Estates at Royalton, equestrian community, breaks ground in Mattituck

Developer Richard Behmoiram pets one of his horses in the Estates at Royalton barn. Residents will be able to board their horses here if they do not wish to house them in their backyards. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

The equestrian community is getting a new home on the North Fork.

The 11-unit Estates at Royalton development is breaking ground on Cox Neck Road in Mattituck. These houses will be connected by a bridle path to a state-of-the-art equestrian center, for horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike.

“This is the first place of its kind on Long Island,” said developer Richard Behmoiram. “The North Fork is agrarian, so it’s a nice fit; the horse community fits into the farming community.”

There are three model homes ranging from 3,800 to 4,600 square feet, but each can be customized to suit the buyer’s preferences. Each will all be equipped with a pool and the buyer’s choice of either a pool house or a barn. Owning a horse is not necessary to live at the Estates at Royalton.

“Even though we start with these three models, the workmanship alone in them is custom work,” real estate agent Lori MacGarva said. After seeing the models, buyers will be able to choose colors, floor plans, tiling and smaller details to their liking.

The smallest model, The North Salem, starts at $1.8 million and features four bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths. The mid-sized model, The Wellington, starts at $2.2 million and the largest option, The Hickstead, starts at $2.4 million. Both of those have five bedrooms, five full baths and two half-baths.

Behmoiram said there is already great interest and units will probably start to move by the end of August, even before the first model is set to be finished, around Thanksgiving.

A rendering of The Hickstead model at the Royalton Estates complex in Mattituck. (Credit: Douglas Elliman courtesy photo)

“It’s a lifestyle that we’re selling up here,” Behmoiram said. “It’s a community that’s based around an equestrian sport but not necessarily do you need to be a horse owner to enjoy it or utilize it.” Those who do not own a horse could opt for the pool house.

One of the biggest perks of the new development is that it eliminates the negatives of owning a horse on your own property. The paddocks are kept very clean because there will be hired staff to maintain them daily, Behmoiram added. Residents who do not own a horse will have the opportunity to learn to ride at the facility. There is also open space on the grounds residents can use for trail riding or walks, as well as a small picnic area where riders can tie up their horses and use outdoor tables and seating.

The equestrian facility is 15.2 acres and its primary style is English show jumping. It has an indoor arena, jumping fields, full-service boarding, 20 grass pasture turnouts, a horse walker and a staff of full-time trainers.

There will be a limited homeowners association, which provides for snow removal, general maintenance and care of the open space, but not landscaping or garbage removal for individual homes.

Mr. Behmoiram said he hopes to have at least the shell of a house completed in time for the Hampton Classic, the equestrian event held on the South Fork late in the summer, so potential buyers can walk through to get an idea of what it will look like. The equestrian center is already up and running.

“This will probably be one of the most exclusive communities on the North Fork,” Behmoiram said.