Calling the North Fork Home

75 Riverside Drive in Riverhead, which is for sale for $425,000. Photos courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby's / Donielle Cardinale

Farmstands that operate on the honor system. Local produce and seafood, with farm-to-table lunches and dock-to-dish dinners. Homemade fruit pies, country fairs, fields of pumpkins, vineyards and horse farms. Quaint downtown streets filled with small-town shops and restaurants. Fishing, boating and beaches. The North Fork is a place where you can connect with family and friends, all without the static and noise of the Hamptons summer season.

Which is not to say things aren’t changing. The North Fork real estate market has gone through a full cycle of change and evolution, according to Donielle Cardinale of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Mattituck. Following the stock market crash in 2008, fewer homes sold as the area developed into more of a second homeowner’s market. And while the area was not unaffected by Super Storm Sandy in 2012, it ultimately helped the market’s recovery as people came to realize the value in the protection of North Fork waterfront versus other areas with greater exposure.

“We have watched our market steadily recovering and growing since,” Cardinale said. “The character of the North Fork has not changed so much, but the range of people who fall in love with it has expanded.”

Buyers are a bit younger than they were in the past, with greater interest in turnkey properties, she said. “Most of our buyers are looking to purchase on the North fork to create a better quality of life, relax and unwind,” Cardinale said. “Therefore, they are more willing than ever to pay a premium for a home that they can move right into that suits their taste.”

Listed are some of Cardinale’s favorites presently available.

75 Riverside Dr., Riverhead


4 Bedrooms/2 Baths

1900 Sq. Ft.

Gunite Pool

1345 Bridle Lane, Cutchogue


3 Bedrooms/ 2 Baths

1.38 Acre

Room for Pool

435 Willow Pond Lane, Southold


5 Bedroom/3 Baths

Open Floor Plan

Room for pool


1720 Indian Neck Lane, Peconic


4 Bedrooms/ 2.5 Baths

Beautifully Landscaped

Room for Pool

1945 Bayview Ave., Mattituck


3 Bedroom/ 3.5 Baths

Deeded Dockage

Gated Property

94 Morningside Ave., S. Jamesport


6 Bedroom/3.5 Baths

Deeded Dock & Bay Beach