The grand 32,000 square (16,772 living space) foot mega mansion being built at 779 Gulf Shore Boulevard North in Naples, FL is almost completed. Owned by industrialist Neil Whitesell, it will be Collier County’s largest home upon completion. he largest homes in the area once completed. The total square footage includes garages, storage, and outdoor living. It is being built on 2 waterfront lots that span 1.56 acres and will boast 6 bedrooms and 7 full and 3 half baths.

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  • Daniel

    Might be the largest but I doubt it will be the nicest. What is with that stone on the first floor? Wayne Huizenga’s former home in Fort Lauderdale used something similar, but his looks much better. Hands-down, the nicest home in Collier County has to be Pietra Mar (3054 Gordon Drive). It is my number 2 favorite home of all time. The article includes links to the the top 10 largest homes, and Pietra Mar is sprinkled throughout. More pictures here:

    http://smitharchitecturalgroup.com/




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    • Scott

      Pietra Mar is undoubtedly exceptional, but it’s also very reminiscent of a scaled down version of La Follia, which I think has to win due to its superior setting…..unless La Follia is #1 on your list…..




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      • Daniel

        It is very similar, and yes, La Follia has a superior location, but if I had to stick JUST to the structure, I think Pietra Mar wins. La Follia is beautiful, but its interiors are much more casual and a little too pastel for my tastes. However, if I visited both I probably would not be able to pick the better one since both are stunning. My number 1 home is La Reverie, a few doors south of La Follia (incidentally it was also designed by Smith). More pics of both here as well as a few other homes designed by Smith (the first 4 homes are all within 1,000 feet of each other).




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      • Daniel

        Whoops. Forgot the link

        http://davisgeneralcontracting.com/

        {Sorry to other HOTR for expressing my obsession with Jeff Smith/La Reverie/Davis General Contracting, etc. so often}




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        • rob

          Yeah, the homes you guys like are in a completely different league than this house.




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  • Grrrowler

    The word “behemoth” seems to the only one that’s apt. In addition to being just too big, it’s not overly attractive. I’m not a fan.




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  • Stewie

    It’s not exactly private is it. This is exactly the kind of place I don’t like – massive but not shielded at all. I mean, if you just walk down that street you can look into the house, the garden, everything. No thanks!
    On another note, Kenny I just saw a house for sale in Hampstead, London. No idea what the sales price it, but I am betting it is over £10 million. It is currently under offer as well.
    Here, check it out:
    http://www.whitestonehouse.co.uk/




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    • rob

      Beautiful little chalet in London. I am guessing way over the 10 million mark with the prices of London real estate these days.




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  • jay

    looks like apartment complex and dont like all the parking spaces right next to the property ….people going to the beach can throw trash over the wall when walking by




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  • Barney

    ABSURD at best, pathetic at worst. The location SUCKS like a BLACK HOLE, and who’s the moron(s) in Florida that include garages, storage and OUTDOOR living space in the technical square footage?! That’s just literally misrepresentation and ridiculous. This pile looks like a LA QUINTA formica SHACK that rents rooms for $29.95 a night…………BARF!




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    • Daniel

      How is it misrepresentation? If a structure includes garages, covered loggias, storage areas, etc., why should that be excluded? And apparently all the multiple listing services and the people that run them are morons, because when you enter the homes square-footage on the MLS, it asks for both total and air-conditioned; the total is the one that automatically gets entered on third-party sites and Realtor.com. Besides, any good Realtor will state the total square-footage and immediately afterward the air-conditioned number. I also personally prefer to know the entire square-footage myself.




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      • Venom

        It is, it is a lie.
        In Michigan, the square footage quoted in the above ground interior living area with the basement if finished quoted separately. This gives a true actual representation of the living area and size of a home.

        People in my state would be elated by this, we could turn a 4,000 sq.ft with a 4 car garage, a 2,000 sq.ft basement, a 1,000 sq.ft deck and 2,000 sq.ft pole barn into a 10,000 sq.ft home.

        You don’t live in your garage, you don’t live in your storage shed, you don’t live on your deck, it has no business being quoted in your square footage.

        Why is your MLS setup that way anyway? Realtor.com’s listings for Michigan seem to have no problem letting you know what the capacity of a garage is, and there are lots of areas to let people know how large and how many decks/patios a home has as well as if there are any storage buildings and how large they are.

        This is not rocket science, how hard can it be to add a few categories into an MLS system to make it more accurate?




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        • Daniel

          Anything under a roof and with a foundation can easily be turned into a living area. Garages are frequently turned into bedrooms/home theaters, patios and covered loggias are frequently enclosed into “Florida rooms”, etc. Like I said, our MLS distinguishes between air-conditioned and non air-conditioned areas, but it just lists the total on other sites. That number isn’t a lie, it isn’t pulled out of nowhere. You are charged per square foot to build a home, and that is square footage. I don’t see the problem you mention with including the garage, basement, etc and it becoming a 10,000 sq foot home. It would be in our state, and rightfully so.




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  • Ted

    Now does anyone know who’s house this is??? (-;




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