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works in finance, comes down to LBI on weekends.) Along came twins Brandon and Nathan,
now 12, and Megan, 10. And, while the Sooses
continued to pack up their Chatham house and
migrate to LBI each summer, the couple knew it
was time to find their own place.
But Eric and Carol wanted more than a place
for their family; they wanted a place that would
accommodate plenty of guests. Eric’s mom pro-
vided the inspiration. “She was always so welcom-
ing with having us to her home,” says Carol. “I was
taken care of for so many years. It was my turn.”
The couple grabbed the lot in Loveladies—along
with its challenges. “It’s long and thin and really
With a list of priorities—hosting extended family at the
top—a Chatham couple plans the perfect summer getaway
in Loveladies. By Lauren Payne I Photographs by LAURA MOSS
arol and Eric Soos had been looking for property
on Long Beach Island for years when they discov-
ered the oddly shaped, overgrown lot on the bay
side of Loveladies that they would soon call their
own. “It was all bushes and weeds,” says Carol.
“We couldn’t even see the lagoon.”
Other than the weeds, it was an empty property.
The previous owner had torn the house down
post-Sandy. That gave the Sooses a blank slate to
design their own home. The result is breathtaking.
Eric had grown up summering on LBI. After he
and Carol married, they continued the tradition of
spending summers there, always staying at Eric’s
mother’s home in Barnegat Light. (Eric, who