Life comes at you as quickly or slowly as you like in Laurel — this gorgeous community is close to North Fork attractions, but retains its own, uncomplicated feel.
An unspoiled bayside community that beckons you outdoors
Laurel began as a three-square-mile stretch of farmland between Riverhead and Southold that remained unnamed by European settlers until more folks moved in. In the 1800s, the relatives of U.S. presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison lived here, and the area was initially called Franklinville, after Benjamin Franklin. Later, the hamlet was renamed for its ubiquitous indigenous tree. Today, its most arresting natural features remain its bayfront location and the 400-acre Laurel Lake Preserve.
Waterfront estates and affordable options
Like elsewhere on the North Fork, the finest waterfront estates in Laurel easily run well over $1 million, but there’s an appealing range of smaller homes and cottages that dip into the $300K-$400K range. Some building lots cost even less than that. But because the inventory is small here, it’s advisable to pay close attention when new properties hit the market if Laurel is your desired destination.
Owner Peter Hallock is the 11th generation to farm here. His farm stand still features the same chowder recipe his ancestors created, as well as some knockout pies, cheesecakes and cider.
An excellent spot for hiking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for perch and bass. Blueberry bushes hug some trails. Frogs, turtles and birds are plentiful.
Owned by a group of American and Chilean friends, this winery offers a big roster of red and white wines, and a Colonial-style tasting room with ample indoor and outdoor seating.