Haute Habitats June 2012

Around Town
In the middle of LI’s North Fork wine country, Cutchogue is probably best known for its numerous vineyards and wineries, including Bedell Cellars, Castello di Borghese/Hargrave, Pugliese Vineyards and McCall Wines, to name a few. But the small hamlet’s rich and well-preserved history is also worth exploring.

English-American settlers arrived there around 1640, but Cutchogue’s first settlers, and namesake, the Corchaug Indians lived in the fertile region long before then. Traces of a fortified native settlement, Fort Corchaug, were found in Cutchogue and the area is now preserved for residents and visitors. The hamlet is home to many historic structures. Among them, the oldest English-style house in New York, built in 1649, a schoolhouse, the Cutchogue Library, part of which was built as a church in 1862, and the infamously haunted Wickham Farmhouse, built in 1740.

Just 8.5 square miles with a population of fewer than 3,500, Cutchogue’s agricultural and marine enterprises hold strong. It has two excellent golf clubs, a number of quaint bed and breakfast establishments, and quality farm stands with produce from some of the finest soil in the world.

imageA waterfront treasure on the North Fork, this stately, cedar shingled traditional sits atop a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound. Expansive views can be admired from within the home or outside while enjoying the sunset on the ample back porch or relaxing in the gunite infinity pool with attached spa after a game of tennis on the private court. A graceful front porch opens to gorgeous country vistas, including 20 acres of adjacent farmland, which is also for sale, and two large upstairs bedrooms open to spacious balconies providing a birds-eye view of the property and miles of water beyond.

The first floor of this beauty includes a great room with cathedral ceiling and dominant stone hearth, formal dining room, cozy sunroom with fireplace, guest bedroom and bath, epicurean eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, entertainment/game room, gym and laundry. The lavish master suite features French doors that open to a waterside mahogany deck, while the master bath has a relaxing whirlpool and shower bathed in natural light. Two more bedrooms and baths accommodate guests or family upstairs, and a sitting room and well-appointed office complete this elegant spread.

Location: Cutchogue
List Price: $3.295 million
Taxes: $32,706
Style: Traditional
Year Built: 2001
Rooms: 14
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5 full, 1 half
Lot Size: 2.05 acres
Fireplaces: 3
Listing Agent: Prudential Douglas Elliman