The Lakeside Community of the Chapin Estate in Bethel Introduces a New Concierge Service for Residents

BETHEL, NY, MARCH 14, 2006 – The Chapin Estate, a prestigious gated community of rustic inspired estates underway in the Catskill Mountains in Bethel, New York, is pleased to introduce a new concierge service for its residents. This personalized service provides purchasers with a level of attention that further sets The Chapin Estate apart from other communities. Offerings will include everything from twice-weekly home checks to arrangements for baby sitters to air charter reservations. The concierge service perfectly compliments the properties of The Chapin Estate, which range from “on-the-lake” to “at-the-lake” locations among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and the sparkling waters of two boating reservoirs in beautiful Sullivan County, the “Gateway to the Catskills.” The service will be available at various price levels, with many services also offered on an as needed basis.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, the new concierge service was a natural extension of the community’s goal of offering its residents a second home community above and beyond comparable vacation properties.

“The Chapin Estate began as a vision to provide estate purchasers with a second home closer to Manhattan and Bergen County than those found much further north. Within just two hours, purchasers can reach Sullivan County via Route 17 and Interstates 84 and 87,” Samuel explains. “This focus on comfort and convenience led us to explore other ways to better serve our residents, and to that end we are proud to introduce the Chapin Estate Concierge Service. Whether it’s signing for packages, delivering groceries, securing tickets to one of the headline performers at the soon-to-open Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, or decorating a home for a party, our new service can help in every way.”

The Chapin Estate Concierge Service is available a la carte for help securing transportation, reservations, event tickets, car rentals, floral arrangements, pet sitting, handyman and maintenance services at the community and a plethora of other items. In addition, The Chapin Estate is offering custom personalized services. Samuelson explains, “Since many of our residents come up on weekends or spend a week or two here, we will be offering weekly home checks with owner notification and key holding, delivery receiving, property lot cleanup, driveway snowplowing and lawn cutting, to name a few.

“However, we want to offer more and we envision our service as able to handle any request our residents might have,” Samuelson continues. “If a member of the community requires a masseuse or a personal trainer, we’re here to help. If they need to find a talented landscaper, or if they just need to know of a good restaurant nearby, we can help with that, too.”

The Chapin Estates’ concierge service provides the perfect compliment to the community’s idyllic location. Situated on two boating lakes – the Toronto Reservoir and the Swinging Bridge Reservoir, which combine for approximately 2,000 acres of pristine waters surrounded by 15,000 acres of woods – its residents enjoy a myriad of year-round outdoor activity.

Samuelson elaborates, “In the fall, the community is ablaze in color and just perfect for hiking, bird watching and sightseeing. Winters, of course, allow for skiing, ice skating, snowy vistas and the ideal holiday setting. While this past summer, residents fished in the lake, enjoyed horseback riding adventures in the scenic landscape, and many enjoyed the community-wide country barbecue, which provided everyone with the opportunity to mix and mingle over good food and great conversation.” Samuelson adds, “Coming soon is the private Chapin Estate Lake Club, which is sure to become a focal point of activity. And the nearby Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in July 2006 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, providing a future venue for world-class, award-winning productions and performers.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s setting is perfectly embodied in the available properties upon which purchasers can create their “dream estate home,” “country lodge,” or “cabin in the woods.” Samuelson explains, “The Chapin Estate offers purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit their particular needs on that property. Our collection consists of “on-the-lake” properties which are priced from $595,000 and, for those searching for a multi-acre wooded property (five acre minimum) not on the lake, we offer “at-the-lake” properties priced from just $155,000. Once a property is chosen, we then work with the purchaser to create a true custom designed and built home.”

The Woodstone Group, an award-winning builder renowned for its handcrafted homes, is creating the Western and Adirondack-inspired homes at The Chapin Estate. Staffed by their own in-house artisans, Woodstone delivers homes with yesterday’s charm and today’s amenities, and their work as illustrated by the homes at The Chapin Estate is no exception. Each home is specifically designed and built to reflect each purchaser’s unique lifestyle and personal desires, while always accentuating the collection’s natural beauty. Samuelson further points out that the community’s architectural and construction guidelines and covenants protect the environment of The Chapin Estate. He states, “All of the homes include indigenous materials from the property incorporated into the construction of the home.”

For those who seek to realize their dream of a grand truly custom home that reflects their personal style and taste, The Woodstone Group offers individually designed homes priced from the $750,000’s. Available custom designed features may include an open family room with oversized windows, cathedral ceilings, a gourmet-style kitchen with granite countertops and separate eating area, first level master suite, recreation room, patios and wrap around decks. “The most important feature of every custom home at The Chapin Estate comes from the ideas and desires of the individual purchaser,” adds Samuelson. “Whether it’s a stone fireplace in the family room, a solid wood staircase, a mural painted on the tile in the master bath, a sauna or a custom wine cellar, nothing limits our residents from creating the home of their dreams.”

Purchasers can also choose from an array of appropriately priced pre-designed home plans full of appointments and amenities.

Prospective purchasers, who wish to enjoy a unique level of personal service in a beautiful natural setting, all just a short drive from Bergen County and Manhattan, should look no further than The Chapin Estate. To preview the available properties, please contact the Sales Associates at The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900. Or, for more information, please visit the website at

Pamela J. Principe-Golgolab
PNA Associates Inc.
Tel./Fax: (908) 879-9661

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