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Buying in Laurel: North Fork hamlet has old-time charm

Hallock's Cider Mill in Laurel sells the fruits,

Hallock's Cider Mill in Laurel sells the fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season as well as a selection of pies and cheesecake. The photo is from May 4, 2016. Credit: Randee Daddona

“Very little changes from year to year in Laurel, and that’s the way we like it,” says Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. The North Fork hamlet is “a real step back in time,” Russell says, epitomized by the old-fashioned post office along Main Road, a building, he says, that is like something you see in movies.

Laurel is part of the towns of Southold and Riverhead, and Russell says town, Suffolk County and state authorities have worked together to preserve open space in the community. He points to the 160-acre Laurel Lake Preserve, which has a kettle hole lake where residents can kayak, canoe and fish, hike wooded trails and encounter diverse plant and animal life.

Families take advantage of the open space at Laurel Lake to throw children’s parties, says agent Diane Mollica of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Mollica calls Laurel “very community oriented.” Mollica says that sense of community is fostered by the fact that all the children attend the same school district, and play for the same teams.

Some 95 percent of Laurel residents own their own homes, Mollica says, creating a sense of pride and investment in the community, where you can find houses ranging from summer bungalows and modest cottages to luxurious waterfront estates.

You’ll find many of those estates along Laurel’s Peconic Bay Boulevard, which Mollica calls “the Park Avenue of the North Fork,” describing stately bay-front properties along a road that is “winding, lush and green.”


Between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016, there were 20 home sales with a median sale price of $465,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $295,000 and the high was $2,200,000. During that period a year earlier, there were 19 home sales with a median sale price of $635,000. The price range was $270,000 to $1,800,000.


Most students attend Mattituck Junior Senior High School. In 2015, 50 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s down from 54 percent in 2014.


Town: Southold and Riverhead

Area: 3.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11948

Population: 1,394

Median age: 49.4

Median household income: $126,420

Median home value: $403,500*

LIRR to NYC: From Mattituck, 2 hours and 28 minutes; one train at peak

Monthly ticket: $485

School district: Mattituck-Cutchogue

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


Great Peconic Bay Boulevard, $2.2 million

Originally listed for $2.999 million, this waterfront estate sold after 132 days on the market. The 1932 home offers 171 feet of waterfront on the Great Peconic Bay and its own sandy beach. There are five bedrooms and 2 1⁄2 baths, including a main-floor master suite. The 3,616-square-foot home offers hardwood floors, an updated eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, a library and a living room with a fireplace. There’s an enclosed porch and a three-car garage on the 1.8-acre property. The taxes are $20,277.

Delmar Drive, $435,000

After 42 days on the market, this renovated ranch sold for $24,000 less than its asking price. The three-bedroom home has two updated tile bathrooms, a remodeled eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a dining area, a living room and new hardwood floors. The 1973 home also offers new mechanicals and a full basement. The 0.49-acre property features a covered patio and one-car garage. The lot overlooks a golf course and comes with beach rights. The taxes are $5,906.

Delmar Drive, $365,000

This three-bedroom cape sold for $14,000 less than its asking price after 223 days on the market. The 1973 home offers two full bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a combination living room and dining room, and a den with a fireplace. The 2,030-square-foot home features hardwood floors, a main-floor master bedroom and a full basement. There’s an inground pool and patio on the 0.56-acre property, which overlooks the fields of a neighboring nursery and comes with access to a beach at the end of the block. The taxes are $7,893.


Starter, $424,000

This 19th-century farmhouse offers three bedrooms, two full baths, a formal dining room and a living room with a fireplace. The 0.85-acre property features a wraparound porch, rear patio and a two-car garage. The taxes are $6,500. Nancy Cervelli and Barry Novick, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-680-2296 and 631-384-6524.

Trade-up, $899,000

This four-bedroom Postmodern has three full baths, a formal dining room, a family room with a fireplace and a master suite. There’s an inground pool, patio and sprinkler system on the 0.7-acre property. The taxes are $16,620. Diane Mollica, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-803-1915.

High-end, $2.195 million

Situated on a 0.62-acre lot, this three-bedroom Colonial offers 3 1⁄2 baths, an open floor plan and panoramic views of the bay. There’s a fireplace in the great room and the master suite, which has a private balcony. The taxes are $19,230. Christine Malloy, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-474-8909.


Number of houses: 14

Price range: $424,000 to $2,195,000

Tax range: $6,044 to $23,659

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