Home radiates old florida charm

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Tucked behind towering oak trees a classic Old Florida home is a contrast to most modern houses in the area. Wraparound porches lead to the garden, pool and koi pond. The inside is very different from the common open floor plan and great room look. Instead this home has a formal living room with a gas fireplace, a formal dining room and lots of little rooms for cozy conversations.

“If you are looking for something unique, this is it,” said Heather Hobrock, a sales associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “Some of this new construction is a little bit too cookie cutter for me. This is different from what you are seeing.”

Nick Shepherd purchased a small ranch house on the property in 1999.

“I lived in the original house,” Shepherd described. “It was a small house – a single story house from the 1950s.”

Then Shepherd tore the little house down and built the two story Old Florida home that he moved into in 2001.

“The Old Florida look was in keeping with what was here in a more modern version,” Shepherd said. “I designed and built this.”

The five bedrooms in the house are all suites. There are also two half bathrooms in the 5,300 square foot home at 175 16th Ave. South.

Shepherd said he chose to buy the old home and tear it down, because he wanted the property for his new house.

The bedrooms are all suites in this house in Old Naples. (Photo: Andrea Stetson/Special to The News-Press)

“I think I chose it for where it is,” he explained. “That’s what I liked when I bought it. I wanted something that was close enough to the beach, but not on the beach,. On the beach there is a lot of noise and a lot of traffic.”

The home is on the west side of Gordon Drive, so he doesn’t have to cross the street to get to the beach, he just has to walk a few houses down to get to the sand and surf. Shepherd said he also likes being able to walk to 3rd Ave South for shopping and restaurants.

Hobrock said the best thing about the home is the location.

“You are on the west side of Gordon so you have the most prestigious address, and you are west of it so you don’t have to cross to go to the beach and the walkability to go to the beach or shopping or to go to dinner. I think the great thing about that house is it can go in many different directions.”

The Old Florida home also became a great place for Shepherd to raise his three girls, Olivia, 13, and twins Sophia and Rachel, 10.

“This is a family house” said Denise Tozzi, Holbrocks, assistant at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Last year Shepherd added a huge loft living room for the girls to have their own space to socialize and hang out.

“There is enough space, but they are not all there on top of you,” Shepherd said. “I designed it that way.”

The house also has a spiral staircase that leads to a widow walk.

“I wanted a place to see the water,” Shepherd said about the widows walk. “You can see the water from there.”

The girls say it’s been a great house to grow up in.

An old fashioned sink gives a traditional touch to one of the bathrooms in this Old Naples home. (Photo: Andrea Stetson/Special to The News-Press)

“I like how the beach is close and 3rd Avenue is close,” Olivia said. “We can walk to dinner.”

“I like it because we grew up here,” Rachel added.

But now the family is ready for a change and is ready to move.

“It’s been a nice house,” Shepherd said. “It’s been a great entertaining house.”

The family plans to stay in Naples and Shepherd wants to design and build another home. Their house is now for sale for $3.575 million.