Traditional, with Views of Mashomack

22 Merkel Lane on Shelter Island. Photos courtesy of Saunders & Associates.
22 Merkel Lane on Shelter Island. Photos courtesy of Saunders & Associates.

The residence at 22 Merkel Lane may have been constructed in 2010, and come with all the conveniences and luxury of modern life, but with views of the Mashomack Preserve, and a rich land history that dates back to Frank Smith, otherwise known as the “Borax King,” this one-acre property is a part of the fabric of Shelter Island lore.

The Smith family came to Shelter Island in 1892, staying on Dering Harbor, before Mr. Smith, who made a fortune mining Borax in Death Valley, California, began purchasing land off what is now South Ferry Road, eventually amassing hundreds of acres of property, including the 1.14-acres this three story traditional that sits on Smith Cove.

Complete with a dock, situated on 266 feet of waterfront with views of the Mashomack Preserve, nearly every room in the four-bedroom home has a water view. Past the entry foyer is a living room with double height ceilings, a fireplace and access to a wraparound waterfront entertainment deck. A kitchen and dining room are located off the living room, with granite counters and a breakfast bar. On the other side of the living room is a first floor en-suite master bedroom. A second master bedroom is on the second floor, featuring a fireplace and a Juliet balcony accompanied by a spa-like bathroom with double sinks, walk-in shower, soaking tub with jets and a laundry room, along with a wet bar, walk-in closet and adjacent bedroom. There is also a gunite pool and built in outdoor kitchen and over 2,000 square feet of patio space.

For more information, contact Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates at (917) 208-5519 or (631) 749-5801 or visit