When The Ronto Group developed the design concept for Naples Square at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples, it envisioned a community that would unite the downtown district while providing a maintenance-free walkable lifestyle. With just two residences remaining in the Phase II building and strong sales for the Phase III building that Ronto expects to start in fourth quarter of this year, Naples Square has transformed the way people live in downtown Naples and brought a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting 5th Avenue to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via 3rd Avenue South. The walk-able lifestyle and availability of new one and two-story, two and three-bedroom plus den floor plans with open-concept living areas and open-air terraces continue to hold strong appeal for homebuyers.
“I had come to a point in my life where I was either going to have to make major renovations where I was living on Gulfshore Boulevard or did I want to have something new and be in a newer building,” said Alice Wolf who purchased a residence in Naples Square’s Phase II building. “I like Naples and I became aware of all the movement that was happening downtown. My partner and I one day were looking around and decided to check out Naples Square. It was kind of a buzz around town and so we went into the sales office and we met with Wanda Cross who was very helpful, very professional, and very knowledgeable and we just fell in love with the concept. After seeing the concept and really liking it, and really liking the feel of what was going on, that’s when I decided. I call it gentrified urban living. I come from cities and I always loved being able to walk to things and be down where parades were happening or art shows.”
Ms. Wolf chose Ronto’s two-story Phase II Hamilton floor plan that features a walk-out to the street and a private two-car garage accessed directly from the residence. The 3,649 square feet under air plan features an optional elevator leading to a second floor with a great room, dining area and island kitchen, a den, a powder bath, the owner’s suite, a guest suite, and a 682 square feet wraparound terrace accessed from the great room, dining area, den, and guest suite. Two guest suites, a powder bath, and a flex room with a wet bar are located on the first floor. A 213-square foot first floor terrace is accessed from one of the guest suites and from the flex room. After meeting with Ronto, building architect MHK Architecture and Planning, her own architect from Baltimore, and Naples interior designer Janet Bilotti, Ms. Wolf proceeded to customize her residence to meet her own needs and preferences.
“Ronto was very willing to accommodate what we wanted to do,” she said. “There were very few no’s that I recollect, and the ones that were there were really because of not only the integrity of this building but the first building and the next two to come. They made an aesthetic determination that on the outside it would be pristine and very uniform so that you don’t have people going a little crazy with some of their design ideas and I get that.”
To create a separate dining room that would provide an open space for entertaining on the second floor, Ms. Wolf removed the wall between the guest bedroom and den and added a second island and additional cabinet space to the kitchen. Ms. Bilotti created visually captivating panel ceiling details with square overhead and soft cove lighting for the great room and a gathering place that replaced what was originally an open dining area. A fireplace and shelving for collected items were added to the great room.
“I didn’t feel like I needed a fourth bedroom and so a very good friend of mine, Myrna Poirier, who is an architect in Baltimore, came down and we went over the plans,” said Ms. Wolf. “We took the wall down in between the den and the fourth bedroom and I made three-quarters of it a dining room. The remaining space is an office, so to speak, and because I have a credenza it can also serve as a serving area should I be having a party with stations. Then, along with Janet Bilotti, we designed not only a bigger island with more storage, but we also designed another whole island and cabinet that goes the length of the space. So, the space is all open and it opens into the dining space. It creates a very open and easy way to entertain and do a buffet and that kind of thing. I said to Janet that I would love to have a fireplace because it’s the one thing that I miss from living up north. We couldn’t do a chimney, but did a beautiful six-foot electric fireplace and we surrounded it in stone and did walnut lighted shelving which matches the kitchen. It’s beautiful.”
Ms. Wolf also elected to make changes to the first floor of the residence, including changing how the two guest bedrooms and baths connected to one another, and adding additional closet space to the larger of the two bedrooms. Ronto also agreed to a major change to the first-floor patio.
“On the original plan, there was a patio outside off the flex room,” said Ms. Wolf. “With the huge wraparound terrace upstairs, I didn’t think I’d need it. Ronto allowed us to take that extra space and extend the flex room. It made that room downstairs a lot larger. The Hamilton plan was perfect because I have family from out of town and when they come down they need a lot of space. So, the floorplan was great and so was the concept. Also, being in a new open building that is very conducive to socialization should you desire or not. With the summer kitchen and the pool and the firepits and seating and the gardens it was very appealing and it wasn’t a highrise. That is also very appealing to me.”
“We were very happy to work with Alice Wolf and customize her residence in ways that reflect her preferences and lifestyle,” said Anthony Solomon, executive vice president and owner of The Ronto Group. “We’re very excited about the floor plan choices in our Phase III building and we will, of course, be glad to work with purchasers to explore ways their residences can be customized to suit their needs to whatever extent the structure of the building will allow. The Phase III preconstruction period that we’re currently in is an ideal time to start having that conversation.”
In addition to Naples Square, The Ronto Group is developing the TwinEagles golf course community, the Seaglass high-rise tower within Bonita Bay, and Orange Blossom. A new project located on Central Avenue in downtown Naples is in development. The Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 South Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples is open daily. Visit NaplesSquare.com.