NAPLES, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2016) – Naples Reserve’s Key West-inspired Outrigger Welcome Center and two of its custom single-family model homes received a combined five Sand Dollar Awards, recognizing them among the best in Naples and Collier County.

Presented annually by the Collier Building Industry Association’s Sales and Marketing Council, the coveted awards honor the area’s top builders, architects, interior designers and communities.

EECON Construction Services of Naples, Marvin Development and KTS Homes were named Sand Dollar Award winners during the sold-out Sept. 24 ceremony. Naples Reserve’s sales center and model homes embrace the community’s emphasis on Southern Coastal architecture, ideal for its water-centric lifestyle.

The Outrigger Welcome Center, evocative of iconic Key West architecture with its metal roofs, a widow’s walk and palette of turquoise, beige and white, received the Sand Dollar Award for best sales center. Built by EECON Construction Services of Naples and conceived by community developer iStar, the building features a wraparound porch with sweeping views of the 125-acre Eagle Lake. The sales center introduces visitors to community amenities, lifestyle and homes, and also caters to resident paddlers, offering floating docks and a kayak launch.

Marvin Development Corporation won the top Sand Dollar Award in the single-family home category priced from $1,250,001 to $1.5 million. The Product Design of the Year Award was earned for Marvin’s Captiva model, a three-bedroom, three-bath, 3,166-square-foot luxury home. The home includes a great room with 15-foot cathedral ceilings and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that span 10 feet high by 24 feet wide, a large dining room with mitered glass and a wine bar, and an open kitchen complete with a wall-to-wall pantry.

The master suite features a sitting room and a bathroom with a central tub, nestled in a round accent wall, and a walk-around shower. Also included in the Coastal-style home are a den with walk-in closet, three-car garage and a full pool bath.

The plan was designed for Florida’s unique indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The outdoor living area is visible and accessible from all main areas of the home and includes a large summer kitchen, a coral stone-faced fireplace, wood-covered ceilings, a large gathering area, and heated pool and spa.

KTS Homes received three Sand Dollar Awards for the Newport, a three-bedroom custom model, also in Parrot Cay. The 3,030-square-foot Newport was recognized for best kitchen design in the $50,001 to $100,000 category, and master suite and specialty feature – both in the over $100,000 category.

The kitchen functions as the heart of the home, incorporating a dining area and flowing into the adjoining great room. Zero-corner sliding glass doors open the kitchen to outdoor spaces. The room also features contrasting cabinetry finishes and countertop surfaces, state-of-the-art appliances and naturally aged wood inserts in the stone floor that echo the ceiling design.

The Newport’s master suite features zero-corner sliding glass doors in its sitting area, a tub for two and a large walk-in closet with direct access to the laundry room.

The ability to change the intensity and color of the LED lighting in the great room ceiling received the Sand Dollar Award for best specialty feature. The dramatic ceiling has channel-like trays and beams that appear to float with the linear elements repeated as wood inserts in the stone floor.

The Newport also offers a study, three-car garage, two full baths, two half-baths and an infinity-edge pool and wood deck.

The model was previously recognized as the best single-family home in Florida, claiming the Grand Aurora Award from the Southeast Building Conference for a home in the 3,000 to 3,499 square feet category. Its kitchen received an Aurora Award in the multistate contest.

Naples Reserve was created by iStar, which was named 2015 Developer of the Year by Builder and Developer magazine for its commitment to creating exceptional communities and lifestyles with an emphasis on energy efficiency.

Created amongst 22 lakes and sweeping open water views, the community emphasizes lakefront living with Southern Coastal-inspired homes and amenities along the water’s edge. Lakes provide prime opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding and scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.

Planned lakefront amenities at Naples Reserve include the nearly completed Island Club, which will offer resort-inspired amenities, including two pools, beach volleyball and bocce ball courts, a 5,160-square-foot community center and a separate 3,500-square-foot fitness club. Residents will also enjoy a lakefront tennis and pickleball complex. The Island Club is scheduled to open in November 2016.

A meandering linear park will offer opportunities for biking, hiking and jogging. Navigating a loop road circling Naples Reserve, the park is designed to engage residents with their natural environment and provide an alternative mode of transportation throughout the community.

Naples Reserve residents receive complimentary one-year social memberships at Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, a yacht club along the Gordon River offering a marina, indoor storage for 600 boats, two waterside restaurants, outdoor pool and sauna, and access to Naples Bay.

Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101.

About iStar Land & Development:
iStar Land & Development creates unique communities, considering the best use of the land and what residents and neighbors want. iStar has financed and invested in over $10 billion of residential projects since 1993, making it one of the largest investors in luxury condominium, multifamily and master-planned residential developments in the U.S. Its portfolio has included interests in over 18,000 condominium units in the nation’s top markets, and 65,000 acres in master-planned communities with the potential for an estimated 50,000 single-family and multifamily units. Offering a fully integrated platform, the team includes best-in-class developers, architects, builders, marketers and community liaisons.

iStar (NYSE: STAR) finances, invests in and develops unique properties as a multi-strategy investment REIT—bringing new ways of thinking to real estate ventures in the pursuit of strong risk adjusted returns. Fully integrated across all disciplines, in-house expertise includes loan origination, loan servicing, asset management, architecture and construction, sourcing capital and legal. iStar’s balanced portfolio is well diversified by property type, asset type, geography and obligor, with a focus on larger assets located in major metropolitan markets.

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