12/28/14 4:00pm
12/28/2014 4:00 PM
We really like the kitchen of this Riverhead on the market  with an asking price of $300,000.

The kitchen of a Riverhead home on the market with an asking price of $300,000.

A “follow-through.” A “major recovery.” A market “on fire.”

Whatever you want to call it, North Fork’s real estate agents seem to agree: 2014 was a strong year that built on the successful bounce-back that began two years ago.

And even into December, that market was still surging.  (more…)

12/28/14 10:00am
Judge Griffing's family home on W. Main St. in an undated photo. (Griffing family courtesy photo)

Judge Griffing’s family home on W. Main St. in an undated photo.

Grangebel Park was created in a “different time,” said Riverhead town historian Georgette Case.

It was built in the late 1800s by county Judge Timothy Griffing, who transformed his family’s land along the Peconic River into the park. The Griffing homestead off Main Street overlooked the stately park, which has always been open to the public, Ms. Case said.

Grangebel was likely the first park ever built in Riverhead, she said, and it was designed for a purpose expressly different from that of modern parks, which often have ballfields and soccer pitches and playgrounds. They’re designed for recreation, first and foremost.

From the beginning, however, Grangebel Park has been for relaxing, Ms. Case said. (more…)

12/19/14 10:00am
12/19/2014 10:00 AM
A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There are people who love Christmas and then there’s Kevin and Tammy Kruger.

The Krugers, who have been decorating each holiday season for two decades, created a unique setting, using practically every inch of their property at 640 Mechanic St. in Southold. For that, they’ve earned the grand prize in our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest, which includes a $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of Riverhead Building Supply.

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12/16/14 7:00am
12/16/2014 7:00 AM
We really like the kitchen of this Riverhead on the market  with an asking price of $300,000.

We really like the kitchen of this Riverhead on the market with an asking price of $300,000.

Think $300,000 isn’t a big enough budget for a home on the North Fork?

Think again.

We found three charming listings in Riverhead, Aquebogue and Southold, all at or below the $300K mark. Now, these might not be the largest homes and we admit some appear to need some repairs, but they could be great fits for minimalists with small families.

Hey, nobody ever said living in Long Island Wine Country was without sacrifice.

See more on northforker.com

12/14/14 12:00pm
12/14/2014 12:00 PM
Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The holidays have long been considered the worst time of year to put your home on the market. But could listing your property between Thanksgiving and the New Year actually not be such a bad thing?

“Look: It’s never the wrong time to sell your house,” said Sheri Winter Clarry, licensed associate real estate broker at Corcoran in Southold. “Once you’ve made that decision, go for it with your full effort.”  (more…)