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Real Estate Showcase -Second Homes



A five-acre Eden within two hours of Manhattan awaits buyers at Bethel Farms Estates in New York’s Sullivan County. Forests, brooks, ponds and rolling hills are the backdrop for the 800 acres of unspoiled land for140 neatly scattered home sites. “This land presents a rare opportunity to own a part of nature and is ideal for creating a weekend home, primary residence, or an investment,” says Charles Ramat, managing member of Bethel Farms Communities. Close by are the quaint towns of Jefferson Village, Callicoon, and Livingston Manor; fine restaurants, perfect Saturday antiquing, plenty of hiking, fly-fishing, boating, and golf. Sales have opened at The Birches in Bethel and The Meadows near Livingston Manor. Prices start at $150,000. AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE.

John Arpino | 845-794-2333 | Prudential Rand Realty



Bayport, a polished new community of 131 three-story townhomes, has all the benefits of a prestigious Jersey Shore address without the seasonal crush of a beachside town. Rising on the quiet north shore of Lake’s Bay in West Atlantic City, the Matzel & Mumford development is both resort and cushy home. A private clubhouse and outdoor pool overlook the water with enticing views of the Atlantic City skyline. And the thriving beach scene and nonstop nightlife of casino country are only minutes away. The distinctive and spacious townhomes come with a huge family room and full bath on the first floor; gourmet island kitchen, dining room, and living room on the second floor; and master and second bedroom on the third. Pricing is from the low $300,000s. OCCUPANCY MAY 2008.

Jennifer Allen | 609-484-0096 | The Matzel & Mumford Organization



Mesh the rustic best of the 19th century with all the comforts of the 21st and you have a brand-new custom log home in a gated lake community in Bethel of New York’s Sullivan County, which is two hours from Manhattan. Standing on your log-balustrade balcony you are king of the Catskills. The eleven-room house sits on five-plus wooded acres in Chapin Estate’s Misty Acres, with three fireplaces, four-plus bedrooms, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, extraordinary woodwork, central air, and ceiling fans. “It’s a natural beauty,” says Carol Malek of Malek Properties, “an upscale community with motorboat lake access, pool and clubhouse, and it’s moments from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.” Superior fly-fishing beckons in rivers and streams. The asking price is $974,500. IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY.

Carol Malek | 845-583-6333 | Malek Properties

“Second homes can be an escape from reality,” says Louis B. Cohen, president, LBC Design, which specializes in South Florida vacation-home design and remodeling. “They serve as alter egos, as a departure from life and simply a place to unwind. And owners have the chance to go for a different look, a different design, and a different color palate from their first home.”