Mar 29 2014 Tagged with: , ,

Welcome to Our New Website!

Hello from the Catskills! Welcome to our new and improved website, filled with more pictures, news, and opportunities to learn about The Chapin Estate.

For a fresh look at our plush landscape and custom designed home sites, the Welcome to the Chapin Estate video is a must-see. And our newly created interactive Community Map for neighborhood exploration details each home site and surrounding scenery. Also, make sure to download our hot-off-the-press Digital Brochure for a closer look at our four season gated residential preserve

Apr 30 2014 Tagged with:

Mountain View: The Chapin Estate featured in Gotham Magazine

“The Chapin Estate offers a retreat like no other” opens of a lovely showcase on The Chapin Estate in New York’s Gotham Magazine. Read more of their featurette here:

“Living and working in New York City comes with certain unavoidable elements: crowds, smog, noise, traffic. And although Gotham tempers those stresses with an intrinsic excitement, the necessity of occasional respite remains. The city’s eastern extension may be the choice of salt-water lovers, but what about those who prefer lakes and mountains to beaches and bays? Enter The Chapin Estate, high in the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County, New York. A wilderness utopia of sorts, this sprawling gated community—90 miles from Manhattan (just far enough to feel like it’s away)—is “a place to renew your spirit and lower your blood pressure after the weekly grind in the city,” says managing partner Steve Dubrovsky.

Buyers can customize the lodge of their dreams, as Chapin prides itself on its meticulous attention to detail. The end results speak for themselves. As for the land available for purchase, it’s all within a safe, secluded area, stretching some 2,500 acres and including two freshwater reservoirs.

The benefits of owning within this community don’t stop at a first-rate residence. The Chapin Estate also offers a membership to The Chapin Estate Lake Club, which boasts a pool, a fitness center and a pavilion for activities such as cocktail parties, barbecues and Sunday brunch. Explore the spectacular surroundings by complimentary kayak, canoe or mountain bike, or venture out on marked hiking trails along the trout fishing stream.

If you’re looking for a little excitement beyond the property, the neighboring towns certainly deliver. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts features high-profile cultural performances (this month Dave Matthews Band lays it down), and the Monticello Motor Club shoots a jolt of adrenaline with its luxury racetrack.

The bottom line? With its commitment to quality craftsmanship, personal attention, respect for its natural environment and proximity to world-class entertainment, The Chapin Estate is nearly perfect—and mountain living never looked so good.”

Source: Gotham Magazine

Apr 30 2014 Tagged with:

The Chapin Estate in the News: Haute Living

Our larger than life lodge was recently featured in the touted Haute Living website. Check it out!

“Watch golden sunsets and gaze at sweeping vistas in this 5,950 square foot handcrafted lodge. This Adirondack style home enjoys indigenous materials from its own 6+ rolling acres creating warmth in every room while having all of today’s state of the art conveniences within reach.

With 4 fireplaces & gathering space to accommodate family and friends this 5 bedroom and 5.5 baths offers two home offices and outdoor entertaining space. Located at the Chapin Estate, a 4-season gated residential preserve tucked discretely amidst 2500+/- acres of pristine forest lands and bordering 14,000 acres of protected conservation lands.

Unique attributes include: 2000 acres of fresh water reservoirs & trout streams; 9+ miles of hiking, biking & snow shoe trails; Members only Lake Club; Security patrolled; Concierge Services. All less than 2 hours from mid-town Manhattan and even less from North Jersey. Just minutes from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the all new Monticello Motor Club.”


Apr 30 2014

Welcome to The Chapin Estate Blog!

Hello from the Catskills! Along with our shiny new website, which we hope you take the time to explore, we’re launching the brand new community focused blog page. Welcome!

With updates on events, local Catskills’ venues, some new building developments, and lots and lots of activities for day-to-day adventures (think trails, trout, kayaks, and furry friends), we’re here to give you snap shots of life at The Chapin Estate.

We hope you enjoy and we hope you join us for a visit!

Apr 30 2014 Tagged with:

The Chapin Estate in the News: LX TV Open House NYC

Steve Dubrovsky Chairman of the Chapin Estate takes you on an exclusive tour of one of Chapin’s custom designed homes.


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Exceptional Properties Visits Chapin Estate

It’s a rare Friday afternoon that Steve and Ellen Tucker don’t hop in their car and make the 90-minute drive north from their home in New Jersey. Their weekend destination—Chapin Estate, a 2,500-acre community outside of Bethel, NY, where the Tuckers have owned a second home for several years.

“In just that short drive it’s as if we’ve entered another world,” says Ellen, a telecommunications consultant. “We can look out our window and see deer, fox and porcupines, along with eagles soaring in the air. The views across the lake and across the surrounding woods are simply breathtaking. It’s as if the whole community is almost the same as it was hundreds of years ago.”

Those would be welcome words to Chester W. Chapin, Jr., a New York City steamship and railroad baron with a great love of the outdoors and a strong sense of preservation. Beginning in 1891 Chapin started buying land in the Catskills until he had amassed some 20,000 acres, which he turned into his personal hunting preserve and private getaway, even importing a herd of elk that once roamed these hills. After Chapin’s death the property was owned by power companies before being put on the market in the 1990s. Steven Dubrovsky, president of the Woodstone Companies, bought about 4,000 acres, with the remaining parcel purchased by the state of New York as part of its Forever Wild preservation program.

Chapin Estate stretches along a pair of lakes—Toronto Reservoir and Swing Bridge Reservoir—with more than 2,000 acres of surface area for boating and other recreational pursuits. A wild stream also cuts through the community and offers some of the best flyfishing in the state.

From the outset, Dubrovsky says he and his development team wanted to remain true to Chester Chapin’s vision for the property.

“Many developers would go in and and try to mazimize their investment by squeezing in as many homes as they possibly could. We did it differently,” says Dubrovsky. “We didn’t want Chapin Estate to feel like a suburb outside of the city. We wanted to give owners estate-sized properties where they could enjoy the natural landscape and a great deal of privacy while still being part of a vibrant and active community.”

To that end, the smallest home sites in Chapin Estate are about five acres and range to more than ten acres, with prices from $150,000 for off-water lots. Waterfront home sites range from $500,000 to $1 million. Since welcoming its first owners in 2000, Chapin Estate has sold about 150 home sites and now boasts more than 100 homes with the vast majority of owners using their residences as weekend and vacation getaways. Home prices range from about $500,000 to more than $14 million.

The community is divided into four distinct neighborhoods—Top Ridge, Misty Acres, Swinging Bridge and Peninsula—with the Chapin Estate Lake Club providing a central gathering spot with its outdoor pool, lounging deck and a pavilion with a soaring stone fireplace. It boasts a catering kitchen and a fitness center. There are also miles of hiking trails that wind through the densely wooded property.

Another big draw—the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is located just a short drive away at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. It boasts a 15,000-seat performing arts center with a full lineup of performances that includes everything from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to legendary rock groups and contemporary performers. In addition to numerous festivals and special presentations throughout the year, the center also has 10,000 square feet of permanent gallery space for a variety of art exhibitions.

While property owners at Chapin Estate can select a builder of their choice most go through the Woodstone Companies and its team of designers, wood carvers and artisans with homes reflecting its specialty of northwestern and Adirondack-style designs. An architectural review board must approve all building plans.

“We have Nantucket-style homes on the water and farmhouse-type homes, a fairly wide range of styles. But you won’t see contemporary steel-and-concrete style homes here,” says Dubrovsky. “That’s just not what we’re about.”

Many of the homes use timber that is cut from the property with prominent white pine beams, often with custom structural carvings to reflect the tastes and whims of the owner. At Steve and Ellen Tucker’s home, a massive white pine cut from their property was turned into an architectural element in the center of the house. It has a heart carved into it with the Tucker’s initials inside.

“Yes, it’s kind of corny and our children rolled their eyes over it,” says Ellen Tucker. “But this is our love nest, so it fits.”

Source: Exceptional Properties