Where to Stay
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When I grow up, I want to be a professional beach-homeowner. After staying in one, I’m sold. I mean, tastefully decorating a home I don’t really live in very often and renting it out to a bunch of queens for the summer? Yes please.
Until then, there’s always the less glamorous role of a beach-homerenter. Or sharer. If you have a group of friends, you can split the cost and live like the one percent. Or at least the 3.5 percent of the 1 percent. Sharing is caring, kids and there are three different kinds of shares you can choose from:
Full share – you and your group of friends have “shared” in renting a house for the summer
Half share – you’ve rented it every other weekend
Quarter share – you get about 4 – 5 weekends, or one per month. (I was told Jon Wilner of Pines Harbor Realty has been the go-to share guru for the Pines for over 20 years.)
If you’re scared of commitment, there’s The Botel, where the average room will run you $99 on weekdays and $2-300 on weekends, depending on whether or not it’s a party weekend.
This summer the Pines will launch Pinesbooker, which is basically like an AirBNB or a less skeezy Craigslist for Fire Island. When people need to sell a room or a part of their share, they list it on Pinesbooker and people can rent rooms/spaces for single weekends on the fly.