RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

OCT 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE October 2018 109 A true labor of love, Bob and Laura Keane's Nantucket getaway blends easily into its natural island setting. F or Bob and Laura Keane, it's all about family; cookouts on the beach with happy kids splashing in the surf, the annual family tennis tournament and generations of extended family simply spending time together. It's why the Connecticut-based Keanes have vacationed in Nan- tucket, the popular island south of Cape Cod, Mass., for nearly 20 summers, and it's the rock-solid reason they made the decision to build their dream home there now. "We fell in love with Nantucket from the first moment we saw it in 1992," says Laura. "We vacationed there every summer for years, and our kids—Maxx, Chelsea and Sam—were still living at home when we had the opportunity to buy our first vacation home there back in 2009." The kids grew up on the island's beaches and still work in its lively tourist trade. For years, their five- bedroom, mid-island summer home seemed like second-to-heaven. But with the three Keane children and their large circle of friends, plus Lau - ra's nine siblings and their families, and a close-knit clan of extended family who have open invitations to join them, the Nantucket getaway was soon creating memories for more people than it could comfort- ably hold. "Then, two years ago, we found a two-acre lot that seemed to have our name on it," Bob explains. "It's on a private road, fairly secluded, about a mile from the ocean, and it seemed like the ideal spot to build the dream home we wanted—our legacy for the generations to come." Keane, a reinsurance broker, and his wife Laura envisioned multi- functional open living spaces and an oversized eat-in kitchen, with a

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