Come for the Lighthouse, stay for the real estateâ€¦.That could well be said of Montauk, Long Island, until recently the poor relation to the South Forkâ€™s Hamptons. Beyond toney East Hampton, the easternmost Hampton town, lies down-to-earth Montauk, literally â€œThe Endâ€. Next stop, Europe! The Montauk lighthouse has been drawing daytrippers since the 1950s. Soon other tourist attractions lined the route of the pilgrimage. These include a campground and the Lobster Roll restaurant
, whose unpretentious exterior belies its trendy clientele. Trailrides, too are possible at the Deep Hollow Ranch
. Gosmanâ€™s Dock
has long been a destination for fresh seafood lovers; its dÃ©cor like its food, is simple.
The town of Montauk has become more tourist conscious in recent years as families, couples and corporate meetings are held at the world-famous Gurneyâ€™s Inn
. McMansion houses have sprung up as wellâ€¦.but reasonable coops can be had at the Montauk Manor
, a Tudor monolith from the1920s that finally found its future as reasonably-priced housing in the 1990s.
Montauk is a family area. Real estate sales include vacation and year â€™round housing. There are few, if any, group houses here for young Manhattan singles. And prices for starter and downsizer homes are considerably more reasonable here, than a few miles west in the Hamptons. If you are interested in owning a piece of the American Dream in Montauk, LI, NY, there are independent, boutique, and national chain real estate brokerages to assist you. Increasingly popular now that real estate sales are experiencing a â€œsellers marketâ€ (where demand outstrips the supply of available homes for sale) is the buyer agent, who will advocate for their clients to help them find the right home for their family and budget.