Compo Beach is a true “neighborhood.” Many homes on Soundview and its side streets have been in the same family for decades.
One of the those old, familiar houses was 8 Danbury Avenue. Teri Klein grew up in the magical cottage — and so did her children and grandchildren. They held weddings and parties there, ran on the beach, and admired the spectacular views.
8 Danbury Avenue.
Unfortunately, the house sat level with the ground. Hurricane Sandy damaged it beyond repair.
Today it was demolished.
(Photos by Betsy Phillips)
But this is not a typical Westport tear-down-a-small-old-house-and-throw-up-a-huge-new-one story.
Two couples living nearby — Dan Kahn and Betsy Phillips, and Peter Wormser and Liz Milwe — bought the house from Teri. Peter — a very talented architect and artist — incorporated much of the quaint and magical details of the old home into a new design.
The next 8 Danbury Avenue house will be built on a higher foundation than the previous one — new FEMA and local regulations have made sure of that. But there will still be a rocking-chair front porch, a similar look, the same Low Country southern charm.
The new home will be something increasingly rare in Westport: a new but familiar house.
“06880” reader Betsy Phillips recently lost her engagement ring. She thinks it was someplace near Compo Beach or Elvira’s.
She knows that in light of recent posts — missing photographers in Libya, deadly disasters in Japan, pedestrians being killed in Westport — this might seem “kind of silly.”
This is not Betsy Phillips' engagement ring. It's gold, however, and I found it using Google images.
But, Betsy adds, “06880” attracts “wonderful, impassioned readers.” She believes in karma, doing good deeds, and the power of positive thinking. And of course the value of an engagement ring — measured in sentiment far more than dollars — is substantial.
The ring is gold, with a gray-greenish center stone diamond. If you find it — or know someone who did — please contact Betsy directly: email@example.com.
And let “06880” know too, so we can pass on at least a bit of good news in these difficult days.
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