• Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

Naples real estate deal nets $36 million beachfront mansion

So the home didn’t go for the $58 million that the trust of a former Westinghouse Electric executive originally listed it for seven years ago in Naples.

But this past week’s $36 million purchase of a Port Royal gulf-front mansion still ranks as the priciest in about three years in Southwest Florida, according to Matt Simmons, a principal of real estate appraisal firm Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons.

The 18,172 square feet at 2750 Gordon Drive featured a five-car “collectors” garage, a 500-bottle wine room and a half-dozen bedrooms after a $3.5 million renovation for Robert A. Watson, former president and chief executive officer of units of Westinghouse and TransAmerica.

Built in 1999 and called “La Campana,” the Italian Renaissance-style palace, with its marble floors and fireplace, included a beachside game room, his and hers studies, a two-story rotunda, an elevator and a mahogany bar with green marble top. With 14 full and half baths, you had your choice of multiple bidets and jetted tubs.