When it comes to architecture, Naples is like a teenager that isn’t quite sure what it wants to be when it grows up. First it was all about the cottage-style ranch homes; then there was a questionable shift toward Mediterranean monstrosities. It made a welcome move into Key West-style bungalows after that, and lately, it’s the British West Indies aesthetic that’s dominating the new construction front, particularly in Old Naples.
Based on the historic plantation homes of the Caribbean, they’re designed to be the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living, which is, incidentally, just the kind of functional elegance that living in Naples calls for.
“This architecture enhances the quintessential Naples casual lifestyle and adds some unique and luxurious modern elements,” says Alexander Daane, owner of Daane Properties in Naples. “The transitional exterior features of gabled windows and clean lines are a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional.”