Buying in Jamesport, a North Fork gateway

Jamesport is known for its wineries, long stretches

Jamesport is known for its wineries, long stretches of beach and old-fashioned restaurants. It also has a range of housing, including this house on Seacove Lane that sold in December for $999,999.

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On the western edge of the North Fork, Jamesport isn't far from the end of the Long Island Expressway. "You get the same great rural feeling" as other communities farther east, says Vicky Germaise of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. "Once you get to Tanger [outlets], you can roll down the windows and smell lavender and the sweet country air," she adds.

Flanked by Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, Jamesport is noted for its wineries, long stretches of beach and old-fashioned restaurants. Music performances, author readings and art shows often take place at the wineries, including Jamesport Vineyards, Martha Clara, Sherwood House and Diliberto.

Popular eateries include Jamesport Country Kitchen and Cliff's Elbow Room. Contemporary American cuisine can be found at the restaurant at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, while Lenny's is known for its pizza and Italian food.

Jamesport Country Store is also part of the scene, as well as expansive farmland and orchards. "It's a sweet little hamlet," says Valerie Goode, owner-broker of Colony Realty.

Quiet neighborhoods offer buyers choices ranging from quaint cottages in the $300,000s to spacious spreads priced north of $1 million. South Jamesport is more of a seasonal area, but Jamesport as a whole attracts second-home buyers, Goode says, noting that segment of the market is thriving.

Seasonal rentals are well under way, too. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a rental can range from $12,000 to $45,000. Monthly rentals for a non-waterfront home with three bedrooms and two baths can go for less than $1,000, Germaise says.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES. Five listings between $650,000 and $999,999

SALES PRICES. From March 1, 2013, to April 28, 2014, there were 40 sales with a median price of $432,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $220,000 and the high was $999,999. From March 1, 2012, to April 28, 2013, there were 28 sales. The median price was $391,500, with a low of $250,000 and a high of $1,250,000.

MORE JAMESPORT STATS

Town: Riverhead

Area: 4.5 square miles

ZIP code: 11947 and 11970

Population: 1,710

Median age: 47.2

Median household income: $73,000

Median home value: $388,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Riverhead, 2 hours and 12 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $466

School district: Riverhead

Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR

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