The east end of Long Island has two forks, like a fish’s tail. The southern fork is renown around the globe as the Hamptons, while the less ballyhooed northern fork is more forthrightly called the North Fork.
A serene area filled with family farms and unspoiled beaches — beaches on Long Island Sound tend to be rocky, while those on Great Peconic Bay are sandy — over the last two decades the North Fork has become a hot spot for chic wineries and Michelin-quality restaurants that use the bounty of the local farms, vineyards, and seas.
Known for its charming farmhouses, historic cottages and vintage barns, there’s a new, starkly modern homestead that has been rising on a two-acre parcel along one of the North Fork’s most scenic and peaceful lanes within the hamlet of Cutchogue.
Developer Craig Nassi says, “This is a truly unique property. It’s never been done before on the North Fork. The area is definitely worthy of a property of this status; so many people are looking to have a second or third home in a prestigious yet unpretentious area. This house is set inside a vineyard. We planted about 4,000 vines around it, and the new owner will get to appreciate living in the wine country. It’s a very secluded, quiet house with no one in sight for probably about a quarter of a mile.”
The glass-walled house, listed at $7.8 million, which makes it the most expensive home currently listed on the open market on the North Fork, was designed by world-famous Sprecht Architects. In all there is more than 7,000 square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
Everything about the sleek and striking home is carefully considered and high end, from the 14-foot ceilings, to the 12-foot-high windows and sliding doors, the Carrara marble counters, and radiant heat floors. One of the more unexpected and inviting features is the rooftop terrace, which provides wraparound vineyard views along with an outdoor kitchen and wet bar. The two-acre spread also offers a circular sunken fire pit, perfect for s’mores with the kids or cocktails with the gals, as well as a heated gunite pool.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, modern design for the North Fork, located in the sought-after farm belt area called Oregon Road,” says listing agent Scott Bennett at Douglas Elliman. “It’s tranquil and bucolic, set right in the vineyards. With its unique design and price point, I can’t say anything like it has ever sold on the North Fork.”
Nassi adds, “I can tell you no one comes to the North Fork or for the first time or second time and says ‘I hate that place, I’m never going back.’ Everyone that comes here says the same thing: I love it.” Plus, it’s not far from New York City, about two hours by car, and it doesn’t yet suffer from Hamptons-style traffic, so basically there’s nothing not to love.