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August 2006


FEATURE

The Family Next Door
By Ann Sample
Photographs by Laura Moss

A COUPLE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN DIVIDE THEIR TIME AND THEIR FAMILY AMONG THREE HOMES IN WESTPORT

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It's hard to imagine that an idyllic place like Compo Mill Cove exists five minutes from Route 1, but it does. Founded in 1903 as a summer community, it's a small strip of land positioned between the expansive marshland of Mill Pond and Long Island Sound's Compo Cove. The 18 houses on it are accessed by a footbridge, further removing the small community from the bustle of Fairfield County.

One family, who are longtime Westport residents, recently bought their first and second vacation homes at Compo Mill Cove. Once the summer hits, they move to the beach, which is just 10 minutes away. They are part of a growing group of people who have decided to buy their vacation houses close to home to avoid long travel times, packing and unpacking, the disruption of social lives and the uprooting of kids.

"We had been thinking about a vacation home for years," Casey says. "We looked at many areas but a friend introduced me to this area during a jog. I liked the idea of having a second home on the beach but still in our town."

Casey, a musician and songwriter, and her husband, Chuck, who works in Westport, bought the first vacation home for their family of five on Compo Mill Cove in April 2004.

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