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A Community Rises Among the Dunes, Evoking Old Nantucket With Modern Touches

By Michael McCarthy | October 30, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

Each home has an open floor plan with spacious kitchens.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing in marketing. These days, though, all of that wistfulness must be matched with authenticity and modernity. After all, we love the past as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the conveniences of home. The five gents behind Nantucket’s latest development clearly understand this. So, when creating Cannonbury Lane—36 home sites adjacent to 200 preserved acres on Nantucket—they made sure to mix the dreams of our past (a beach bike with the purchase of a home, for example) with an aesthetic sensibility that rivals the latest Seaport loft (New York’s award-winning Workshop/APD was tapped for home design).

So, the beach bike. It’s about “getting back to that simple summer you remember as a kid,” says Terry Sanford, who, along with Brian Barnett, Jason Brown, Brad Guidi and Tyler Hardy, is one of the principals at Blue Flag Partners, Cannonbury Lane’s developer. “Physical activity, being outdoors and that slower pace of life are all things that we’re trying to encourage.”

New York’s Workshop/APD designed the homes at Cannonbury Lane, featuring bright contemporary interiors.

This mindset sets the stage for the entire development. Sanford explains Blue Flag purchased Cannonbury Lane 35 years after it was originally planned. “It had basically been forgotten and was being retained as a land investment by a family from New Jersey,” he says. The subdivision had remained mostly untouched for decades, and Blue Flag saw an opportunity to offer a taste of old Nantucket. Sanford says they saw a neighborhood that was “tucked out of the way, surrounded by conservation land and coastal dunes and was only a stone’s throw from Sconset Village, which was a little stuck in time in its own way.”

Quiet is the watchword for Cannonbury Lane, owing largely to the natural features of the coastal dune along Low Beach Road. The land surrounding the neighborhood is also protected by the Conservation Foundation, Land Bank and Sconset Trust. “Each lot offers the peace and quiet that typically requires a multiacre estate to achieve,” says Sanford. When it comes to the design of the homes, Sanford says he admires their slightly smaller scale. “They’re incredibly well designed, which allowed us to be much moreefficient with every square foot. Workshop/APD understands the history of Nantucket and Sconset, so they knew how to honor the deep architectural roots that provide familiarity while still bringing things forward to deliver a modern interpretation that doesn’t feel out of place.”

The two-story homes offer an homage to old Nantucket architectural design.

Another salute to old Nantucket is a community building known as The Shed. It features two sides: one with a gym and yoga deck, the other with a potting room where owners can pot native irises, hibiscus and herbs plucked from the community cutting garden. “We wanted to bring to life the story we’re telling with the garden by the sea,” says Sanford. Lots from $895,000, completed homes from $2.795 million,

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Photography by: Matt Kisiday