Haute Habitats August 2011

Around Town
Mattituck derived its name from the Algonquin word for “great creek” or “land of few trees.” Today, Mattituck is home to some of Long Island’s most well known vineyards, including Macari Vineyards and Shinn Estate Vineyard. In addition, fresh produce is available at various farmstands throughout the North Fork. Each year, Mattituck hosts the Strawberry Festival (June) and the Mattituck Street Fair (July). Dining locations include À Mano Osteria and Wine Bar (http://www.amanorestaurant.com), which showcases local food and wine as well as traditional Tuscan flavoring, and Love Lane Kitchen (http://www.lovelanekitchen.com), a fashionable restaurant serving a mix of American and Mediterranean foods made with fresh local ingredients. Centered on the bucolic North Fork, this quieter side of the East End is no less sophisticated than its southern sister—art galleries, organic and gourmet eating and artisanal and boutique shopping abound. All this, and without the traffic? Believe it!

One usually purchases a home based on two or three desired selling points, but an estate, by definition, is the culmination of many diverse and special criteria. This 37-acre Mattituck property is the epitome of an estate, but with the casual charm of a country horse farm. The home is lush in space and certainly well appointed—boasting embellishments like six bedroom suites (two with private balconies overlooking the grounds), seven and a half baths, a basement with 12-foot-high ceilings, three fireplaces, large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, great room, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, billiard room, a yoga room and more—but it is also warm and homey, comfortable and familiar. The grounds are vast, sporting a motocross track, 20+ acres currently planted with nursery stock that would be perfect for a polo field or vineyard, and full development rights are intact. The equestrian facility is a rare gem sprawling across 12 acres and is fully stocked with a twenty-stall barn that includes two wash stalls, feed room, office, tack room and laundry room. An enclosed exercise building for the horses, an indoor riding arena, several fenced-in riding areas and two private apartments for staff round out what is an equestrian’s dream estate.

Location: Mattituck
List Price: $8,900,000
Taxes: $97,890
Style: Traditional
Year built: 2008
Rooms: 16
Bedrooms: 6?Baths: 7 full, 1 half
Lot size: 37 Acres
Fireplaces: 3
Agency: Cardinale Group—Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty