Long Island is an affordable city near Wine Country?

Long Island Wine Country

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In what probably marks the first and only time you will see Long Island on a list of inexpensive places to live, our stretch of land was included in Food and Wine magazine and Redfin.com’s “10 affordable cities near wine country” roundup.

“There are many things to consider when relocating to a new city: schools, parks, population size, public transportation,” Food and Wine editors wrote in an introduction to the article. “But what about access to a fantastic wine region?”

With a median property sale price of $369,000, Long Island is the third-most expensive city on the list. Only Bothell, Washington ($435,000) and Livermore, California ($601,500) had a higher median sale price.

The cheapest? Tuscon, Arizona ($138,000) located near the Sonoita and Willcox wine regions.

That Long Island — which spans two counties and 100 miles from New Hyde Park to Montauk — was included as a “city” on the list makes us cock our heads to the side like a confused golden retriever. Note that the figure is Islandwide and does not include just homes on the East End, where the majority of wineries are located.

But whatever, we always like to see good press for Long Island Wine Country. And we agree with the magazine’s assessment of the region.

“Less than 50 years ago, Long Island’s north fork was sparsely populated and mostly potato farms. Over the last few decades, many of these farms have been converted into vineyards, producing award-winning wines. People from New York City and Connecticut will come here just for the wineries and make a day or weekend of vineyard hopping,” said Redfin agent John Gardner. “There are still many small farms in the area, so it’s a great place to get fresh fruit and produce in the spring and summer, pumpkins in the fall and freshly cut Christmas trees in the winter. The foodie scene is growing with well-known chefs opening restaurants in the area.”

The list also mentions cabernet franc as a Long Island wine to try and gives a shoutout to Cuveé Seafood and Grill at the Greenporter Hotel in Greenport as a place to enjoy a meal and a glass of local vino.

Read the full article here.