Napeague, in the Hamptons, is a long, narrow stretch of dunes between Amagansett to the west and Montauk to the east, with Gardiners Bay to the north and the Atlantic to the south. Most of the area, whose name derives from the Montaukett word for “overflowed by the sea,” is protected parkland, but there are small pockets of homes. Napeague’s beachy tranquility — few houses, few people, easy ocean access — is probably why Stella McCartney purchased a bayfront cottage in the area some years ago. (Her father, Sir Paul, has a big spread nearby, in Amagansett.)
Back in 2011, an oceanfront contemporary near Napeague’s east end, built in 1975, was acquired for just $730,000 by entrepreneurs Dan and Julie Resnick, who split their time between Malibu and the Hamptons. The bicoastal couple cofounded The Feedfeed, a food and lifestyle media company. Beginning on Instagram, where Julie posted images of meals she made that Dan photographed, the company has become the world’s largest crowdsourced food publication.
After they purchased the boxy, wood-clad residence, the Resnicks embarked on a major renovation, adding new windows, hurricane shutters, new plumbing and electrical, new siding, a new roof, and an upper-level addition. The two-story abode, set on just over half an acre with a hundred feet of direct ocean frontage, now contains four bedrooms and three baths within its roughly 2,500 square feet. The simple interiors have been arranged to let the stunning ocean views take center stage. The living room is warmed by an antique brick fireplace, and the all-white kitchen, while small, is nicely appointed with marble counters. There is also a pantry, a handy feature in a beach house where there are likely to be lots of hungry guests. Decks, both upper and lower, make the most of the breezes off the ocean and are a perfect spot for coffee in the morning and stargazing at night.
Outside, in addition to unfussy and easy-maintenance native landscaping, there’s a large deck and a fire pit, along with a flag pole, in the dunes. But the real estate money shot, of course, is the private path to the beach.
Asking $13.75 million, the property is listed with James Macmillan at Brown Harris Stevens.