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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Riverhead, New_York

Riverhead is on the north shore of Long Island in New York's Suffolk County.  The area is home to many nice beaches on Long island Sound (the north side of Long Island).The population was 27,680 in 2000. There are a number of small hamlets within Riverhead, including Riverhead and Wading River. The North Fork of Long Island starts here and so does its popular wine country. This area is decidedly less crowded and more rural than further west or south on the South Fork.

Where to Retire in Riverhead and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in Riverhead. (See link on left ).  According to, the median selling price was $533,000 in late 2022.

What Is Special about Riverhead

The North Fork of Long Island is rural with plenty of wineries and nice beaches on Long Island Sound. Wildwood State Park.

What Is Not Special about Riverhead

You either like Long Island or you hate it.  Getting to the mainland either requires a drive through traffic to New York, or a ferry to Connecticut from Orient Point or Port Jefferson.

Climate and Physical Environment

Riverhead is the eastern terminus of the Long Island Expressway. It is also the western beginning of the North Fork - Long Island Sound is on the north coast. The region has a much warmer climate than further inland, thanks to its proximity to the ocean and Long Island Sound. Grapes for wine thrive in this region.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Riverhead is the home of the Long Island Blues Festival. There is also a Polish festival.


Riverhead's crime rate is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Central Suffolk Hospital is in Riverhead.


The Long Island Expressway ends here. You can get to Connecticut by ferry from either nearby Port Jefferson or Orient Point. New York airports are reasonably close. You are close to the Long Island Railroad to NYC.

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