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A new alternative for housing

Photo by Shari Harris
Montauk Studios’ location is on Highway 63, just a block south of the Highway 32 junction.

By Shari Harris, Publisher

A new sign, Montauk Studios, on the north side of what once was the Scenic Rivers Inn heralds a new style of living in Licking, studio apartments.

The apartments are limited to one or two residents only, and are “inspired by minimalism and eco-conscious lifestyles,” according to the website of the Dels Corporation, which renovated the building.

The monthly cost of a studio includes water, sewer, trash, electric and internet, and included in the amenities are a common kitchen area, an indoor swimming pool and a workout room.

The Dels Corporation has renovated eleven properties in a region stretching from northern Arkansas to south central Missouri. One of their goals is to develop properties that will offer communities affordable single-unit housing. Many of their locations were abandoned or vacant buildings, and they pride themselves on the positive effects their renovations have had on rebuilding communities and reducing the drag on surrounding property values.

Montauk Studios joins their list of properties, which includes The Dels, North Village, Center City Commons and West End Social in Mountain Home, Ark.; Sylamore Studios in Mountain View, Ark.; Ten-Fifty Co-op in Bull Shoals, Ark.; The Heights, Rio Burrito (also one in Mtn. Home) and Osage Coffee in West Plains; OZ + MO Commons in Branson; Wyota Commons in Lebanon; and Osage Commons in St. Robert.

Mark Bertel, founder and CEO of The Dels Corporation, which is headquartered in Mountain Home, has another goal he would like to accomplish with his properties – building community. An online portal is being designed that will allow tenants to interact with their neighbors, plan community events and learn about new things to do in their neighborhood. The hope is that the portal will “bridge the gap between walls to create tight-knit & supportive communities wherever we provide housing,” says their website. “We want to make places that feel like home, not just a place to live.”

Bertel has taken a strong personal interest in his properties, and hopes they are well-received in the communities where they are located. If you would like to learn more about studio apartment living, pictures of the newly renovated Montauk Studios are available on their webpage,


  1. Christina Banderman on January 18, 2023 at 11:36 am

    I’m looking to rent one of your apartments my phone number is 573-889-8498

    • Editor on January 24, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      Please use the contact information in the article to reach the owners. Thank you.

    • Shirley Stokes on October 2, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      I’m looking for an apartment for a friend of mine and I was wondering how much it would cost per month
      My phone number is 417-260-0172
      Thank you for your time

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