Jamesport welcomes newcomers to its vineyards, farms and waterfront



Known as a gateway to the North Fork and Long Island wine country, Jamesport is notable for it is still primarily farmland, drawing visitors to its vineyards and vineyards, and for pumpkin picking and apples. “It’s also adjacent to Great Peconic Bay, so you have all of these wonderful marine resources, great places for kayaking, sailing and fishing,” said Richard Wines, chair of the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission. “It’s a picturesque and more low-key environment” than the Hamptons, he adds.

Jamesport does not have any shopping centers – they are not licensed under the City of Riverhead code – and most of the businesses are related to agriculture. Route 25, the main road, is full of restaurants and antique shops. The city zoned Highway 25 to ensure that new buildings serve rural functions or have a rural appearance.

The biggest challenge the community faces, as with many towns in North Fork, is raising money from Suffolk County and working with local organizations to preserve open spaces, says Liz O’Shaughnessy, director. Executive of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.

Jamesport was named after James Tuthill, who settled in the area in 1833 and attempted to establish a commercial wharf for whaling and shipping in the bay. Although the industry did not prosper because the bay was too shallow to accommodate ships, many of the original whaling houses remain. Today’s eclectic mix of architecture also includes homes from the 1700s, modest bungalows built by scallops and oyster farmers in the early 1900s, Victorian and Greek revival styles, and ranch homes from the 1950s. Prices range from around $ 550,000 to $ 1.2 million, some with annual taxes of less than $ 10,000.

Wines, who is also chairman of the Jamesport Meeting House, built in 1731 and believed to be the oldest public building in the East End, says some of the beach’s smallest and oldest houses are in the process of being demolished and replaced. “There are a lot of families like mine who have been here for a century or more,” says Wines, whose family has owned a property in Jamesport since the 1600s, “but I also see it as an area that certainly welcomes newcomers. new arrivals. “

CONDOS AND CO-FLIC There is a condo on the market for $ 1.225 million.

SELLING PRICE Between September 30, 2020 and October 1, 2021, there were 52 home sales with a median sale price of $ 650,000, according to OneKey MLS. The lowest price for this period was $ 290,000 and the highest price was $ 3.325 million. During that period, a year earlier, there had been 28 home sales with a median sale price of $ 538,000. The price range was $ 369,000 to $ 995,000.


City River head

Zoned 4.5 square miles

Postal code 11947

Population 1,609

Middle age 59.1

Median household income $ 99,167

Median house value $ 712,500 *

LIRR monthly ticket from Riverhead $ 500

School districts, graduation rate Riverhead (76%), Mattituck-Cutchogue (93%)

Parks Miamogue Point Park, South Jamesport Beach

Libraries Riverhead, Mattituck-Laurel

Hospital Peconic Bay Medical Center

SOURCES: 2019 American Community Survey, five-year estimates; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov * Based on 27 sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS


$ 1.399 million

Located on nearly 5 acres, this 5,000 square foot farmhouse built in 1988 features two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two further bedrooms and 3 ½ baths. There is a central foyer, formal living and dining room, family room with fireplace, and study / dining room with separate entrance. There are also six greenhouses on the property. Taxes are $ 23,771. Cathi Durler, Realty Connect USA, 631-881-5160.

$ 749,000

This 0.89 acre country ranch is near Sound Beach. Built in 1985, the house has 2,059 square feet of living space, with a large living room, formal dining room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It also has a full basement, an attached garage for two cars and a laundry room on the first floor. Taxes are $ 13,028. Carll Austin, Colony Realty, 631-722-5800.

$ 609,000

With an open floor plan, this log style home, built in 1987, sits on a flat, landscaped 0.48 acre lot with a porch and detached garage-workshop. The 1,420 square foot home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full dry basement with drain and an outdoor shower. Taxes are $ 9,280. Robert Pace and George Fields, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-298-8000.


$ 1.35 million

Address Seacove Ln.

Style Two floors

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 3

Built 1998

Lot size 0.48 acre

Taxes $ 16,274

+/- catalog price + $ 50,000

Days on the market 135

$ 950,000

Address Avenue from the pier.

Style Mediterranean

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3½

Built 2005

Lot size 0.52 acre

Taxes $ 14,976

+/- catalog price – $ 49,000

Days on the market 154

$ 675,000

Address Stoll Dr.

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 2000

Lot size 0.92 acre

Taxes $ 10,161

+/- catalog price + $ 76,000

Days on the market 108


Number of announcements ten

Price scale $ 559,000 to $ 1.925 million

Tax Range $ 8,928 to $ 23,771

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