As temperatures finally start flirting with triple digits, it’s hard not to let your mind wander toward the beach, feeling imaginary sand beneath your toes and letting the prospect of salt-stained air fill your nose. Studio Robert McKinley wants you to enjoy that in style.
The McKinley Bungalow is a new four-bedroom, three-bathroom rental in Montauk, New York, bringing the designer’s elegant beach-chic sensibility to a coastline that already features some of McKinley’s hip vacation lodging. Originally built in 1978, the revamped bungalow is a stone’s throw from the popular Ditch Plains beach and was crafted in particular for those looking to entertain.
McKinley collaborated his wife, Kate Nauta, on the ranch-style house, which was designed with nods to both the surrounding Montauk area and their travels abroad, resulting in a modern feel with some colorful character.
The home is outfitted with a range of high-quality but relatively affordable home goods brands, including Hem, East Fork, and Floyd. And the coolest part? The space essentially doubles as a real life lookbook. If there’s anything that catches your eye, it’s easy to take a slice of the bungalow home with you. In fact, even the house is for sale.
The 1900-square-foot residence features natural oak floors and an open floor plan designed with eye towards communal gatherings. Meanwhile, a library garnished with a Moroccan daybed and linen curtains only adds to the sleepy beachfront feels. The exterior of the home is enhanced with a mahogany deck and clad in shiplap siding, with a sprawling lawn in the front and a barbecue area in the back.
Tempted? The starting nightly rate is a cool $695 for the three-bedroom main house, $395 for the one-bedroom attached “apartment”, and $1,095 for the whole thing.