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NOT ONE BUT TWO genuinely antique houses hit the market last week on Long Island’s North Fork, where farmland, farm stands, vineyards and wineries abound, and the feeling is of an earlier time.

The front-porch charmer, above, said to date from 1920, is in Peconic — 1-1/2 hours due east of NYC, with luck. It’s 2,000 square foot, 4BR, 2 bath, with an asking price of $450,000. The full listing, with more pics and details, is here. 

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The Greenport clapboard house, above, is older still — built in 1884 — with 3BR, 1 bath, and an ask of $399,000. Greenport is a great little bayfront town, comprised almost entirely of vintage housing stock, with an abundance of quirky shops and good restaurants. More photos and info right here.

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HERE’S A NEW YEAR’S GOODIE. Yep, with the turn of the calendar, it’s time to start thinking about…summer houses! The listing says this sweet and unpretentious 3BR, 2 bath  (bigger than it looks at from the outside) dates from 1847, and that seems about right. The symmetry, porch columns, pilasters on either side of the front door and six-over-six windows, all say Greek Revival to me. At the same time, the front porch and picket fence say farmhouse (they’re not mutually exclusive). It’s in the village of Greenport,on Long Island’s North Fork, where nearly all the houses are of similar vintage (see more of Greenport’s architectural charms here).

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The price has just been reduced by 30K. The still-upwards-of-400K ask reflects the tip-top condition of the house, the optimism of the sellers, and the market being pretty strong.

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Except for the dated kitchen, the house appears immaculate — renovated perhaps to a fault (recessed lights in old houses are a particular peeve of mine).

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Check out the listing, with lots more photos, here.

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Anyone local have insight to share about the Main Street location?

FRESH NORTH FORK PICKIN’S for someone in search of a 1910 house with nice proportions (from the front at least — the rear has additions upon additions) on a long, skinny 1.24 acres in Greenport’s “limited business” zone.

Greenport, way out on the East End of Long Island, is a bayfront village with much to recommend it (restaurants, shops, cool people). It’s made up almost exclusively of older homes, and they’re very well-priced. My guess is that Greenport has only just begun.

This brand-new-to-market 3BR, 1 Bath lacks for landscaping, to say the least. What could this property be used for? A nursery? Antiques business? Furniture making or refinishing? Bike shop?

In real estate jargon, “The possibilities are endless!” I’ve run out of ideas, though. What would you do with it, if anything?

For more info and photos (though none of the interior, I’m afraid), go here.

A FIELD GUIDE to 19th century American architecture, all on one block in one town. Not even that long a block either: Bay Avenue in Greenport, on the North Fork of Long Island. There’s everything from a c.1820 Greek Revival sea captain’s cottage to squared-off Italianates of the 1840s, front porch farmhouses, and turreted Victorians. Take a walk and gawk with me…

Got a favorite?

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THERE ARE LOTS OF LITTLE TREASURES tucked into the quiet back streets of Greenport, a bayside town with great vintage character on Long Island’s North Fork.

Here are two that just hit the market within the past week. The broker who called my attention to them is John Yunitis, 631/252-8451.

Exhibit A, above, is a mid-19th century 3BR with eyebrow windows, original clapboard siding, wide plank floors, wood-burning stove, and an old outbuilding, below, in the backyard. Asking price: $399,000.

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For more interior pictures showing the original staircases and other details, go here.

Exhibit B, below, is described as an 1880s saltbox, but it looks about the same size, era, and construction as the other — said to be 1840s, which seems about right (and not a saltbox). Also 3BR, it’s apparently in very spiffy shape, as you can see from the many interior photos that accompany the realtor’s listing. Ask is 362K.

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