After getting married, Francesco and Meri Leigh Daniele bought their first home in the Saugatuck area of Westport, choosing to move out of New York City before having children, despite their friends’ dismay. Following the move, they were happy living a suburban life while commuting to finance jobs in Manhattan, and planned to stay at their new abode for a long time. But five years and two little ones later, and amid a COVID-19 lockdown, they craved more space.
“The house fit our needs at the time,” Francesco says. “And then my mom, who lives in Italy, came to visit us for our son’s birthday and got stuck here until the summer because the borders were closed. Here’s when we realized that we needed a home office, more bedrooms and extra space for the kids. We weren’t actively looking, but we drove through Southport and loved the town’s historic feel. It felt like a place lost in time.”