Monday, June 25, 2007

There goes the neighborhood (2)

Continuing our homes series (please see yesterday's post if you've just arrived).

This is a typical 2 story executive home. Everything is doubled in size - the square footage, the front entrance, the back cage over the lanai, the palm trees...

And the mortgage payment, no doubt ;-)

Update: For those of you, unfamiliar with a "caged lanai" - it is a back patio, tiled or paved, with a heated pool and a spa (jacuzzi) that is completely screened in. No bugs, no errant leaves, no mess. See some examples here.

24 comments:

Steve Buser said...

Nice home, nice landscaping. I suppose though that construction of new homes like this has slowed.


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Rauf said...

i raised my eyebrows so much that they are stuck, please post something to bring my eyebrows back to normal position Isabella.

slinger said...

Great photo and a great looking home. I've always wondered how that type of roof would hold up in a hail storm. The flat roof singles get damaged from large hail stones around here. I don't see any roofs like that either. You do get hail in Florida? Our hail can be sized from pea size to softball size!

Nikon said...

Oh, and I've just moved!

Lavenderlady said...

can you explain "caged" lanai.

Olivier said...

evidement cela me change des grands ensembles à côté de chez moi ;o) superbe maison


cavity that changes me great sets beside at home ;O) superb house

Peter said...

When were these (almost too nice) houses built? How far to the closest bakery, the closest restaurant, the closest pharmacy... As I said yesterday, please tell us also something negative about this. This is just too nice!

ruth said...

Out of curiosity, how much would this house cost?

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting picture. Beautiful house. Nice landscaping. I wonder of the foreclosure rate is as high where you live as it is here. Here is is running 25% above last year. That is a deafening number to reflect on. We saw relatives, yesterday, from Fort Meyers. The wife is in real estate and she said things are "super" slow there. The real estate boom left the area stuck with homes bought at high prices that nobody can sell unless they are discounted, a lot.

Is it the same where you live?

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Bergson said...

I can have the same one ?

Frank said...

So THAT'S a caged lanai? I thought a lanai was some kind of violent animal and you in Naples were confining them in a zoo!
Whew! So what were we talking about?

Nikon said...

A caged lanai is very nice! Don't leave the gate open, Al might sneak in.

Jilly said...

This is a very interesting series, Isabella. I didn't respond yesterday and nearly didn't today but how can I not comment on my soul sister's wonderful blog.

I find it hard to react positively to homes like this. They seem too perfect in perhaps a rather ostentatious way, to have no soul, no character. I'm sure though that once someone buys a house such as this, then slowly they can add character to it, perhaps a more natural garden, a spot of imperfection somewhere! How about an alligator?

Hope you are still speaking to me after this.

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Of course your photos about this new series are really interesting and I was going to comment something funny but just reading what Jilly wrote, I have to admit I totally agree with her.

Lessie said...

You have really educated me about the caged lanai. Never seen one! I like the idea that no animals or children could climb the back fence and get hurt in the water -- but I wonder if the occupants miss the outdoor breeze? And do they need a heated pool in Florida? But very neat-o, must say. :)

Moi said...

too rich for a poor student like moi to even dream about one!!!!

richard said...

Well the trees are nice, but I'm afraid as a building, at least from the outside, that's just gross. It looks like a mausoleum or even a tasteless crematorium. That portico ...
Sorry to be so negative but that's just my opinion - yesterdays looked better. Is taste in indirect proportion to cash?

JAM said...

I had never seen a screened in pool area until we moved to Florida. Coming from Louisiana, I thought it was a wonderful idea. Lovely Wife's parent's in Louisiana had a pool, but many evenings it was unuseable because of mosquitos.

Our home in Palm Bay is pretty normal (3br, 1500 sq ft), nothing like these in size and price, but our small pool and rear patio is screened in and it makes all the difference in the world to have it. I can grill outside and we can swim at any time of the day or night and not worry about mosquitos. They might not be very pretty, but 95% of homes in this area that have pools have the screened enclosure as well.

Nice photos of the front and rear of this one Isabella.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I just realized (after visiting Jilly in Monte Carlo) that Naples is very much like Monte Carlo -- sun, beautiful buildings, greenery, etc.

Jilly said...

Isabella, thankyou for your comment on Monte Carlo DP. Yes I should have more faith! Well, actually I do but I was just trying to wrap it nicely. No matter, wrap on knuckles for me.

And Ming, you are so right about Monte Carlo - sun, beautiful buildings, greenery.

I guess anywhere in the world, where you have such wonders - and money - you'll find ostentation amongst the genuine.

isabella said...

Well, well, well - quite interesting reactions! I cannot imagine the comments I would get if I concentrated on the upper end homes (the estates) ;-)

Ruth - this home is probably around 2.5-3M

Everyone - I promise to address all the issues you raised on a special post, at the end of the home series.

Thanks for visiting...

Sonia said...

This house looks like movie's mansions. What a great idea that "caged lanai". As I hate wasp, mosquitos and another flying insects, would be great if I could afford this one in my garden! (lol)

I am looking forward to see another houses!

Sonia said...

Me again. Love the banner! Great photo!

ruth said...

On our honeymoon, we stayed at a friend's FL home (nothing like this one) with a caged lanai (didn't know the name then!) and I think they said it even blocks out some of the UV rays?