Nationally, there is evidence that the overly large, pretentious homes with five or six bedrooms are going out of style. 6 percent of Americans that participated in a survey from Trulia said that they wanted a super-sized home, which is down from 9 percent in 2010.
Despite Trulia’s survey, mansions are still going up in Naples. In the city of Naples alone, 25 single-family permits valued at $1 million or more were issued in 2010. This year the city issued 27 through the end of September. The most active year for starting ultra-high-end homes came in 2008 when the city approved 46 permits for at least $1 million. One of those permits was valued at $10 million for a grand estate that will be one of the largest in Collier County.
According to BCB Homes president-CEO, Joe Smallwood, work has not slowed for them. In the past six years they have completed more than 95 “dream homes” from Marco Island to Sarasota. Some of the unique features that go into BCB’s custom homes are induction cook tops and pizza ovens; roll-down screens and hurricane shutters; whole-house automation systems and elevators, and wine cellars with fingerprint scanners.