The North Fork—the 30-mile long peninsula on the East End of Long Island—is known for its farms, beaches, and vineyards. It’s also known for a low-key vibe—it lacks the social scene you’ll find in the Hamptons, located on the South Fork—and for many New Yorkers, that’s a good thing.
Waterfront real estate is also less expensive on the North Fork, where the median sales price of $608,425 is considerably lower than what you find on the South Fork ($999,000). Keep in mind if you're planning to go house hunting, you'll likely have more competition this year. That's because when NYC schools shut down in March, many New Yorkers decamped to the East End, getting a jump on the summer rental season—and some may not plan to return to NYC. They're in good position to launch a search for a house to buy.
There’s lots to do in the North Fork, especially for the outdoorsy types. Surrounded by the Peconic and Gardiner bays and the Long Island Sound, you’ll find beaches with access to calm waters for swimming and boating. Other destinations include Orient State Park, Sang Lee Farms, many farm stands, and over 30 vineyards including Sparkling Pointe.
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So, if you’re in the market for a house outside of the city near the water, check out these listings in Laurel, Greenport, East Marion, Southold, and Riverhead.
2826 Peconic Bay Blvd., Laurel
This waterfront five bedroom, five bath is asking $1,900,000. The renovated house has views of the Peconic River, a large deck, and is double-bulkheaded with a sand pit and access to the water. Inside, there’s vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and a gym with a separate steam room. Located in Laurel, a hamlet in Riverhead and Southold, nearby attractions include Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery, Gabrielsen’s Country Farm, and Laurel Lake Park. It’s an hour-and-45-minute drive to Manhattan.
318 5th St., Greenport
This three bedroom, two bath is asking $995,000. The Craftsman-style house features vaulted ceilings, skylights, hardwood floors, custom woodwork, and a landscaped yard with a patio. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar and opens to the dining and living areas. Just down the street is a beach and Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm. Greenport has events like the Cherry Blossom Festival, Maritime Festival, and Shellabration restaurant walk. There are also art galleries, the Railroad Museum of Long Island, vineyards, and marinas. It’s just over a two-hour drive to Manhattan.
260 Huckleberry Hill Rd., East Marion
This two bedroom, two bath is asking $739,000. The home’s open layout features a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances that opens to the living and dining areas, which has a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, large windows and skylights, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting. There’s a large backyard with views of Lake Marion and Orient Harbor. East Marion has Orient Beach State Park and eateries like Fork & Anchor and Rocco’s Caddyshack. It’s just under a two-and-a-half hour drive to Manhattan.
170 Laurel Ave., Southold
This three bedroom, two bath is asking $538,000. Built in 1940, the house has custom details like woodwork, built-in shelving, and chestnut floors. There’s also a large eat-in kitchen with a breakfast nook, skylights throughout, a balcony, and patio. It’s within Southold Park District, giving you access to Park District Beaches. In Southold, where Walt Whiteman once lived, you’ll find Lavender by the Bay farm, The Old Field Vineyards, and parks and beaches. It’s just over a two-hour drive to Manhattan.
32 Meeting House Creek Rd., Riverhead
This two bedroom, one bath is asking $449,000. It's been renovated recently, and has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a fireplace, enclosed front porch, landscaped backyard with a patio, and a detached two-car garage. The windowed eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher. Waterfront access is just down the street. In Riverhead, you’ll find Tanger Outlets, farm stands, and Polish Town, a small neighborhood founded at the turn of the last century. It’s an hour-and-45-minute drive to Manhattan.
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