Luxury Second Home Purchasers Find Perfection Less than Two Hours Away at the Chapin Estate in the Catskill Mountain Region

BETHEL, NY, AUGUST 28, 2006 – When asked what makes a luxury vacation home “perfect,” purchasers at The Chapin Estate, a gated collection of rustic, north western inspired estates in Sullivan County, New York, were quick to reply – “the untouched natural beauty,” “childhood summer memories on the lake,” “quality of the homes,” “a custom builder who truly cares,” and “proximity to my permanent residence.” Within two hours from Manhattan and even less from New Jersey, The Chapin Estate’s success lies in the way it provides luxury vacation home purchasers with exactly what they have asked for – and more. “Perfection” is found in its incredible sales with more than 120 properties sold and more than 50 at various stages of construction. A limited number of premier properties are currently available.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, the community offers something extraordinary in the Catskill Mountain area of New York, which already has been coined the new Hamptons by National Geographic. He explains, “We have created a community that is at its core naturally appealing and inviting like a hidden paradise. At its grandest, The Chapin Estate is a thriving hot spot complete with world class entertainment and resort inspired luxuries.”

He continues, “Our owners can’t stop talking about what they have found here among more than 20,000 acres of pristine, forever wild forest and more than 2,000 acres of glistening lakes perfect for boating, fishing and swimming. So much so that more than 50 percent of our buyers are family and friends of those who purchased here. Most came for a visit and after spending the day exploring our woods, swimming and fishing, relaxing on the deck watching the sun set over the lake, chatting by the custom built stone fireplace at night or attending a concert at the newly opened Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – they purchase a property of their own.”

Samuelson adds, “But that’s not all. We continue to evolve and offer more and more luxuries for our residents’ enjoyment. 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 explains Lake Club Lifestyle Directors from the internationally acclaimed American Leisure Corporation, renowned for the management of world-famous resorts, manage and coordinate the Chapin Lake 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 – but we are here in New York. We 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.”

Samuelson continues, “Performances at the new Bethel Woods Center for the Arts have been exceptional. We just hosted our first special pavilion for residents and friends during the recent Crosby, Stills and Nash concert and the buzz hasn’t stopped. Our residents will continue to receive priority seating at other select events and performances.”

Samuelson adds, “The area is accommodating its growing luxury second home market. We see new restaurants and boutiques joining our dozens of fine golf courses, quaint antique shops, art galleries and studios, and such favorites as local farm stands.”

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.”

Samuelson adds, “But why take our word for it. We invite prospective luxury vacation home purchasers to visit and experience The Chapin Estate for themselves.” 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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