PGI Homes

Cape’s bou­tique builder sees bright fu­ture, wa­ter­front seals the deal

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Even crazy rains can’t dampen Cape Coral’s com­pet­i­tive lux­ury mar­ket. And be­cause of the Cape’s canals/wa­ter­fronts that lead to the Gulf, higher-end prop­er­ties in these se­lect sites right now are gold. Bou­tique builders such as PGI Homes have cho­sen the Cape be­cause of these re­sources. The city is also grow­ing, says PGI’s An­thony Farhat, CEO of the fam­ily firm go­ing back to the

1950s. PGI (Punta Gorda Isles) Homes has been is­sued 140 cer­tifi­cates of oc­cu­pancy on su­per-lux­ury homes since 2007, with sev­eral model cen­ters from Sara­sota through Lee County, in­clud­ing Cape Coral, where homes on the owner’s lot can start at about $500,000; PGI Homes has six $1 mil­lion­plus homes built or sched­uled in the Cape this year. Farhat says lux­ury buy­ers have drifted from Mediter­ranean-style de­signs, are in­stead go­ing for mod­ernist/min­i­mal­ism ar­chi­tec­ture, abun­dant lanai/pool spa­ces, cen­tral­ized liv­ing, more el­e­gant lines. “There’s a huge shift to lighter, more airy de­signs,” he says. pgi­

Min­i­mal­ism is about clean lines, plenty of light and a hand­ful of other el­e­ments that of­fer a sim­ple and un­clut­tered look, yet is strik­ing when in­te­grated.

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