East Lake Drive, which snakes along the shore of Lake Montauk in the hip Hamptons hamlet of Montauk, is considered one of the better addresses in town. While oceanfront is of course fabulous, being on the lake has its own advantages. Lakefront residents can not only canoe and stand-up paddleboard on the peaceful waters, they can dig for clams in their backyards. (As it’s connected to the bay, the lake is salty and conducive to raising clams.) Many people swim in the lake but the quiet bayfront Gin Beach is just down the street, as are several good restaurants and Montauk’s tiny airport. Add in great lake views and it makes for a singularly fab spread.
The area may also become more high-profile in the future, as big-deal art gallerist David Zwirner is looking to convert a dilapidated 1940s lakefront rental cottage complex he’s purchased into an artist’s retreat. There are some planning hoops to jump through, but it sounds like it’s likely to happen. It will be called the Bridgeford Cottages, which was the name of the former resort.
Built in 2016, this contemporary residence is all about the views and the light. Owned by a hedge funder couple, the property includes multiple decks and covered pavilions for making the most of al fresco living during good weather. Asking $9.5 million, the house is available via Chris Coleman at Compass.
Set on 0.83 of an acre, the 4,235-square-foot house includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus two more half-baths. As you enter the house, you are presented with a lovely water view. The living room, with fireplace, flows in to the kitchen and dining area, with what looks like the world’s least-comfortable-looking bench and table. The main level also has two en-suite bedrooms, plus a den with half-bath and outdoor access.
Upstairs, a lounge area opens to a sun-splashed deck, and a large guest bedroom includes a full bathroom. The master suite, also upstairs, boasts a wet bar — “Honey, can you freshen this up. I can still hear the kids.” — along with a private bath and its own covered deck that overlooks the lake. The bathrooms in this house are fun and funky, with interesting graphic tiling rather than the usual white marble.
If that’s not enough space, the basement offers about 1,500 more square feet of unfinished space with 12 foot ceilings and egresses already in place, perfect for a rumpus room, home theater, fitness area and/or additional guest or staff quarters. The detached garage also contains plenty of storage space, and a half bath just off the kitchen is conveniently near to the sparkling pool and spa that is surrounded by over 1,500 square feet of decking. As is traditional in Montauk, there’s an outdoor shower, and as is traditional in the Hamptons, the property is gated for privacy and security.
Get in now for summer and you’ll be digging your own clams in no time.