Specially Designed for Waterfront Living:A rare specialized focus on waterfront-specific design is the signature feature of the spectacular Mediterranean 9,633 sq. ft., six-bedroom, eight-bath home at 55 Vista del Golfo on Naples Island in Long Beach. This fabulously expansive, light-filled Tuscan-inspired estate, sited on three lots directly facing the entrance to Alamitos Bay, makes compelling use of classic materials and floor planning to get the most enjoyment from its unique, spectacular locale.
Spectacular Master-Built Naples Island Home.
Its designer, James Caldwell, was raised on historic Naples Island and is highly regarded for his unusual expertise in the exclusive niche of waterfront-specific design. He has created more than 50 luxurious seaside residences known for skillfully maximized views, low-maintenance durability in harsh salt-air conditions, and meticulous quality in construction and aesthetics.
Although it easily functions as an indoor-outdoor space open to the promenade, the Veranda is a secured,furnished room unto itself, with travertine floors, casual seating and dining areas, a fireplace, heaters, and chandeliers. It is the gateway to the formal entry foyer and grand hallway, a breathtakingly beautiful use of space with hand-hewn solid walnut flooring and 22-ft.-high ceilings with domed skylights and towering arched interior windows to import views of the bay.
The hall is a conduit between the ground floor’s casual living areas and its formal dining and living rooms. It is also a connector to the upper level living spaces via two sweeping curved stairways and interior upstairs balconies fronted by gorgeous heavy gage custom-crafted wrought iron railing. The hall also expands the view corridor in key areas from the home’s alley-side enclosed private garden courtyard, which has a Lynx barbecue and granite-countered sink and a lovely palladium-style fountain that doubles as a swim-in-place spa.
The casual side is accessible by a street door off Iona Walk opening into a spacious all-white kitchen with travertine floors and granite counters, including an island more than nine feet long. The kitchen flows directly into a great room highlighted by walnut floors, eight-foot-tall arched bayfront windows, and 10-ft. coffered ceilings of all hand-selected alder wood. Like all of the home’s picture windows, the great room’s windows have hidden electronic shades for privacy and control of sunlight. Glass doors on concealed sliders open from the great room into the enclosed Veranda for a free-flowing floor configuration.
The formal side of the ground level includes a bay-view living room with an Italian hand-carved marble fireplace, and a dining room with masterfully hand-painted walls, discreet butler’s pantry, and views of both bay and garden courtyard. Nearby is a jewel-like formal guest bathroom with gold trim details to set off its stunning green onyx counters. A wet bar of hand-cut Texas fossil stone and 150-gallon reef-quality fish tank nestles into the curving sweep of one of two staircases; there is also a library/office with views of both the garden courtyard and bay; a guest bedroom; and a fully finished two-car garage plus a covered parking area.
Near the kitchen is an all-purpose bathroom, large walk-in pantry, elevator to the Master’s Wing above, jumbo-sized laundry room, maid’s quarters (or sixth bedroom) with bathroom and kitchenette, and a single-car garage. The total living area on the lower floor including the enclosed Veranda is 5,282 sq. ft.
A sweeping staircase near the garden courtyard leads to a large skylit home office area open by balustrade to the grand hall and featuring silver-rubbed antiqued cabinets and marble counters of soothing sage green. Arched double-doors lead to the Master’s Wing and its waterfront bedroom with a hand-carved limestone fireplace, opening onto an oversized covered deck with panoramic bay views, heaters, fans, and a kitchenette area with weather-sturdy teak cabinetry.
An exquisitely feminine master bath for the lady of the house is a stunning composition of white granite combined with onyx of a delicate pale pink. A handsome master bath for the husband features contemporary design around green-gray granite with a suede finish; both master baths have large soaking tubs and showers with steam units, skylights, and etched-glass exterior windows. The Master’s Wing is completed by his-and-her walk-in closets.
The home’s second sweeping staircase leads to a second master suite with bayfront balconies and an interior Juliette balcony over the grand hallway. Other upper level rooms include a subtly Art Deco-themed home theater with tiered seating and a 100-inch screen; an exercise room with leaded glass pocket doors; and two en-suite guest bedrooms. The upper floor’s total living area is 4,351 sq. ft.
The home was constructed to withstand the seaside environment: exterior walls, balconies, and columns are precast concrete cladding, windows and arched glass doors are framed in bronzed steel, and copper chimney caps protect the home’s five fireplaces. It is also equipped with 16 security cameras and is pre-wired for complete smart-house technology.
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