Well, it’s official! Shelter Island has been named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast.
The title was bestowed upon our little corner of the universe by the esteemed editors at Coastal Living magazine, and Shelter Island shares the honor with 19 other enjoyable seaside destinations, both in the United States and abroad.
In their critique of Shelter Island, Coastal Living’s writers Bob Curley and Tracey Minkin liked the fact the Island embodies a Goldilocks-esque “just right” balance of sophistication and old-fashioned authenticity. They also appreciated the ferry-only access, which ensures the Island’s remote sensibility, yet still allows for easy day trips to the wineries of the North Fork and the Hamptons happenings on the South Fork.
Other plusses for Coastal Living writers included the nearness of Manhattan (and its total incongruity with Shelter Island’s quiet ways), and our 17 miles of shoreline “with boats of every size and purpose.”
“Shelter Island is just that: a maritime gem hidden in plain sight — quiet, colorful, and staunchly original,” wrote Curley and Minkin.
Though we may be partial, we couldn’t agree more.
In terms of best beach, Coastal Living chose Crescent Beach which they rated tops for sunsets as well as beautiful people.
For those looking to avoid those beautiful people, The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve scored high on Coastal Living’s list of top attractions. And why not? At more than 2,000 acres with 12 miles of coastline, the magazine’s staff appreciated the many hiking opportunities and water vistas the preserve offers.
The magazine also gave a thumb’s up to the Ram’s Head Inn for its New England flavor, the fine lawn with Adirondack chairs perfectly situated for sunset views, and dining on the porch.
Here’s Coastal Living’s breakdown of “Shelter Island by the Numbers”:
Average July high: 80
Average January low: 24
Median home price: $888,700
Average commute time: 17 minutes
Number of sunny days: 206