The Way Montauk Used to Feel

136 Benson Drive

There is just something about 136 Benson Drive.

Perhaps it’s the front porch, which harkens to another time, or the shingle exterior, or the scale of this unique three-story home — currently listed for $4.25 million with Town & Country Real Estate.

Or, maybe, it’s when driving up to the nearly 6-acre Montauk property and walking through the front door, visitors feel an immediate connection to the history within this diamond in the rough.

In a former life, the 4,000-square-foot home was the Ditch Plains Coast Guard Station, built in 1930 and decommissioned in 1954. The colonial revival-style building was moved to its current location on Benson Drive in Montauk two years later.

“As someone who was born in Montauk and raised in Ditch Plains, I feel sentimental about this rare property. It reminds me of when life was a little bit slower,” listing agent Theresa Eurell said in a statement. “I have many memories of the way Ditch used to be and it’s so nice to have that feeling when entering this home. I also knew the previous owner of the property and she too took great pride in owning this home. Both owners truly recognized how special it is and have taken steps to preserve its original integrity.”

Bordering the Seven Sisters historic district, the home fits into the area’s Old World charm, with sprawling wood floors and impressive crown moldings. The main floor features a large living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a formal dining room that leads to an eat-in kitchen, den, guest bath and laundry room.

On the second floor, two guest bedrooms and a balcony off the front of the home overlook views of Lake Montauk — the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset — as well as a nearby reserve, and the master suite includes a claw-foot soaking tub. The third floor is home to two more bedrooms, a bathroom and an office, with distant ocean views of Ditch Plains.

“The gable roof, scale and shingle exterior make it comparable with other homes in the Montauk Historic District,” a press release said. “Many original features add to the charm of the home: the roofline, dormers on the front roof and the front porch, which retains the original posts, lintel, cornice, and roof. They don’t make them like this anymore.”

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