Breaking New Ground

A Dynamic Development Team Hits Its Stride With Another Home Run In Pelican Bay

Story Credits

Leslie Sherman and Randi Scott, Calusa Bay Design, Naples, FL
Amber Frederiksen, Bonita Springs, FL
Randall Stofft and John Cooney, Stofft Cooney Architects, Naples, FL
Matt Knauf, Knauf-Koenig Group, Naples, FL
Landscape Architecture:
Kevin Schafer & Associates Landscape Design, Marco Island, FL
Text by:
Marina Brown
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Pelican Bay, a sprawling Naples amalgam of single-family homes, condominiums, high-rises, and spectacular beachfront has transitioned from its heyday in the 1980s to become one of today’s most sought-after addresses. And the development company, Calusa Bay, has stepped into the moment with a star-studded team that reads like a Who’s-Who list in the Naples luxury real estate market: developer Leslie Sherman, Calusa Bay Development; architect John Cooney, Stofft Cooney Architects; general contractor Matt Knauf, Knauf Koenig Group; and designer Randi Scott, Calusa Bay Design.

Working hand in hand, Cooney and the team decided this 5,100-square-foot Pelican Bay home should be both contemporary and rustic, with soaring rooflines, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open concept interior. “Our design goal is always to stay ahead of the curve, to create timeless and exciting spaces for our clients,” Cooney says. “This home achieved that goal with a fresh eclectic style, reminiscent of a Southern California rustic contemporary bungalow.” Stained cypress corbels and shell stone accents marry perfectly with the home’s more contemporary mahogany and glass double entry doors.

It only gets better inside, where the beams, trays and spectacular 24-foot-high vaults result in a soaring one-story home with an open floor plan that allows the great room to expand into the kitchen, breakfast and dining areas, and a lanai that seems to insist it be a part of the house. The ceilings give functional cues, distinguishing main living areas with tongue-and-groove cypress and rustic beams. “We spend a lot of time and effort figuring out the best methods and finishes for our millwork and ceiling element,” Knauf says. “When you look at this home, that effort has clearly paid off.”

Calusa Bay’s Randi Scott led the interior design team in its selections of classic contemporary, functional and easily personalized components that make for universal appeal throughout the home. “Our goal is to create an eclectic, engaging space that is stunning and welcoming, and a little bit edgy,” Scott says. “We prefer to select really good quality main pieces in neutral tones as our base. We can then adjust the interior to reflect the new owner’s taste by simply modifying accent colors or accessories.”

In the great room, a custom, lighted feature wall perfectly accents the open concept living space. Here, a large wool and silk rug begins the play of textures that will dance throughout the home. A wall of folding glass separating the great room and outdoor living spaces opens graciously to one side, combining the living area and lanai to create a fabulous indoor/outdoor space. Screens drop down to enclose the lanai and its tile-faced fireplace and open-air dining space.

With the kitchen steps from the great room, only a slight shift is needed to draw culinary specialists into any party. A corner banquette — one of Calusa Bay Design’s signature elements — makes breakfast a delight over which to linger.

Light abounds in the elegant, double-transom dining room. Kelly Wearstler’s confection of brass and white-glass cone shades suspends from the 18-foot-high ceiling. Calusa Bay Design created the slate-finished linear-cut oak and brass table, and the stylish chairs with their own polished brass ferrules. The geometry of the custom-designed sideboard is repeated in the chair’s Italian fabric.

Scott continues the monochrome palette in the master suite, where architectural form and function combine to create a sense of elegance. The vaulted beams of the ceiling cache ventilation design, while transom windows add a distinctive touch — not to mention a little more natural light. It’s just one more element that makes this home a stand out in the North Naples community of Pelican Bay.