The waterfront has long served as inspiration for a multitude of creatives. Artists, chefs, designers, architects, and homeowners have found the North Fork’s bays, harbors, and Long Island Sound to be among some of its major draws. The area continues to grow with new homeowners relocating to the East End and businesses giving their various spaces a much-needed refresher. Other restaurants and seasonal shops are now reopening, preparing for their busiest time of year. As Memorial Day kicks off the summer season out east, we look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the North Fork.
From Brooklyn to the North Fork
Looking for a fresh start on the North Fork, Brooklyn dwellers recently purchased the home at 12710 Soundview Avenue in Southold. Nestled on a one-acre property just near McCabe’s Beach, the home with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms offers an enchanting country appeal combined with casual seaside listing. Nicholas Planamento of Town & Country Real Estate worked with the buyers who are now moving to the North Fork full time. They also recently acquired an oyster bed and farm just off of Ram Island.
“Welcoming oyster farmers to their North Fork home, after relocating from Brooklyn, wasn’t an easy task,” Planamento shares of the home listed for $768,000. “However, I was able to get the job done and all parties involved were super happy with the sale. This 19th century inspired home full of natural light is close to McCabe’s Beach and offers a pool on a shy acre of land in a woodland setting close to Southold village amenities.”
The Revitalization of Claudio’s
Formerly the oldest family owned and operated restaurant in the United States, the Claudio’s compound is honoring its history under new ownership while also making necessary upgrades to enhance the overall experience. Seasoned Hospitality’s Stephen Loffredo and Tora Matsuoka oversaw the renovations, working with architects Robert Brown, A.I.A. and Tim Schollaert, A.I.A. In the main restaurant, the first floor has been renovated to create a new tavern vibe with high-top communal tables. The landmark 1920s bar remains. A new upstairs bar and event space with a visual wine cellar has been added. Formerly known as Claudio’s Clam Bar, Claudio’s Waterfront underwent a complete rebuild to update the docks and bulkhead. The team is also working on a new culinary program with an increased emphasis on local and seasonal produce with North Fork-brewed beers, local spirits and wines.
“We are committed to deliver a safer, more comfortable environment with improved and expanded facilities for a fresher, brighter look while being careful not to lose all of the attributes that we love about the Claudio’s venues,” shares co-owner Ryan Sasson.
Award-winning Winery on the Market
When Kip and Susan Bedell first planted grapevines on the North Fork in 1980, they became one of the region’s pioneering winemaking families. Bedell Cellars sold in 2000 to the Lynne Family, and is now on the market for $17.9 million with Corcoran’s licensed associate real estate broker Gary DePersia as the listing agent. This amazing opportunity spans 95 acres at three separate locations, including five parcels of land. There is a full renovated cottage with four bedrooms, as well as the main 10,000+ square-foot winery, which houses the tasting room, wine lab, barrel room, fermentation cellar, bottling line and offices plus an additional 4,000-square-foot annex which is the events pavilion, an agricultural barn for machines and case storage as well as another tasting room and events building on one of the separate locations known as Corey Creek. The business is well-established with wines in more than 250 New York restaurants, 12 states, a 2,000+ member wine club, and more than 100,000 visitors each year. Not to mention it is locally also one of the most sought-after wedding venues each summer. Learn more about this unique opportunity to be part of Long Island’s winemaking history at bedellwinery.com.