Baiting Hollow is the best of both worlds

Baiting Hollow is the best of both worlds


Vacation From Big City Stresses

For me, Baiting Hollow offers the best of both worlds. The landscape is dotted with golf courses, nurseries, farm stands and vineyards. Many wineries operate within 30 minutes drive. The hamlet has rural charm but also offers the convenience of being close to the Long Island Expressway.


Baiting Hollow is surrounded by six state and country parks. The north border consists of the beaches along the Long Island Sound. Nearby in Riverside are museums, good restaurants, and upscale shopping.  


One popular draw in Baiting Hollow is the Cooperage Inn Restaurant which is well-known for its award-winning Sunday Brunch. Another is Long Island Spirits, which produces LiV Vodka. It is a farm-to-bottle operation, and a 1900s barn in Baiting Hollow was restored for this business. It is the first craft distillery to grace Long Island for many years.


Bargains, If You Look Hard

In Baiting Hollow, it still seems possible to snag a real estate bargain. People attracted to the area are often looking for a second home for vacations.  In Woodcliff Park, a community on the North Shore, cottages are still available at a decent price. Of course, these small properties don’t come with the luxuries found in some other vacation properties.


Last year, Floyd and Evelyn Chivvis bought a cottage in the community, paying only $40,000 which must have been the lowest price for a house near the water on Long Island.  They can walk from their two-bedroom home down a wooden stairway to the shore of Long Island Sound.  Evelyn had searched all over to find a cottage they could afford that was close to water.


Most of the cottage owners lease the land from Benjamin Karlin, the owner of Woodcliff Park and pay taxes to the town of Riverhead. Woodcliff Park has just shy of 200 homes and owners often stay in a cottage for a few months and rent it out for the rest of the season.


Whether it’s from a cottage at Woodcliff Park or a luxury condominium at The Bluffs, residents of Baiting Hollow can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic sweep of the Long Island Sound and the dramatic sunsets.

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