This $4.25 million Calverton home sits on 5 acres of...

This $4.25 million Calverton home sits on 5 acres of horse property. Credit: Image Habitat/Jim Harrison

THE SCOOP Calverton is a hamlet dotted with cluster housing and acres and acres of rural, undeveloped land.

"People don't realize that surrounding Riverhead is incredible farmland," said Mary Epperlein, an agent with Colony Realty.

Known for its fun-filled Splish Splash Water Park, Calverton is close to the North Fork wineries, golf courses and beaches.

"It is amazing, when you're on these properties you're in the middle of farmland but the beach is five minutes away," Epperlein said.

Lavender by the Bay is a popular destination in Calverton.

Lavender by the Bay is a popular destination in Calverton. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin

"The town has a very active farmland preservation program," said Dawn Thomas, Riverhead Community Development Director, noting that the town purchases the development rights so that parcels remain agricultural in perpetuity.

The hamlet, which was called "Conungum" or "Kanungum," by the Native Americans, meaning fixed line or boundary, was renamed Calverton in 1868 for Bernard J. Calvert, the hamlet's first postmaster. Back then, it was a small farming community where cranberries, a popular crop, grew along the marshland near the Peconic River.

In between acres of farmland along Middle Country Road in...

In between acres of farmland along Middle Country Road in Calverton are businesses like Wine Country Deli & Caterers. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin

In 1963, the U.S. Navy purchased 6,000 acres to develop a naval weapons plant where Grumman Corporation would manufacture and test jets. Part of the site now encompasses Grumman Memorial Park, with two full-sized decommissioned naval planes built there by the aerospace corporation. The area also houses Calverton National Cemetery and Enterprise Park, or "EPCAL," a 2,900-acre site with cycling and walking trails, a dog park, the new Peconic Ice Rinks and Scott's Pointe, an indoor/outdoor adventure park.

Grumman Memorial Park features two full-sized decommissioned naval planes that...

Grumman Memorial Park features two full-sized decommissioned naval planes that were built there by the aerospace corporation. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin

"There's a million square feet of active industrial space in the center of the property that was the former Grumman facility that's been re-occupied," said Thomas.

Home buyers today will find ranches, farmhouses and some contemporary homes, with affordable options available in several manufactured home communities, including Calverton Meadows, Ramblewood, and Woodcliff Park.

Homes along Williams Way South, top, and Timber Drive in...

Homes along Williams Way South, top, and Timber Drive in Calverton. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are seven condos, priced between $149,999 and $699,000, on the market.

SALE PRICES Between May 1, 2023, and April 30, 2024, there were 65 home sales with a median sale price of $293,000, according to OneKey MLS. During that period a year earlier, there were 66 home sales with a median sale price of $327,500.

OTHER STATS

Population 6,245

Median age 59.8

Median home value $295,250

Monthly LIRR ticket from Riverhead $468

School district, graduation rate Riverhead (81.7%)

Library Riverhead

Transit Suffolk County Transit Route 58

Sources: 2021 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS via InfoSparks by ShowingTime; LIRR, data.nysed.gov

ON THE MARKET

$4.25 million

This $4.25 million Calverton home sits on 5 acres of...

This $4.25 million Calverton home sits on 5 acres of horse property. Credit: Image Habitat/Jim Harrison

This 5,000-square-foot custom-built farmhouse features four beds, three full and two half-baths, hardwood floors, large kitchen with a travertine tile floor and family room with coffered ceiling. It sports a wraparound porch, laundry on two floors and radiant heated bathroom and kitchen floors. Situated on 5 acres, this state-of-the-art horse property has 12 stalls, paddocks and jumping circle, and is surrounded by a 47-acre development reserve. Taxes are $41,286. Mary Epperlein, Colony Realty, 631-722-5800.

$1.3 million

This $1.3 million Calverton home was built in 1760.

This $1.3 million Calverton home was built in 1760. Credit: EPM Real Estate Photography

Built in 1760, this 1,541-square-foot farmhouse features three bedrooms and a retro tiled bathroom. Surrounded by preserves, the sprawling 5.34-acre property includes a barn, detached two-car garage, expansive fields and wooded trails. Taxes are $13,052. Sarah Fox and Kevin Iglesias, Signature Premier Properties, 631-642-2300.

$719,000

This $719,000 Calverton home contains 1,510 square feet.

This $719,000 Calverton home contains 1,510 square feet. Credit: Courtesy Hampton Estates Realty

Completely rebuilt in 2015, this 1,510-square-foot home features a large front porch, four beds, two baths and wide-planked hardwood floors. It sports a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a full, finished basement. The terraced 0.36-acre property includes a brick patio, a detached, one-car garage and a shed. Taxes are $8,765. Andrew Terry, Hampton Estates Realty, 631-288-6333.

RECENTLY SOLD

$1.15 million

Sound Avenue

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 1

Built 1956

Lot size 5.38 acres

Taxes $9,684

+/- List price -$450,000

Days on market 68

$645,000

South Path

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 1998

Lot size 0.92 acre

Taxes $9,570

+/- List price -$104,999

Days on market 93

$480,000

Forge Road

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

Built 1966

Lot size 0.38 acre

Taxes $6,350

+/- List price -$59,000

Days on market 156

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 21

Price range $90,000 to $4.25 million

Tax range $597 to $41,286

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