loved Westport, Conn.
It was restful, beautiful and close to New York-an ideal escape from the city on sticky summer days.
And then she
"I was standing on the train platform in the dark at 6:15 a.m. when I realized I had made a mistake," she
"We had this vision of the perfect life," said Ms. Shanahan, the CEO of apparel conglomerate Kellwood Company, describing the tranquil suburban existence she'd imagined: The long morning walks, the serene return in the evenings.
Even the move was a breeze-she and her
husband already owned a house in Westport, which served as a beloved, quasi-bucolic summer escape for the couple and their three children.
It's a more complicated life, observed Halstead broker Deborah DeMaria, who rented out Ms. Shanahan's apartment and herself spent several years living in Charleston, S.C.
"The noise at night was hard at first, but the adjustment happened really fast," said Lynn Shanahan