Twenty-nine years in the past, Pat and Invoice Bayne purchased a seaside cottage within the Black Level Seashore Affiliation in Niantic. Constructed within the Fifties, the modest two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,600-square-foot retreat wanted some work, however they mounted it up “sufficient,” having fun with the seaside each summer season with their neighbors — younger households like themselves with 30 youngsters between them. With adults and youngsters alike making lasting friendships, the Baynes determined to retire right here, promoting their main residence in Burlington in northern Connecticut, and making the transfer to the shore. Right here, they knew all people would wish to come again time and again.
“The idyllic neighborhood was a throwback to the childhoods that we had remembered,” says Pat Bayne, noting that each she and her husband grew up spending summers at their grandparents’ seaside cottages in Outdated Lyme and Waterford. “Children got here and went, and everybody all the time had an ear open, whether or not it was in your child or another person’s. Yearly, how far they may experience their bikes modified, and curfew instances obtained pushed again later and later. They developed lifelong friendships and so did we.”