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Robert McKinley-Designed Montauk Retreat Near Ditch Plains Asks $1.95M

Interior designer Robert McKinley is best known for the effortless, surf-inspired style he’s brought to hotels and restaurants across the United States, including the Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, as well as the Marion in Miami. He even has an upcoming project in Baja California, Mexico.

But McKinley also designs the occasional residential home, including a gorgeous property at 48 South Federal St. in Montauk that’s currently on the market for $1,950,000.

Sitting just five minutes from Montauk’s vaunted Ditch Plains beach, the comfortable, recently renovated 4,200-square-foot home includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on a half acre of land. Features include a workout or meditation room, an attached pool house with a bar, a two-car garage, and privacy landscaping outside. Residents will also enjoy mahogany decking and a heated pool, making it a great place for entertaining.

The house was originally built in 1975, but after a renovation and McKinley’s redesign it looks brand-new. White walls and light hardwood floors give the home a wide-open, beachy feel without making it sterile. A fireplace in the open living room provides warmth and a place for family and friends to gather.

McKinley also notably designed the home at 240 Old Montauk Highway, which sold and closed for $22.8 million last summer. The seller was financier Mike Goodwin, who hired McKinley’s studio to design a chic modern beach house with mid-century modern-inspired details.

The South Federal home has a similar look — it’s the signature of McKinley, a frequent surfer who’s always been inspired by the Montauk coastline — but in this case, it comes at about a tenth of the price.

See the listing: 48 South Federal St. in Montauk, listed by James Lancaster at Compass, Montauk.

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