Keeping the Travel Time Down – The Chapin Estate is a Vacation Home Hot Spot within Two Hours of Manhattan and Northern New Jersey

BETHEL, NY, MARCH 28, 2006 – What’s hot in luxury vacation home destinations? Not traveling – far that is. The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of western and rustic inspired luxury homes in the Catskill mountain region of Sullivan County, New York, is a new hot spot within two hours of Manhattan and New Jersey. More than 120 purchasers have found the remarkable cabin-style vacation homes in this idyllic location among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and the sparkling waters of two boating reservoirs is the perfect setting to spend weekends and vacations.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, “The Chapin Estate began as a vision to provide luxury vacation home purchasers, who love the rustic style of the Adirondacks or the west, with a home closer to Manhattan and Bergen County. Within two hours, purchasers can be here in Sullivan County, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Catskills.’ Route 17 and Interstates 84 and 87 provide easy travel throughout New York and the tri-state area.”

Samuelson notes that this time of year, The Chapin Estate and the Catskill Mountains come alive. Samuelson explains, “With spring here, our location rivals the beauty of renowned, upscale vacation hot spots in the Adirondacks and western states, but it is so much closer. We offer vista wooded views, picturesque lakes and miles of winding trails for nature lovers to see our eagles, deer, foxes and a full array of wild life.”

He adds, “We have just installed a unique Nature Trail Guide that maps and guides visitors through the community to help them find some of our natural treasures.” The trails are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Since The Chapin Estate is situated on boating lakes, which combine for approximately 2,000 acres of pristine waters among a heavily wooded landscape – its residents enjoy world class fishing. Samuelson explains, “Right now, our lakes are naturally stocked with trout. The lakes provide wonderful fishing through the summer as well, as residents fish for trout, large and small mouth bass, pickerel and perch.”

What’s more, the builders, The Woodstone Group, have broken ground and begun construction on The Chapin Estate Lake Club, a private club that will include a clubhouse with outdoor pavilion and landscaped tiered stone patios, an in-ground pool with lounges and changing facilities all overlooking the lake, boat slips, children’s play area and so much more. Samuelson notes that the Lake Club will open this summer and will undoubtedly become a focal point for community activity. “We will have a Lake Club Lifestyle Director who will coordinate all events and activities for our residents,” adds Samuelson.

In addition, the nearby $65 million Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open on July 1, 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 idyllic 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 is unique in that we offer purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular 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 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 renown for its handcrafted homes, is creating the stunning 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.

For those who seek to realize their dream of a grand 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 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 fireplace in the family room, a solid wood staircase, a mural painted on the tile in the master bath, a built-in ski rack, a sauna or a custom wine cellar, nothing will limit our residents when it comes to 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.

Samuelson further points out that the community’s architectural and construction guidelines and covenants protect the environment of The Chapin Estate.

Prospective purchasers, who want to experience the wonders of winter 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 visit

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