It’s a well-known fact that there are two versions of the “American Dream.” The first, the quintessential “American Dream,” is engrained in every citizen’s mind, beautifully illustrated with sweeping views of eagles flying over the Heartland.
Work Hard. Achieve Greatness.
But, let’s be honest—the pursuit of the real, genuine American Dream can be utterly exhausting, albeit awesomely rewarding. Enter American Dream No. 2—to leave every care, every worry, every frustration, every stress behind and move, permanently, to Hawaii.
The beach? The sunshine? That’s the Dream everyone actually wants. And it’s the Dream Maureen Taylor, Lee Beiler and daughter Vanessa Beiler of Montauk are going to get.
The couple has put their entire “Montauk life”—including their East Lake Drive dream home, all of its furnishings and two cars—up for sale to permanently settle into their second home on the island of Kauai.
“You build these lives and they become complicated with all these things,” says Taylor. “It’s very freeing to simplify.”
While the family will always consider Montauk their home, the decision to move came as the couple distanced themselves from the East End business world. Both successes by the standard of the more poignant American Dream, Beiler is the former owner of the Blue Parrot in East Hampton and Taylor owned Samadhi House yoga studio.
“Once we decided to sell, it’s like why not throw in the Porsche? How much stuff do you actually need? Then we joked—‘we’re selling our lives.’ It kind of became a funny thing for us, and we’re very excited about the thought of having a simpler life,” says Taylor.
The couple’s website, www.sellingalife.blogspot.com, advertises all that comes with $3.6 million price tag.
The home, befitting the Montauk lifestyle, is a four-bedroom, four-bath meticulously maintained manor with three full Montauk stone fireplaces, all crafted from hand-collected stone, a Gunite lap pool and a full two-car garage.
Avid antique collectors, the couple chose each furnishing specifically to reflect the ambiance of Montauk, and couldn’t fathom putting them together, piecemeal, in another location.
“We built this house never imagining that we wouldn’t be in Montauk,” says Taylor. “But that’s how life goes.”
While there’s no doubt that the couple will be taking full advantage of Hawaii’s pristine weather and glorious beaches, the move befits their current career paths, as both have moved in a more creative direction. Taylor is shooting film and directing, and Beiler is pursuing a career in acting.
The decision to move, however, was not an easy one, as the couple has a special connection to Montauk, and their lives are engrained in the community.
“We’re Montauk locals big time,” says Taylor. “(But) this experience opens us up in miraculous ways. As much as we feel so blessed with these (material) things, none of that means anything.”
They’ll miss their friends and Montauk’s raw beauty the most, but they say that their new Hawaiian community reminds them of The End, circa 1980. Minus, of course, the thrill of chasing down the American Dream. They’ll bid “Aloha” to all their Montauk possessions once their pets clear the mandated quarantine. And for now, it’s time to swap out “Merry Christmas” with “Mele Kalikimaka.”