10/27/14 10:00am
10/27/2014 10:00 AM
A scene from Bryan Petty's Cutchogue home. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

A scene from Bryan Petty’s Cutchogue home. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Bryan Petty doesn’t create the spooky Halloween scene outside his Cutchogue home, which this year features vampires, mad scientists and dummy versions of horror flick villains, for money. Instead he takes his payment in screams.

One year, he recalled, on Halloween night a group a teenagers came down after dark to check out his display.  (more…)

10/26/14 12:00pm
10/26/2014 12:00 PM
Step one: Remove rotted wood around the door. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Step one: Remove rotted wood around the door. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

About a year and a half ago, my wife and I bought our first home. From the start, we knew very well that we would need to get our hands dirty in order to make the house work. In case you’ve been living under a rock, real estate isn’t cheap on Long Island. And we got lucky with our place — it’s in the back of a neighborhood in Wading River, with about as little through traffic as we could ask for.

But with that came the need for a little bit of elbow grease and updating. Four words: carpets in the kitchen.

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10/21/14 7:00am
10/21/2014 7:00 AM

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The words enchanting, romantic and serene only begin to describe this $3.7 million Cutchogue dream home. Located in the exclusive Nassau Point neighborhood and boasting a beachfront view, this 1920s-era home is unrivaled in charm and tranquility. Private beach rights put the cherry on top of this retreat.

View the full listing on northforker.com

10/20/14 10:00am
10/20/2014 10:00 AM
Real estate agents say that while Community Preservation Fund revenues indicate the market has slowed on Shelter Island in 2014, they believe a number of pending transactions will show an improved market in the fourth quarter. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Real estate agents say that while Community Preservation Fund revenues indicate the market has slowed on Shelter Island in 2014, they believe a number of pending transactions will show an improved market in the fourth quarter. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Real estate sales continue to lag despite the appearance of market recoveries on both the North and South forks, but Shelter Island may still be the hidden jewel in the East End’s crown for some house hunters.

There are, however, finally signs that this year’s property sales could, by the end of 2014, surpass last year’s numbers on the island. Community Preservation Funds — a 2 percent fee buyers pay to acquire property on Shelter Island — still lag behind 2013 revenue. But there has been significant movement in the past two months.  (more…)