The Chapin Estate is a Hot Summertime Vacation Home Retreat – Just Two Hours from Manhattan and Even Less From New Jersey

BETHEL, NY, AUGUST 15, 2006 – One of the hottest treats of summer is a luxury vacation home.  One of the best that is just two hours from Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey is The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of north western inspired custom “cabins” in the renowned Catskill Mountain region of Sullivan County, New York.  This beautiful community set among 20,000 acres of “forever wild” forest and the sparkling waters of boating reservoirs has taken the luxury vacation home market by storm, helping transform Bethel, New York into a sought after “hot spot.”  Already, more than 120 of the “on the lake” and “at the lake” properties are sold, with more than 50 estates built or in various stages of construction.  A limited number of premier properties are now available.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, “The Chapin Estate is such a unique and beautiful community, it needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.  Now is the ideal time to visit.  We invite prospective luxury second home purchasers to set up a personal tour and enjoy our acclaimed home designs, our natural wonders found in century’s old forests and our more than 2,000 acres of fully stocked glistening lakes, perfect for fishing.”

Samuelson continues, “What’s more, Phase I of our custom designed Lake Club is now open and includes a beautifully landscaped outdoor pool with lounging deck, outdoor pavilion with soaring stone fireplace, rest rooms, showers and changing facilities.  A full catering kitchen offers snacks and our internationally themed Sunday brunch.”  Samuelson notes that residences enjoy the services of the Lake Club Lifestyle Directors from the internationally acclaimed American Leisure Corporation, which manage and coordinate the Club’s many events and activities.

In addition to the Lake Club, The Chapin Estate offers miles and miles of untouched beauty.  Samuelson notes, “Our wooded views, picturesque untouched lakes and miles of preserved trails rival the north west.  Our residents enjoy fishing and boating in the lakes.  For nature lovers, we have installed a Nature Trail Guide, which maps and guides visitors through the region’s natural treasures.  The trails are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.”

The Catskill Mountain area of New York has already been coined the new Hamptons by National Geographic and Samuelson agrees.  “The area is changing to accommodate its growing luxury second home market.  We see new restaurants and boutiques opening in the area.  What’s more, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts just opened providing an exceptional venue for world-class, award-winning productions and performers.  Already the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has performed, and The Chapin Estate hosted a special pavilion for its residents and friends during the recent Crosby, Stills and Nash concert.  Our residents will receive priority seating at other select events.”

Samuelson adds, “We enjoy literally dozens of fine golf courses, quaint antique shops, and great restaurants in Sullivan County.  Add to this mix the many nearby art galleries and studios, playhouses, and such local favorites as the farm stands, and the entertainment is endless.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s idyllic setting is perfectly embodied in the available properties upon which purchasers can create their “country lodge,” “cabin in the woods,” or “dream estate home.”   Steve Dubrovsky, principal of The Woodstone Group and the acclaimed custom home designer for The Chapin Estate, explains, “The Chapin Estate is unique in that purchasers select a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular property and their needs.  Our collection consists of ‘on-the-lake’ properties and, for those searching for a multi-acre wooded property not on the lake, we offer ‘at-the-lake’ properties.”

Purchasers work with Dubrovsky and The Woodstone Group, award-winning builders renowned for handcrafted homes that have been showcased in national magazines including Home Magazine, to create a true custom designed and finely crafted home.  Staffed by their own in-house artisans, Woodstone delivers homes specifically designed and built to reflect each purchaser’s unique lifestyle and personal desires, while always accentuating the collection’s natural beauty and balance with its setting.   Dubrovsky points out that the community’s architectural and construction guidelines and covenants protect the aesthetics and environment of The Chapin Estate.  All of the homes incorporate indigenous materials in their designs.

“The most important feature of every custom home at The Chapin Estate comes from the ideas and needs of the individual purchaser,” adds Dubrovsky.  “Whether it’s a floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room, a solid wood staircase, the creation of a magnificent tree in their home, 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.”

Prospective purchasers, who wish to experience the hottest luxury vacation retreat in a spectacular untouched, wooded setting, all just a short drive from Manhattan and northern New Jersey, should take a tour of The Chapin Estate.  The Sales Office is open daily.  To set up an appointment, please contact The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900 or visit

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