A NEW PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN TALIS PARK is quickly capturing the attention of not just its owners, but of golfers, residents, and passersby who are in awe of its statement-making style by London Bay Homes.
“We constantly get comments from golfers telling us our home is just beautiful from the 18th hole,” says homeowner Mark Gudelski. Guests who come in say it’s one of the finest homes they’ve seen, he adds.
With London Bay Homes and its veteran team, the owners found a partner for every step of their homebuilding journey.
“London Bay Homes Lists. We told them what we wanted, and they never said something was not going to work. The answer was always, ‘Yes, we’ll do it,’” Mr. Gudelski says. “They would explain things, offer suggestions, and were willing to make changes as building progressed.”
Since building its first luxury home in Naples more than 30 years ago, London Bay Homes has garnered more than 450 industry awards for homebuilding excellence. The company’s homes grace the area’s most revered communities and neighborhoods.
“Our refined building process is engaging and customer friendly,” says Mark Wilson, company president and CEO. “Our know-how only comes with decades of experience, listening to and learning from every client.”
mr. Gudelski and his partner, JP Mulholland, discovered London Bay’s sole Talis Park homesite after deciding they needed a large home to accommodate their love of entertaining.
“We previously had a home in Talis Park and were looking for more space and design opportunities in a home,” says Mr. Gudelski.
Building with London Bay Homes, as the couple soon discovered, gave them complete customization from concept to completion by an in-house team of architects, space planners, interior designers at Romanza Interior Design, and attentive supervisors.
“We liked the collaborative approach at London Bay,” Mr. Gudelski says. “They paid more attention than we anticipated. There were so many details we weren’t always tuned into.”
The home is loosely based on another London Bay floor plan. The master suite occupies an entire wing, has a private study and an elegant bathroom with an outdoor shower. The owners expanded the original footprint, separated a VIP guest suite from the main home, and carved out space for an oversized game room. During the planning process, London Bay Homes modeled the expansive outdoor living spaces, simulating in three dimensions the position of the sun throughout the year.
The couple’s fondness for entertaining is realized in the elegant great room that flows into a bar, the kitchen, and dining area — a space that hosts 30 comfortably and effortlessly expands outside to the pool area, covered living area, outdoor kitchen, and a bocce court. Inside, transitions from room to room are defined by rift-sawn oak which provides visual separation and scales down each space to an intimate setting.
mr. Gudelski and Mr. Mulholland agree the London Bay team’s recommendations were always spot-on, like the multiple metal framed double glass doors along the back of the home showcasing wide-open golf course views, a frosted glass backsplash at the bar for additional natural light, and the manufactured wood plank cladding outdoor ceilings that looks like natural wood but tolerates moisture.
“They were always bringing ideas to us,” Mr. Gudelski says.
The clients worked closely with Romanza Interior Design’s Melissa Allen to create a home reflecting their style — “not overly formal but more casual, open and inviting,” Mr. Gudelski says.
ms. Allen spent a lot of time with the owners to determine furnishes, finishes, and selections that would complement their lifestyle. She also suggested they consider a new-to-the-market single bottle chiller to rapidly cool down champagne, wine, and other beverages. Set into the bar countertop, its lighted rim can be set to different colors — another innovative feature to take their entertaining lifestyle to the next level.
Sometimes, London Bay’s innovation and attention to detail is purposely hidden. Air-conditioning vents and electric outlets aren’t visible. Neither is the drainage for two balconies off guestrooms and a loft on the second floor. London Bay’s approach creates a seamless setting to ensure nothing distracts from the beauty and elegance of the home’s personalized custom finishes.
Within its 8,000 square feet, the Gudelski-Mulholland residence impresses from room to room and offers an element of surprise around practically every corner. There’s an expansive game room with a shuffleboard table, a full-size arcade game, card and billiards tables, and woodwork worthy of a proper European library. A bar banquette is complete with transcalent built-in side tables that channel a posh nightclub, the latter influenced by the lobby of London Bay’s Vanderbilt Beach Road office.
During construction, London Bay also provided peace of mind, sending progress photos and reports and outlining expectations for the following week, which was particularly helpful when the owners were out of town.
“The whole process was pretty easy,” Mr. Mulholland says. “The attention to detail is amazing.”
“We’re extremely happy,” adds Mr. Gudelski.