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The Signs Say Now is an Opportune Time to Buy a Home – Experts Explain Why

PARSIPPAY, NJ, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 – Back in the late 1980’s the Garden State’s real estate market seemed flatter than the ball that met its match at the teeth of a happy puppy. Interest rates were double digits, the market was flooded with standing product and the economy was slowly bouncing back from one of our worst recessions. Today, none of these factors are in place. As a matter of fact, experts point to a healthy real estate market where interest rates remain low, the economy is stable and appropriately priced product is readily available – and selling.

According to David Schoner, vice president of Coldwell Banker New Homes & Condominiums, one of the nation’s largest, award winning residential brokerage firms, it is “an opportune time to buy a home.” He states, “Homebuyers today have more choices than we have seen in years, which creates excellent negotiating potential and a ten times healthier real estate market than what we have experienced in the past ten years. The days of the easy, quick sale are gone. Buyers can be selective, choosing a home that represents for them the best value based on location, aesthetic quality of the home, amenities and price.”

He continues, “Sellers are more receptive and more willing to negotiate now, especially in the resale market where a home may need improvements or updating. There are deals available and great values in the home buying market. A home, statistically speaking, is the biggest investment one will probably ever make – and now is great time to invest in a home for one’s future.”

Schoner points out economists feel the current housing market is healthier and more stable than the quick “turn around years.” He states, “Home values historically appreciate. While some years have seen greater appreciation than others, over time, a home is still the best investment and one that owners can immediately utilize through excellent home equity programs for home improvements, larger purchases and even college or higher education needs. New homes tend to appreciate faster than existing homes due to their latest design features, energy efficient construction and incorporation of the latest lifestyle needs.”

While some areas of the state have seen the market “slow down,” there are areas that continue to see strong sales. Schoner has coined these areas “marquee locations,” for he points out they are in established areas with good schools, convenient transportation and everyday needs. Many are found in northern New Jersey and along New Jersey’s Gold Coast. “Purchasers who need to be near New York, but do not want to pay the City’s higher prices, have found exceptional value and a great variety of choices here,” notes Schoner. “From new condominiums to renovated ones as those found at Carlton Towers in Passaic to renovated luxury apartments to custom townhome collections like those at Dwight Gardens in Englewood and the award winning Heights at Tenafly, we have seen steady and strong sales in this market segment.”

He continues, “Builders and the State understand the importance of urban areas. The State has created ‘Transit Villages’ where residents live and work close to commuter services. Any town with commuter rail or bus service into New York and / or major state business areas has seen home sales remain strong.”

A market segment that is actually contributing to healthy re-sales is the “older baby boomers.” According to John Maione, the creator of the award winning Maione Homes’ Clove Hill Manor in Sussex County, active adults are a driving force behind “great deals” in New Jersey. He explains, “Most of our purchasers resided in their former home for a good 30 plus years prior to buying at Clove Hill Manor. They made their money on their investment and were able to negotiate and sell their home faster and at a more reasonable price than those who need to make money on the sale of their home. Therefore, homes by sellers who are downsizing or moving into an active adult community represent one of the best deals on the market today.”

Other good investments and deals are found at vacation communities, especially those in established areas. According to the National Association of Realtors, vacation and investment home sales both set records in 2005, accounting for almost half of all residential sales. Howard Schoor, principal of The Woodstone Group, the creators of The Chapin Estate, a collection of rustic, Northwestern style estates set among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and boating reservoirs in beautiful Sullivan County, New York, feels this segment of the market continues to be strong. Schoor states, “Executive level baby boomers are taking advantage of the continued low interest rates and investment potential of a second home. Many choose a second or vacation home that is close to their primary residence. It saves owners money in travel and allows them more time enjoying their vacation retreat. The Chapin Estate, for example, is within two hours of Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey.”

Michael Skea, region vice president of sales and marketing for K. Hovnanian Homes, one of the nation’s largest and most respected home builders, concludes, “A home is a solid financial investment under almost any circumstance, but for most of us, the financial benefits aren’t the only reason why we buy a home. We buy a home so we have our own sanctuary to enjoy with family and friends. It would be naïve to say that today’s homebuying environment doesn’t have its challenges. It does take longer to sell a home, but that provides buyers with more time to plan the purchaser of their new home. Overall, the changes in the real estate market are good. There’s nothing healthier than taking advantage of a stable economy to buy a new home.”

Skea said K. Hovnanian is offering a variety of homestyles ranging from large estate homes in Morris County to townhomes in Bergen County to condominiums with a view of New York City in Port Imperial. The company also offers active-adult homes in Passaic and many other counties.

All agree that price is the ultimate commodity. Schoner states, “If homes are priced right, they will sell. Sellers need to be flexible and willing to negotiate. It is a buyer’s market. Serious buyers need to study the values, determine which homes are priced right and make reasonable offers.”

“Homebuyers have a lot of choices on the market,” agrees Skea. “While they may have to slightly temper their expectations there’s something for everyone. With the regulatory picture in New Jersey, home prices will remain largely stable because supply can’t meet demand. In short, it really is a great time to buy a home.”

For additional information on the real estate market, please contact David Schoner, vice president of Coldwell Banker New Homes & Condominiums, at (973) 240-5460; John Maione, president of Maione Homes and the creator of Clove Hill Manor in Sussex County, at (973) 875-1651; Howard Schoor, principal of The Woodstone Group, the creators of The Chapin Estate in Sullivan County, New York at (845) 583-6500; and Douglas Fenichel, regional director of public relations for K. Hovnanian Homes, New Jersey’s largest home builder, at (732) 623-6979.

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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 www.chapinestate.com.

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Second Home a Great Investment As Evidenced By Sales at The Chapin Estate in The Catskill Mountain Region Of New York

Posted on: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 06:00 CDT

BETHEL, N.Y., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Second homes remain a solid investment, as evidenced by sales at The Chapin Estate, a collection of rustic, Northwestern-style estates set among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and the reservoirs in Sullivan County, N.Y.

More than 120 of the “on the lake” and “at the lake” properties are sold, with more than 50 estates built or underway within this naturally preserved site in the Catskill Mountain region, according to Howard Schoor, principal of The Woodstone Group, the developer, http://www.chapinestate.com/.

“We see high interest by executive level baby boomers taking advantage of the continued low interest rates and investment potential of our homes — a unique, collection reminiscent of the Northwestern — but within only two hours of Manhattan and even less from New Jersey,” Schoor says.

Perfect to create a “custom dream cabin or estate home in the woods,” the community’s setting is further enhanced by architectural and construction guidelines to protect its environment. All homes also incorporate indigenous materials.

For information, go to http://www.chapinestate.com/ or call (845) 583-4900.

The Woodstone Group

CONTACT: Pamela J. Principe-Golgolab of PNA Associates Inc.,Tel./Fax: +1-908-879-9661, pnaassociates@earthlink.net, for The WoodstoneGroup

Web site: http://www.chapinestate.com/

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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 www.chapinestate.com.

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Summer’s Calling – Time to Experience What it Means to Relax at The Chapin Estate

BETHEL, NY, JUNE 20, 2006 – Summer is here and that means it’s time to relax. Imagine resting lakeside or on the deck overlooking untouched forest in your new, custom crafted second home inspired by the beauty of nature and designed with the creative flair of north western architecture. The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of north western and Adirondack inspired homes in the Catskill Mountain region of Sullivan County, New York, is exactly that and more. This beautiful community set among 20,000 acres of “forever wild” forest and the sparkling waters of boating reservoirs is only two hours from Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey.

Prospective purchasers are invited to experience the joys of summer during personal tours now conducted on weekends at the community.

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. What better time of year to see the glory of this location, then during the summer. We are inviting prospective luxury second home purchasers to come up and enjoy a personal tour of the community, our acclaimed home designs and our natural wonders from century’s old forests to more than 2,000 acres of glistening lakes to some of our interesting wildlife.”

Samuelson continues, “What’s more, our exclusive Chapin Lake Club is under construction and will be completed soon. It’s 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. We will have a Lake Club Lifestyle Director who will coordinate all 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.”

Samuelson adds, “Once again this summer, the community will host its country-style barbecue with plenty of good food, music and great conversation.”

The Chapin Estates’ location in Sullivan County, considered the “Gateway to the Catskills,” offers residents so many recreational choices nearby as well. The much anticipated Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will open July 1, 2006 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and will provide a venue for world-class, award-winning productions and performers. Samuelson adds, “Already, rumors are swirling that the New York City Ballet is considering a move to the Center for its summer season.”

Samuelson continues, “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, Strawberry Festival and the Fly Fishing Museum, and the entertainment is endless.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s idyllic setting is perfectly embodied in the available properties upon which purchasers create their “dream estate home,” “country lodge,” or “cabin in the woods.” 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 we offer purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular property.”

Once a property is chosen, 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 truly 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 environment of The Chapin Estate, and all of the homes incorporate indigenous materials in their designs.

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 summer of relaxation and outdoor enjoyment 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 this weekend. To set up an appointment, please contact The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900. Or, for more information, please visit www.chapinestate.com

http://www.chapinestate.com

Summer’s Calling – Time to Experience What it Means to Relax at The Chapin Estate

BETHEL, NY, JUNE 20, 2006 – Summer is here and that means it’s time to relax.  Imagine resting lakeside or on the deck overlooking untouched forest in your new, custom crafted second home inspired by the beauty of nature and designed with the creative flair of north western architecture.  The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of north western and Adirondack inspired homes in the Catskill Mountain region of Sullivan County, New York, is exactly that and more.  This beautiful community set among 20,000 acres of “forever wild” forest and the sparkling waters of boating reservoirs is only two hours from Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey.

Prospective purchasers are invited to experience the joys of summer during personal tours now conducted on weekends at the community.

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.  What better time of year to see the glory of this location, then during the summer.  We are inviting prospective luxury second home purchasers to come up and enjoy a personal tour of the community, our acclaimed home designs and our natural wonders from century’s old forests to more than 2,000 acres of glistening lakes to some of our interesting wildlife.”

Samuelson continues, “What’s more, our exclusive Chapin Lake Club is under construction and will be completed soon.  It’s 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.  We will have a Lake Club Lifestyle Director who will coordinate all 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.”

Samuelson adds, “Once again this summer, the community will host its country-style barbecue with plenty of good food, music and great conversation.”

The Chapin Estates’ location in Sullivan County, considered the “Gateway to the Catskills,” offers residents so many recreational choices nearby as well.  The much anticipated Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will open July 1, 2006 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and will provide a venue for world-class, award-winning productions and performers.  Samuelson adds, “Already, rumors are swirling that the New York City Ballet is considering a move to the Center for its summer season.”

Samuelson continues, “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, Strawberry Festival and the Fly Fishing Museum, and the entertainment is endless.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s idyllic setting is perfectly embodied in the available properties upon which purchasers create their “dream estate home,” “country lodge,” or “cabin in the woods.”  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 we offer purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular property.”

Once a property is chosen, 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 truly 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 environment of The Chapin Estate, and all of the homes incorporate indigenous materials in their designs.

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 summer of relaxation and outdoor enjoyment 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 this weekend.  To set up an appointment, please contact The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900. Or, for more information, please visit www.chapinestate.com
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The Chapin Estate is the Perfect Luxury Retreat within Two Hours of Manhattan

BETHEL, NY, JUNE 8, 2006 – The Chapin Estate, a unique gated collection of north western and Adirondack inspired new custom homes in the Catskill mountain region of Sullivan County, New York, is the “vacation hot spot” for luxury estate purchasers. This remarkable community set among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and the sparkling waters of boating reservoirs is within only two hours of Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey. Already 125 properties are spoken for with more than 50 custom homes at various stages of construction. Prospective purchasers are urged to hurry, though. Currently, a limited number of priority properties ranging from five wooded acres are now available.

According to Scott Samuelson, director of sales for The Chapin Estate and also an area resident, “The Chapin Estate provides luxury vacation home purchasers, who love the rustic style of the Adirondacks or the northwest, with a home closer to Manhattan and New Jersey. Within two hours, purchasers are here in Sullivan County, coined the ‘Gateway to the Catskills.’ Route 17 and Interstates 84 and 87 provide easy travel throughout New York and the tri-state area. What’s more, for most, we’re easier to get to than Long Island or the Jersey Shore.”

Samuelson notes that this time of year, The Chapin Estate and the Catskill Mountains come alive. Samuelson explains, “With the warmer weather here, our location rivals the beauty of renowned, upscale vacation hot spots in the Adirondacks and north 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 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 residents fish for trout, large and small mouth bass, pickerel and perch.”

What’s more, the builders, The Woodstone Group, will soon introduce 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. “We will have a Lake Club Lifestyle Director who will coordinate all events and activities for our residents,” adds Samuelson.

In addition, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is within five minutes of the community, will open on July 1, 2006 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, providing an exceptional venue for world-class, award-winning productions and performers.

“That’s not all,” points out Samuelson. “we offer an exclusive Concierge Service to further enhance our residents’ vacation. Whether they need groceries sent, the air conditioning set prior to arrival, tickets to the Bethel Woods performances, or reservations at the latest restaurants springing up in the area, we are available to assist their every need.”

The splendor of The Chapin Estate’s idyllic setting is perfectly embodied in the available five plus acre properties upon which purchasers can create their “dream estate home,” “country lodge,” or “cabin in the woods.” 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 we offer purchasers the opportunity to purchase a property and then build a custom home to suit that particular property and their individual needs. Currently, on our priority list are a limited number of multi-acre wooded properties.”

Once a property is chosen, 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 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 desires of the individual purchaser,” adds Dubrovsky. “Whether it’s a floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room, a solid wood staircase of tree logs, 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.

Prospective purchasers, who are searching for a luxury vacation home that’s a short drive from Manhattan and New Jersey, should look no further than The Chapin Estate. To preview the priority properties now available, please contact the Sales Associates at The Chapin Estate at (866) 583-4900 or visit www.chapinestate.com.

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Second Home Market Strong in Northeast as Evidenced by Sales at the Chapin Estate in the Catskill Mountain Region of New York

BETHEL, NY, MAY 9, 2006 – The National Association of Realtors announced that vacation and investment home sales both set records in 2005, accounting for almost half of all residential sales. According to Howard Schoor, principal of The Woodstone Group, this trend in second homes sales is still strong as evidenced by sales at The Chapin Estate, a collection of rustic, north western style estates set among 20,000 acres of untouched forest and the sparkling waters of boating reservoirs in beautiful Sullivan County, New York. More than 120 of the “on the lake” and “at the lake” properties are sold, with more than 50 Adirondack-style estates built or underway within this naturally preserved site in the Catskill Mountain region.

Schoor states, “Like the statistics point out, we see high interest in our community by executive level baby boomers who are taking advantage of the continued low interest rates and investment potential of a second home. What’s more, The Chapin Estate is within two hours of Manhattan and even less from northern New Jersey. One of the main reasons the community is so popular is we offer a unique, gated collection of custom designed homes in a natural preserve with lake and mountain views reminiscent of north western states, but close to our purchaser’s primary residences in the metropolitan area.”

Schoor notes that another reason for the continued strong sales at the community is its resort style atmosphere with its on-site amenities, Concierge Service and the surrounding area’s new establishments. He explains, “Purchasers buy a second home to relax and enjoy their vacation. The Chapin Estate offers classic, sought after amenities. Our lakes combine for approximately 2,000 acres of pristine waters among a heavily wooded landscape. Our residents enjoy boating and world class fishing. Right now, our lakes are naturally stocked with trout and through the summer, residents will fish for trout, large and small mouth bass, pickerel and perch. We have a newly installed Nature Trail Guide that maps and guides visitors through the community to help them find some of our natural treasures including eagles, foxes, deer and a variety of flora and wildlife. The trails are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.”

Schoor continues, “This summer, our exclusive Chapin Estate Lake Club will open. The private Club 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.” Schoor notes that residences will enjoy the services of a Lake Club Lifestyle Director who will coordinate a variety of events and activities.

The Catskill Mountain area of New York has already been coined the new Hamptons by National Geographic and Schoor agrees. “The area is changing and growing to accommodate the trend in the luxury second home market here. We see new restaurants and boutiques coming to the area. We are also offering an exclusive Concierge Service to further assist our residents and provide them with the extra attention to make their vacation time more relaxing and enjoyable. What’s more, in July, the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open 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 “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 Adirondack-style home to suit that particular property and their needs. 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, 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 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 desires of the individual purchaser,” adds Dubrovsky. “Whether it’s a floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room, a solid wood staircase of tree logs, 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.

For additional information on The Chapin Estate, please call (866) 583-4900 or visit www.chapinestate.com. For additional information on trends in the second home market, contact Howard Schoor or Steve Dubrovsky of The Woodstone Group at (845) 583-6500.

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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 www.chapinestate.com.

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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 www.chapinestate.com.

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