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An eclectic, casual mix of beach booty in the living room.

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Year-round, Montauk is all about the crisp, sublime light.

Douglas Elliman; Matthew Carbone

bought into Avedon’s vision, so while the spacious interior feels light-filled and modern, the place retains its seaside austerity. Most time is spent outdoors, but on a brisk day, everyone congregates in the kitchen, which has a stone fireplace and a giant window seat with views of the ocean. “That spot is the overlook to the world,” says Frederick, a longtime conservationist and trustee of the Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “We fight over the window seat,” says Bettina. “When someone gets up, another person will sneakily go take that place.” Still, when the weather is glorious, everyone makes a beeline to the great front lawn, with its picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and firepit. “It all happens outside on the bluff,” says Frederick. (There is also a pool hidden behind the house for more secluded sunbathing.) When their children were growing up, the family would trek down to the beach to surf, or take bike rides through Camp Hero State Park nearby. Meals included fresh produce from the garden designed by Dawn Roman, who along with her husband, Ed Johan, have been caretakers since the house was built. The Stelles developed strong ties in the community. One summer, their son Tom learned free-dive spearfishing from a local fisherman, a retired Long Island ConEd lineman. “It’s similar to hunting; you’re going after the creature, not standing on the shore,” says Frederick. That sense of freedom and discovery is what they want to share with guests. “You learn to leave the world,” says Frederick, who muses about the ritual of arrival that involves meandering on a path surrounded by trees. “The woods is the transition space, where you can’t see the house. All of a sudden it appears, and it’s like you’re transported.”

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