Real estate in the Catskills symbolizes a traditional and slower way of life.
We recreate that romantic house on the hill with our new old designs. Fireplaces, wrap-around porches, wide plank floors and vintage fixtures are only the beginning of these Catskill real estate offerings.
Catskill Farms has saved more than a few families from the 'this old house fantasy'.
We build homes that work - from day 1.
Curated by: Charles Petersheim
Couple of notes of interest regarding this article.
Seems like we have now come full circle - these same articles were being written in 2005/6/7.
The volume of articles on homes, home designs, home sizes, etc… has exponentially increased over the last 3 months. Big homes, small homes, old homes, new homes. All good news for us whose approach is typically validated by these articles (in fact, half the time I think they are inspired by our approach, ideas and homes).
Once again, these articles - including the one in the Times yesterday - feature projects with large budgets, and tremendous sq ft costs. I mean, $300 to $500 a sq ft at a minimum for these babies, not including architecture, land, permitting, landscaping, and a ton of other costs. I've said from the beginning that building nice stuff at big budgets is easy. Try doing it affordably if you really want a viable business.
So for me, the validation of this article mostly centers around how affordable our offerings are - land, design, transaction costs, money costs, holding costs, and construction for under $250 per sq ft for our smaller homes and under $210 for our bigger homes.
It's really quite simple how we do it - simple vertical integration - cut out the middle man, sell direct to the consumer.
No percentage architect fee, no contractor markup on our new homes, no real estate fee. Any team less cross-talented could easily charge another $70k to build homes like we do and would be in no way over charging or lining their pockets- they would just be paying a lot more middle men than we do, and along the way, creating many more opportunities for mis-communication amongst the team and fractionalization of the project.
I just ran across a new old home in Stone Ridge the other day - pretty nice house, but at $499k for 2000 sq ft, all I got to say, is good luck with that. But I'm not going to say he's being greedy, just less 'in-house'.
To us, affordability has always been the key, and we reversed engineered a product/home at different price points that attempts to match affordability and value perfectly. Never suckered in that all bells and whistles are made the same or worth the extra cost.