A Naples penthouse sold for a record price of $14.75 million. Here are five things to know about the penthouse. Oscar Santiago Torres
An exclusive top floor condo in Naples Cay has sold for a record price.
Spanning nearly 11,700 square feet under air and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the penthouse at Seasons fetched the highest price paid for a condo in Naples — at $14.75 million, according to the listing agent.
Jane Bond, a broker-associate for Compass Miami in Naples who represented the sellers, describes the expansive five-bedroom residence, with 5-½ bathrooms and a den, as "really, really gorgeous."
"To see it was to love it. You fell in love with it when you walked in. The views were undeniable," she said.
Naples Cay, nestled between Park Shore and Pelican Bay, is within walking distance of Waterside Shops and the Artis—Naples performing arts center.
Built by Bonita Springs-based WCI Communities in 2002, the Seasons tower sits at 81 Seagate Drive, on the northern end of Gulfshore Boulevard North.
The interior of penthouse 2201 at the Seasons at Naples Cay. The living space totals 13,000 square feet and has five bedrooms and five full baths. The penthouse, located at 81 Seagate Drive in Naples, Fla., recently sold for $14,750,00. Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com
The penthouse sold Monday. Perched on the 22nd floor, No. 2201 offers 360-degree views of the Gulf. It recently got a major face lift. It was gutted and remade by Steven G., known as one of the top high-end interior design firms in the country. It has a "completely modern look," Bond said.
Upgrades include Italian porcelain 31-by-72-inch slabs for flooring, custom millwork and state-of-the-art LED lighting. Other features include Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances, white quartz countertops, high-end plumbing fixtures, a private elevator with a mirrored nickel finish, oversized dual closets and a fitness room.
“It raised a lot of eyebrows,” Steven G. said of the ultramodern approach, “but the proof is the value that the unit sold for, furnished, lock, stock and barrel.”
Including the outdoor lanai, the units stretches more than 13,600 square feet.
Bond got the listing in January 2016. The condo was marketed for $18 million, a price that didn't change until the buyers negotiated a better one.
At such a high price, the listing generated headlines and became the talk of the town when Bond took it on last year.
"We sold in a year, which was fantastic for us," she said. "I think the buyers just loved it, just decided it was the property for them."
Property records show the condo last sold for $7 million in 2006. The Collier County Property Appraiser's website puts its current market value at $7.31 million and shows its property taxes in 2016 were $75,711.
Asked about the new buyers, Bond said she knew nothing about them. She did not disclose their names, and the information is not publicly available because the sale has yet to be recorded by the Collier County Clerk's office.
The former owners went under the name Cimex Invest Inc., with an address on U.S. 41 North. State records show the firm is led by Jana Sobotova and Petr Lukes, two Czech entrepreneurs. The business operated as an import-export company before turning to real estate.
In August, Sobotova and Lukes bought a new $12.5 million mansion in Gables Estates, a wealthy gated community in Coral Gables.
Interest in high-end real estate in the Naples area has picked up since the U.S. presidency was decided, local Realtors say.
"Last year wasn't a good year," Bond said. "No one was out there shopping for this type of property."
In 2016 the most expensive home sold in Naples went for $15.15 million. Built in 1981, the Port Royal estate on Fort Charles Drive has six-plus bedrooms and 13 bathrooms on land originally platted for two houses. It includes 303 feet of waterfront with east, south and west water views.
The previous high paid for a condo in Naples was $11.7 million. It was for a four-bedroom penthouse with five bathrooms and a den at the Regent, a high-rise tower at 4101 Gulfshore Blvd. N. in Park Shore. With a living area of 12,050 square feet, it sold at a then-record price on May 7, 2012.
Amy Becker, a luxury real estate agent with Premier Sotheby's International Realty in Naples, noted the penthouse at Seasons is a rarity and that there are a limited number of condos for sale above $5 million in Park Shore, Bay Colony and surrounding neighborhoods, where she focuses most of her time.
"We have seen a change in the market," she said, "but my partner and I, we really are always optimistic. It only takes one buyer, and they are out there. They are just waiting a little longer to find exactly what they want."
News-Press reporter Patricia Borns contributed to this story.