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12/19/14 10:00am
12/19/2014 10:00 AM
A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There are people who love Christmas and then there’s Kevin and Tammy Kruger.

The Krugers, who have been decorating each holiday season for two decades, created a unique setting, using practically every inch of their property at 640 Mechanic St. in Southold. For that, they’ve earned the grand prize in our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest, which includes a $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of Riverhead Building Supply.

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12/16/14 7:00am
12/16/2014 7:00 AM
We really like the kitchen of this Riverhead on the market  with an asking price of $300,000.

We really like the kitchen of this Riverhead on the market with an asking price of $300,000.

Think $300,000 isn’t a big enough budget for a home on the North Fork?

Think again.

We found three charming listings in Riverhead, Aquebogue and Southold, all at or below the $300K mark. Now, these might not be the largest homes and we admit some appear to need some repairs, but they could be great fits for minimalists with small families.

Hey, nobody ever said living in Long Island Wine Country was without sacrifice.

See more on northforker.com

12/14/14 12:00pm
12/14/2014 12:00 PM
Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The holidays have long been considered the worst time of year to put your home on the market. But could listing your property between Thanksgiving and the New Year actually not be such a bad thing?

“Look: It’s never the wrong time to sell your house,” said Sheri Winter Clarry, licensed associate real estate broker at Corcoran in Southold. “Once you’ve made that decision, go for it with your full effort.”  (more…)

12/09/14 9:32am
12/09/2014 9:32 AM

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No detail was spared in the construction of this Laurel home. A chef’s dream, this house features a professional kitchen with a fireplace, a huge master suite and in-ground salt water pool, all for less than $1 million. If that wasn’t enough to grab your attention the three bedroom, three bathroom estate is perfectly positioned minutes from beaches, marinas, vineyards, restaurants and shopping.

View the complete listing at northforker.com.

12/04/14 11:50am
12/04/2014 11:50 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH | The Long Island Science Center would move if apartments get built.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH | The Long Island Science Center would move if apartments get built.

A five-story apartment building planned for the Long Island Science Center site went from market-rate “luxury” apartments to “workforce housing” affordable apartments earlier this year.

The plans have now seen another change. (more…)

12/01/14 10:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

Picture an entire street decorated as a winter wonderland. Now imagine dozens of them.

This was something I witnessed as an editor at a local newspaper in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the paper hosted an annual Holiday Lights Tour. Individual houses and streets would be evaluated each year by a team of judges from the newspaper staff. We’d determine which were the best, award them prizes and publish a list of the top holiday houses in the valley so our readers could go see them firsthand.

The contest eventually grew so large that the judges were all chauffeured in a limousine, touring the houses for more than eight hours. We’d be greeted with bribes — we actually gave out a prize for best bribe — of food, drinks and trinkets from the contestants. I still have the Homer Simpson-talking Santa figure a producer on “The Simpsons” gave me in hopes I’d choose his house. Though I ultimately voted for the house that fed us the killer tortilla soup.

For the past several winters, we’ve toyed with the idea of bringing such a contest to the North Fork and encouraging each of our readers to find their inner Clark Griswold as we seek to identify the best-decorated house.

This year we’re giving it a try.

We’re going to start out small, by picking one winning house and a handful of honorable mentions.

To participate, you’ll need to fill out the form in the ‘At Home’ section of this week’s paper or email us (gparpan@timesreview.com) the relevant information.KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

You will also need to be home on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 14, when our judges will make the rounds to decide which home is the best decorated. We will call all contestants several days before our visit to let you know an approximate time we’ll stop by.

We will judge your home based on style and taste, the difficulty of setting up the decorations and the uniqueness of your display.

We will consider interiors, exteriors or both.

The winning houses will be featured on our real estate page in the Dec. 18 issue, and the grand winner will get the perfect gift for homeowners who want to improve their houses even more for next year’s contest: a $1,000 gift certificate to Riverhead Building Supply.

Do you think you have the best-decorated house on the North Fork? Prove it.

Photos credits: Katharine Schroeder