06/09/15 9:27am
06/09/2015 9:27 AM
A redesigned couch table. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A redesigned couch table. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A wooden table so dark it’s nearly black stands in the corner of a Mattituck shop.

The table’s body and legs are very thick but still classic looking -— sort of in the British colonial style. At about two feet by three feet, it’s not very wide, but it’s nearly four feet high, making its use and origins quite the mystery.

But this table with an unknown past will soon be reborn as something else.  (more…)

03/30/15 1:49pm
03/30/2015 1:49 PM
The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

One of Long Island’s pioneering wine families has sold nearly 90 acres of waterfront land in Cutchogue to a mystery buyer — including nearly 30 acres of mature vineyards — in an arrangement that will allow the family to retain control of those vines for nearly a decade.

The land in question amounts to just a small parcel of a vast amount of grape-producing acreage controlled by the Damianos family, which owns and operates about 130 vineyard acres for Duckwalk Vineyards as well as 360 acres for Long Island’s largest wine producer, Pindar Vineyards.

The move will not affect wine production, as the Damianos clan will maintain the land and harvest the grapes per a seven-year renewable lease, according to those involved in the deal.

Read more on northforker.com.

03/10/15 3:45pm
03/10/2015 3:45 PM

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Imagine for a moment the endless possibility for living large in this 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom Cutchogue home.

Picture yourself enjoying a game of tennis with a view of the neighboring 20-acres of farm field or swimming in the heated infinity pool gazing at the waterfront. Featuring a high-end kitchen, fireplaces and plenty of outdoor living space, you may never want to leave this estate. (more…)

03/09/15 5:08pm
03/09/2015 5:08 PM
The Bissett estate was the eight-most expensive real estate transfer on The North Fork and Shelter Island in 2014. (Credit: The Corcoran Group courtesy photo)

The Bissett estate was the eight-most expensive real estate transfer on The North Fork and Shelter Island in 2014. (Credit: The Corcoran Group courtesy photo)

Two North Fork homes fetched prices north of $4 million last year, according to a list of the most expensive Shelter Island and North Fork real estate sales of 2014.

SEE THE ENTIRE LIST ON northforker.com

03/07/15 12:00pm
03/07/2015 12:00 PM
Long Island Board of Realtors president-elect Mary Alice Ruppert speaks at last week's meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Long Island Board of Realtors president-elect Mary Alice Ruppert speaks at last week’s meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Short-term rental regulations may have been the main topic at last week’s panel discussion at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn, but many realtors in attendance had questions about another issue: a new Suffolk County anti-discrimination law that prohibits them from asking prospective tenants about their finances.

Passed in January by the county Legislature, the law amends Chapter 526 of the Suffolk County code to “incorporate changes adopted by the state,” according to a copy of the legislation.  (more…)

03/06/15 5:00pm
03/06/2015 5:00 PM
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport's Townsend Manor Inn. He's flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn. He’s flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

For many North Fork residents, this winter’s proliferation of snow, ice and slush has made summer feel like a far-off, even illusory prospect. But local realtors say the area’s tourism season has already started — and they’re wondering how changing rental laws could affect the way they do their jobs.

To help clarify those regulations, the North Fork Chapter of the Long Island Board of Realtors hosted an event Feb. 26 featuring local politicians and insurance agents at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn.  (more…)

02/03/15 8:00am
02/03/2015 8:00 AM
Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

The rate of real estate sales on the North Fork has increased to the point that available inventory can no longer meet demand.

That’s the key takeaway of the fourth-quarter results released last Thursday by Manhattan appraisal firm Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman, said Miller Samuel president Jonathan Miller.

“The supply is trying to normalize,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s still not, but it’s better for consumers than it was a year ago.”

At the end of 2013, there were 455 houses on the market on the North Fork — from Aquebogue to Orient — according to the report. Points farther west weren’t included in the analysis. By the end of 2014, that number increased — albeit modestly — to 521 available homes. Meanwhile, residential sales in 2014 jumped a significant 34 percent from the same time the previous year — from 556 to 685. (more…)

01/31/15 1:00pm
01/31/2015 1:00 PM
A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

The Main Street corner where it once stood is now the site of a Chase Bank parking lot, but at the turn of the 20th century the Greenport Opera House was a towering, romantic presence on the North Fork.

Built in 1899 to replace Stirling Hall, which had burned down earlier that year, the opera house was “the pinnacle of the village,” said Greenport historian Carlos DeJesus.  (more…)