I joined a summer share in Montauk in 2000 in the hopes of making new friends and escaping the stress of my job in advertising sales. What I didn’t count on was falling in love with the East End.
For the next 8 years my newly made friends and I spent summers hitting our favorite places- The Shagwong, The Montauket, Cyril’s and Memory Motel. We took long bike rides through Hither Hills and out to the Montauk Lighthouse, stayed in the sun too long on Ditch Plains beach and stayed out too late at Liar’s Saloon. It was such a departure from the city- the fresh air, the unspoiled beauty, the incredible beaches and gorgeous sunsets. My favorite place on the planet is still the space between a bonfire and the Atlantic Ocean. With every summer my friendships deepened and I grew to love the Hamptons more.
In 2008 I decided it was time to begin looking for a place of my own. As much as I had loved Montauk, “The End” and its laid-back vibe was changing. I also wanted a shorter commute from the city which is how I wound up in Southampton.
The house was far from move in ready when I bought it. Built in the seventies, it was dated and needed a major renovation but the “bones” and location were fantastic. Since I’d never taken on a remodeling project of this size, it became a labor of love and I’ve continued to upgrade it every year since. When I left the city in 2016, it became my primary residence.
I’m not sure what is next for me outside of improving my photography skills (all non-real estate photos on site are my own), lowering my golf handicap and more travel. But one thing I am 100% sure of is that, for now, Southampton is definitely home.