There’s a wave hitting the shores of Greenport, and it isn’t made out of water. This is a wave of customers looking to buy real estate in and around this quaint fishing village. As one of the historic villages on the North Fork, Greenport has felt the ripples of a recent resurgence in real estate sales across the region. Now, Douglas Elliman Real Estate has added a Greenport office to its North Fork locations.
Long thought of as an alternative to the Hamptons, the North Fork features many of the same attractions as its neighbors on the South Fork, but without quite the same frenetic summer activity—or the same steep price tags. Many think of it as a family friendly, wallet-friendly option for seaside living.
That being said, the Village of Greenport itself has been experiencing an ongoing metamorphosis: in the years since its waterfront was refurbished—creating the beautiful Mitchell Park and making that spectacular antique carousel the centerpiece of its downtown—a steady trickle of trendier restaurants and nightspots has arrived to appeal to the ever increasing numbers of vacationers and seasonal homeowners. Art galleries, boutiques and gourmet food shops bring big crowds of day-trippers eager to explore this very walkable village.
“Greenport is experiencing a renaissance,” says Karla Dennehy, the North Fork branch manager for Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It has history and has been rediscovered as a perfect vacation destination that is an easy commute from New York.”
Douglas Elliman recently opened a new office right in historic Greenport. Located smack dab in the middle of the village, the Douglas Elliman location is in the perfect place to give prospective homebuyers a taste of what Greenport is all about.
“Our office is in a beautiful building built in 1875. It is a Captain’s house with a widow’s walk that overlooks Mitchell Park, the historic carousel and the deep water docks that are home to 100-foot yachts and the tall ships,” Dennehy notes. “There couldn’t be a better location,” she adds with enthusiasm. If the prospective buyers like the way the office feels, they might even be able to find a similar historic property of their own around the corner. “Some of the older homes will need some renovation to bring the properties up today’s standards but when they are completed they are truly lovely.”
If a prospective buyer is more interested in recent construction and amenities, Greenport has luxury to rival the Hamptons. Among the properties currently listed with Elliman in Greenport are spacious mansions on Long Island Sound, with such luxurious features as heated pools, gourmet kitchens, marble fireplaces and private beaches. On the bay side, Douglas Elliman lists a boater’s dream house, with its own bulkhead and floating dock capable of accommodating boats over 40 feet long, and boasting unobstructed bay access.
But who are the people who are clamoring for a piece of North Fork paradise in the form of Greenport real estate? According to Dennehy, there’s an identifiable type. “The customers have changed,” she says. “The customers are young, hip, urbanites that are coming from Brooklyn, Long Island City and Queens as well as Manhattan.” This makes sense: Greenport, with its numbered streets and grid street pattern, has a pronounced urban quality that is largely missing from most other East End villages.
Greenport’s smaller size and sidewalks also appeal to these customer’s value systems. “Many are very green conscious,” Dennehy mentions. “They like the fact they can come by Jitney, train or boat and then walk or bike to town or the beach.”
Most of all, everybody likes Greenport’s historic atmosphere combined with a youthful energy. As Dennehy says, “Greenport gives you the feel of yester-year and yet has the fun and energy of today.” And now, Douglas Elliman can get you a piece of it.