After the marriage, Francesco and Mary Lee Daniele bought their first home in the Sogatoque area of Westport, and chose to move out of New York City before having children, despite their friends’ dismay. After the move, they were happy to live a suburban life while commuting to fund jobs in Manhattan, and planned to stay in their new home for a long time. But after five and two young years, and amid the COVID-19 lockdown, they have been longing for more space.
“The house met our needs at the time,” says Francesco. Then my mom, who lives in Italy, came to visit us for our son’s birthday and was stuck here until the summer because the borders were closed. Here’s when we realized we needed a home office, more bedrooms and extra space for the kids. We weren’t actively looking, but we did travel through Southport and loved the historical feel of the city. It felt like a place lost in time.”