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An “anchor” living on the sea

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A classic Victorian built in 1882 sits in a picturesque cove on the Long Island Sound. This is where Audrey and Andy Foley have made their home. Sitting with this laid back duo, Andy hands me a black and white photo from a coveted album. “You can picture people having fun, hanging on the front lawn, taking in the glorious view.”

Community and love of family is what truly drew me back to my dear friend Audrey Foley. She had made a life with another local young gun, Andy Foley, and had started to make a beautiful life for themselves tucked in a little nook of Branford. Little did I know how in love I would be with not only their family, but the area they consider home.

“It’s what people have been doing at this house for hundreds of years and we plan to carry on that tradition!” quips Audrey. Years of living in Connecticut, throughout different stages of their lives, Audrey and Andy made their house a forever home. With their blood, sweat, and tears the paint changed and floors polished anew with a life that had yet to be felt. Adding two adorable children, Johnny and Piper, it is truly a place full of love, laughter, and family.

Strolling up the path, with my two year old in tow, a serene setting of the Long Island, Audrey and I found excitement. The excitement not only in seeing a dear friend from 10+ years ago, but also experiencing and reconnecting with this wonderful life she had made for herself.

This section in Branford, known as Indian Neck, is one that has truly been untouched. It is not talked about enough. It’s coastal Connecticut.

You hear of Stony Creek, Fenwick, Greenwich, Cos Cob. Did you know Indian Neck is equilly charming and booming? I had not heard much about the area, perhaps it’s better kept as a secret. Instantly I fell in love. Stepping back in time when my grandparents had ruled the beach days along the Connecticut shoreline.

Rich in history and the true love for the shoreline, folks came here from all over to unwind. They still do. It’s one of the places you can park your car and literally leave it for the week and never have to truly get back in (until your fun ends). The community is so accessible; it draws you to walk the streets between these shoreline homes. It begs you to visit the eateries, fish houses, and local watering holes. The Stand, Stony Creek Brewery and Bud’s seafood, to name a few.

As life knocks at their door, what truly sets The Foley’s apart is their sincere gratitude and love they have for their community. Audrey put it perfectly,  “Every morning I wake up. We take our coffee outside while the kids run across the lawn full of energy, and we look at each other like. ‘Yea, this is awesome.’ Every minute.” says Audrey.

You can catch Audrey weekdays on FOX 61 News at 5pm 10pm and 11pm.

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