An East Hampton couple is opened its doors to strangers.
Like many, Rosalind and Michael Cardacino, both artists, have been hit hard by the recession. To make extra money, they have been renting out two of their four bedrooms to overnight visitors.
They call it the Art House of East Hampton.
“It’s for people who love these places. They want an intimate experience, and don’t want a big impersonal hotel,” Rosalind says.
The daily rates range from $295 to $695 for high season.
This beautiful 12,000-square-foot home is located at 9 Bon Pinck Way. It boasts a 66-foot pool, as well as an indoor pool, hot tub, gym, game room, and of course, an on-premise art studio.
Each bedroom has its own personal bathroom.
“We love the house. We love the people. We love to be hospitable,” Rosalind says. “We have not had one person who has been a pain.”
The couple is surprised what the Internet can do. They just had a couple from France and a few from Greece staying over. But it’s not just Europeans walking through their doors; a lot of New Yorkers have visited as well.
“It feels as if we’re welcoming a friend,” Rosalind says.
Those staying at the artists’ home are served complimentary breakfast.
“I once had to learn how to make huevos rancheros [for guests],” Rosalind remembers.
Chocolates, fruit, cookies and cappuccinos are also available throughout the day. The couple has maps and makes reservations for the guests if need be.
Could they be on to something?
“I wouldn’t call it a trend, but it could make a comeback over the next few years if the economy doesn’t get better,” says Paul Brennan, Hamptons regional manager for Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
It’s an opportunity for homeowners to rent out rooms for people who would rather pay for a few nights to stay in the Hamptons than paying a whole month’s rent for a vacation, says Brennan.
But make sure to follow the village or town’s process to rent out rooms, advises Brennan.