1441 Gulf Shore Blvd S
Est. 2013 | 2014 winner of the Sand Dollar and Aurora Awards
Private Placement Listing By Chandler M. Marks, PA & Ryan T. Clontz
5,680 AC Sq Ft | Total 10,220 Sq Ft | 4 Bedrooms | Den | Media Room | Private Office | Natural Gas
A short story of how this special place became Namaste (The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit within you), which perfectly describes the serene feeling you get when you approach and enter the home. The greeting’s origin is from Sanskrit, and goes back 4000 years ago, probably to early Indian/Hindu civilization. The owners have lived and worked in Singapore and traveled extensively throughout Asia for years. When they returned to the states, they eventually purchased property in Naples, with the intent of building a custom home to reflect their experiences of living and traveling in Asia. Namaste is perfectly located, 1 block from the beach, and 2 blocks from the 3rd Street area. The owner personally sourced and selected the architectural and design details from Bali and Thailand, and Namaste is reflective of the special, tranquil estates, hidden in the rain forest mountains on the island of Bali, one of their favorite destinations.
While Bali is tropical, it’s tones are earthy and organic. The use of Balinese design elements: fire, water, and wind and earth, are incorporated in the design of Namaste, providing a calm and relaxing atmosphere to reflect and be at one with the environment. The use of plants, flowers, natural stone and wood materials and large open spaces, offers the perfect way to unwind, contemplate, and truly enjoy mother nature. Namaste was designed to capture the views of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, thereby, the common living spaces are on the top floor.
The exterior of Namaste incorporates Colorado field stone, and custom hand carved stone from Bali. In keeping with Balinese design principles, large windows are incorporated in all the rooms, some with stone carving insets. Namaste is surrounded by lush landscaping and gardens, including hand carved pots from Bali. The garden is filled with fruit trees, coconut palms, bougainvillea, orchids, jasmine, philodendron, bromeliad, heliconia, bird of paradise, geckos and lizards. Upon entering Namaste you are greeted with calming water fountains, and a set of custom hand carved mahogany wood/glass doors (made in Naples). The bronze handles are of special Balinese design, and are used throughout Namaste. Solid walnut wood is used for most of the doors, trim and cabinetry.
Through the doors, the staircase wall is adorned with over 150 pieces of Tamarin and petrified wood slices from Indonesia—these transcend all three floors. These wood slices were handpicked in Bali by the owner. The second floor encompasses over 3,400 square feet, featuring double master’s suites and two oversized guest rooms with en-suites, a media room and private office. The master has a cypress wood ceiling with walnut beams an the zen bathroom is most unique: it boasts a tub carved of natural granite from Bali (weighing over 2000 lbs.), a fireplace, and two showers—one indoor and one outdoor with hand carved stone. A hidden coffee and beverage center nestled by the closet. The second master suite has a hand carved headboard from Thailand, and a terrazzo tub from Bali. Above the doorways of each en-suite are hand carvings of Balinese teakwood.
On the third floor, there is a gourmet kitchen, the lighting capped by handmade tin water lily medallions, selected and made at the Chatuchat flea market in Bangkok, Thailand. The breakfast area ceiling is covered in reed matting from Bali. Moving to the outdoor western deck it is accented with hand carved insets, and it offers sunset views, plenty of room for dining, as well as two sitting areas. In the living room, there are several unique features: a hidden TV, above a fireplace, behind a solid walnut sliding door. The room is crowned by a massive custom hand carved center beam from Bali. The Balinese reed matting is encased by Walnut beams, and soft, mood lighting. The dining table was hand selected, and is made of Suar wood (weighing 2000 lbs.) and was lifted into the house with a crane before the ceiling/roof was installed. The stone carving on the fireplace hearth is from Vietnam, and the antique carved Torajan wood beams above each of the sliding doorways are from Sulawwesi, Indonesia. They most likely were the tie beams in a home, with the carvings symbolic of life and family; all the niches are filled with artifacts from Bali; the urns on the dining credenza are custom made from Cambodia.
Between the living and kitchen area, the wet bar is framed with a view of the Gulf of Mexico and the counters support the ambiance with an under lit custom gemstone quartz and agate counter top. The powder room to the right is complimented by a petrified wood sink from Indonesia, and cork/foil wall treatments. There is a huge pantry for small appliances, serving dishes, and decorating accessories. This space could easily be converted to a wine cellar if desired. The kitchen deck accommodates a grill, and whole house generator, both are powered by natural gas and the deck is home to a few pots from Bali for growing herbs and small vegetables. The stairs lead to the “martini deck”, where many a sunset can be observed from the 360 degree view. This is a great locale for watching the fireworks for July 4th and New Year’s Eve. The space is large and can accommodate dining, or large crowds when entertaining. The stars are quite nice from this vantage point, as well.
Last but not least, located on the first floor extends the living space to the outdoors. The lanai offers outdoor living in a serene environment, combining all the elements of fire, water, wind and earth to feel one with nature. The saltwater pool has a vanishing edge and water spouts, typical of how pools are done in Bali. The carvings and wall sconce light fixtures were custom made in Bali for Namaste. There is a gas grill and full kitchen for easy entertaining, and family gatherings. The pool makes the perfect place to watch football games on the weekends. On this level a full pool bath and climate controlled work out room. Evenings are transformed when the fire-pit and torches are lit.
Namaste is a sanctuary which offers quality workmanship and materials, peace, quiet and safety from external forces and noises, numerous comfortable seating, dining and gathering options with multiple views. A dream combined with the travels, Namaste’s creators live an active lifestyle, with a large family, ranging in ages from 18-month-old grandchildren, to college age children, to 88 year old parents, so the design also needed to accommodate everyone’s needs and interests. The biggest challenge living in Namaste will be: where shall you sit for…… coffee…… breakfast…… lunch…… snacks…… cocktails…… dinner…... nightcaps.
- MLS Number: Private Placement
- Acres: 0.33
- Garage: 3