The team behind the design of the innovative Hunters Point Pearl Homes & Marinahad some unique challenges: They wanted to meet rigorous environmental standards and create a net-positive energy, cutting-edge community.

On top of that, they planned to appeal to a wide demographic and make a relatively small living area feel open and flowing, without sacrificing amenities. It may seem like an impossible feat to combine all of those aims.

One look at the cozy, yet open and sleek design of the Pearl homes that make up the community and it’s clear the team, developer Marshall Gobuty, design director Meg Carson and director of marketing Monique Viehman, succeeded — and more.

“It’s a very modern design with a coastal twist,” said Viehman. “We really looked outside of the box — there’s nothing we could really compare it to.”

It’s difficult for Viehman to pick out her favorite feature of the homes, but she was able to narrow down a list of the five most impactful aspects of a Pearl Home at Hunters Point design.

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Three Levels Provide Utility and Style

Hunters Point homes are built over a “Florida basement” — a two-car garage that will include options for a pool or elevator — with a third-story skydeck above the main living area.

“It’s going to be beautiful view from there,” said Viehman.

Specifically, though, Viehman notes the importance of the high-end, tempered glass railing lining the stairs to the third story. They provide safety without interfering with the design of the house, she said.

Hidden Features Make the Most of Every Square Inch

With 600-square-feet of under-air living space, every inch counts.

Residents will find a fold-out bed in the office that easily turns the space into a guest room. In the kitchen, what looks like a drawer pulls out to create additional counter space — more room to prepare local catch-of-the-day.

The table under the TV in the living room folds out into a full-sized dining table, and the end tables surrounding the sofa can be used as dining chairs.

“We tried to utilize every single square inch in that house to create usable space without making it look crowded,” Viehman said.

Smart Technology Enhances Modern Interior

A Hunters Point resident will have control of nearly every aspect of their new home at their fingertips.

From a doorbell to the thermostat, Google Assistant is linked up to Nest smart home products that allow the homeowner to control the air conditioning, lighting, cameras, television and music.

High-End Materials and Appliances for Sustainability and Luxury Style

In order to qualify as a LEED Platinum home, the design team had to work with the highest quality materials. But, they also did so with inspiration from luxury, international resorts, Viehman said.

LED fixtures light the interior and exterior, and luxury, modern chandeliers hang in the living room, master bedroom and guest bedroom. Though the team behind Hunters Point hasn’t announced all of the brands that will be featured in each home, GE appliances and Toto toilets are the first to be confirmed.

Steel, block, carbon fiber and wood serve as the main materials for a Pearl home. And bronze aluminum and garapa wood highlight the porch area. The goal was to retain a modern touch, but emanate a warm coziness, Viehman said.

A Striking Balance Between Indoor and Outdoor Space

The patio area behind the house has enough space to use for a daily workout.

In fact, the first thing one will notice about a Pearl home is the perfect balance between indoor and outdoor space. That’s the point — to truly integrate residents in the gorgeous natural environment that is the Cortez area.

“After all we are in Florida, and we wanted people to truly be able to enjoy the Florida outdoor lifestyle to its fullest,” Viehman said.

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