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Easy Living in Jamesport – $649,000 The Goods – This two bedroom, three and a half bath condominium in Maidstone Landing with pond views is the most economical choice in the community. The finished basement has a spacious den, bar area and walkout patio. The main living area features a wall of windows overlooking the pond and woods, two-story cathedral ceilings add to the spaciousness. The unit has two decks creating an outdoor living experience. Maidstone Landing takes care of the landscaping, street maintenance and snow removal for its residents. The community amenities also include a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and beach.

Why it’s a good deal – “When compared to other properties offered in this price range, you cannot find a home with all of the extras this community has to offer,” says listing agent Thomas McCloskey of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “No community on the East End has the square footage, pool, tennis, clubhouse and beach with overhead this low.”

The North Fork real estate market is expected to be very busy this summer. The $500,000 and under range is the most active segment, while Greenport continues to be in strong demand. Inventory remains tight, causing prices to rise. With more buyers than sellers, properties priced well are going fast, often with multiple bids. As sales on the North Fork continue to be brisk, a strong finish to the year is predicted.

South Harbor Farmhouse – $899,000 The Goods – A unique opportunity to own this Historic Farmhouse, a lovely wraparound porch perfect for rocking chairs make this classic Turn-of-the-Century home truly special. The charm of pecan and heartwood pine floors, custom crafted trim and moldings, full vaulted attic, special built-in’s and cozy nooks, original details and character have all been lovingly cared for. A recently renovated kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and an updated master bath, 2-car garage, workshop and chicken coop complete the package! Beautiful South Harbor Beach at end of road. Centrally located to farms and vineyards and just a Jitney ride away!

000-000-EDIT-ShelterIsland.indd Shelter Island, an 8,000-acre island situated between the North and South Forks, is surrounded by Shelter Island Sound on three sides and Gardiners Bay on the fourth side. In 1980, The Nature Conservancy preserved nearly 1/3 of it, known as Mashomack Preserve. Originally inhabited by the Manhansett Indians, English settlers arrived in 1652. Easily accessible by car ferry from Greenport on the North Fork and from North Haven on the South Fork, it is a uniquely beautiful place.

By all signs, the housing market is bouncing back in 2013. With tighter spring inventory, rising home prices, increased building, and a decline in foreclosures, housing is making a steady recovery. With a busy summer rental season and housing sales back to their pre-recession norms, 2013 is shaping up to be a great year.