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Vertical construction begins at Naples Square

October 12, 2014
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As site work continues to progress, the Ronto Group announced that Phase I vertical construction has begun at Naples Square, a new community at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples. Completion of 73 Phase I residences is anticipated by fall 2015.

Naples Square’s seven, one- and two-story, two- and three-bedroom plus den floor plans range from 1,200 to 3,000 square feet under air and offer open-concept living areas and open-air terraces. A surge in summer sales has generated strong momentum. Ronto reported 17 binding sales contracts worth $14,057,600 were processed between July 1 and the end of September.

Naples Square will bring a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting Fifth Avenue to Bayfront with access on 10th Street South via Third Avenue South. Designed by MHK Architecture and Planning of Naples and priced from the $500s, the seven light-filled floor plans offer 10-foot ceilings, designer kitchens, chic master bedrooms and designer flooring throughout. Controlled access covered parking is also included.

Naples Square’s floor plans include finishes specified by Renee Gaddis Interiors. Standard details include porcelain tile flooring in the living areas, kitchens and baths, 8-foot solid core interior doors, 8-foot exterior and sliding glass doors, contemporary, lever-style door hardware, 8-inch clean-lined baseboards, 7-inch crown molding per plan, ventilated wood shelving in the bedroom, linen and pantry closets, and separate laundry rooms with a Whirlpool Duet front load washer and dryer, and a utility sink in most plans.

The kitchen designs include KitchenAid Architect Series II stainless steel appliances, European frameless construction, full-overlay cabinetry with a variety of door profiles, finish selections and hardware, a stainless steel, under-mount sink with a pull out spray faucet, and multiple granite and quartz countertop options. The master bath features marble-topped vanities with dual sinks, showers with bench seats and glass enclosures, soaking tubs with most floor plans, and a separate water closet room.

A landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design Inc. will bring a parklike feeling to the Naples Square site. Andrea’s design merges pavered roadways, entry water features, and fountain roundabouts with washingtonia and Medjool date palms and a mix of plantings. Oak trees will create a canopy to provide shade and soften the building mass. Plantings in the design include clusia, variegated dwarf schefflera and bougainvillea. Asian jasmine, a carpetlike ground cover, will be used in the pedestrian areas. Intersections, crossings and building entries will be identified by tall palms. Building corners, adjacent to the community’s roundabouts, will be softened by scattered height washingtonia palms. The streetscapes will be lined with palms interspersed with flower beds, strips of green, and landscaped areas separating the sidewalks and buildings.

Residents at Naples Square will enjoy the convenience of a separate commercial component that will front Goodlette-Frank Road just to the east of the community’s residential buildings. A green space will separate Naples Square’s residential and commercial components. The separation, along with an overall site plan that focuses the majority of the residential view corridors on the community’s signature courtyards, fountains, and internal streetscapes, will contribute to Naples Square’s sense of place and establish a tranquil feeling that belies the community’s location literally less than a five-minute walk from downtown’s most popular dining, entertainment and shopping district. A dedicated public access easement in the form of a linear park will line the extreme eastern edge of the Naples Square site. The linear park will contribute to Naples Square’s grand sense of entry and reinforce the community’s lifestyle that is focused on walkability and the freedom to enjoy bicycling even while living in the heart of downtown Naples.

A mixture of Bermuda, British West Indies, and Coastal Contemporary architectural styles by MHK owner Matthew Kragh, AIA, will bring an appealing, timeless flavor to Naples Square. Kragh and MHK’s Erik Young have created an architectural design that will take full advantage of Andrea’s captivating landscape. The majority of the Naples Square residences will have views of the community’s internal amenity courtyards, fountain features, and landscaped streetscapes.

Naples Square’s U-shaped residential buildings will be situated with their open ends facing one another. Juxtaposing the buildings allowed Kragh to create the courtyards over each building’s parking level and to design residences with long-range, courtyard views.

Naples Square will include common areas with the latest luxury finishes and features also specified by Renee Gaddis Interiors. Gaddis has designed the common areas to include a neutral color palette of grays, beiges, browns and slight aqua accents.

As planned, clean-lined architectural details and materials will provide a coastal feeling with a modern twist. Twisted brown and silver juniper branches will create visual interest and bring texture to the neutral color palette. The first-floor elevator lobbies are slated to include terrazzo floors. Tile flooring with a wood look will be featured in the upper floor elevator lobbies to create a less commercial and more residential ambiance. Custom panels of asymmetrical blocks will serve as interesting accents on some of the elevator lobby walls.

As planned, a unique club room will include a large counter-height bar table in a recycled glass material and a bar accent wall with a Mother-of-Pearl wall covering. The club room bathrooms will feature tongue-and-groove wood architectural details mixed with the wood-look tile on the walls, as well as large basin sinks with linear drains that are incorporated in a countertop fashioned from a man-made material with a concrete look.

Naples Square offers a diverse assortment of amenities to enhance its downtown living experience in a controlled access environment. Residents will enjoy a professionally designed fitness center with strength and cardio equipment, a courtyard amenity deck featuring a resort-style heated swimming pool and spa, sun deck, pavilion bar with gas grills, and a gas fire table with seating, as well as state-of-the art technology, convenient private storage, bicycle storage within the garage, and secure under building parking. The pool baths will be finished with a contemporary glossy white ceramic subway tile set vertically. The club room and a terrace will open to the pool area and include a bar, large screen television, a billiards room, and a furnished fire pit area on the courtyard level.

Naples Square will be staffed by a professional management team that includes full-time maintenance and housekeeping personnel.

Naples Square’s Finishing Touches Program is available to assist homeowners with finish selections. The Finishing Touches Gallery is immediately west of the Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 Goodlette-Frank Road S. It offers owners an opportunity to select their new home’s flooring, cabinetry, countertops, door hardware, plumbing fixtures, and paint colors. At the same time, they have an opportunity to customize their home’s lighting fixtures and to add any nonstructural elements they desire.

The Naples Square Sales Gallery is at 100 Goodlette-Frank Road S. Online at