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London Bay Homes team honored with 18 Sand Dollar Awards

by Kathy Gulvas

London Bay Homes and its partners recently received 18 Sand Dollar Awards during the annual gala presented by the Collier Building Industry Association’s Sales and Marketing Council.

The Sand Dollar Awards are the highest accolades given by the CBIA, honoring the best in building, design and more.

Three single-family model homes in Port Royal, Old Naples and Mediterra earned a combined 13 awards for product and interior design.

The recently completed custom, single-family estate at 4395 Gordon Drive by London Bay received top honors for Product Design of the Year in the $5,500,001+ category as well as top honors for Best Master Suite ($200,001-$250,000), Best Kitchen Design (over $250,000), and Best Outdoor Living Area (over $50,000). Romanza Interior Design, a London Bay Homes affiliate, was also recognized with an Interior Design of the Year Award for their creation of the home’s interior design, as well as two Trade Partner awards for their contribution to the home’s kitchen and master suite.

Boasting 4,667 square feet of living space and four en suite bedrooms within two stories, the home features West Indies-Coastal architecture and interior design that pushes luxury living to new levels.

Thoughtfully designed with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, the custom estate in Port Royal is oriented to views of Cutlass Cove toward the southernmost point of scenic Gordon Drive.

An open great room plan showcases views of the cove and beautiful greens of mangroves on Keewaydin Island. The home’s sophisticated design blends honed stone and wood plank flooring, accent panels of exotic woods like sapele, anigre and walnut, and distinctive reglet details on walls and door frames to create a uniquely contemporary style that unifies the foyer, great room, wine cellar and study.

The large covered living area offers an outdoor kitchen and two grills, including a circular EVO flattop built into the large freestanding island bar. State-of-the-art technology includes two 48-inch TVs, and hidden audio and video equipment.

A private dock – perfect for a 29-foot boat – provides Gulf access through Gordon Pass.

Nearby, the Watlington model located at 41 5th Street South in Old Naples, received top honors for Product Design of the Year in the $4,500,001-$5,000,000 category, as well as top honors for Best Kitchen ($150,001-$200,000). The home was furnished by Romanza Interior Design, whom received an Interior Design of the Year Award for the home’s interiors, as well as a Trade Partner Award for their contribution to the home’s kitchen.

As part of the market’s desire for connectivity among living spaces, the clean lines of the Watlington’s kitchen blends seamlessly with the adjoining great room. Its open and efficient design makes staging large dinner parties a breeze, while a conveniently located butler’s pantry provides ample space for stocking essentials for impromptu gatherings. A large island features a cantilevered countertop and storage, and offers an additional sink and casual seating. Color and accessories are kept to a minimum for a streamlined, clean look.

Within the home, Jennifer Stevens of Romanza played up the numerous entertaining destinations by incorporating backlit beams and the glimmer of metallic and reflective surfaces, as well as ample upholstered furniture and casegoods for comfortable seating for entertaining and conversation.

The Watlington offers four bedrooms, a study and a second-floor bonus room within 4,182 square feet of living space.

With its distinctively modern yet classic architectural design, the single-family Sonoma in Mediterra received the Product Design of the Year Award in the $3,000,001-$3,250,000 category and an Interior Design of the Year Award for its furnishings and finishes by Romanza Interior Design.

The 4,421-square-foot under air home features a great room plan with an adjoining gourmet-inspired kitchen and dining room that seamlessly affords interaction among its spaces. The home also emphasizes a connection to the outdoors and showcases long-range preserve views over the lake situated behind it.

The home’s thoughtful design overlooks no detail. The great room opens to a covered terrace, as well as an outdoor living, dining and kitchen area. A bonus room with zero-corner pocketing sliding glass doors also opens to the outdoor spaces to maximize views.

London Bay Homes’ Director of Marketing, Win Peniston, was also recognized as Marketing Director of the Year for his innovative branding strategies, which contributed to the company’s top year-to-date sales.

Peniston also led the marketing strategy for London Bay’s well-established Mediterra community, which included a complete refresh of the branding and messaging. The “I Choose Mediterra” campaign resulted in top Sand Dollar awards for Best Newspaper Ad, Best TV Commercial, Best Video Presentation and Best Overall Campaign.

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