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The East End Real Estate Market Report: 4Q 2023

“Across the East End, sales figures are starting to reverse their course, with the South Fork seeing the first positive growth in eight quarters and the North Fork experiencing its first increase in closed deals since the end of 2021. Once again, the median price in South Fork soared to new heights — up 17% annually — while the North Fork’s median price broke $1M for the first time.

Though inventory remains tight with fewer than 2,000 active listings, there is a growing sense of positive momentum and optimism about the East End market’s renewed strength. I think we have a lot to look forward to in 2024.”

– Ernie Cervi, Regional Senior Vice President, East End

 

South Fork/Hamptons

Reported South Fork closed sales increased annually for the first time since Third Quarter 2021. However, this is in comparison to Fourth Quarter 2022 when the cyberattack against Suffolk County negatively affected the number of reported sales. So, while single-family home sales show an increase of 10% year-over-year, the number of reported sales is the second-lowest in 10 years.
 

At the end of 2023, sales increased across most of the South Fork. The 348 closed sales were a 10% increase versus last year and the first annual uptick in almost eight quarters.

  • All but four of the South Fork villages and hamlets reported an increase in sales this quarter, with Water Mill’s closed sales doubling annually.
  • Shelter Island had the most significant drop in sales — down 43% YOY, a difference of six closings.
  • The increase in the number of sales had a positive impact on sales volume, which was up 24% annually.
  • East Hampton, Water Mill, and Quogue were the only submarkets to increase in volume, while Amagansett had the steepest annual decline — down 55% YOY.

The median price in South Fork reached a new record high in Fourth Quarter 2023, increasing 17% annually to $1.942M.

  • 10 South Fork submarkets displayed annual increases in median price, with Westhampton Beach seeing the most significant increase of 111% as only two sales were below $1M this quarter.
  • Southampton Village had the largest drop in median price. At $2.750M, a 62% drop YOY. At $3.436M, the average price was less than 1% below its record-high figure set in early 2022 and a 13% increase from 2022.

In the residential luxury market (top 10% of all residential sales):

  • The luxury median price on the South Fork fell 19% YOY to $9.500M, but average price increased 9%.
  • There were two sales this quarter over $50M, while last year had zero at or above this price point, and the top closing this quarter was a $112M sale in Southampton Village.
 

North Fork

 

North Fork single-family home sales rose 25% YOY in Fourth Quarter 2023, the first annual increase since Fourth Quarter 2021.

  • Greenport saw sales jump 75% YOY, up to 21 closed deals.
  • Cutchogue was the only submarket with a decline in sales, down 6% YOY.
  • Sales volume on the North Fork saw an increase of 24%, reaching $144.613M.
  • Southold/Peconic saw an incredible 98% annual increase in sales volume, up to $36.689M, as there were double the number of sales over $1M this quarter.

Median price, up 11% YOY, achieved a new record high. At $1.066M, this is the first time the median price has been over $1M.

  • Average price dipped 1% annually, just under Fourth Quarter 2022’s record high.
  • Three of six submarkets saw an increase in average price: Aquebogue/Jamesport, Southold/Peconic, and East Marion/Orient.
  • In Aquebogue/Jamesport, average price increased 29% due to quadruple the number of closings above $1M versus one year ago.
  • Four of the six submarkets also saw an increase in median price. The most significant change was in East Marion/Orient. The 68% annual gainwas due to a larger share of sales over $1M this quarter.

In the residential luxury market (top 10% of all residential sales):

  • On the North Fork, the average luxury price was down 12% YOY, as the top sale in 4Q 2023 was $5.8M, down from $7.2M in 2022. Median price was also down, dipping 4% annually.
  • Southold /Peconic and Mattituck/Laurel accounted for 72% of luxury sales, with four sales each.
 

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