Montauk, Long Island, is referred to as â€œThe Endâ€. At the very tip of the south fork, the town of Montauk precedes the campground and Montauk lighthouse that truly signify the end of Long Island. The population of Montauk is under 5,000 residents but that number swells on weekends and during the summer season as tourists, mainly daytrippers, flock to the area. The area is primarily reached by car and bus. The Long Island Rail Road
lines extend to Montauk with trains to Penn Station daily and on weekends. There is lodging in small motels some dating from the 1950s, but no major chains. Two luxury resorts, Montauk Manor
and the well-known Gurneyâ€™s Inn
attract weekenders, vacationers and corporate conventions with their comfortable rooms and luxurious amenities. There really is a small town of Montauk, which now sports boutiques and gift shoppes, but only in recent decades has the ancillary stores moved in next to the bait and tackle and boat rental businesses. If you are looking to rent or buy here, stop in one of the Real Estate agencies on this strip. On the Sound side, diners will find Gosmanâ€™s Dock
, renowned for its fresh seafood, simply prepared. In the same area are several other restaurants all serving what one would expect a restaurant in a town that juts into the ocean to offer- seafood.
These are the attractions of Montauk, a town located just beyond the Hamptons, but a world away from their sophistication and toney attitude. Families have been here for generations, most still make a living off the water. Others work in the resort trade, still others commute to points west. If you are looking for a simpler way of life and love the ocean, well, bad news, you have missed the boat on affordable real estate in this area. Home prices are pricey, almost as high as in the Hamptons- to $50,000,000. Remember, there are more waterviews on a peninsula! There may be some undiscovered gems nearby, however- Montauk Manor has 1 bedroom condos from $250,000. Contact a local realtor and good luck!