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A house on the North Fork you can enjoy (almost) all year, for $639,000

This 1920s three-bedroom house was expanded in 1988.

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One of Suffolk County's gems is the hamlet of Cutchogue, located along the North Fork of Long Island. It has long been a popular summer spot for city residents, thanks to its picturesque beaches, vineyards, and the sheltered waters of Little Peconic Bay, which was once described by Albert Einstein as "the most beautiful sailing ground I ever experienced."

But there's more to Cutchogue than a summer destination—the hamlet and surrounding area are home to vineyards including Lieb Cellars, Pugliese Vineyards, Bedell CellarsPellegrini Vineyards, and Coffee Pot Cellars that host wine tastings year-round and good restaurants like Touch of Venice. There's also the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, which holds readings, talks, and concerts; and the Alex Ferrone Gallery, where you can see fine contemporary art and photos. 

Although the median listing price for the area is a hefty $782,495, you can find some good deals slightly farther from the water. Consider, for instance, the three-bedroom, three-bath house at 1405 Wunneweta Rd., now on the market for $639,000.

The house was originally a chalet-style property built in the 1920s; it was been expanded and redone in 1988, but still retains some of its original features. There's a spacious living room with large picture windows.

The kitchen has a tile floor and homey backsplash.

There's also an eat-in area by the back porch's French doors.

The enclosed porch looks like a great spot for three-season dining.

The master suite is located on the first floor, and has big picture windows in the bedroom. The listing doesn't offer photos of the other two bedrooms that are located on the second floor.

There's a cozy-looking family room.

And a separate garage with a big gravel driveway.

This little back deck could be a nice spot for outdoor seating.

There's also a roofdeck.

And some lush greenery leading up to the house.

The house is about a two-hour drive from Manhattan. Most visitors take the Jitney, which stops here. The nearest Long Island Rail Road stop is in Mattituck, a two-and-a-half-hour trip from Manhattan.