Monthly Blast From the Past…North Fork, Long Island

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Authored by: Laurie Mindnich
August 4th, 2008

NY Times

I read with interest the following article, published by The New York Times on June 18, 1989.

The author was Barbara Klaus. Link to the article below.

The Talk of the North Fork; Past Riverhead, Suburbia Looms Ever Closer

"At the Hargrave Vineyard here, Abigail Bakker is packaging newly bottled wine. As on other weekdays on Long Island's North Fork, it's quiet. The grapes are swelling on the vines and the roads are all but empty. Now in her 20's, she remembers how it was when she moved here as a child."


Hog Neck BayWhile there has certainly been growth in the years between 1989 and 2008, the North Fork of Long Island retains much of the charm that was present when the "locals" expressed a bit of dismay over the changing landscape.

"On Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day long lines of luxury cars pull in and out at the Briermere Farms stand in Riverhead. Customers are drawn by the 18 varieties of fruit pies and fresh produce."

Tree FaceThanks to the 2% Peconic Tax, (Community Preservation Fund) many of the open farms that so many consider intrinsic to the area remain "open". There was a recent Southold purchase that involved woods near Cedar Beach in Southold- the land will remain Evergreen woods. The Peconic Land Trust has this quote published on it's web site -

"The 2% real estate transfer fee paid by buyers goes directly to the Town in which the property purchased is located."

Tomato StandIt takes living here to comprehend the importance of retaining the value in an area such as the North Fork- while the Hamptons offer their own recipe for summer living, North Fork residents have their own interpretation of "quality of life".

"Yard sales are something that draws both local residents and the people with second homes. They rush from sale to sale, pouring over the contents of attics and basements from Riverhead to Greenport. People scoop up such treasures as wigs, circa 1962, rusted potato mashers, mosaic ashtrays and plastic Mr. Peanuts."

Loader FieldFor many, and I've come to agree, there's nothing wrong with disliking change in the landscape of this little piece of island, and much to be said for preventing it.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home on the North Fork of Long Island, pricing has come down, and inventory is as plentiful as the sweet corn found fresh at the farmstands!

Photos: Copyright 2008 Options Realty

Comments (4)

Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Laurie - My town also have that 2% tax, this week it almost cost me a sale since buyers are refusing to pay, and sellers don't want to, because they are not getting the type of offers they hoped for.

I use to love coming out to the North Fork to visit some of my in-laws.  I am sure they would say something different since I slept most of the time.  After a week of commuting I was dead tired on the weekends.

Aug 04, 2008 12:43 PM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Jennifer, I can certainly see the tax impacting the ability of home buyers, although it's lower for lower price points. On the other hand, areas like this are so...pristine. It's very difficult to look around and know that, but for the tax, the same preservation purchases by the town may not have saved a bit of land. Commuting is difficult- I'm glad that you were able to relax!

Aug 04, 2008 03:07 PM
Christina Ethridge
The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Laurie - I know I need to go back and repost a lot of my posts for localism - yet another thing that needs to be done that I just don't have time for right now.  Good job on yours!!

Aug 04, 2008 04:32 PM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

HEY, CHRISTINA!  Thanks- I was out of town for a few weeks, resulting in some catch up, but am back to a schedule. I've missed your blog, but am really glad that your market is keeping you swamped!

Aug 04, 2008 10:21 PM