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Buying in Mattituck: Wineries, water views and more

Breakwater Beach District Park in Mattituck on June

Breakwater Beach District Park in Mattituck on June 10, 2015, has views of the Mattituck Inlet and the Long Island Sound. Credit: Randee Daddona

Located in Long Island's wine region on the North Fork with neighboring Cutchogue to the east and Laurel to the west, Mattituck offers stunning views of the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay.

Along the water are multimillion-dollar properties mixed in with smaller, charming homes. "What is interesting about Mattituck is that our low end -- $250,000 to $300,000 -- is still higher than the country's median sales price, which shows that Mattituck is good value for new buyers," says Marie Beninati, owner-broker at Beninati Associates.

Mattituck offers a range of ranches, capes and two-story farmhouses with front porches, one of the more popular styles, says Tom Uhlinger, associate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate. "Southold township is one of the oldest English settled colonies, dating back to 1640," says Uhlinger, who lives in an 1870 farmhouse in neighboring Cutchogue. "We have homes that date back to the 1600s."

Many of the older homes are on the main stretch, Route 25, or in the farm district on the north side of Mattituck. During the last few years, Uhlinger says he has seen more environmentally conscious buyers. "These buyers are very green and love agriculture," he says. "Mattituck fits them well because of the boutique agriculture out here. There is a lot of livestock, snail farms, mushroom farms, pumpkin farms."

Most parcels of land start at three-quarters of an acre and go up to 3- and 5-acre lots. For those interested in building a custom home near Long Island Sound, the land alone starts between $1 million and $1.3 million, says Uhlinger. He adds, "Each piece of land is different by its own nature. I just showed 3.8 acres in Mattituck of buildable land on waterfront property on the Long Island Sound for $1.8 million. You can also get a 2-acre parcel for $1.3 million."

Boating and fishing on Mattituck Inlet are part of the Mattituck lifestyle, as is the shopping. Love Lane, the quaint village center where the local post office and train depot can be found, is evolving, says Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell.

"There is an evolution taking place in Mattituck right now. More niche shops are coming in -- tasting-room wineries, Lombardi's, a Greek specialty store -- that you would not have seen a decade ago," says Russell.

Mattituck is also forming its own civic association. "There are so many issues that every community faces, and it is a great way to take the pulse of the community and give them a unified voice," Russell says.

CONDOS: No listings

SALES PRICES: Since May 2014, there were 73 sales with a median price of $475,000, according to data from the  Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price was $240,000 and the high price was $2.2 million. From May 2013 to May 2014, the number of sales was 58. The median price was $429,000 with a low of $195,000 and a high of $2.786 million.

ATTRACTIONS There are a number of wineries in Mattituck, including Macari Vineyards and Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard. Other attractions are Mattituck Inlet; Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museum; The North Fork Community Theater, offering live theater with audience participation; and Pike Street Park.


Town: Southold

Area: 9.3 square miles

ZIP code: 11952

Population: 4,219

Median age: 48.7

Median household income: $84,157

Median home value: $525,000

LIRR time to NYC: 2.5 hours at peak

Monthly ticket: $485

School district: Mattituck-Cutchogue

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


Number of houses: 72

Price range: $329,000 to $8.8 million

Tax range: $4,898 to $34,825


Laurel Way, $635,000

Last month, this six-room cottage sold for $86,000 more than the original asking price due to a bidding war. It was on the market for 60 days. Features include two bedrooms, one bathroom, an eat-in-kitchen, a formal dining room and a sunroom. The house was built in 1950. It is on a 0.6-acre lot. Taxes are $8,200.

Eastside Avenue, $945,000

With the original asking price of $999,000, this chalet-style home on waterfront property was on the market for 274 days and sold in April. Built in 1928, the house features an open floor with an eat-in-kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room and cathedral ceilings, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is on a 0.75-acre lot. Taxes are $9,000.

Bailie Beach Road, $2.2 million

Set on 2.23 acres, this 13-room, traditional-style home built in 2006 with five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a half-bath sold in January. It was on the market 156 days, with an original asking price of $2.375 million. Features include 20-foot-high ceilings in the foyer and living room, two fireplaces, library, in-ground pool and water views. Taxes are $30,571.


Starter, $349,000

With several updates, this six-room ranch has three bedrooms, a bathroom and a half-bath, wood floors, a full basement, a screened porch and deck. It is on a 0.33-acre lot. Taxes are $5,988. Henrietta Chituk, Brown Harris, Stevens Westhampton and North Fork, 516-381-7923.

Trade-up, $749,000

This contemporary two-story home with water views has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a great room with wood floors and a fireplace. Lot size 0.65 acre. Taxes are $6,400. Marie Beninati, Beninati Associates, 631-765-5333.

High-end, $4,999,999

Set on a 1.5-acre parcel with an in-ground pool, dock rights, gym and wine cellar, this 17-room 2010 home has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath. Taxes are $27,217. Anthony Guidice, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Homes, 631-484-8880.

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