The 2014 Hamptons rental season is in full swing. As has proven the case once again, the early birds were focusing on Montauk, which seems to sell out by the end of January (as far as affordable deals are concerned). The market then starts to creep westward to Amagansett and beyond.
At the western end, Westhampton Beach, you don’t see things gravitating to the east. A considerable factor may be drive times. Many tenants just aren’t that interested in dealing with the traffic issues east of the Shinnecock Canal, and once that becomes a part of one’s mind set, it is hard to shake. The trip from NYC to Montauk under optimum traffic conditions and with an elastic respect for the speed limits, is about 2 and 1/2 hours whereas the drive to Westhampton is only about 1 hour and 30 minutes. On a weekend day in the summer the trip from Westhampton to Montauk alone could take between 2 and 3 hours.
The good news is that Rt. 27 is currently being repaved between Southampton and Bridgehampton. At least it will be a smooth ride this summer.
The most reliable and fastest way to Montauk? Likely the Long Island Railroad which should get you from Penn Station to Montauk in just over three hours. Just board early to get yourself a seat. Click here to see a larger version of the LIRR route map above, before the Montauk Line was completed, ages before the LIE and the Sunrise Highway. If you are getting off in East Hampton stop by our offices at 3 Railroad Avenue and say hello.