The Test of Time
With low ceilings, peeling paint, and creaky floorboards, this timeworn cottage in Darien, Connecticut, would've struck most house hunters as a fixer-upper. But Julie and Tom Murphy, who bought the place last year, describe it as move-in ready: "Old beams and loose doorknobs are high on the list of things we look for," she explains. "The floors are so uneven that if you set a ball down at one end of a room, it'll roll in all kinds of directions. We're definitely drawn to character."
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