THE SCOOP Some of the best water views on Long Island are in East Marion, a North Fork community that runs from Long Island Sound to Gardiners Bay. "There are very beautiful views going over the Orient-East Marion causeway," says Barry Novick of The Corcoran Group in Southold.
From the bay side, one can see Orient State Park, Orient Harbor, Shelter Island and Bug Light (the Long Beach Bar Lighthouse), says resident Deborah Kusa, an associate broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Across the Sound is the Connecticut shoreline, which is visible on a clear day. Then there's Dam Pond Preserve, a popular county park.
East Marion -- situated between Greenport and Orient -- has a petite business center, Kusa says, which includes The Fork & Anchor, a general store, the Lavender by the Bay farm and farm store, and the Arbor View House Bed & Breakfast and Spa.
Tranquil neighborhoods feature a mix of homes built from the 18th to 21st centuries. Lot sizes range from a quarter-acre to multiple acres. Gardiners Bay Estates is a private beach and marina community. Prices throughout the hamlet typically range from the $300,000s to more than $2 million, Novick says.
East Marion experiences a summer swell, Kusa says, noting the area has a large number of second-home owners.
SUMMER RENTALS Range from $2,500 a week to $60,000 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Kusa says.
SALES PRICE According to Town and Country Real Estate's homes sales report, which combines East Marion, Orient and Greenport, the number of sales for the second quarter increased to 22 in 2012 from 14 in the second quarter of 2011. The total sales volume for the same period increased to $12,929,600 in 2012 from $10,759,000 in 2011.
ATTRACTIONS The water -- fishing, kayaking and boating. Town facilities include Goldsmith Inlet Pond and Beach.
BY THE NUMBER
Area: 8.4 square miles
ZIP code: 11939
Median age: 53.7
Median household income: $73,050
Median home value: $460,000*
Transport to NYC: Hampton Jitney: Stops in front of the post office and runs year-round.
School district: Oyster Pond district serves K-6; middle and high school students go to Greenport.
*Based on four sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island