Malaysia Tatler Homes - - PROPERTY FINDER -

For­mer US vice-pres­i­dent Joe Biden has taken time out to re­lax on this pri­vate is­land owned by his brother, James Biden Jr, and his sis­ter-in­law, Sara. Now up for sale be­cause the own­ers want a place closer to their pri­mary res­i­dence fur­ther north, Kee­way­din Is­land is a two-hectare trop­i­cal re­treat perched just off the main­land and only about 10 kilo­me­tres from down­town Naples. Across the wa­ter on the main­land is 80 hectares of na­ture re­serve. In keep­ing with its rus­tic sur­round­ings, the ren­o­vated five-bed­room main res­i­dence is built on stilts; it fea­tures slate floors, wood pan­elling, vaulted ceil­ings, and plenty of win­dows with views of the sea and the is­land’s green­ery. Within its 4,000sqft of in­te­ri­ors is a ‘crow’s nest’ master suite, with a raised bed that has 360-de­gree views of the is­land and be­yond. En­ter­tain­ing spa­ces on the is­land in­clude a water­side bar and beach­side pa­tio. Liv­ing on this is­land won’t mean you have to en­dure a Robin­son Cru­soe-style ex­is­tence, though, be­cause Kee­way­din is pow­ered by so­lar en­ergy, while its clas­sic Florida-style roof is coated with Nasa-de­vel­oped paint to keep the tem­per­a­ture down. It also has its own well and de­sali­na­tion plant. High-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion via satel­lite al­lows con­stant mon­i­tor­ing of na­ture and other vis­i­tors – as well as ac­cess to the Sonos hi-fi sound sys­tem and HDTV.


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