Jewel On The Lake

Set Amidst The Lush Landscape Of Pine Ridge Estates, This Majestic Naples Home Exemplifies Classic Style With Subtle Symmetry And Graceful Balance

Story Credits

Builder and Design:
John Covelli, Covelli Development Group, Naples, FL
Naples Kenny, Naples, FL
Text by:
Jeanne Delathouder
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The desire to build a magnificent dream home quickly became a reality for one Naples couple when they met local builder John Covelli, President and CEO of Covelli Development Group. John first met these homeowners when they previously purchased one of his model homes in the Estuary at Grey Oaks. Fast-forward several years, the couple decided they wanted something a bit more private with enough land to give them the opportunity to build the perfect home for themselves and their family. “One of the main goals for this couple was to have a home with sprawling land in an area that offered great access to the Naples beaches, movie theaters, shopping and restaurants,” Covelli says. “Location wise, the exclusive community of Pine Ridge Estates was certain to satisfy all of those requests, as well as providing easy proximity to numerous private and public schools, and unlimited golf course opportunities.”

Trusting John’s recommendation, the couple discovered a stellar lakefront property and contracted Covelli Development Group to build this spectacular home consisting of 9,200 square feet under air and over 12,000 square feet under roof. This extraordinary piece of paradise — more than two-and-a-half sprawling acres nestled amidst the posh setting of Pine Ridge Estates — boasts sweeping panoramic vistas to the west overlooking Mockingbird Lake that allow for unparalleled sunset views that light up the evening skies. Commanding attention from the very first glimpse, this home’s exterior effortlessly combines classic architecture and timeless traditional style with cutting-edge modern amenities. A driveway lined with Royal palm trees introduces the house’s graceful symmetry and creates a dramatic prelude to the interior spaces that await. “I wanted to create a home with balance that had a peaceful open flow throughout,” Covelli says. “I also wanted to design a property that provided a majestic aura from the outside, yet a feeling of comfort and a sense of home on the inside.”

Tremendous pride and attention to detail throughout every phase of the design ensured that it would live up to the owners’ high standards while also accommodating their active and entertaining family lifestyle.  Aside from the unrivaled style and elegance of every interior space, the entire home was built with materials of superior quality, craftsmanship and performance. It also is built with many green standards for optimal efficiency that minimize the energy required to operate it.    

Upon entry, the eye is immediately drawn to breathtaking views that take you through the foyer and living room to the pool and lake beyond. An elegant foyer stairway soars upward to lofty proportions that pinnacle with a beautifully coffered ceiling overhead. An air of distinction all its own resonates in the living room styled with a marble fireplace, tastefully appointed furnishings including a handsome pair of mahogany chests and exquisite upholstered pieces, and a custom-crafted coffered ceiling. The dining room follows suit with its opulent flooring, detailed beam ceiling, and an extraordinary wine room that spans from one wall to another.

“There are custom furnishings throughout the home that are designed and built by Tony Myers of New Age Design,” Covelli says. “We brought in Tony as we often do in many of our homes. He is an extremely gifted craftsman who understands scale and design. This provides wonderful pieces for the homeowner and eliminates an extensive search for lamp tables and cocktail tables that would scale well and fit nicely within the interior scheme.”

The kitchen — a favorite family gathering space — is complete with two marble-topped islands and plenty of room for cooking and entertaining. Beyond, the family room offers the perfect spot for casual fun with walls of glass that open to the loggia. And as the sun sets over the lake and the couple retreats at day’s end, there’s no better place to unwind than the spacious serenity of the master suite. Soft creamy hues wrap the private space that beckons relaxation.

Outside, the loggia is the perfect entertainment space that includes a state-of-the-art Wolf grill for festive get-togethers. A custom, tongue-and-groove coffered ceiling defines the open-air space from above, while powered screens that encapsulate the area during sultry evenings allow tropical breezes to flow through. Automated drop-down hurricane shutters enclose the space at the touch of a button if necessary. “This project was a true collaboration with the owners who greatly influenced the many pieces we incorporated in the home that are reflective of their extensive travel throughout parts of Asia,” Covelli says. “We wanted this home to suit their personalities while offering a warm, welcoming place for friends and family … but most importantly, we wanted to be certain that we left them wanting for nothing.”