unforgettable golf experience.
Grey Oaks members also enjoy 5,500 square feet of fitness facilities, a tennis club with 8 lighted Har-Tru courts and pro shop, a heated free-style pool and formal and casual dining at two clubhouses, the 62,000 square foot Club at Grey Oaks Clubhouse and the 19,000 square foot Estuary at Grey Oaks Clubhouse. Throughout, members and guests enjoy the inviting blend of elegance, congeniality and service one would expect in a community of Grey Oaks’ stature.
Estuary at Grey Oaks is located off Golden Gate Parkway just west of Airport Pulling Road in Naples and is a development of The Barron Collier Companies and The Lutgert Companies, two of Southwest Florida’s most prominent developers. Grey Oaks Realty is the exclusive sales and marketing representative of Estuary at Grey Oaks. For additional information, call 239-262-5557.