PHOTO GALLERY: Classic mediterranean: Marco model house catches the eye

High-end home sales are ‘spotty’ at the moment, says agent Jim Mashey, but keeping the interest percolating in anticipation of an economic turnaround is crucial

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  • It’s the kind of house Jim Mashey says could go like “gangbusters” once the valuable northern market finds its financial feet

It’s the kind of house Jim Mashey says could go like “gangbusters” once the valuable northern market finds its financial feet.

That market — wealthy baby boomers and investors — is “skittish” right now, says Mashey, but the hope is that the economy will perform a turnaround in the near future.

“Right now there aren’t many closures on homes prices over $1 million on Marco Island,” Mashey says.

The $300,000 to $500,000 price range is showing movement, he adds, while the $500,000 to $1 million segment is next in pecking order.

In the meantime, Mashey — on behalf of the Tropical Investment Group real estate agency — is promoting the $2,7 million Santa Croce model on 145 Barfield Drive to keep potential interest percolating.

It’s a four-bed, four-and-a-half bath mansion designed by Kriel Dilworth, and built by RPA Construction Corporation, both of Naples.

Some of the specification highlights, Mashey said, are art niches throughout, an elevator, a central receiver A/V system with surround sound in the leisure and game rooms, gourmet appliance packages, impact glass throughout, a high-efficiency, multi-zone air conditioning system, and an energy efficient, quick recovery hot water system.

Not to mention the myriad bells and whistles a house with a price like this commands.

“People like the house for its split design,” Mashey said, “and also the elevator to the second floor (which contains two guest suites and a games room). “They also like the dome in the entrance area.”

Interior decor, included in the (leaseback available) price, is by Novakovich & Associates, and represents about $250,000 in furnishings and treatments.

The overall design of the house is billed as “classic Mediterranean.”

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