The main road through Long Island’s bucolic North Fork, Route 25, meanders through quaint villages, old-school family farms, and beautifully maintained vineyards. The vineyards were established in the 1970s, but the farms and villages often date back more than 300 years.
Mattituck, a small hamlet of 4,200 people that hosts the popular Strawberry Festival and Charity Fundraiser each summer, stretches from the Long Island Sound at the north to the Great Peconic Bay at the south. New residents are attracted by the natural beauty of the area along with the easy-going small-town vibe. It’s also an easy (though two-hour) commute to New York City, and home prices are, generally speaking, lower than on the South Fork, aka the Hamptons. Another of Mattituck’s prime attractions is the copious waterfront land it has to offer, whether sound front, bay front, pond front, or creek front. The dredged inlet on the sound side and a commercial marina on the bay side make Mattituck a popular spot for boaters.
The priciest home currently on the market in the hamlet, listed at $5.75 million, is a bay-front house built in 1999 by a Manhattan litigator for his family. Set on more than 1.5 acres of land with 130-some feet of sandy beach on the Great Peconic Bay, the almost 3,500-square-foot house offers three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
Designed to maximize the shimmering water views, the traditional house is approached via a curving driveway and a front door flanked by clipped boxwood hedging and flowering foliage. The over-sized foyer lets visitors know what the house is all about, with French doors that frame panoramic bay views over the swimming pool. Other highlights include a fireside living room, a paneled office/den, and a spacious eat-in kitchen.
All three bedrooms, including the primary suite, are upstairs. Two good-sized guest rooms share a hall bath, while the primary suite offers a fireplace, a walk-in closet, a home gym, and a capacious bathroom. A balcony overlooking the bay is shared by the primary bedroom and one of the guest rooms.
Outside is a 20 x 40 heated waterside pool, a pool house with kitchenette and half bath, an outdoor shower, and a putting green. The property also has a whole-house generator for when the power goes out and, best of all, a private beach where you don’t even have to pack up your beach chairs at the end of the day….