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January 11, 2024

Marvel in the Magic of the Hamptons in this Modern Home

Property of the Week: A cool new-build Hamptons home with direct beach access.

By Kim Ayling

When summer rolls around, the Hamptons is a no-brainer, with the rolling dunes, ocean views and neighborhood feel beckoning even the most devout city dwellers. But, how about calling a slice of this idyllic stretch of the country yours all year round? One of the most exciting properties currently on the market is 8 Captain Balfour Way, an all-new waterfront construction currently being built by Studio Robert McKinley.

Perched on its own 1.6 acres of private land in Fort Pond Bay in Montauk’s Culloden Point, the stylish property brazenly moves away from the sweet — if ever-so-slightly overdone — rustic-coastal style that is so synonymous with the Hamptons. Yes, there are still plenty of quaint touches (it’s not the Hamptons without some white paneling), but the presence of exposed natural wood and modern black-framed windows make the finish more Cali-cool than coastal grandmother.

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The first floor is dominated by a flowing open-plan living and dining area / ©Lena Yaremenko for Sothebys International Realty
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The well-appointed kitchen-diner overlooks the bay / ©Lena Yaremenko for Sothebys International Realty

The property covers a total of 5,100 sq ft of interior space, sprawled across three floors. The first is dominated by a flowing open-plan living and dining area, with the front door leading directly into a spacious lounge with an open fireplace and terrace access. Adjacent is a well-appointed kitchen featuring a large island and window-front worktops, and a dining space that looks directly onto the bay.

From the kitchen, owners have direct access to the open patio and deck, which holds an inviting infinity pool. The property’s west-facing position and abundance of glass promise some spectacular sunsets, while privacy is deftly taken care of via subtle trees and foliage that surround the home.

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Another lounge area/media room completes the first floor / ©Lena Yaremenko for Sothebys International Realty
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all five bedrooms are finished in the same stylish vein, with vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows / ©Lena Yaremenko for Sothebys International Realty

Another lounge area/media room completes the first floor and gives big kids a little private space to chill out and socialize. Upstairs, all five bedrooms are finished in the same stylish vein as the communal areas, with vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows creating light, airy spaces.

Some bedrooms have balcony access, which, thanks to the house’s high vantage point, sit above the tree canopy to offer great views of the surrounding landscape. All rooms have en-suite baths; said bathrooms are a real highlight, with meticulous tilework, ranging in shades of emerald to pearly white, taking the property’s overall look to a whole new level.

The property’s location less than a ten-minute drive from cutesy Montauk is a real sell, but don’t sleep on its proximity to the ocean. Accessed via a private path leading directly to the ocean (close enough to call down to the kids when dinner is ready), 8 Captain Balfour’s location mere moments away from a secluded stretch of beach is the real icing on the cake.

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$11.9m. Contact Rylan Jacka, associate broker, +1 631 324 6000,,

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