Naples Square architecture creates timeless flavor


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An eclectic mixture of Bermuda, British West Indies, and Coastal Contemporary architectural styles created by Matthew Kragh, AIA, owner of MHK Architecture & Planning, will bring a timeless flavor to Naples Square, an enclave of residences ranging from 1,200 to 3,000 square feet being developed by The Ronto Group on the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road.

Naples Square’s walkable lifestyle will bring a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting Fifth Avenue to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via Third Avenue South. The Naples Square residences are priced starting in the $500s. More than 50 reservations have been received since the Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 Goodlette-Frank Road S. in mid-January. Ronto anticipates converting Naples Square reservations to contracts later this season. Construction is planned for 2014 and includes completion of 73 residences.

Kragh and MHK Architectural Project Manager Erik Young have created a design that controls and maintains the integrity of the residential units’ view corridors. A majority of the Naples Square residences will have views of the community’s internal amenity courtyards, fountain features, and landscaped streetscapes designed by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design Inc.

Naples Square’s U-shaped residential buildings will be situated with their open ends facing one another. The juxtaposition of the buildings allowed Kragh to create expansive amenity courtyards over each building’s parking level and to design residences with long-range, landscaped internal courtyard views. Views from a majority of the outwardly facing residences take advantage of Naples Square’s signature fountains and roundabouts. Focusing the majority of the view corridors on the courtyard, fountains and internal streetscapes contributes to Naples Square’s sense of place and establishes 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.

In keeping with Ronto’s walkable lifestyle concept, Kragh developed a site plan that ties Naples Square into the fabric of the existing Old Naples street grid system and into current and future plans of the Naples Pathway Committee and the city of Naples. A dedicated public access easement in the form of a linear park will line the 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.

Broad, beautifully landscaped, pavered streetscapes and sidewalks within the community will embrace and transform existing city streets to create a cohesiveness that will unite every element of the downtown living experience. Those same streetscapes will offer the pedestrian and bicycle orientation that defines Naples Square. The visual impact and shade created by Kragh’s site plan and Andrea’s landscape design will create a parklike feeling. The streetscapes will be lined with soaring palms interspersed with colorful flower beds, strips of green, and heavily landscaped areas that separate the sidewalks and buildings. In addition to their visual appeal, the fountains at each of the roundabouts will provide a soothing level of white noise and also have a cooling effect. 

Kragh has designed seven, one- and two-story, two- and three-bedroom plus den Naples Square floor plans with open-concept living areas and open-air terraces, each ideally suited to the downtown Naples lifestyle. The light-filled floor plans feature 10-foot ceilings, designer kitchens, chic master bedrooms and designer flooring throughout. Controlled access covered parking is also included.

Kragh’s floor plans are designed to meet market demand for open, livable downtown spaces at a highly attractive price point. The Naples Square plans range from a two-bedroom, two-bath residence that offers an ideal downtown Naples pied-à-terre to a spectacular two-story plan.

The Philadelphia Society Hill walk-up style two-story plan offers 2,934 of living space with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a formal living room with a two-story ceiling and double-stacked windows, a formal dining room, an island kitchen, a powder room, a first-floor guest suite, and a second floor that includes a flex room measuring more than 330 square feet, a master suite, a second guest suite, and a laundry room. An optional elevator is available. The living room opens to a covered terrace. A glass-enclosed shower, soaking tub, and his-and-her vanities are included in the master bath.

The first floor, east or west facing two-story residences are close to Fifth Avenue South and include a private, oversized one-car garage directly accessible from the residence.

At a time when the majority of available downtown Naples residences are in the $2-$3 million price range, the combination of Kragh’s design, Naples Square’s walkable lifestyle, and the array of standard finishes specified by Naples-based Renee Gaddis Interiors offer an unprecedented value. 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 floor plans’ open 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, undermount sink with a pull out spray faucet, and multiple granite and quartz counter top options that are three centimeters thick. The master bath features marble-topped vanities with dual sinks, large showers with bench seats and glass enclosures, soaking tubs with most floor plans, and a separate water closet room. J-boxes are included in most rooms for the future installation of decorative lighting or ceiling fans.

Kragh has designed Naples Square’s courtyard amenity decks to feature a resort-style heated swimming pool and spa, sun deck, pavilion bar with gas grills, and a gas fire table with seating. Andrea’s amenity deck landscape design incorporates green spaces, Asian Jasmine ground cover, raised-planters with date palms, and arbors with vine plantings to create a garden-like effect. Additional planters provide a colorful note of separation between the terraces of the garden level residences and the edges of the plaza. Each building will have its own pool and club room and there will be two fitness centers.

Naples Square is the latest development from The Ronto Group.
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